x187....The understanding of the anointing--and the understanding of the anointing gifts....
11 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)
The word "Christ" is not Jesus' last name. It is not his title--it is His function. (K Copeland). For some reason, this word was not translated into English in the common Bible. This lead to a type of misunderstanding of what the "Christ " means. Until very recently, this revelation has been given and discovered by many of the teachers of the word of God--and many people have been helped and healed by the understanding that the "Christ" is the anointed one and His anointing--"to lift burdens and beak yokes of bondage"
But the same can be said for the gifts of ministry! 4 out of five of these words have been left untranslated in our common English translations of the Bible. This has lead to the same problem. WE see these words as "titles' that are mostly considered to have been held by people of the past.
But when we translate these words--we see clearly that they are functions and not titles. That they are gifts "given unto every one of us" rather than titles that only some people in the body of Christ have. The Bible clearly says that these anointing gifts are what the functioning church ought to consist of . They are, the "business plan for the church"--they are for all the saints--all Christians to have and function under--in order to serve God (do you think God made anyone who was not designed to love and serve Him?) and in order to build up--to edify--the body. To strengthen--and to add to the body--the church. No other plan is given in the Bible--this is the plan of God to add to the church--to build up the body--to bring more souls into the kingdom of God. There is no other plan mentioned in the Bible--why do we not study it? Why do we not strive to function under it? Why do we not recognize the ministry gifts inside of ourselves and inside of others?
Perhaps it is because these words were always looked at in the Greek--instead of being translated into the English. Do we really know what the word "apostle" means? Most believe, just as many believed about the would "Christ" that it is a title for people who lived in Bible times. We immediately think of Paul "the apostle"--Peter or John--we think that the word apostle is a word that has been given as a title of a specific person. If we simply translate these words into their simple meaning we would have a greater understanding of these gifts and a greater understanding of how the Bible says the church ought to run. For some reason the only one of these gifts which was traslated, is the word teacher. Of all these words we have a much better understanding of this one--we understand what a teacher is--someone who teaches--it a an action word--it describes someone's function--it is not a "title" or a name of a person.
When Paul described himself as an apostle--he was saying that this was his function in the body--he did not exalt himself--and he understood that he needed others to help with his service to God--He worked in a group--this is what apostolic minsitry is all about....
5 ¶ Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? 6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. 8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. 9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building. (1Corinthians 3:5-9)
When we understand the gifts of ministry as functions rather that as names or titles we shall have a clearer understanding of how the body of Christ is meant to function--
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
These gifts are meant to equip us to serve God, with the result that the church will be strengthened--built up--added to.
When we meet someone who is a plumber--we call him "Al the plumber"--we know that he is a person, yet we know by the word "plumber" his function and we recognize his skill in what he is meant to do. Have you ever needed a plumber? When we have a leaky pipe--a plumber is necessary--we need to find someone who knows how to do the job. This is the same way for the gifts of ministry--they are functions that people have, not titles for people to bear. We need many more apostles in our churches. Many more prophets and evangelists and pastors and teachers ---annointings which any of us can do!! People who serve God by doing these functions in our communities so that God, who gives the increase, can accomplish His will and build HIS KINGDOM--AND NOT OURS!!