|Ephesians 4:10-13 |
10 He who descended is the same who ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
11 And he himself [Jesus] appointed [gave gifts with his authority to] some as apostles; and some as prophets; and some as evangelists; and some as pastors and teachers; [You must be appointed and gifted directly by Christ, (His gift with authority, His authorization, directly from Him to you), not by your sect, not by the government, not by a congregation, not by a college, not by men. To be authorized to preach or teach, you must first be sufficiently cleansed of the evil in your heart, so that you can hear every word to speak as supplied the Spirit immediately before speaking. When you are authorized, you are ordered everything to be done and told every word to speak. From the Word of the Lord within: "Like the Apostles, you too must be cleansed. Only a heart that is purged of sin is acceptable to God. Wait for Him to charter your feet. I was surely sent; as I was sent, so too must you be. To serve without hearing is putting your life in danger."]
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ;4 [The single purpose of the ministry is to perfect the believers: we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom, so that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. Col 1:28. It is impossible for an unperfected minister to help in perfecting the saints, to a perfect man, in the fullness of Christ. Jesus told us that any unperfected minister was a blind guide because he could not see to take the spec out of his brother's eye due to the log in his own eye, Luke 6:40; and He told us to leave them. Mat 15:14. Any minister who denies perfection is a false prophet that denies the scriptures. From the Word of the Lord within: "Those who preach against perfection have a lack of earnest faith. There is only one way to get perfect, and it has been refused."]
13 Until we all come to the unity of the faith, and the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;5 [If you are a perfect man and possess the fullness of Christ, you have everything possible: including fellowship with Christ and the Father, raised to heaven, sitting with Christ in the kingdom, in union with Christ and God, free from even the desire to sin, pure, holy, sanctified, permanently cleansed and perfected, and protected from ever sinning again — all while still alive on earth.]
5 Until we all come in 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; Note! the result of the ministry: evangelists, teachers, pastors is to bring everyone to 1) the unity of the faith, 2) knowledge of the Son of God, which only comes by revelation, (seeing and hearing Him), 3) to become a perfect man, and 4) to the fullness of Christ. Any ministry that does not result in the perfection of the saints, that does not result in perfect men and women, that does not result in men and women receiving the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; such a ministry is a ministry of Satan, whose ministers have transformed themselves to appear as ministers of righteousness. And no wonder, for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers are also transformed [masquerading] as the ministers of righteousness; whose end will be according to their works. 2 Cor 11:14-16. To understand how far in the ditch Christendom is, consider that there are 41,000 sects in Christendom, which totally defies the purpose of the Holy Spirit — to have all come in the unity of the faith.