The Three Masters: The School Master
The Three Masters: The School Master
Jesus Christ has demonstrated time and time again, that HE is The LORD OUR PROVISION, providing for His flock, all that is needed, for our guidance, our protection and our feeding, as the Shepherd of his flock. The Lord is the Shepherd of shepherds and has provided us with the ministry gifts of the apostle, the prophet, the evangelist, the pastor and the teacher; all given for the perfecting of HIS SAINTS. However, when it comes to the ministry gifts that have been given, it must be abundantly clear that the Church of Jesus is under the loving care of the Holy Spirit; and where the spirit of the Lord is, THERE IS LIBERTY, not bondage.
It is a contradiction in terms to be a child of God, and in bondage. It does not mean that you will not have challenges along the way, but, bondage to the law should not be one of them. There are a myriad of sheep that are bleating among the flock, because they are subject to legalistic practices handed down to them by “spiritual” leaders that teach and preach with a heavy hand. There may be some reading this subject matter, feeling that this is an attack on spiritual leaders, when in fact it is not an attack at all. I grew up in a time when it was common place to hear messages and teaching that kept the flock at bay, because the messages and teaching were full of condemnation, because no matter what you did, you were never good enough, in other words, you were always wanting.
Christ did not come to destroy the law, but he did come to fulfill it, and fulfill it He did. “For HE hath made him (The Lord our Shepherd) to be sin (sin-offering) for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (II Corinthians 5:21). True ministry gifts have the responsibility of promoting THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD; and it is God through the Holy Spirit, that activates it. When anything else is promoted, the product of such shepherding of the flock will result in a sheep that are mastered by the letter that kills and not the spirit that quickens. The biblical perspective on a people adhering to the letter of the law, are people that have more of a consciousness of sin, and less of a consciousness of God. Operating by the legalistic practices of the Mosaic law and its six-hundred plus mandates restrict the ability of the sheep to be governed by THE CHRIST, who died, and was buried, and rose again and ascended, so we might be FREE FROM THE CURSE OF THE LAW. Many religious orders in our day, especially those in Christendom, are filled with mixture; teaching the flock to adhere to the letter of the law that kills; and saying in another breath, “Be governed by the Holy Spirit.” This is not possible; one must be governed by the flesh (the law) or by the spirit (the spirit of life in Christ), but not both.
Many believers struggle with sin, because they are constantly pounded upon from the pulpit with the constant reminder that they are imperfect creatures, living in an imperfect world and their hope lies in a future perfection after they have departed this life. Christ told us that we are to overcome, even as he overcame. Yet, we settle for a satanic lie every Sunday of someday, one day.
Heaven is not the goal for any of God’s creatures; remember everything comes down from heaven and not the other way around. Emotional hype is placed upon the streets of gold, the pearly gates, the crystal sea, when all of these things are symbolisms that speak to our change from being the sons of Hagar (the Law) to being the SONS OF PROMISE.
To function under the tutelage of THE LAW is to live with THE LAW being veiled (covered over) wherein; you don’t have a clear view of the heavenly Christ as HAVING THE KEYS OF DEATH, HELL AND THE GRAVE. When Christ said, “IT IS FINISHED,” He shook the very foundations of darkness, presenting us with an OPEN DOOR in heaven, allowing the piercing light of truth to induce liberty and freedom to all who beheld the glory of the Lord as HIGH AND LIFTED UP.
MINISTRY GIFTS OR OFFICES OF CONTROL
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: (Ephesians 4:11-12)
The church realm or CANDLE STICK realm is the not the highest order of KINGDOM living; it is the place where sheep mature. This is true because in Revelation the message being trumpeted to the inhabitants of Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea is corrective in nature, saying, “HE THAT OVERCOMETH.”
Church is not, nor has ever been the final destination of the believers priest, it is the realm of the ECCLESSIA (the called out), the separated, yet, many spend their whole earthly experience inebriated by churchianity, thinking it to the order of Christianity, when we are called to have our citizenship in THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND OF HIS CHRIST.
Meaning, just because one goes to church and is subjected to teaching and preaching, still may find them selves, not be eating the bread and drinking the wine, with the Lord, partaking of the true communion. Overcome is the Greek word Nikao, which means TO CONQUER. He that conquers is indicative of a person that SUBDUES (literally or figuratively), PREVAILS, GETS THE VICTORY. Dear heart, these are not church words, these are KINGDOM EXPECTATIONS. Church membership has its privileges, but Kingdom has its priorities; and being locked into ritual that consist of, ceremony, thou shalt not, and religious practices that are not on the agenda; find themselves missing the mark. Sheep must be matured by understanding they must grow upward and cast off their churchy garments and become en-robed in the KINGDOM OF GOD AND ITS RIGHTEOUSNESS.
