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[Ministry & Service]:
The Purpose of Ministry
Written on October 15th, 2004 - 3:00AM
Last Updated: April 12th, 2007 - 3:18PM

18But all things are of God, who reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ, and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not reckoning to them their trespasses, and having committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20We are therefore ambassadors on behalf of Christ, as though God were entreating by us. We beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:18-20)

May God Almighty be praised for this blessed gift to the world!

The Ministry of God is inherently a matter of humble service—of supplying the needs of others by the Christ, drawing them unto God as their ultimate source—not of making of profit from them, nor of receiving from them. Ministering is ultimately a selfless service of others, in the Name of the Lord Jesus, with its ultimate aim being full reconciliation between the one served and God. And the Ministry has been given into the care of the Assembly of Yahweh, Who in the authority of the Son of God, must go forth in obedience.

Discovering the Differing Callings

27Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. 28God has set some in the assembly: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracle workers, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, and various kinds of languages. 29Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all miracle workers? 30Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with various languages? Do all interpret? (1 Corinthians 12:27-30)

Further studying the Ministry of God we must be sure to realize that each child of Yahweh has his or her own special calling, specifically chosen by Christ. God, before the ages were formed, established our callings and purposes upon this earth, and then created us to do good works in Christ Jesus. Thus, it behooves us to discover what our own peculiar calling is, that we may walk out the good calling our precious Lord has planned for us. In doing so, we enter the joy of living for King Yahweh, the Father and Lord of all spirits. How do we discover our calling?

First, after seeing the grace bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God without anything us having done anything to deserve it (Romans Chapter 11), we respond. This doctrine is commonly called sanctification, or entire consecration—they both mean the same thing, a "setting apart" of oneself unto God, completely and utterly for His service (Romans 12:1-2).

For I say, through the grace that was given me, to every man who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think reasonably, as God has apportioned to each person a measure of faith. (Romans 12:3)

Lest we become puffed up by realizing the grace that has been bestowed upon us in various gifts and callings, we must remember it is He Who has given such things. We have nothing that we did not receive, thus there is no room for boasting of ourselves, but only of He Who freely gives as He chooses (1 Corinthians 1:31), (1 Corinthians 4:7), (Romans 15:17))! Let us think of ourselves only as God thinks of us—as servants who have merely done what they are told (Luke 17:10), who have received much more deserved, only by His grace and mercy.

For even as we have many members in one body, and all the members don't have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. (Romans 12:4, 5)

Thus we see that the division of gifts has been done as He has chosen. It is for a purpose—not that we should boast against one another, but rather that we should all work together, each according to what has been given to us. Do well what He has gifted you to do.

6Having gifts differing according to the grace that was given to us, if prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of our faith; 7or service, let us give ourselves to service; or he who teaches, to his teaching; 8or he who exhorts, to his exhorting: he who gives, let him do it with liberality; he who rules, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. (Romans 12:6-8)

The High-Purpose of God's Ministry

10He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things. 11He gave some to be apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, shepherds{or, pastors} and teachers; 12for the perfecting of the saints, to the work of serving, to the building up of the body of Christ; 13until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a full grown man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14that we may no longer be children, tossed back and forth and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in craftiness, after the wiles of error; 15but speaking truth in love, we may grow up in all things into him, who is the head, Christ; 16from whom all the body, being fitted and knit together through that which every joint supplies, according to the working in measure of each individual part, makes the body increase to the building up of itself in love. (Ephesians 4:10-16)

What a wise God we serve! Seated in such splendor and majesty from all eternity, He has chosen to make Himself known in the most basic of human ideas. He has decided to work with us, not merely for us, or we for Him. Rather, we work together—God and His children—ultimately because His Son willingly became one of us. The One who died, rose again, and ascended high above the earth and heavens! In doing so, He has filled all things, and left nothing unredeemed.

As scripture states, this was done that "Yah Elohim might dwell there [among men]" (Psalms 68:16-19). Therefore, He has chosen for Himself a called-out people—from all nations of the world, including fleshly Israel—to weave together into One Body. These gifts have been given to us:

  1. For the perfecting of the saints. "Perfect" in our Bibles comes from the Hebrew and Greek words meaning "complete." Thus, "to perfect" is "to complete." To be perfect, is to be complete—to be lacking the wrong thing, yet full of the right thing. The modern idea of perfect being "sinless, errorless, flawless" is not entirely Biblical—rather, it is a state of being whole and complete, lacking only that which God does not desire for us. The gifts of the ministry are given to make this a continual process—"the perfecting of the saints"—rather than a one-time event.
  2. [Unto] The work of ministry. When saints are being "completed" they are being prepared for the work of the ministry. "Ministry" again being the verb form of "diakonos"—the gifts are for the work or toil of service. We, limited by our own fleshly bodies and souls, have no hope of effective ministry. We cannot hope to serve others if we are left to our own sinful nature. Rather, God has chosen to give us specific enablings, certain gifts, that will help us accomplish "the work of service." What grace!
  3. [Unto] The building up of the Body of the Christ. Here is the reason for being completed for the toil of the ministry. But why would our Lord's Body need built up? Because He is not a single member, but rather the Head of a diverse and intricate body, which we make up! Therefore, being incomplete persons, we need help from outside our own selves, in order to build us up together into the Body of Christ. We must be continually prepared for the work of serving one anothr. Our Father has made provision by giving Christ gifts to share with His Body. Certain callings and enablings that will help us as individuals to be formed together into that perfect (complete) Body of Christ. May we comprehend that magnitude of the sacrifice of Jesus in submitting Himself to be joined by the many children of God!

