Our Lord Jesus Christ is a wise builder of his church across generations and centuries. Each age has its own challenges, battles to fight, and truths to defend. He is forming his body the church over all the years until his return; no single age manifests the fullness of his life and grace. Each believer has his particular gifts, a measure of grace allotted to him, and a particular place in which to stand and serve the Lord (1 Cor. 7:17; 12:4-6), and the same is true of the church collectively. The church does not reach her perfection until the end.