Body Ministry – BT19:  Body-of-Christ ministry ONLY possible by the means of the Holy Spirit




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Body Ministry – BT19:  Body-of-Christ ministry ONLY possible 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 [gospel] logos message of God with boldness” (e).  Other Christians “began speaking in tongues and/coupled prophesying, after they were water-baptized. Sometimes after Paul laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them” (f).  This was not some invisible Spirit “deposit” that a lot of churches say we should simply take by faith happened. <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 in 1 Corinthians 1:17 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 dunamis dynamite-like enabling-power” – see Spirit-power.


Paul just told you about the content of his message, and now about Paul’s method in 1 Corinthians 2:1-16 is explained:  “absolutely-in-fact-NOT proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty (a) speech or [human] wisdom, for I decided to mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know (b) absolutely-in-fact-NO thing among you except Jesus Christ and/coupled Him crucified . . . and my speech and/coupled my logos message were absolutely-in-fact-NOT in plausible (persuasive) words of [human] wisdom, but-instead by-the-means-of/with-the-company-of (c) demonstrations/manifestations of/belonging-to the Spirit and/coupled of dunamis [supernaturally, dynamite-like] enabling-power, so that your trusting-relying-faith might in-possibility-NOT rest in the [human] wisdom of men but in the dunamis [supernatural, dynamite-like] enabling-power of God . . . and/but we do impart [Spirit’s] wisdom, however absolutely-in-fact-NOT a wisdom of this age or of the archon firsts/chiefs (d) of this age, who are doomed to pass away, but we impart a secret and/coupled hidden wisdom of God . . . God has prepared these [hidden] things for [ALL] those who unconditionally-love Him which He has revealed to US (ALL) dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of the Spirit . . .


Paul continues:  “Now WE (ALL) have received . . . the Spirit who is from God in order that WE (ALL) might [contingent on our choice] eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know (e) 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 Spiritsugkrino ‘interpreting, comparing, contrasting’ things [neuter: or people] of/belonging-to the Spirit with things [neuter: or people] of/belonging-to the Spirit.


Paul continues:  “The natural man does absolutely-in-fact-NOT dechomai ‘warmly-welcome to receive or take hold of’ the things [neuter: or people] of/belonging-to the Spirit of God for they are folly (f) to him, and he is absolutely-in-fact-NOT able to ginosko ‘experientially, relationally know‘ them because they [neuter: things or people] are Spirit-kind-of (g) anakrino thoroughly-discerned (h) . . . However, WE (ALL) do have the mind of/belonging-to Christ.”  Paul is talking about the human “power” of Zechariah 4:6’s old covenant “might and power” fleshly-human efforts FOR God versus completely-different-in-kind New Covenant “by-the-means-of My Spirit” that is WITH God.


<Notes> a) huperoche: elevated, excellent, authoritative-sounding, b) eido: the common word for prophetic visionary knowledge, c) Mark 16:20 “the Lord worked with them and/coupled confirmed logos message by accompanying signs,” d) likely a reference to so-called “wise and learned” scribes, Pharisees, the high-priest, and even Paul’s teacher Gamaliel, but also great Gentile philosophers Paul & Barnabas were competing with, e) This is the prophetic visionary, revelation ‘seeing’ knowledge promised for ALL God’s people NOW in the completely-different-in-kind NEW Covenant per Jeremiah 31:34 in the Greek LXX, f) possible reference to the Gentile philosophers, lovers of wisdom, from 1 Corinthians 1:23, cf. 1:18, 21, 2:14, 3:19, g) pneuma Spirit as an adverb, h) anakrino: to judge/distinguish vigorously/thoroughly ‘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 “diakrino ‘judge thru-the-realizing-channel-of close investigation/reasoning, thus weighing in’ together on what was said” (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!  See also Bible Info-BT5:  “Testing prophecy” or anything that anybody says against the bible? <Notes> a) 1 Corinthians 14:29.




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Spiritual Education, Body Ministry, The Holy Spirit is the power for ministry, The Holy Spirit Baptism comes with sign so NOT an invisible deposit, Ministry is NOT supposed to by fleshly might & power talent, Testing prophecy is NOT against writings but other Prophets, The Body was to critique together what was prophesied or taught by using their gifts

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