“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.”
“Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
Vs 9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
Vs 10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
Vs 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
Vs12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”
God sets the solitary in families that they might be fed. Psalms 68:19 tells us that God daily loads us with benefits. How does He do this? Verse 18 tells us that He loads us with benefits through the ministry gifts that He gave to the Church when He ascended on high and led captivity captives (Ephesians 4:8-12). Our opening Scripture tells us that when Jesus ascended up on high, He received gifts for us, and Ephesians 4:8-12 tells us that He gave gifts to us. He actually received to give them to us, and He has given them to us. Who are these gifts? Ephesians 4:11 tells us that they are apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. Where are they domiciled? In the Church (1 Corinthians 12:28). Why were they given to us? For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry and the edifying of the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-12). These gifts are meant to bring us unto maturity through the ministry of the Word of God taught and preached by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Through the ministry of the Word discharged by ministry gifts in Church, God’s awesome presence is made manifest in Church, and we all come into maturity in the things of God. Ministry gifts are God’s gifts shed abroad by Jesus Christ to the end that we might be transformed from glory to glory, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Therefore, receive God’s gifts of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers in Church as gifts and blessings to you. Receive the ministry of the Word through them.
My Solid Front (Confession): In the Name of Jesus, I declare that I settle down with the Word of God; I am not impatient, rather I patiently bring forth fruits unto maturity, as I receive the Word through ministry gifts in the Body of Christ, especially through my Pastor. Amen.
Further Meditation: Luke 9:12-17; John 6:10-12.