Obedient Steps of Faith – BT26
Even the saint’s ‘work of ministry’ in proclaiming the gospel isn’t done by using man’s wisdom and understanding
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The whole point of Body-Ministry in the Church is to build our trusting-relying-faith: “Christ gave grace-gifts to men . . . He gave [in the Greek: these 4 groups of grace-gifts]: the apostles, moreover the prophets, moreover the evangelists, moreover the shepherds and/coupled teachers, pros ‘towards and interacting with the goal of’ the katartismos coaching-facilitating of the saints for [singular] work of [singular] ministry, for [singular] building up of the Body-of-Christ UNTIL we ALL attain to the unity of The-Trusting-Relying-Faith and/coupled of the genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of the Son of God eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of mature manhood, that is to the metron standardized-size measuring-cup of the pleroma abundant-fullness of Christ in order that we many no longer be children tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes” (a). <Notes> a) Ephesians 4:8-14.
This isn’t a 4 or 5-fold ministry! These 4 groups are only coaches and facilitators for Body-ministry because they ALL do the building-up of the Church so that the people wouldn’t be susceptible to deception, often by one-man-show teaching, and it’s not through accumulating bible gnosis-informational knowledge, but direct, experiential, relationship epignosis knowledge of Christ! Nowhere in the NT do you see Christians meeting for bible-study! In fact, most doctrinal-error comes from bible-teachers that aren’t ‘checked’ by their congregations when the Holy Spirit says “red alert” inside them and they don’t say, “Wait a minute, what about xyz?” That “weighing in on what was said by the others” is what the early Church considered part of “orderly worship” (a) – today, many churches would escort you out because you were being “disorderly.” That is what authoritarians do, the very thing Romans 12:3 denounces! They are “haughty . . . wise in their own sight” (b). Likewise, the apostle John’s own disciples were kicked out the church of an authoritarian bishop Diotrephes “who likes to put himself first” (c). This is part of The Great Wall quenching the Holy Spirit in the Church. <Notes> a) 1 Corinthians 14:29, 40, b) Romans 12:16, c) 3 John 1:9-10.
So the “work of ministry” by the Body-of-Christ in Ephesians 4:12 or “work of an evangelist” in 2 Timothy 4:5 is not supposed to be a “word-only” preaching-ministry as so many today have done, but a “full-gospel” ministry. Paul says to the Corinthians: “For Christ . . . sent me to preach the gospel, absolutely-in-fact-NOT in/by/with wisdom of/belonging-to logos messages, lest the cross of Christ should be kenoo ‘emptied of its value . . . I came absolutely-in-fact-NOT kata ‘down-from or according to’ huperoche ‘excellent, elevated, authoritative-sounding’ of logos-messages or wisdom, routinely proclaiming/preaching to you the testimony/witness of God . . . my logos message and my proclaiming/preaching [were] absolutely-in-fact-NOT in/by/with peithos ‘skillful, plausible, persuasive, enticing’ logos message of wisdom but in the demonstration/proof-manifestation of the Spirit and/coupled of dunamis dynamite-like enabling-power (a) so that your trusting-relying-faith might NOT-in-possibility rest in the wisdom of men (b) but in the dunamis dynamite-like enabling-power of God. However, we [do] speak [the Spirit’s] wisdom among those who are mature, yet absolutely in-fact-NOT the wisdom of this age, NOR of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing . . . we speak absolutely-in-fact-NOT in human-taught logos messages of wisdom but instead in/by/with [those] [singular] Spirit-taught . . . for the kingdom of God does absolutely-in-fact-NOT consist in/by/with logos message but-instead in/by/with enabling-power” (c). Paul said in Romans 15:19 that these “proofs” were “what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience – by logos message and/coupled ergon work/doing in/by/with the enabling-power of signs and wonders, in/by/with the enabling-power of the Spirit of God.” <Notes> a) The “coupling/linking” means that “enabling-power is the demonstration/proof-manifestation of the Spirit,” b) the preacher/teacher Paul as a Pharisee used to be operating with eloquent and lofty speech, c) 1 Corinthians 1:17, 2:1, 4-6, 13; 4:20.
It’s really hard to argue against the “signs and wonders” of God that should “accompany those who have trusting-relying-faith: In My name/authority they shall actually cast out demons; they shall actually speak in new tongues . . . laying hands on the sick to recover . . . and they [all] went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the logos message by accompanying signs” (a). I suspect the problems and ineffectiveness of most pulpit and street preaching is that they don’t believe or obey this, leaving them only with a “logos message that may be plausible/persuasive” to play on the same field using the same “fleshly” weapons of their enemy. Futile! Peter didn’t want just anybody speaking in churches about anything on their minds, like they do today. He says in 1 Peter 4:10-11 “As each has received a grace-gift [from the Spirit: they assumed every Christian would have one], use it to serve one another . . . whoever speaks – do as one who speaks [prophetic] oracles of God . . . by the strength that God supplies.” <Notes> a) The Great Commission in Mark 16:17-20.
Signs and wonders like miracles sure won’t happen without someone having trusting-relying-faith! We saw above that Paul wondered why Christians would look to rule-keeping instead of the Spirit for holiness/sanctification, but then asks this follow-up question: “The [one] supplying to you the Spirit and/coupled miracles among you – [is it] ek out-from ergon ‘doings/works’ of/belonging-to [singular] Law OR ek out-from [singular] akouo hearing/listening-to-understand/know of/belonging-to [singular] trusting-relying-faith?” (a). Mark 16:17-18 lists 5 supernatural things as “signs that will accompany those who are have definitively/wholly had trusting-relying faith.” Jesus said that if you “do not-in-possibility have doubt in your heart but-instead definitively/wholly have trusting-relying-faith that what you say will come to pass, it shall indeed be done for you” (b). To His disciples Jesus promises: “Truly, truly, I say to you that the [one] routinely having trusting-relying-faith in Me will also do the [miraculous] works that I do; and greater works than these will he do because I am going to the Father. [So] whatever you aiteo ‘ask for, seek or earnestly-desire’ in My name/authority, this I will do that the Father may be glorified in the Son” (c), and “Truly, I say to you that if you have trusting-relying-faith like a grain of mustard seed . . . absolutely-in-fact nothing will be impossible for you” (d). Hebrews 2:4 also says, “God also bore witness/testified by signs and wonders and various miracles and by grace-gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed down-from/according-to His will.” <Notes> a) Galatians 3:5, b) Mark 11:23, cf. Matthew 21:21, c) John 14:12-13, d) Matthew 17:20.