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EPHESIANS LESSON 5 (CHAPTER 4) 03/14/20

LESSON 5-Ephesians

Chapter 4

BEING THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

Ephesians 4:1-32

Eph.4:29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.

4:29 Instead of cheap talk, your mouth is now a fountain of grace, giving encouragement and inspiration to everyone
within earshot. Mirror Translation

Related Scriptures:

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

Colossians 3:16-17 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Col.4:5 Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

Eph. 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

4:30 The Holy Spirit is your signet ring from God to confirm that you are redeemed to live your life in the light of day, any conduct that belongs to the night grieves Him. Mirror Translation

All sin is a cause of personal sorrow to God. Yet, He knows the sin problem is taken care of. We are still called to “walk worthy of the vocation with which you are called”, to walk in fellowship with the Lord. And the Holy Spirit occupies the Christian and is the source, the bond, of the spiritual fellowship with have with God. He is our teacher and our comforter. Sin grieves the Holy Spirit and is the cause for the loss of fellowship, the loss of filling, the loss of the controlling ministry of the Spirit. The Spirit’s presence is also a seal of assurance of the life and inheritance that we possess now and will possess fully in the end. The very thought of this should encourage us to keep ourselves pure.

1 John 3:2-6, “Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be. We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is.

Eph.4:31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you.

4:31 Take up the strongest possible position against every form of distorted behavior in your own life, do not allow yourself to be spiteful; outbursts of violent emotion and rage do not become you. You don’t have to shout in order to make your point. People must feel safe in your conversation, therefore slander and hurtful words (blasphemy) are out! Mirror

Here is even more reference to sins of the tongue and of mental attitude, so that they can be set over against the way that we have learned in Christ. Six things are named here that are decisively to be put away.

1. “Bitterness” is PIKRIA (cf. the English “picric acid”).

2 – 3. The “wrath” and “anger” here are those which spring up from passion and temper because of personal resentment or provocation. The only Christian rule about these is total abstinence!

· Then follows “clamor”, KRAUGEI, which is “the loud self-assertion of the angry man, who will make everyone else hear his grievance.”

· “Evil speaking” is BLASPHEMIA, “slander; blasphemy”. This word is commonly used for speaking against God, but it is also commonly used for slanderous or abusive speaking against one’s fellow men. Since all men re made in the image and likeness of God, you blaspheme man you are blaspheming God

· Finally, Paul adds “all malice”, or “bad feeling of every kind”, thus demanding the complete exclusion from the Christian’s life of every thought that leads a person to speak or do evil against some else.

Ephesians 4:32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

4:32 Be inspired by kindness and compassion; your forgiving one another when you might feel irritated and frustrated, demonstrates the way God graciously treated us in Christ. Mirror Translation

A forgiving spirit is one of the most obvious and telling character traits in a growing Christian. The lack of a forgiving spirit is the mark of the novice Christian. The word “forgive” is a Grace word, in the English as well as in the Greek. An early meaning in English was “to give or to grant”. Then, “forgive” came to mean “to remit a debt; to give up resentment or claim for requital; to pardon an offense.”

(John 20:23) Of whomever sins you remit, (cancel) they are remitted to them. Of whomever sins you retain, (not abolish) they are retained.

We will continue with Lesson 6 next week.

The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by blood, adoption/sonship or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

David & Mary Sue

EPHESIANS LESSON 5 (CHAPTER 4) 03/07/20

LESSON 5-Ephesians

Chapter 4

BEING THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

Ephesians 4:1-32

Eph.4:25 Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another.

4:25 Faking it and lying to one another was part of the old life; now speak always only that which truth inspires to your fellowman. We are related to one another like different parts in the same body, (cheating him would be cheating yourself!) Mirror Translation

When Christians try to deceive one another, they break the bonds of royal family, love, and fellowship. We belong together as members of one body, so we must be completely honest and open with one another. “Lying is a great hindrance to the proper functioning of the body. When members are open and truthful, the body will work in harmony and therefore efficiently. Without openness and truth, there can only be disunity, disorder, and trouble.”

Eph.4:26 “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath,27 nor give place to the devil.28 Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.

