Sunday, March 24, 2013
Set it in order and watch God work
Several weeks ago I was awaken by the Lord and challenged to bring a new level of order to The Life Church. The Lord spoke to me that If I established this order he would do the work he longs to perform among his body. I have studied the five-fold and governmental order many times before but this time I saw an urgency to get into the truth and establish it in a fresh way in the church I was sent too. I was led to look at 1 Corinthians 12 and this is what I saw:
1 Corinthians 12:25-31
25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.
We must understand how important this passage is to Local church development. The scriptures clearly are speaking to the body of Christ as a whole but also to the local church. God’s heart is that everyone in the body receives what they must have. When Paul was writing this to the Church at Corinth he clearly stated the mission of God is to establish an order that will first provide for the care of the members but also create a flow that will protect the body in a world that seeks to subvert it through bad information.
In 1 Corinthians 12:28 Paul say God hath SET some in the church……the word “Set” In the Greek understanding is "to put," is used of "appointment" to any form of service. So what this is saying is God has appointed some in the church for a particular service. We must see that without what God has set we cannot be the people we are called to be and do what we are called to do.
So what did God set in the Church? The first appointment he made to the church is “Apostles”. The word for “First” in Greek is “Proton” and means first in time or place and first in rank. Where the word Apostle is we see the “Sent” ones. The Greek word is a compound “apo, "from," stello, "to send". So literally the apostle is sent forth from God first and confirmed by men. Apostles establish, provide structure, release vision and operate in the power of God to clear a realm for the move of God that is coming among and through the people. If God sends someone a work is about to happen in the place where he sends them….(Acts 13)
The second appointment he made to the church is “Prophets”. The word for “secondarily” in Greek is “deuteros” and means second in time, place or rank. The word for Prophets means "one who speaks forth or openly", "a proclaimer of a divine message," denoted among the Greeks an interpreter of the oracles of the gods. We need the heart of God interpreted so people will KNOW what he wants and what he is doing or about to do.
The Third appointment he made to the church is “Teachers”. The word for “thirdly” in Greek is “Tritos” and means “in the third place”. The word for Teachers means “One who undertakes the work of teaching by the Holy Ghost and establishes the truth of God’s word in the hearts of those in the Assembly.
We must understand order matters because the rest of the verse proves it out. The verse goes on to say “after that miracles” and the words “after that” in the Greek means thereafter or afterwards and is related to order and not time. This means he is telling us that Once the Apostolic, Prophetic and Teaching is prioritized in order and rank and time that order releases miracles. The Greek for miracles is “dynamis” and in this verse it means “Power in action” which is used 118 times in the New Testament as it relates to the working of miracles. We must understand that once the order is set miracles just happen….
After he says miracles he says “then” which is the Greek word “eita” which means next and is related to time. This means that when the power is seen in action God will give cause for gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. We cannot expect to see the need for these to manifest until the order is set and the power of the body is in action. The word of Governments ( Greek = kybernēsis) metaphorically it means, "governments or governings," said of those who act as guides in a local church, would be better understood as those who administrate or rule over an area in the local church and this is critical because if and when the move of God happens among a people order must be maintained on one level while the Spirit is flowing on many levels.
We must understand the critical importance of One being sent by God, released by Men in Authority to the PLACE of God’s intended move. When that gift is SET and establishes itself and its function the Prophetic needs to come in and announce the code of God that belongs in the hearts of the people in that place. The announcing of the NEW code or the announcing of the Restoration of the Code enlightens people about what God has prepared for them and now is being released. When the Apostolic and prophetic work together like this there is an immediate harvest for the Kingdom because people see what has been hidden or blocked through unbelief which may be the result of many things….
In most of the Epistles this is the purpose for the writing of Paul. He was concerned about the blocking of the flow that was happening in the local body due to some rejection of an established principle or order of those SENT. We must understand that the local church will have to work very hard to see great results when we reject the order of 1 Corinthians 12: 28. We will never operate at our full potential until we believe God loves us enough to provide for us the things that cause the power of God(which cannot be hindered among the submitted) to flow and be in action.
We also need the false Apostle’s of our day to be returned to being Elders with a different office and assignment. The title Apostle has become just like Bishop and other titles in some church circles. Opening a church does not make one an Apostle. Having a few people call you their Spiritual Father does not make you an Apostle. Apostles are sent into a region with a mandate from the King to establish the foundations of the Kingdom so the people of the region get what the King has determined is theirs. There are New Apostles being birthed yearly for new missions of the King and you will know them by the results and the confidence they have in their relationship to the King and his Church. Let’s Live in this information NOW!
If we do we will see the manifestation of everything he said we would see. I'm ready. Are you?