10-23-2021 ESSENCE OF LOVE Pt 2
we discovered how the essence of love can work in our own life and how we can
share it with others, but how can we experience the essence of love in the
church? Paul tells us that whatever we
do in the church should edify the church and building our brothers and sisters
up in His love, right? God gives the
church what is referred to as the ‘Five-Fold Ministry to help us do just that
What IS the five-fold ministry (2) - Role of the Evangelist, Apostle,
Teacher, Pastor and Prophet (Eph. 4:11)
church struggled as Peter, James, John and the rest of the apostles and
disciples and later, including Paul did all they could to help those early
believers understand just what love was/is all about.
doesn’t call these gifts, the “five-fold” ministry, but it does say that Jesus
gave ‘some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists and some pastors and
teachers to the church for perfecting the saints, the work of the ministry and
to edify the body of Christ. Even
though these five abilities are not ‘listed’ as gifts, to perform in these
ministries is definitely a gift from God!
word for “perfecting is katartismos (G2677) which is to perfect (verb, not a
noun). Its root word is katartizo
(G2675) which is to complete, mend, prepare, restore or make perfect by joining
together. And the root word for katartizio
is artios (G739) which is to complete or perfect.
Perfecting the saints is helping each one of
us to be all that we can be, helping us to do the work to which Father has
called us, then do our part in building up the body of Christ. The role of evangelist, apostle, prophet,
pastor and teacher is to be responsible for these areas so the body of Christ
can function as God intended. The five
ministries are listed separate. I am
persuaded that Father did not intend for just one person to perform all five
ministries by himself, but rather spread each ministry out so no one person
would be over burdened with the tasks.
Thus having greater strength in a specific area.
positions are God-given “gifts” to serve their particular purpose in the church.
gives other gifts through which these five positions can be ministered: prophecy, serving, teaching, exhortation,
giving, leadership and mercy (Rom. 12:6-8); word of knowledge, word of wisdom,
faith, healings, miracles, discerning of spirits, tongues and interpretation of
tongues (1 Corinth. 12:8-10); and Paul also adds to this list administrations
(1 Corinth. 12:28). Not going into depth
on this list at this time, but understand all Christians can operate in any of
these gifts as Father deems. Yet these
gifts are also avenues through which the five-fold positions (Ephesians 4:11)
The church IS (should be) the
from God are given without repentance (Rom. 11:29), that is, one does not have
to give his life to Jesus (“be saved”) to have the ‘gift’. God knows us before we are conceived and has
a gift intended for each one of us even before we are born. He has sanctified us, that is set us aside to
operate in that gift, so we can fully and effectively serve Him. Then, through our obedience He ordains us
into that ministry (Jer. 1:5). God gives
us this gift before birth, but we have a choice, as we grow in our “natural
life”, to accept His ordination or do our ‘own thing’ (reject). The thing(s) we enjoy really doing is most
likely the gift God has given us. Still,
it is our choice to follow that gift or even whether to use it for God’s glory
or not. Irregardless of our decision,
God has given each of us an ability.
Baptist is a good example of God knowing us, giving us a gift then even having the
desire to go out and do it. (Luke
1:1-25). An angel of the Lord spoke with
Zacharias, then Elisabeth conceived and bore John. Take note that Father also had already
declared John’s mission on this earth, before his conception, before his birth,
then, when John was older, he went out and did it. God ordained him to perform that task
in the level he served.
Do we dare
to forget Jesus, as the angel Gabriel went to Mary? Again, before she had even conceived, before
Jesus was born, even before having an intimate relationship with Joseph,
Gabriel told her that she would give birth to Jesus and what His ministry would
be. You say, they were unique and Jesus
is the Son of God. OK, but what about
Jeremiah, our lead passage in this section.
Jeremiah was a ‘mere’ man. God
told Jeremiah “I knew you before you were conceived. I sanctified you (set you apart) before you
were born (for a task). God tells
Jeremiah that he was born to be a prophet to Israel – and so he was.
So the gifts
are given to help the church to grow and be strong in Christ Jesus. So let’s take a quick look at these five
gifts/positions to see how that works:
What does an evangelist do? Euaggelistes (G2099) evangelist (of course) preaches
the gospel or brings the “good news” of Jesus Christ. In other words, he shares with others how to
receive Jesus into their heart so that they might attain eternal life (fellowship)
with Father. We see an example with
Philip in Samaria with the Eunuch (Acts 8:5-39). Do you know what you’re reading? … Here’s
water. Can I be baptized? The eunuch gives his life to Jesus!
evangelist brings the good news, the gospel, of Jesus Christ, so people can
learn about God’s love and how to attain eternal fellowship with the Father
through Jesus and abide forever in that love.
The apostle? Apostolos (G552) a delegate or messenger who
is sent (by God). We are fellow citizens
in the household of God and built upon the foundation of the apostles, the
prophets and Jesus, Himself (as the cornerstone). The city, New Jerusalem has twelve
foundations, each which contains the name of an apostle of the Lamb (Rev.
apostle is a messenger, sent by God, to build a foundation, both in the church and
in personal lives. And, of course,
that foundation is God’s love!