4:26 Even if you think you have a valid excuse, do not let anger dominate your day! If you don’t deal with it immediately (in the light of the likeness of Christ in you) the sun sets for you and your day becomes one of lost opportunity where darkness employs anger to snare you into sin. Mirror Translation

Characteristics of Sinful Anger

1. Anger is sin from the soulish nature. Gal. 5:19-21, “Now the deeds of the flesh [soul/sense nature] are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these…”

2. Anger is related to foolishness. Eccl. 7:9, “Do not be quick to be angry in your heart, for anger resides in the bosom of fools.” The Bible defines a fool as a person without wisdom. He may be a genius, but his thinking is from human viewpoint. He thinks and acts apart from God’s standards and controls. The paramount fool (and the beginning of foolishness) is the person who has “said in his heart, There is no God.” Look at Romans 1:18-31 for a detailed description of the results of deliberately turning away from God. A fool is on a rapid downward slide towards destruction, both in this life and the one to come. In the list of terrible sins which characterize the ungodly are several which are either causes or results of anger.

3. Anger is associated with grieving the Holy Spirit, Spirit of Christ. Eph. 4:30-31, “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” Notice the contrast here between conditions of anger and the results of impersonal love.

4. Anger is a violation of the Christian’s code of conduct as a member of the Body of Christ. Col. 3:8,9, “But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, {and} abusive speech from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its {evil} practices”

5. Anger hinders effective prayer. 1 Tim. 2:8, “Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension.”

6. Anger is always accompanied by other sins. Prov. 29:22, “An angry person stirs up strife, and a hot-tempered person abounds in transgression.” Anger promotes the sins of gossip, self-righteous judging, maligning, revenge, complaining, bitterness, and many others. Heb. 12:15, “See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled.”

7. Anger makes a person his own worst enemy; he brings misery upon himself. Prov. 22:8, “He who sows iniquity will reap vanity, And the rod of his fury will perish.”

Unhappiness comes from many sources: failure to be occupied with Christ, failure to maintain a relaxed mental attitude, failure to be controlled by the Holy Spirit, thus, failure to grow in Christ. Lack of growth means lack of joy, lack of love, lack of divine viewpoint.

8. Anger promotes jealousy and cruelty. Prov. 27:4. 9. Anger causes misery for loved ones, friends, and community. Anger destroys a nation. Prov. 21:19; 22:24; 24:25; 29:22. Amos 1:11, “Thus says the Lord, “For three transgressions of Edom and for four I will not revoke its {punishment}, Because he pursued his brother with the sword, While he stifled his compassion; His anger also tore continually, and he maintained his fury forever.”

How does anger start?

Ephesians 4:27 nor give [a]place to the devil.

4:27 Any sin that you tolerate is an open invitation to the devil. Do not give him a platform to operate from. Mirror Translation

In Ephesians 4:27, the apostle Paul writes, “Neither give place to the devil.” The word “place” is the Greek word topos. It refers to a specific, marked-off, geographical location. It carries the idea of a territory, province, region, zone, or geographical position. It is from this word that we get the word for a topographical map. Because the word topos depicts a geographical location, this lets us know that the devil is after every region and zone of our lives — money, health, marriage, relationships, employment, business, and ministry. He is so territorial that he wants it all. But to start his campaign to conquer all those areas of our lives, he must first find an entry point from which he can begin his campaign of unleashing his devilish destruction in our lives.

How does it all start? It starts through giving place to the enemy through our mind, our thoughts, then words, then deeds.
We often throw open the door to the devil when we:

• Refuse to let go of old hurts and wounds.
• Refuse to acknowledge what we did wrong.
• Refuse to forgive others for what they did.
• Refuse to stop judging others for their grievances.
• Refuse to admit we were wrong too.
• Refuse to say, “I’m sorry” when we’re wrong.
• Refuse to lay down our “rights” for others.

Ephesians 4:28 Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.

