No Rank Among Believers. The Body of Christ is a system or economy of God, where believers are brought into the Inn for God to implant Himself into us and nourish us for the glorified bodies for our eternal living with Him. There is only One Founder whose foundation of the church is laid the cornerstone we builders of the church cannot reject.
Eph. 3:8 To me, less than the least of all saints, was this grace given to announce to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ as the gospel
Matt 23:8 ...for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers. (10) Neither be called instructors, because One is your Instructor, the Christ.
Many Christians have the mistaken concept that the apostles in the universal church and the elders in the local churches are high officials, far above the so-called laymen or common believers.
The Apostle Paul, realizing that such was a wrong concept, purposely indicated that the apostles and prophets were not extraordinary people. They only understood that they were only to function under such anointing and gifts as Paul is saying and as I said yesterday. People are deceiving themselves that whatever they do they can still function, yes God never retake His gift for functioning even when we go our way because the gospel is being preached anyway.
On the contrary, they should be regarded simply as leading ones among the saints in the churches. They take the lead to receive the revelation concerning Christ for the church, to live Christ, to experience Christ, to enjoy Christ, and to minister the riches of Christ to others.
If the enjoyment of the riches of Christ were available only for certain exceptional persons of high rank, then the rest of us would have no share in it. The fact that Paul could do this indicates that we can do it also. Because he was less than we are, what was available to him is available also to us.
There is no rank among us. At most, we just have some leading ones to take the lead to live Christ for the church life. There is no higher class, no special class, in the church. We have no leader. He is our unique Leader, and we all are brothers. We must drop the concept that the apostles and elders are special.
We all are sheep, and the apostles,
prophets, and elders take the lead to set an example, a pattern, of how to know Christ, to enjoy Him, to gain Him for the church life, and to dispense Him into others. This is a
matter of setting an example, not a matter of rank or position.
All the Believers Are Ministers and so should all endeavour to minister to the glory and command of God. Every elder, deacon must encourage all to share and minister be servants of God and honourable vessels to Jesus Christ. It doesn't also mean they are not to be respected or means they should give themselves authority of the body of Jesus Christ.
Nobody in the church should be made to become a spectator, audience or congregation, and listen to only one ‘giant’ supposed to be a founder or a pastor. Pastoral responsibility is a not an office, it is among the gifts Jesus Christ has freely given us build ourselves in Christ. Our live is no longer ours but it is Christ Who now leaves in our place. If you call yourself a pastor, apostle or what have you reconsider your position and recover the lost glory of God.
No one is above repentance and recovery for the sake of God. Get angry with me for telling the truth and you may be fighting God in Christ Jesus. I was and had to repent when I found the truth. Will you? Even the English charity system has bared the single ownership of any church for more than once. Due to financial corruption and misappropriation and abuse of members.
God is good and willing to receive you He did receive me. In your eyes and ministry do you consider yourself to be greater than Paul who considered himself the least among the saints- that is for you to answer yourselves.
Now read the following. If every one of the believers’ ministers, we could go over many times the areas we have covered on earth for Christ. Not a soul will be lost. Stop fighting for international ministry and settle in the area God called you.
Eph 3:7 Of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God which was given to me according to the operation of His power. (8) To me, less than the least of all saints, was this grace given to announce to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ as the gospel
Our ministry is according to the gift of the grace of God. To say that grace is God for our enjoyment means that grace is God as our life and life supply (1 Cor. 15:10; 2 Cor. 12:9). This life supply operates within us. By means of this operating life, we have a certain ability, which is the gift... All the saints [believers] have such a gift, such an ability given us freely by God.
For example, my hand has the ability to grasp objects. This ability comes from the life blood in my body. If the blood does not flow into my hand, my hand will be
short of life and therefore will not be able to function. But when the life blood flows into my hand, the blood operates within the hand to give it the ability to function.
As members of Christ, we all have the life of God operating within us to produce a certain ability. This ability is the gift that makes us ministers to impart Christ to others.
Our ministry is to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ as the gospel. It is not to present doctrine nor simply to teach the Word in letters. Our gospel is a Person with all His riches. To preach such a gospel is to minister the riches of Christ to others.
Do not be cheated by the traditional concept and think that you are not a minister. A minister is simply one who serves. A minister of the gospel serves people with the
gospel. If a young sister ministers Christ to her mother, she is carrying out the New Testament ministry. All the saints must be bold to declare that they are ministers, stewards...
WE MINISTER AS STEWARDS BEING THE ONES TO DISPPENSE CHRIST.
When you are born again whether through someone witnessed to us or had a direct call from Christ Jesus, it means we are being dispensed with Christ. Jesus Christ is more than just a prophet or messenger of God. He is the processed grace for our enjoyment, that is the work the author and finisher of our faith is working to accomplish in us. During the last week I have exhorted you disciples to come to a better understanding what grace and faith is to us as believers. It appears to me many have an understanding that these are issues of achievement, no. No, it is to understand that faith and grace are the persons God worked through the Holy Spirit in Christ. We must appreciate we have Him Who lives in us greater that anything out there. A person in Whom we ought to have a relationship with.