We also see that this action of giving gifts unto men for a particular purpose was determined to have an end. The Christ's Body will be complete when we all attain:

  1. The unity of the faith. Without faith it is impossible to please God! How much more impossible is it to complete the Body of Christ without such faith? Therefore, God's callings and gifts unto the Body will remain unto we all come to the same "oneness of the faith"—the faith in God through Christ (I Pet. 1:21). Jude tells us we must therefore earnestly defend this faith that has been delivered to us by all the holy apostles and prophets of the Lord Jesus (Jude 3, Eph. 3:3-7).
  2. [Unto] The full knowledge of the Son of God. How can we hope to effectively be part of Christ's Body if we have not full knowledge of Him? Thus God's gifts of ministry are meant to bring us to a full knowledge of the One to Whom we have been joined, in order that we might act as the members of the Son of God here on this earth, that the world might know that the Father both sent and loves His Son (John 17:20-23). Without the Son of God, there is no life (1 John 5:12). He is the focus of God's redemptive plan, because He is the only Way to the Father and the only One Who is able to reveal the Father to us .
  3. [Unto] A full-grown man. Being knit together as the Body of Christ we inherently begin to resemble a complete man, as his body becomes complete. Attaining the full knowledge of God's Son, the offices of ministry the Father has given through Christ continue on to bring the Assembly into a place of full-grown stature—not of infants, toddlers, children, nor even young men, but—of a fully mature man.
  4. [Unto] The measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Indeed, the Son of God is mature, being the only One to come forth the Father of heaven. He is just like His Father, because He is perfect . Therefore, we must have help in attaining this goal as we have been joined to His Body. We must reach the measure of the stature of Christ's fullness—we know that in Christ all the fullness of the Godhead dwells bodily (Colossians 2:9), therefore we must become like God in order to fully attain His perfect Body (John 17:23)! Blessedly we have been given such power, not by works, but by God Himself, Who has made us "partakers [sharers] of the Divine Nature" (2 Peter 1:4), that we might be "in this world, just as He is" (1 John 4:17).

We all need God's help and direction, which He has given us in His ministry offices, gifts, and manifestations of the Spirit, in order to attain the unity of the faith, unto the full knowledge of God's Son, unto a full-grown man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. He has given us what we need, if we will only receive and obey! Until such a thing happens, all His gifts, manifestations and offices will remain, in order to help us reach His goal! HalleluYah!

Let us then look at the offices, gifts, and manifestations, which the Son of God died and rose again to give to us!


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The Good Message

As you read this site, you will hopefully come to know Yahweh more fully.

But all of this continuing knowledge is useless unless and until you come into union with Him. I use the word union because it is truly a marriage. It is that deep connection we all seek, for which we most often look in other people. However, the truth is that our hearts will only be fulfilled when we enter that union in fullness with the One Who made us.

This is the grace of God, that He has not stayed distant for us only to worship as Creator. But He has come unto us, even become one of us—in His Son, Christ Jesus—in order to share an intimate union with us. He desires such closeness that it truly will envelope our entire life, transforming us into something new and wonderful.

You may have already entered this union with Him and only seek to know Him better through reading here. But if you have not, as you do read, let this Gospel sink into your heart as you read it now.

God loves you, and has cast your sins into the sea. He has sent His only Son as the Savior of the world—that includes you.

That Son, Jesus Christ, was born as a man through a virgin who had given her life to Yahweh; He lived without sin, reflected the glory of His Father, God, in all His words and deeds, and was persecuted even unto death because of it.

His death upon a cross was the powerful explosion that separated you from your life of death. It remains for you, now, to enter into that death with Him. As you die to the one you are now, a person separated from God from your many sins, you will be born anew, with a nature predisposed to live rightly. This gift is free to you, with nothing you can do to earn it. It is the mercy of God to offer it to you, as He loves you so much! All you must do is receive it by trusting Him to have delivered you. Simply place your life in His hands and embrace the freedom that came through that death on the cross.

The Gospel is that Jesus did not remain dead, but rose again on the third day after His crucifixion! Death could not hold Him, as He was without sin. And so death will not be able to hold you, as you identify with Him fully through your trust in Him. Let go of yourself and confess Him as Lord of your life. The power of His death and resurrection will work in you all that your Creator has destined for you. You will truly enter a new life and experience that intimate union you have been seeking all of your life.

So ponder these words as you read here of this great God—Yahweh—and all that He has revealed to His creation. Let His Spirit testify to your heart that these words are true, that God is Love, and that He sent His Son so that you might receive the life that is unbound by time and space. As you feel that witness in your heart, simply believe and receive what He is offering to you, even now, and begin your new life as a child of God.

Please write to me and let me know when you take this step, as I will be your brother in Christ—we will be one in Him!

 
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