4:28 If you were a thief before, you are one no more. Find an honest job where the fruit of your labor can be a blessing to others! Mirror Translation

Let him steal no longer and work to help others:

Paul in Eph. 4:28 then gives two positive changes to the Ephesians in this area. First, the practical answer for the thief is fairly straightforward: work and earn, don’t steal. Second, Paul specifies that “theft” involves more than just taking physical objects from others. Work done ought to be “honest.” Those who were dishonest swindlers were just as much “thieves” as those who swiped fruit from open baskets. The former thief was to no longer lie or manipulate others, but personally work to provide for his own needs and the needs of others.

We never talk about the negative unless we present the positive.

Opposites:

Lie – Truth
Anger – Love
Stealing – Faith

All sin is mistaken identity. We think we are still living in the soulish/sense realm. All sin’s root is doubt and unbelief.

Examples:

If we lie, we really don’t believe the truth. If we are angry then we really don’t believe God is Love and We are Love. If we steal, then we really don’t believe God can supply all our needs.

FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT VS FRUIT OF THE CARNAL/SENSE/SOULISH NATURE

Love – Lust
Joy- Grief/Sorrow
Peace- Strife
Long suffering- Impatience
Kindness- Cruelty
Goodness – Evil
Faithfulness- Unfaithfulness/Deceitful
Gentleness- Rash/ Rage
Self-Control- Anger

We will continue with Lesson 6 next week.

The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by blood, adoption/sonship or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

David & Mary Sue

 

IT’S CONFERENCE TIME

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Firestorm Ministries, International

July 30, 31 – August 1

Victory Christian Center

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Training, Activating & Equipping YOU

2020 – The ROAR of The Prophetic Explosion

The Year (Decade) of Pey – The Mouth

Hello Firestorm:

Are you ready to activate your prophetic ministry? Are you ready to eat from the Table of the LORD and receive ALL He has created for you? Then, it is time for you to step up and out and come to the Gathering of the Prophets in Murfreesboro Tennessee, July 29, 30 and August 1st.

You won’t want to miss one day of this power packed prophetic conference, birthed with you in mind. Prophetic Activations, Training, Equipping and Teachings from the Father especially given for you, to move into the calling and destiny He created for you.

You will leave this conference, “Charged and Changed.”

Afternoon Training and Activations from Firestorm Leaders. Evening meetings with messages to feed your spirit and reveal new insights into your prophetic gifts.

Personal Prophetic Ministry from seasoned prophetic leaders and more. No conference fee and did I mention prophetic worship and praise? Bring your worship tools, the flags, mattahs, tambourines and enjoy freedom to worship in a corporate setting.

We are bringing Heaven to Earth and raising up the level of our worship to go into the heavenlies. Hallelujah!!!

Speakers for the Evening Sessions

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Bonnie Nelson
Becca Card
Shirley Riser
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Phil & Brandy Saad

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Paul Smith and The Victory Christian Worship Team – Thursday Night

Firestorm Praise & Worship Team: Bonnie Nelson; Paul Dietrich Friday & Saturday

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REDESIGNING WINESKINS

Redesigning Wineskins

Dr. Sandy Powell

Let me share insights the Lord recently spoke to me for newly emerging churches, ministries, and ministers in this era of time.

First. There will be many.

For those passionate to build their church or ministry, and establish reputations for God’s Glory, let us remain mindful of things accomplished “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord.” Zechariah 4:6

It’s imperative in your mission for the Lord, to listen for His directives as He guides you to those for that time and season of your life. Seasons will and do change.

Many new leaders will come from the back to the front. Some whom have been hidden will be like jewels in the King’s crown. It is their time to shine. This includes the ones like David’s mighty men. Those previously disqualified and living in hiding, God will bring forward. A fullness of the remnant of God is coming forth.

Redesigning Wineskins

This is a redesigning of wineskins for operation in the Lord! The old will pass away as the new arrives. Note: In Israel, a wineskin is never thrown out, but reworked for the Master’s use. Old systems for building, growing, reaching the lost, are getting updated wineskins.

Three. The Lord is going to any and all places that lift up His name.

He is no respecter of persons. Take care that you do not resent the name or personalities God has raised up to lead the Body of Christ and set the captives free.

Redesigning Wineskins

This does not include well meaning associates that have no relationship or authority in your lives. Find your tribe and plug in. They may not be completely like minded in approach, but they will have passion in the same mission. The bottom line is always: Are we advancing the Kingdom of God in accordance with His Word?