The ministry gifts in many of our churches have focused too much attention on themselves, their vision, their titles, that people (the sheep) are conscious of frailty in both themselves and within other; failing in their focus of the Holy Ghost. The ministry of gift ministry proceeds out of the ascending Christ, who entrusted the gifts to produce followers of CHRIST. Too much emphasis has been placed on these gifts being titles and not gifts. When a gift is given, it is given for the benefit of the one to whom it was given. The gift is to be representative of the one that gave the gift. The gift does not take precedence over the giver; it is always reflective of the giver. Christ gave the gifts with this in mind, the gifts have an assignment, and that assignment is to produce FOLLOWERS who FOLLOW THE HEAVENLY CHRIST and is OPEN TO THE HOLY SPIRIT being active in their lives. In essence, the institutional church structures have been successful in producing MEMBERS, but how many have produced SONS?
Moses had the assignment of bringing the children of Israel out of bondage and bringing them face to face with God. Unfortunately, the people feared such an encounter, saying to Moses, you hear God for us, and tell us what he said, and we will adhere to your speech. Can I tell you that this is never what God intended for his people then, and surely it is not what he intends for his people now?
While many are locked into THE TITLE OF MINISTRY, Christ would rather that we flow as the GIFT OF MINISTRY. Christ is the head of the church (the body), and this body is bridged by the neck (the gifted ministry), which supports the head, being the channel through which the mandates of CHRIST, THE HEAD are passed on to the BODY OF CHRIST. Many may find it hard to accept these points of view, but there are too many headliners in the church, lording over the sheep of Jesus Christ. Now in fairness to some gifted ministry representatives, the lazy sheep themselves have no expectancy of God leading them or speaking to them, because they have a complete reliance upon the ministry gifts to do and be everything in their Christian walk; that Christ himself is to be.
Well, no needs to stop now, let’s tread a little deeper; one of the area focuses of the ministry gift is for the perfecting of the saints. To perfect is an objective of complete furnishing of the saint.
The law cannot do this. The law of Moses can only BRING US UTNO CHRIST, and it is Christ who unveils THE FINISHED WORK in and through our lives.
Ministry gifts were never meant to take the place of Christ; they were simply the tutors of our walk, pushing the child of God toward his or her dependency upon Christ, breaking free from the order of churchism. I recall those days when my pastor would teach me that my maturity in Christ was defined by my church attendance, my giving of tithes and offerings, my ability to memorize scripture, my obedience to leadership, my fasting, my partaking of the ceremonies of the church, and my understanding of homiletics, and the exegesis of scripture, but when I was a child in my spiritual understanding and comprehension of Christ as my shepherd, I did those things, because that was all I knew, but when I became a man (spiritually mature) coming under the influence of the Holy Spirit, I PUT AWAY CHILDISH THINGS.
The ministry of relativity has become prevalent in many of our churches, ministry is more intentional and than spiritual, because it is taken the place of a movement of the Holy Spirit.
Many have opted for ministry that touches the flesh, before it touches the inward man. When Christ ministered, he stated that HE WAS THE LIVING BREAD. Question, Did Christ have a MEN’S MINISTRY? Did he have a WOMEN’S MINISTRY? Did Christ have a different word for the youth than he had for the adults? Did Christ have a ministry word for the gays, or the drunkards, or the imprisoned? Did Christ have a black people ministry or white people ministry?
No my friend, what he had was a LIVING BREAD ministry.
The word of life for the youth is no different than the word of life for the adults, the word for singles is not different than the word for the married, IT IS THE WORD OF LIFE! Now that doesn’t mean you cannot minister to a group of men, or a group of women, or a group of youth, but the ministry of relativity cannot and should not replace the ministry of the Spirit.
The gifts of ministry are simply gifts of ministry, nothing more and nothing less; unfortunately, too many of the representatives of these gifts have become more celebrity and CEO’s presenting the followers with the wrong interpretation of the intended purpose for these gifts.
I remember when I first started in the ministry; I became a worshiper of the title, forgetting that I was a gift, and put emphasis on my so called title and in doing so, failed in my assignment of pointing souls to THE CHRIST. When the understanding of the gift is wrong, so will be the message. Have you ever noticed that in Ephesians 4:11, that these are not titles but gifts?
Meaning, these are not pronouns as in Apostle so and so, Prophet so and so, Evangelist so and so, Pastor so and so, and Teacher so and so; these gifts are all lower case.
If this be true, where did we as a church society get it wrong to make these gifts more than what Christ intended, by emphasizing them as titles and not gifts, with the understanding that they emanate from Christ? The fanfare of ministry titles has infiltrated the church to the point that the followers obey these so called titles more readily than they obey the Holy Spirit.
In many cases the saints are imperfect because the ministry towards them is imperfect, the only voice that is prevalent among many of the sheep is the voice of the pastor, and this has served us a mis-representation of who is over the sheep. I will let you give that one some thought, but in the meantime, just know that Christ is THE HEAD OF HIS CHURCH and his church is not a brick and mortar building, it is first and foremost you THE INDIVIDUAL.
THE LETTER KILLETH
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. (II Corinthians 3:5-6).