Eph 3:2 If indeed you have heard of the stewardship of the grace of God which was given to me for you, (8) To me, less than the least of all saints, was this grace given to
announce to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ as the gospel
In the past we have pointed out that the heavens are for the earth, that the earth is for man, and that man is for God. The desire of God's heart is to dispense Himself into man. The heavens and the earth are for this dispensing. This is the central point of the whole Bible. God does not want to remain in Himself; He wants to get into us. Therefore, in eternity past He purposed to dispense Himself into us. For the fulfillment of this purpose, God created the heavens for the earth, the earth for man, and man for Himself.
God's economy [plan] is to carry out the dispensing of Himself into man. We share in this economy through our stewardship, our ministry of dispensing the riches of Christ. Therefore, the stewardship of the grace is according to God's economy.
How pathetic is that our self appointed ownership hears private confidentiality of members and posts them on the social media. Or use it disregarding the privacy of members. Is it really the way we're to confess our SINS?
It will be very wrong for certain churches to concentrate their efforts on teachings only on wealth, prosperity, and miracles in fact these are the least in the order of priority in the life of a believer. After all, after we have seeked first the Kingdom of God and its righteousness certainly these are as part of our many a package God has for us.
The Apostle Paul was not the only one with a stewardship. In 3:8 he refers to himself as “less than the least of all saints.” This indicates that Paul was even smaller than we
are. Our concept needs to be radically changed. If Paul could be a steward, then we also can be stewards and dispense the riches of Christ into others. ...
This means that every saint [believer] can infuse Christ into others. Even a young sister in high school can dispense Christ into her classmates. This dispensing of Christ into others is the stewardship according to God's economy.
GRACE IS GOD HIMSELF AS OUR ENJOYMENT
As part of God’s team to come to the defence of the truth and Gospel leading to our salvation, I pray and urge believers to go for the old truth which bears the blood and sacrifices Christ has made for all of us. Any modern parlances are a ploy by the devil the effect and reduce the power of the ‘word’ of God.
The devil knows how to get believers to sadden the Spirit of God with their self-made interpretations of the Holy Bible without any Biblical evidence or support. Even with the evidence we qoute or often shallow or far fetched. This makes tricksters appoint themselves into the clergy or grant themselves authority.
Eph 3:2 If indeed you have heard of the stewardship of the grace of God which was given to me for you,
John 1:17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and reality came through Jesus Christ.
Since our stewardship is the stewardship of the grace, we need to see what grace is. John 1:17 says that grace came through Jesus Christ. During the time of the Old Testament, there was law, but not grace. Grace did not come until Christ came.
Many Christians think that grace refers mainly to material blessings. But the Bible indicates that grace did not come before Christ. However, God certainly bestowed material blessings on His people before Christ came. Grace is nothing less than God Himself given to us, gained by us, and enjoyed by us. Before Christ came, God could not be given to anyone.
No one could receive God or enjoy Him. But in Christ and through Christ we receive God, and God becomes our enjoyment. Therefore, grace is God Himself as our enjoyment. The stewardship of grace is the dispensing of God into people to be their enjoyment. Dispensing this grace into others is our stewardship according to God's economy. Because we partake of God as our enjoyment, we can dispense Him as grace into others. This is the dispensation of grace.
DID YOU KNOW THE BELIEVERS ARE AS POWERFUL AS CHRIST?
I am certainly sure that many are they who may be saying surely this man is certainly going nuts or talking blasphemy. The Sanhedrin’s also said the same about Christ when He claimed that before Abraham their father He was. Yet many of you have so soon forgotten about Jesus Christ saying the miracle He does greater are that believers will do.
Indeed, the life of the believer is no longer his but it is Jesus Christ Who lives in his place. So you see I am not blaspheming its what Jesus Christ has said all along, all believers are going to be filled with Christ and tear out our corrupt body to be glorified bodies by Him. The Author and Finisher of our Faith.
Eph 1:18 ...that you may know... (19) And what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the operation of the might of His strength, (20) Which He caused to operate in Christ in raising Him from the dead and seating Him at His right hand in the heavenlies, Words of Ministry This power is toward the believers. It is like the electrical power that is continually being transmitted from the power plant to our building for our daily life. In the same principle, the divine power is being transmitted into us continually....
The surpassingly great power of God toward us is according to the operation of the might of His strength which He wrought in Christ. God's power toward us is the same power that operated in Christ. As the Body, we participate in the power that operates in the Head.
The great power that operated in Christ firstly raised Him from among the dead. This power has overcome death, the grave, and Hades, the place where the
dead are held. Because of God's resurrection power, death and Hades could not hold Christ.
If we knew the surpassing greatness of the divine power that operated in Christ, we would never again use our weakness as an excuse. In relation to such a power, our weakness means nothing. Expecting me to sympathize with them, the sisters have often told me that they are weak vessels, but I do not sympathize with their weaknesses because the heavenly electrical power is available to them as well.
With this power, there is no weakness. Your action must be viewed with the power of God who brought Jesus to be the Christ resurrected King with victory over everything and one. And truthfully our weakness has been replaced by the grace of God which is power.