Five. Let God deal with the things where you are not in agreement.

Speak truth from the Spirit and pray. Your prayers are needed and have the potential to tear down, and build up. To Bind or release. There is power in your tongue. Use it appropriately.

In war and in peace, I remain,

Yours for Him,
Dr. Sandy Powell

PowerHouse Ministries, Inc.
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EPHESIANS LESSON 5 (CHAPTER 4) 02-22-20

LESSON 5-Ephesians

Chapter 4

BEING THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

Ephesians 4:1-32

Eph. 4:17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles 9unbelievers)walk, in the futility of their mind,18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; 19 who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. (living completely in the sense/soulish realm)

4:17 My most urgent appeal to you in the Lord is this: you have nothing in common with the folly of the empty minded masses; the days of conducting your life and affairs in a meaningless way are over! Mirror Translation

4:18 Their understanding is veiled by an interception of light (an image cast by an object, representing the form of that object) Therefore the life of God remains obscure and foreign to them because ignorance blindfolds their hearts. Mirror Translation

4:19 Having become conditioned to a life distanced from God, calloused in spirit, lust and greed driven, they have totally abandoned themselves to outrageous shameless living. Mirror Translation

Related Scripture:

1 Timothy 4:1-3 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,3 forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.

Points:

1.Darkness causes a Christian to fail to orient to the plan of God. He does not know God’s plan or how it works, and he does not know how he fits into God’s plan.

2.Darkness brings about a failure to orient to the grace of God. The result is arrogance and legalism, lack of forgiveness, lack of graciousness.

3.Darkness causes inner misery, unhappiness, anxiety, lack of peace. These things cannot be compensated for by anything in life, but the negative Christian spends his life in a frantic but futile pursuit of happiness through the details of life.

4.Darkness can bring about neuroses and psychoses – anxiety. Phil. 4:6,7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard [STABILIZE] your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

5. Darkness results in a frantic search for happiness through details of life, or through some form of sublimation.

6. Darkness leads to slavery to the details of life. Sins may grow out of 12 things in life money, success, pleasure, sex, social life, family, loved ones, career, hobbies, health (too much emphasis on the body), status symbols.

7. Darkness leads to apostasy, erroneous thinking, false doctrine in the soul.

8. Darkness is accompanied by a lack of capacity to love, leading to pseudo-love towards God, family, the community.

We teach that our little spirits became darkened by the fall of Adam into the sense realm. He plunged mankind into living by the soulish/sense realism, what we think, see, hear, touch etc.

Scripture is clear about living solely in the sense realm.

1 Corinthians 2:14–15 But the natural [soulish/sensual] man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one.

Jude 16-19 These (soulish/sense/carnal persons) are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. 17 But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: 18 how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. 19 These are [a]sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.

I Tim. 6:4-5 he (soulish/sensual person) is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, 5 [b]useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain.

Emphasis on Light:

You are the source of all life, and because of your light we see the light. (Psalm 36:9)

“You are like light for the whole world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a bowl; instead it is put on the lampstand, where it gives light for everyone in the house. In the same way your light must shine before people, so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16)

Your word is a lamp to guide me and a light for my path. (Psalm 119:105)

Now the message that we have heard from his Son and announce is this: God is light, and there is no darkness at all in him. If, then, we say that we have fellowship with him, yet at the same time live in the darkness, we are lying both in our words and in our actions. But if we live in the light—just as he is in the light—then we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from every sin. (1 John 1:5-7)

For anything that is clearly revealed becomes light. That is why it is said, “Wake up, sleeper, and rise from death, and Christ will shine on you.” (Ephesians 5:14)

However, the command I now write you is new, because its truth is seen in Christ and also in you. For the darkness is passing away, and the real light is already shining. If we say that we are in the light, yet hate others, we are in the darkness to this very hour. If we love others, we live in the light, and so there is nothing in us that will cause someone else to sin. (1 John 2:8-10)

2020 Firestorm Ministry Conference – The Emergence of My Prophets

It’s Conference Time

Firestorm Ministries, International

July 30, 31 & August 1

Victory Christian Center

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

 

