x139...........The Bible Doctrine of "Instant Ministry"

"And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized. And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus. And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God." (Acts 9: 18-20)

We see here that Saul (the apostle Paul) "straightway" goes into his ministry. We see this example throughout the new testament--Why?--Well for one reasson we know that ministry is a gift--an anointing--something which is given to "every one of us" (Ephesians 4:7) and which is given "unto men"--(Hebrew --"Adam") "mankind"........

"Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them." (Psalms 68:18, KJV).

But lets look at Saul's "instant ministry" from another perspective.

1. Saul's ministry is that of an apostle.

2. An apostle is a "diakonos" (The Greek word which is translated as servant--minister--office or deacon)

3. The gift of an apostle is named as one of the five gifts which are for the working or use of the "diakonia"

" And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12* For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:" (Ephesians 4:11-12)

These gifts are stated here as being given "for the work of the ministry" The Greek words used here say it this way---

"eis ergon diakonia"

directly translated: "unto (eis) the work (ergon) of those who are servants (diakonia)"

So we see clearly that these gifts belong to those who are "diakonos"--"people who serve God"

So Saul, becomes an "instant minister". His inborn gift of ministry is turned around with the rest of his life when he meets Jesus and receives the word from Ananias the disciple from the church of Damascus.

Was Saul qualified to be a "diakonos"??

4. The requirements to be a "diakonos" as stated in 1Timothy chapter 3 are as follows:

"Likewise must the deacons (diakonos) be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; 9 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. 10 And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon (diakonos), being found blameless. 11 Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. 12 Let the deacons (diakonos) be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. 13 For they that have used the office of a deacon (diakonos) well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus." (1 Timothy 3:8-13, KJV).

The important thing to notice is that there is absolutely no requirement of experience or "time as a Christian", for someone to become a "diakonos". There is this requirement for someone to be a bishop"--

"This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. 2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; 3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; 4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; 5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) 6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil." (1 Timothy 3:1-7, KJV).

Saul was not a bishop--rather he was a "diakonos"--a minister--a servant of god--an apostle.

The "instant ministry" --the "immediate apostleship" of Saul makes perfect sense when we study new testament gifting, and requirements just as they are stated in the Bible. There is no requirements for people to use their gifts of apostleship (or prophecy or evangelism or teaching of pastoring!) immediately. Saul, a "novice" had every Biblical right to serve God--to begin quickly into his ministry of serving God as an apostle. An apostle (as well as a pastor or prophet or evangelist or teacher) is a "diakonos" --and a "diakonos" can be a novice--a new believer! This is purely what the Bible says--does it line up with our ideas and traditions about ministry?