The Epistle to the Ephesians, a pseudepigraphic letter, is one of the few texts in the New Testament in which fundamental insight into the development of the offices in the church can be detected. Why are offices necessary as the early communities regarded themselves as charismatic communities? What is their function? Whom do they serve? This article expounds an exegesis of Eph 4,7–16 and makes it clear how important it is to put forward convincing christological reasoning to support a theology of the offices in the church today.