Training, Activating & Equipping YOU

 

 

2020 – The Emergence of My Prophets

The Year (Decade) of Pey – The Mouth

 

This is the beginning of the decade
For the emergence of My Prophets
And they shall bring My Words Forth
Today I say, Expand your tent pegs

For many of you have decided
Who you are and what you can do
You have settled into a place lower
Than I created for you
Again I say, Expand your tent pegs
For I AM the God of MORE

For as you come up seeking MORE of Me
I will pour out MORE of Myself
And you will RISE up into the heights and soar
And you will exceed all you ever thought
You could be with ME
I AM the God who sets people free
From the limitations of the World

I AM the one who calls you to come up to Me
And walk into the supernatural realm
Where you were born to rule & reign
The supernatural awaits those who come to Me
And claim their destiny
Not that which the world determines
But the destiny and purpose I Created you for

Come to Me, you who are ladened
And carry a heavy yoke
For I AM the One who breaks the yokes
And I will set you free
From generational assignments
And limitations set upon you
By the Prince of the present World

 

 

Drink and partake of Me
And open your eyes to see and hear
The Words of Power and Life
I am speaking into the air
Receive of Me through the Rhema
And My written Word

 

For I am releasing the ability for you to RISE up
To greater heights than ever before
Into a decade
Where kingdoms shall collide in the heavens
And in the earth
Have No Fear
I shall give you the keys to the Victories

 

I AM the One who is Omnipotent
I AM the One who is Omnipresent
I AM the One who is Omniscient
Is anything too hard for Me?

Is anything too hard for those who are
With ME and IN ME?
I think NOT!

Again, stretch your tent pegs and receive MORE from Me
Do not look back at who you were
Remember Nothing is impossible with Me
Know who you are today in Me
Trust Me

 

My Name is Yahweh

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Ephesians Lesson 5 (Chapter 4) 02/08/20

LESSON 5-Ephesians

Chapter 4

BEING THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

Ephesians 4:1

Continuing from last week:

From last week:

Eph. 4:11-12 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the [a]edifying of the body of Christ,

Eph.4:13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;

This week:

Eph.4:14-16 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies (by every ministering supplying joint), according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

4:14 The most dangerous life you can live is an ignorant one. You’re left like an infant on a ship out of control in the waves and winds of the storms of life. The fall of the dice dictates while the deceptive teachings of men and their distracting tricks entertain.

4:15 Love (the revealed value that God sees in every man) gives truth its voice. In this atmosphere spontaneous growth is inevitable. The whole person is addressed in Christ who is the head of the body, (pictured as a conductor of music, epichoregeo.)

4:16 From Him flows the original composition and detail of our design like words intertwined in poetry, they connect layer upon layer to complete the harmony, following the rhythm of His thoughts like footprints. Meanwhile the body thrives and pulsates with the energy of love. Each individual part (portion) finds its full measure there. Mirror Translation

FALSE TEACHING AND FALSE TEACHERS

False teaching is also a part of satan’s strategy. The following are some of the characteristics of false teachers:

· They have a false facade. Matt. 7:15; Rom. 16:18.

· They court believers. Gal. 4:17,18; 2 Tim. 3:5,7.

· They appeal to human pride. 2 Cor. 10:12

· They promote idolatry because it is a quick way to demon influence. Hab. 2:18,1

· They promote legalism. 1 Tim. 1:7,8

· The false teachers will continue to operate throughout satan’s rule on earth. 1 John 4:1

We never talk about what is wrong unless we also teach on what is right.

TRUE TEACHERS

Those who teach God’s Word have a heightened responsibility. “My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment/justice.” (James 3:1).
The Apostle John says this is priority one.

The first order of business when deciding if someone is a true teacher of God is to discover what they teach about the person of Jesus Christ and the Word of God. They are the same by the way.

Some traits of true teachers:

They tell you what you need to hear

1 Kings 22:8 (KJV) And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man,

Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may inquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.
Their message always aligns with Scripture

Acts 18:28 (KJV) For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publicly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ.

They Teach the full counsel of God

Acts 20:27 (KJV) For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.

