|1 Corinthians 12:4-7|
4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
5 And there are differences of ministrations, but the same Lord.
6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God who works all in all.
7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to benefit all.2 [Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said to them, "You men of Judea, and all you who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to my words. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel: 'And it shall come to pass in the last days, said God, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all men; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out my Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy; Acts 2:14-18.]
|Ephesians 4:11-13 |
11 And he himself [Jesus] appointed [with his authority and power] some as apostles; and some as prophets; and some as evangelists; and some as pastors and teachers; [You must be appointed and gifted directly by Christ, (His gift with authority, His authorization, directly from Him to you), not by your sect, not by the government, not by a congregation, not by a college, not by men. To be authorized to preach or teach, you must first be sufficiently cleansed of the evil in your heart, so that you can hear each and every word to speak as supplied by the Spirit immediately before speaking. When you are authorized, you are ordered everything to be done and told each and every word to speak. From the Word of the Lord within: "Like the Apostles, you too must be cleansed. Only a heart that is purged of sin is acceptable to God. Those of you who are preaching without authorization: you will be found out, you will be exposed. To serve without hearing is putting your life in danger. I work with the blind; but if you think you can see, and you are not with me in heaven, I will make you a laughingstock."]
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ;4 [The single purpose of the ministry is to perfect the believers: we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom, so that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. Col 1:28. It is impossible for an unperfected minister to help in perfecting the saints, to a perfect man, in the fullness of Christ. Jesus told us that any unperfected minister was a blind guide because he could not see to take the spec out of his brother's eye due to the log in his own eye, Luke 6:40; and He told us to leave them. Mat 15:14. Any minister who denies perfection is a false prophet that denies the scriptures. From the Word of the Lord within: "Those who preach against perfection have a lack of earnest faith. There is only one way to get perfect, and it has been refused."]
13 Until we all come to the unity of the faith, and the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;5 [If you are a perfect man and possess the fullness of Christ, you have everything possible: including fellowship with Christ and the Father, raised to heaven, sitting with Christ in the kingdom, in union with Christ and God, free from even the desire to sin, pure, holy, sanctified, to then be permanently cleansed and perfected, and protected from ever sinning again — all while still alive on earth.]