Body Ministry – BT19
Body-of-Christ ministry should ONLY be done by the means of the Holy Spirit.
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We’ve already seen that “The One Teacher” (a) is Christ now as the Holy Spirit. On Pentecost, the Body-of-Christ began its ministry – all 120 of them from the upper room: “They were ALL filled by the means of the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues (b) as the Spirit gave them plain enunciation (c)” (d). Later on these same Christians were again “filled by the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the logos gospel message of God with boldness” (e). Other Christians “began speaking in tongues and prophesying, after they were water-baptized and after Paul laid hands on them and the Holy Spirit came on them” (f). <Notes> a) Matthew 23:8 – see Teach One Another – BT10, b) glossa: languages, c) apophtheggomai: clear, dignified, and elevated discourse, d) Acts 2:4, e) Acts 4:31, f) Acts 19:6.
What the Body-of-Christ is supposed to preach/teach should be “of/belonging to the Spirit” and not “of/belonging to the natural mind of man,” as Paul explains concerning his own intentions: “to preach the gospel, absolutely in fact not with logos messages of [human] wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its enabling-power (a)” (b). That’s about content and this is about the method in vv. 2:1-16: “absolutely in fact not proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty (c) speech or [human] wisdom, for I decided to mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know (d) absolutely in fact nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified . . . and my speech and my logos message were absolutely in fact not in plausible (persuasive) words of [human] wisdom, but instead in/by/with demonstrations/manifestations of the Spirit and/coupled of supernaturally enabling-power (a), so that your trusting-relying-faith (e) might absolutely not rest in the [human] wisdom of men but in the supernaturally enabling-power (a) of God . . . and/but we do impart [Spirit’s] wisdom, but absolutely not in possibility a wisdom of this age or of the firsts/chiefs (f) of this age, who are doomed to pass away, but we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God . . . God has prepared these [hidden] things for [ALL] those who unconditional-love Him which He has revealed to US (ALL) thru-the-realizing-channel-of the Spirit . . . Now WE (ALL) have received . . . the Spirit who is from God in order that WE (ALL) might [contingent on our choice] mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know (d) the things freely given us by God, so we (Paul & Barnabas) impart this by logos messages absolutely in fact not taught by the means of man’s wisdom but taught by the means of the Spirit – interpreting/comparing/contrasting things [neuter: or people] of/belonging to the Spirit with things [neuter: or people] of/belonging to the Spirit. The natural man does not welcome/take hold of (g) the things [neuter: or people] of/belonging to the Spirit of God for they are folly to him, and he is absolutely not able to experientially, relationally know (h) them because they [neuter: things or people] are Spirit-kind-of (i) discerned (j). . .However, WE (ALL) do have the mind of/belonging to Christ.” Paul is talking about the human “power” of Zechariah 4:6’s “might and power” versus “in/by/with My Spirit.” <Notes> a) dunamis – see Spirit-power. b) 1 Corinthians 1:17, c) huperoche: elevated, excellent, authoritative-sounding, d) eido: the common word for prophetic visionary knowledge, e) pistis: relational conviction of trusting reliance, f) archon, g) dechomai, h) ginosko, i) pneuma as adverb, j) anakrino: to judge/distinguish vigorously ‘down to up’ by closely, even forensically, examining, investigating, or interrogating, thus careful study or evaluation.
Paul and Barnabas aren’t reading bibles or other books to interpret/compare/contrast to “test” or discern” what they hear from God – they interpret/compare/contrast it or “weigh it” (a) with other prophecies of their own or from other prophets – see New Covenant Ways – BT16. It’s clear that the Body-of-Christ teaching is referring to prophetic messages of wisdom and understanding from God that they got from “seeing” revelation. This has nothing to do with well polished sermons crafted from much study! <Notes> a) 1 Corinthians 14:29.