They do not seek to please men

Galatians 1:10 (KJV) For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

Their message is based on Scripture and they teach what they have applied to their own lives.

2 Corinthians 11:13 (KJV) For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

The true teacher confines their messages to the Scriptures.

They focus on the spiritual aspect of your life

Romans 14:17 (KJV) For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

The message is made clear

Ephesians 5:6 (KJV) Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

1 Corinthians 2:13 (KJV) Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Ghost teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
They possess humility when teaching

James 4:10 (KJV) Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
They will accept correction when needed

Acts 18:26 (KJV) And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.

They accept Scripture for what it teaches

2 Peter 3:16 (KJV) As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

They are portals to the Glory of God

Psalm 29:2 (KJV) Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

A true teacher gives glory to God for the revealing of Bible truths. They know that unless God gives the understanding of the Scriptures.

They realize that they are not the only ones who have the truth

Acts 15:22 (KJV) Then pleased it the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren:

We must realize that we are but one stream of truth.

They do not claim any promises outside what the Bible promises

1 John 2:25 (KJV) And this is the promise that he has promised us, even eternal life.

We will continue with Lesson 5 next week.

The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by blood, adoption/sonship or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

David & Mary Sue

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EPHESIANS LESSON 5 (CHAPTER 4) 02/02/20

LESSON 5-Ephesians

Chapter 4

BEING THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

Ephesians 4:1-32

 

From last week:

Eph. 4:11-12  And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the [a]edifying of the body of Christ,

Eph.4:13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;

This week:

Eph.4:14-16 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies (by every ministering supplying joint), according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

ALL THE PARTS IN THEIR PROPER POSITION. The joints are the points of union where the supply passes to the different members, furnishing the body with the materials for growth. The joints are the 5-fold ministers.

4:14-16 The most dangerous life you can live is an ignorant one. You’re left like an infant on a ship out of control in the waves and winds of the storms of life. The fall of the dice dictates while the deceptive teachings of men and their distracting tricks entertain.15 Love (the revealed value that God sees in every man) gives truth its voice. In this atmosphere spontaneous growth is inevitable. The whole person is addressed in Christ who is the head of the body, (pictured as a conductor of music, epichoregeo.)16 From Him flows the original composition and detail of our design like words intertwined in poetry, they connect layer upon layer to complete the harmony, following the rhythm of His thoughts like  footprints. Meanwhile the body thrives and pulsates with the energy of love. Each individual part (portion) finds its full measure there. Mirror Translation 

What happens to one who is not mature in Christ. They grow up in Christ or they become victims of false doctrine. This is especially seen in the last generation. We must grow up, we must be edified, and we must edify others in these last days.

How do we edify?

 

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Edify meaning building up. Edify has Latin roots, The Latin noun aedes, meaning “house” or “temple,” is the root of aedificare, a verb meaning “to erect a house. The figurative sense is to instruct or improve spiritually, to instruct and improve in moral and religious knowledge.”

Speak the one true doctrine in love, and then maturity, perfection – will happen!

Colossians 1:27-29 To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.28 Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.29 To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.

 

It is the job of every minister to teach Jesus, and to present to Jesus discipled perfected/matured saints. What type of saints are we presenting to Jesus? Christian perfection in the Word and our natural thinking of perfection may differ, (the word means maturity), but the perfection that the Word talks about is an attainable perfection that we must yearn towards. We may as Paul said, “I have not attained it”, but the hope in us must run towards it as in a race, not so we can boast of anything we accomplished, but it is by His grace. For we are a people that yearn to be with our Father and to be like Him, and to teach others to attain our inheritance found in Christ, which is none other than Christ Himself and everything found IN HIM.

Perfection as you define it, may not be the perfection that the Bible teaches. The statement we make constantly is “Nobody is perfect”. True in that we are not “ALL-KNOWING” as God or “all-powerful” and we never will be, nor should we desire to be; but you are destined to be perfect in regard to being complete IN CHRIST experientially, mature. We re-iterate this point so that our aim in this race will only settle for the finishing line and this point will build a hope in us that will not faint before we cross the line. Why is this so important? There is a time of trouble ahead that will cause many to fall away from the faith.  Of course, this is in the sense/soulish realm; you still have the faith of God in your spirit.

