MORNINGTIME 4101by Benjamin Munsell on September 19, 2022
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: Till we all come in the Unity of the Faith, and of the Knowledge of the Son of God, unto a Perfect Man, UNTO THE MEASURE OF THE STATURE OF THE FULNESS OF CHRIST: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the Truth in Love, may grow up into Him IN ALL THINGS, which is the Head, even Christ: Ephesians 4:11-15. Until we can find a verse that declares that some of the "5-fold ministry" is actually dead or discontinued, I have to believe that all 5 of the 5-fold ministry are alive and well in the Body of Christ and are each one Defined AS THE LORD SEES FIT, and not as man wants them to be for their own personal gain and glory. The Lord will use the 5-fold ministry to not only Chasten, Chastise and Correct errors in the Body of Christ, but to Encourage Believers to stay the course and Joyfully spread the Gospel to all they can. We came into this world of Sin with all wrong understanding of God and what He wants. And the Holy Spirit will direct and use any part of the 5-fold ministry He needs to use to "Update" our erroneous ways and understandings to His Ways. There are times when this "removal of error" physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally HURT as our self, flesh and old man nature take a serious hit as we Grow in CHRISTLIKENESS. To have years of teaching on something and find out that all that teaching WAS WRONG can be hard to swallow as the Lord Grows us in Christ. Yes, many Church Goers do have their favorite golden calves or little gold idols, but either way, THEY MUST GO, and they don't always go easily into the night. GROW IN CHRIST, allow Him to tear you up, fix you up, and, Be Blessed.