The teacher? Didaskalos(G1320) teacher, doctor,
master. The disciples recognized Jesus
as the ultimate teacher (John 13:13) and a teacher instructs others that they
the church, a teacher helps others to know and understand what the Word of God
says and means. That teaching should
increase our knowledge of God’s love.
The pastor? Poimen (G4166) pastor, shepherd. A shepherd guides, protects and leads his
‘flock’ (Psalm 23).
pastor does this by helping those, for whom he is responsible, to learn how to
apply God’s Word and love into their lives.
The prophet? Prophetes (G4396) prophet, poet, foreteller,
inspired (by God) speaker. The prophet
brings the Word of God to those whom God has sent him. We see in scripture, prophets bring word of
encouragement and direction to God’s people.
Remember, Father chastises those whom He loves (Heb. 12:6) so His word
doesn’t always come buried in a flower garden, but it is always done in
love and to edify His people (1 Corinth. 14:12, 26). No matter how harsh it may seem sometimes. The prophet reassures us that God does love
souls into the kingdom of God, building a foundation in their lives, teaching
brothers and sisters about God and how to apply what we learn into our own
lives, helping them to walk the right path and giving encouragement are all
expressions of the love God gives us to share.
The whole bible reflects the
What can we
created man, He let all creation testify to the man for Him. All man had to do was look around. See the sun, sky, trees, flowers, etc. There was nothing when God started creating
so He laid the foundation for all that would be (Gen. 1:1-31). There was a void and God started speaking and
His Word was taken out by His Spirit (the Holy Ghost) to create what Father
imagined and then bring it into being!
have specifics on what directions, the Creator of all, passed down to His
creation but we do know they had a sense of right and wrong. Cain discovered that it was wrong to kill his
brother Abel and he feared someone else might kill him. Father punished Cain for his wrongdoing but
also pronounced that anyone who killed Cain would suffer even a worse
punishment (Gen. 4:1-15).
Law (Exod. 20:1-17) and all the ‘practices’ God gave Moses for man to observe,
God laid a deeper foundation, or shall we say a more detailed account of how
man should love. And being that, man
still had problems getting the idea.
Father emphasized His love towards us through Jesus Christ. Through the foundation in Christ Jesus we
discover that it’s not just what we do but what we consider doing
(in our heart) is also wrong (Prov. 23:7, Mat. 5:27-28). Love encompasses not just what we do, but who
the foundation and when man strayed, in an evangelical outreach, gave us the
Law, then fulfillment of that law in Jesus. And that law is love. The bible speaks of both an evangelistic
and apostolic foundation to be laid before anything else. We need Jesus, then to understand His love.
us how the shepherd takes care of his ‘flock’ as with David (before he became
king and in Psalm 23 – “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures
beside the still waters. He restores my
soul and leads me in the paths of righteousness.” A shepherd?
The pastor? Love!
God speaks with man and man passes that along to others, He is teaching
us. He teaches us to hear His voice as
with the young prophet Samuel (1 Sam 3:1-10).
How to listen and gain victory as with Joshua and the walls of Jericho
(Josh. 6:1-20). And how to make the
right decisions as with Solomon and the two mothers (1 Kings 3:16-28). The bible does teach us things. A lot!
A lot about how God loves and how we should also love.
Do we cite
examples from each of the prophets of God?
They brought glad tidings to Israel, they brought direction to Israel
and they brought chastisement to Israel as they conveyed what Father had given
them to speak. The bible speaks in love
through His prophets.
Jesus IS the five-fold ministry
explains to His disciples the importance of having a good foundation, solid
doctrine and to not be flighty, or entertain whimsical ideologies (Matt.
7:24-27). Jesus warns us that not
everyone who tries to feed into our lives has our best interest at heart. They may look good, but inside, they are out
to destroy us. We will eventually be
able to see their true heart as their lifestyles will be revealed. Jesus tells us not all who say “Lord, Lord”
shall enter into the kingdom of God (Matt. 7:15-21). Jesus tells us to love
with all that we are (Luke 10:27-28). This is part of the foundation Jesus laid
in people’s heart. Jesus is an apostle.
Jerusalem, the people identified Jesus as a prophet (Matt.21:10-11). The Samaritan woman at the well perceived
Jesus as a prophet (John 4:5-29). Jesus
raised a young man from the dead and the people declared a prophet had come
(Luke 7:12-16). Jesus told His disciples
what was to come, the end times (Matt. 24:1-31) and receipt of the Holy Ghost
(Acts 1:7-8). Jesus revealed things,
performed ‘works’ and foretold the future.
Jesus is a prophet.
Moses lifted up the serpent before the people so they might be healed (John 3:24) God sent His only Son into the
world that whosoever believes on Him should not perish but have everlasting
life. The Son has not come to condemn
the world, but to save it (John 3:14-17).
Jesus IS the good news of salvation.
Everything Jesus told the people was directied into eternal life. Jesus is the evangelist.
that He is the door for the sheep to use.