If your hope is in Him and you understand His hope for you then you will not faint – you will run with purpose – you will rely on His grace and ability to perform this word in, YOU! We must not however, define what maturity is except by the Word. Maturity is NOT that we will have TOTAL revelation of ALL God’s word, it is NOT that we will FULLY know all that can be known about God, it is NOT that you will be able to perform ALL that God can perform. It is – You are running YOUR course, with what is revealed to you, with the ability that God told you to build with – perfectly!

As Paul said:2 Tim. 4:7-9 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.

  Paul puts the minister and the ministry in its proper place:

1 Corinthians 3:6-7 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.7 So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.

 

 

 

There is nothing a minister can do, except as a servant be obedient to water or plant. It is by grace that, as a minister, we have ability to plant or water. In the natural we are but mere men. How could we know what to plant, how much water to give it, where to plant it, and when to water. To know would make us a god in our own estimation. Except what He tells us, and we obey Him, and all the while, He causes the growth. We have no life in our words except His life, which no man may glory in himself. This is a life that walks in the Spirit and not walking in the flesh.

We are a field that God will send planters and those who water. Please see the way of God here, we are a field, we do not move around trying to find planters, GOD SENDS THEM. If your heart is hungry, God will send his five- fold ministry to you or someone using their ministry gift: you do not have to seek them out. Yes, you may have to GO to buy the book, or GO to the special meeting on a night you normally like to spend relaxing, but God sends them to you. God lets you know about the book, the meeting or the tape. If you are led of the Spirit and have a hunger for Truth in Christ, you will not lack for bread. If this is so, you cannot be factional. Factions come from those who pick and choose their diet, those who hunger not for the Truth in its entirety.

1 Corinthians 3:8-9 Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.

In Paul’s analogy or metaphor, He first explains His role as a worker in the field and the listener is the field. Now He changes to another picture or metaphor; that of him being a master builder and the listener as God’s building. What building does God call us? In verse 17 of this passage he answers – You are God’s temple.

1 Corinthians 3:10-11 According to the grace of God, which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it.11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

 

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Now Paul continues the analogy with His role as a TEMPLE BUILDER. Paul and the ministers that preached the unadulterated Word after Paul were a type of Solomon the master builder of the Temple of God. It is built by Wisdom. At the start of this passage, Paul makes known that Jesus is Wisdom, and now we see the temple of God being built by Wisdom. We need to know Jesus as our Wisdom and cast off our foolish wisdom. We need to praise and worship Him Who is Wisdom as we approach in humility of mind.

We will continue with Lesson 5 next week.

The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by blood, adoption/sonship or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

David & Mary Sue

 

EPHESIANS LESSON 5 (CHAPTER 4) – 01/25/20

LESSON 5-Ephesians

Chapter 4

BEING THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

 

Ephesians 4:1-32

Eph. 4:11-12  And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the [a]edifying of the body of Christ,

4:11 What God now has in us is gift wrapped to the world; (the same content and the same intent,) Some are commissioned to pioneer; others are gifted as prophets, some as announcers of good news, some as shepherds with a real gift to care and nurture, and others have a gift to impart instruction through revelation knowledge. (Couriers, communicators, counselors and coaches). Mirror Translation

4:12 Each expression of His gift is to fully equip and enable the saints for the work of the ministry so that they may mutually contribute in their specific function to give definition to the visible body of Christ. Mirror Translatoin 

Eph.4:13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;

4:13 The purpose of the gifts are to present everyone on par and in oneness of faith; believing exactly what the Son of God believes and knowing accurately what He knows concerning us. Standing face to face in equal stature to the measure of the completeness of Christ. (A life filled to the brim with Christ, like a freight ship carrying its cargo.) Mirror Translation

 

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The Purpose of Ministry Gifts Continued:

There is a five- fold ministry (leaders) which (as found in Ephesians 4:11-16) is the government Hand of God in the earth today. These office/functions, ministry callings come from God and are not elected by man, but are special equippings of the Spirit. These are ministerial offices/functions giftings which are full time ministry calls. Note; they may have full-time or part-time secular jobs as well.