One might say, how can you speak lowly of the ministry gifts as not being offices, when the apostle Paul said that they are given for the perfecting of the saints? Just as the TASKMASTER brings us unto the SCHOOL MASTER, the SCHOOL MASTER (paedagogos) has a role to BRING US UNTO CHRIST. Unfortunately, these ministry gifts, operating as CEO’s, some, not all, have made shipwreck of perfecting the saints, because to do so would promote a strong dependency upon the LORD JESUS CHRIST amongst the flock. The under-shepherds are for the purpose of being the catalyst to point us UNTO THE CHRIST OF HEAVEN, but far too many, point the saints unto flesh and blood, having the sheep be more loyal to the offices of ministry (the pastors, the apostles, the reverends, etc,) more so than to THE CHRIST. As I stated earlier, if a person’s perception of the ministry is wrong, then so will be their message.
The written word of God is very clear in saying that it is BY GRACE THAT WE ARE SAVED, NOT OF WORKS SHOULD ANY MAN BOAST, yet many leaders, advocate that it is through works that our pleasing of God is obtained. Now, please understand, there is activity that takes place in our walk with God, but our activity or works, if you please, are birthed out of a culture of FAITH IN GOD. The JUST, WALK BY FAITH, and not by sight. We are not known by our church activity, or our ability to follow rules and regulations, we are to be known BY THE FRUIT THAT WE BEAR, the Fruit of the Spirit, that is. You cannot go to church enough, give enough, tithe enough, pray enough, and memorize enough scripture to please God, because these things are not what please God.
Keeping rules handed down by leadership and by the LAW does not have the power to produce FRUIT UNTO RIGHTEOUSNESS in our life. Under THE TASKMASTER there was work performed in the flesh, under THE SCHOOL MASTER the work is soulish, it proceeds from the psyche of man. How many ministries in existence today are birthed out of intellect and not the spirit of God?
The ministry culture is the key to where the sheep end up in their growth and development. In other words, ministry has to be that which emanates from the throne of God.
“And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.” (Revelation 4:5)
The ministry culture that proceeds from the SEAT OF HIS POWER, consist of lightenings, thunderings and voices in connection with the SEVEN LAMPS OF FIRE. The eternal spiritual flashes of light, across the darkened sky of humanity are pushed back with each flash of revelation of Christ from within. The rumblings of eternity stir within in the thunderous voice of God.
As we advance in our ability to follow the HOLY SPIRIT, we move forward, understanding that lightenings lead to thunderings and thunderings lead to voices (yet one voice).
When the children of Israel were at the base of the mountain, they trembled with fear because they viewed God externally, as being outside of themselves, missing the revelation that God sought to be WITH THEM, AND IN THEM. The LETTER has no quickening power within it, because it is the DEAD LETTER; and the DEAD LETTER has no power to change you into his image and after his likeness.
Too many sheep today are so locked into their Apostle, their Prophet, their Evangelist, their Pastor, and their Teacher, they look and act like them. If he or she dresses a certain way, then so do they. If he talks a certain way, then so do they. Can I tell you that this of it self, is the wrong ministry objective?
Note what Jeremiah 31:33-34 declares: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
The declaration for NEW TESTAMENT ISRAEL is that God through the Christ will write HIS LAW in OUR INWARD PARTS upon the heart (THE SOUL AND THE SPIRIT) and HE WILL BE OUR GOD AND WE WILL BE HIS PEOPLE;…that my friend is the objective of the ministry gift; which is to get a people into position to be WRITTEN UPON, that we be not servants of Christ after the dead letter, equipped to serve in the NEWNESS OF THE SPIRIT.
Whereby we are not identified as being accepted in the Beloved because we pay tithes and give bountiful offerings, or because we are faithful in our church attendance, or because we know more scripture than someone else, or because we obey the pastor and serve him or her, carrying their brief case; or because we participate in every church ordinance, but rather that we have become the book that is being written by THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD.
I can tell you first-hand that doing all the church stuff is not life, it is death, true life is when you can be governed by the Holy Spirit, allowing him to write upon your heart “LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR AS THYSELF,” because there is no other way for you and I to love. Just because a pastor preaches to you to love, doesn’t mean that you will maximize the ability to love. It is not until THE CHRIST in you SHOWS UP AS LOVE.
Your living and your giving is to be an act of the Holy Spirit, not someone telling you from the dead letter to do it. School master instruction fills our land, and the Holy Spirit sits patiently on the sidelines awaiting the opportunity to breath upon your heart, so you can LIVE IN HIM, MOVE IN HIM AND HAVE YOUR BEING IN HIM!
Wherein your identity is not Baptist, Methodist, Church of God in Christ, Seventh Day, Pentecostal, Catholic, Christian Scientist, Assemblies of God, Holiness, you will simply be SON!
It is because you are become substance of his substance, a living, moving expression as ambassadors of Christ in the earth. You showcase in a state of being the sixty-six books of the bible as a moving organism upon the earthly plain. I cannot emphasize enough, the importance of being governed by the Holy Spirit.
In the next section, I want to focus more on the importance of a people being filled with the fruit of the spirit, understanding that the HOLY SPIRIT is the agent of choice to produce sons of God, and not church members. The Heavenly Christ is on a mission to BRING MANY SONS TO GLORY, will you be one of them? Son-ship is not about gender, it is about overcoming the world and its many systems or orderly arrangement, systems that we are not to be ruled by.