Hopefully you have read the article from last week discussing the function of the Body of Christ, each member having a specific function and purpose.
“The Lord is calling to us, “Rise up beloved!”
In order to better understand the positions in the Body of Christ, I first wanted to share scripture with you that describes the offices that Jesus has given to some of the members of the Body.
“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors, and teachers, to equip the saints fo the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, craftiness, in deceitful schemes…” Ephesians 4:11-14
When we look at these scriptures it is clear that the offices of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher are given by Christ for His work in order to BUILD up the BODY in MATURITY and UNITY. It is important to understand and walk in humility, as the purpose is not for us to wear titles and boast about our position, but rather for the purposes of His Kingdom.
“For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgement, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” Romans 12: 3-5
According to these verses in Romans, we ought to put ourselves in a humble position and recognize that we belong to one another. Do you live your life like this? Do I? Lord, help us to stay low at your feet. Help us to consider others above ourselves.
I have mentioned the various offices that the Lord has graciously given to build up the body. Now, there are different gifts given to the body of Christ, which I will mention briefly and follow up on in the next article (His Body – part III).
“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as He wills.” ~ 1 Corinthians 12:4-11