I, rather say functions, since office depicts a lording over the laity. Jesus stated in Revelation that this is the doctrine of Nicolaitans. Rev.2:6, 14-15

Revelation 2:6 But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

These (ministers/ servant leaders) are assignments and mandates and are life- long callings. Their job description ACCORDING TO THE WORD OF GOD is:

Ephesians 4:11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head; Christ; 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

An analogy  of the 5-fold ministry is in the OT passage of David slaying the giant. 5 stones were chosen by David; the 5 Chosen Stones speaks in part of the Five Ministries of Ephesians 4:11. And He gave some, Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Shepherds {Pastors}, & Teachers. They were drawn from the water (CHRIST) and were selected as a team to destroy the giant (the flesh/5 senses)!

 5- fold is a team effort. Individualism is a threat in defeating the giant (the flesh)!   This is being jointly fitted together and being Living Stones, 1 Pet. 2:5 and a Mighty Army, Joel 2:11.

 

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Eph 4:11-16 is a long sentence. Let’s see if we can break it down:

 

  1. The five -fold ministry is called to equip all believers for works of ministry.

 

  1. They are called to the edifying or building up of the Body of Christ at large (all individuals, not just one church or denomination or select group).

 

  1. They promote unity through faith and knowledge in the Son of God, Jesus.

 

  1. This unity causes a perfecting or a maturing — and causes people to look and act more like Jesus and to walk in His anointing and power.

 

  1. The five -fold ministry will also equip people not to be deceived or fooled or tricked or misled by the enemy but will cause them to be wise in this world and able to speak the Truth in love in freedom and liberty and power.

 

  1. As people grow up in Christ, each person does its share with his/her gifting by the Spirit and so we need each other and nourish each other and grow as His workmanship in the Spirit of Love and these ministers will exemplify this.

Integrally intertwined within the PURPOSE contained in these verses is PROCESS. That process is five-fold ministries equipping and activating the saints.  Consider the PROCESS as each gift equips the saints: 
Apostles equipping/mentoring a “sent one” mentality.

Prophets equipping/mentoring vision and revelatory awareness.

Evangelists equipping/mentoring the ability to draw people to Christ.

Pastors equipping/mentoring a caring and concern for others.

Teachers equipping/mentoring sound doctrine and true knowledge.

THIS is what the five -fold ministry of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher is called to do! This is their JOB DESCRIPTION according to THE WORD OF GOD.

Eph. 4:13 – 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 fullness of Christ:

 

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This verse pertains to God’s plan, plain and simple. God’s purpose is for unity of the faith to occur in the church. It will happen. There are some that say “unity of the faith” is that we all get along. Jesus spoke unity that is based on us being complete in Christ. If you are not pressing on to completion, then you are not unified or have knowledge of our Oneness. A gathering or assembly with contrary doctrines is not in unity. Jesus prayed a prayer that we would come into unity and that has happened.

John 17:21-23 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. (NIV)

IT IS FINISHED WE ARE ONE IN CHRIST!

 

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How far can we go?

Eph 4:13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. (NAS)

You are to become perfect (mature/complete) which does not stop when Jesus was a babe, or when He was 12 in the temple giving answers, but you have attained when you have reached the FULL stature of Jesus. You have attained when the last stone is set on the temple. You have attained when the tree bears ripened fruit to be eaten by all. You say impossible! We are talking about a place of growth where Paul and Peter and others have already been, a place in God where we are always walking in the Light, always walking in Love, always abiding in Him. God is no respecter of persons, what he does for the one He will do for the other. What God did in Paul and Peter concerning maturity, He will do the same work in you. This is a place where you know the Truth and it totally sets you free.

Our corporate goal, destination, and finish line is “the unity of the faith” for which Jesus prayed—one corporate Man! So, the third dimension of Moses’ Tabernacle, the Most Holy Place, is marked by maturity: the full stature of love and unity (Psa. 133).

Galatians 4:19 My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you,

 

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Eph. 4:11-13 Cross references:

1 Cor. 12:28; Acts 21:8; Acts 20:28; Rom. 12:7; 1 Cor. 12:7; 1Cor. 14:26; Col. 1:24.

We will continue with Lesson 5 next week.