x173.......Judas had a ministry!

Acts 1:17--"for he (Judas) was numbered with us and obtained a part in this ministry"

This scripture shows us that even Judas--the man who betrayed Jesus--was considered to have been a part of the apostles ministry. Of course this is in agreement with Psalm 68:18--

18 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).

As this scripture clearly states--"even the rebellious" have this gift--and the gift that is referred to here are the gifts of the anointing--the gift of Christ--the "gifts of ministry".

"But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) 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 4:7-12, KJV).

The Bible clearly states that these gifts are "given unto every one of us" (Ephesians 4:7) They are meant to be used to serve God--and this becomes clear when we simply define the gifts by their original Greek meaning.

For example--the word prophet means --

prophetes {prof-ay'-tace} n m

---prophet 149; 149

1) in Greek writings, an interpreter of oracles or of other hidden things
2) one who, moved by the Spirit of God and hence his organ or
spokesman, solemnly declares to men what he has received by
inspiration, especially concerning future events, and in
particular such as relate to the cause and kingdom of God and to
human salvation
2a) the OT prophets, having foretold the kingdom, deeds and death,
of Jesus the Messiah.
2b) of John the Baptist, the herald of Jesus the Messiah
2c) of the illustrious prophet, the Jews expected before the advent
of the Messiah
2d) the Messiah
2e) of men filled with the Spirit of God, who by God's authority
and command in words of weight pleads the cause of God and
urges salvation of men
2f) of prophets that appeared in the apostolic age among Christians
2f1) they are associated with the apostles
2f2) they discerned and did what is best for the Christian
cause, foretelling certain future events. (Acts 11:27)
2f3) in the religious assemblies of the Christians, they were
moved by the Holy Spirit to speak, having power to
instruct, comfort, encourage, rebuke, convict, and
stimulate, their hearers
3) a poet (because poets were believed to sing under divine
3a) of Epimenides (Tit. 1:12)

As we can see, one of the definitions of the word prophet is a singer. The word prophet simply means to speak--of course someone can be a Godly prophet--or one can be a false prophet. Think of a person who is a great singer--this is a prophetic gift--yet of course the devil uses his temptations to lure great singers--great gifted people who have been given their gift from God to sing ungodly songs--to use their gift not to glorify God, which is the intent and highest purpose of any gift, but rather they are tempted to use their gift to "make money"--singing songs that are worldly--(some even that glorify the devil himself!)

Unfortunately in the church we seem to ignore the obvious gifting of all people in favor of the incorrect doctrine which says that only "some "have been given these gifts of Godly service. By their definition they are to all Christians--to be a Christian means to be a follower of the anointed One and His anointing--the Bible clearly tells us that "ye have an unction" (an anointing--1John 2:20) all Christians by their proclamation of Christianity, are saying that they have an unction--that they have an anointing--and the "gift of the anointing" is directly stated in the Bible as the gift of ministry.