THE WORK OF THE MINISTRY - 3
In reading Ephesians 4:11-13 we see that Paul's statement is meant to
envision all these kinds of ministry to accomplish four things:
This time I want to stress the ministry of "teachers", vs. 11.
The end of all these five facets of the ministry is "unto the measure
of the stature of the fullness of Christ:", vs. 13. It takes a
powerful lot of influential force to take a new born saint into the
"perfect man" which God desires, vs. 13.
In the process of being saved, the lost man comes under the sound
of the Gospel at 'minus umpteen' negative measures from the maturity
which the Lord desires. Even after the "men" are saved, three measures
are provided of the Lord to mature him to the state desired, as seen by
Namely, the Word of God, the teaching Spirit (John 14:26) and the
ministry defined in vs. 11.
In modern times the ministry called "teachers" probably envisions
what we call 'Bible Studies'; Sunday School classes; seminars, and
such functions. It would involve such things as: Christian living,
church truth, Bible prophecy, etc.
The Scriptures record "certain prophets and teachers", Acts 13:1. To
the Corinthian church, Paul listed "teachers" as third in order, I
To young Timothy, Paul identified himself as a "teacher of the
Gentiles.", 2 Timothy 1:11.
In writing to the Hebrews, 5:12, the apostle sets "teachers"
as a rather ultimate goal for them; and equates it as "strong
meat" being the spiritual diet of mature ones.
It is certain that "teachers"are to be taught ones - - - and that
the text is the Word of God, the master teacher is now the Holy Spirit,
and what we teach is a serious matter, Hebrews 5:13-14. DDH.
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