All who come through My door shall be saved and be able to go in and out
to pasture. The thief comes to kill and
destroy but I bring life and that you may have it and have it more
abundantly. I am the Good Shepherd and I
give My life for My sheep (John 10:7-11).
The God of peace raised our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great
Shepherd, through the blood of the everlasting covenant (Heb. 13:20). He leaves us the Holy Ghost to guide us is
into all truth (John 16:13). Jesus is a shepherd/pastor.
His mouth and taught people (what we call the beatitudes – Matt. 5:1-12). At the seaside, Jesus taught them many things by
using parables (Mark 4:1-2). Jesus is a teacher.
importantly, Jesus is the Son of God (Matt. 3 16-17). Also, He is the son of man (Luke 2:1-7). In the flesh He is the supposed son of Joseph
(Luke 3:23) who is the son of … David … Booz … Judah … Jacob (Israel) … Abraham
… Mathusala … Enoch … Shem … Noah … Seth … Adam who was the son of God (Luke
God? God is love! And don’t forget Jesus
is called Emmanuel, God is with us (Matt. 1:23). Therefore Jesus is love!
How could He
not represent Father in all aspects?
We are a part of the five-fold
exponents of the 5-fold ministry so just what is our role? Paul tells us that whatever we do, do for the
edification of the church so that the church can operate in unity not being
swayed by the wiles of the enemy (1 Corinth. 14:12, Eph. 4:11-16).
churches accept the position of evangelist, pastor and teacher and all too
often one individual tries to fulfill all three “offices”. But consider, every time a new soul comes
into the kingdom of God, every time a new church is started in a new community,
a foundation needs to be laid – for an individual and/or for the fledgling
congregation. And, again, all too often
one individual tries to add all these, or should I say “stuff” these duties to
his pastoral hat.
about encouraging the people? We all
need an encouraging word from Father but we also need direction and when we
stray – even reprimand. God can use any
of us to encourage another. But Father
does call some people into a deeper realm of encouragement.
individual wear all these hats? I don’t
think so. Jethro told Moses to divide
responsibility up between trusted and Godly men so he wouldn’t have to wear
himself out, sun up to sun down, ministering to individuals (Exod.
18:19-27). The Greeks complained to
Peter about their widows being neglected so Peter had them choose seven godly men
to minister to their needs while he attended to prayer and ministering the
gospel (Acts 6:1-7). So why should one
person be expected (or even try) to perform all the duties of the “five-fold’
church perfect? What makes us
perfect? What makes us mature? A simple answer – living totally and
absolutely in the love of Jesus Christ!
How many of us meet this qualification in our own lives. Is there strife in the churches? Are we really mature in Christ Jesus? The closest we come is as we confess, repent
and renounce (decide not to do it again) our sin. Do we never sin again? All too often I find myself, on my knees,
before my Father because of some stupid thing I did (and at times even the
‘same’ stupid thing). If we say we don’t
have not sinned, we make Jesus a liar… but if we do sin Jesus intercedes for us
(1John1:7-1 John 2:2). Ask yourself, “Who is perfect?” Totally and absolutely? I’ll give you a hint. They called Him Emmanel. We call Him Savior, Lord, Messiah, Jesus!
fails. Yet, prophecies, tongues and
knowledge shall vanish. For we do things
in part now. When that which is perfect
is come, then that which is part shall be done away with. When I was immature I acted like a kid but
now that I’m grown, I’ve put away those immature things (ways of the
world). Today, my vision is clouded, but
then (when I am with the Lord) I shall know Him as He knows me. That’s when I will truly realize that faith
and hope aren’t forever, they aren’t needed forever, but God is love and that
never goes away (1 Corinth. 13:8-12) for God is love (1 John 4:8). Paul said “These things will pass away”. Why?
When we are in the literal presence of Jesus (eternity), these wonderful
gifts won’t be necessary! Are we truly
perfect today? That is never sin? Do we know all things? Has the Perfect come? Has Jesus returned for us – yet? Paul speaks of things yet to happen in his life,
even the fact that Jesus is coming back for us (1 Thess. 4:14-18). I can argue that we are not perfect, yet
Jesus is. He is God come in the flesh
(Matt. 1:23, John 14:9), He can’t help but be perfect. Paul met Jesus on the road to Damascus (Acts
9:1-8) and he is looking forward to seeing Jesus again. Has that happened? Paul’s salvation and his entire ministry
happened after Jesus’ ascension. If Paul
looked forward to a future event, has Jesus snuck in between then and now? If so, we’ve all missed the boat.
God is love
so He has given us things in this world to connect with Him. But, listen up, when we are with Him in
eternity, we won’t need the tools He’s given in this world. So why do we hope for what we will then see
with our own eyes (Rom. 8:24-25)? But
God is love so how can love ever go away?
the meantime, Father has given us gifts to help the church (us) to become what
it (we) should be – a reflection of His love!
lot more than can be said in respect to what is referred to as the “Five-Fold”
ministry, but hopefully, for those who are not familiar, this will be an
impetus for you to check further and discover how it is an expression of God’s
love towards us.
End Part 2
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