Our Sufficiency – Part Two
Our Sufficiency – Part Two
(Continued from Our Sufficiency – Part One)
“Not that we are sufficient of ourselves, to account anything as from ourselves; but our sufficiency is from God; who also made us sufficient as ministers of a new covenant…”
2 Corinthians 3:5
Unity of the Spirit
Unity of The Spirit is the secret and the source of HIS power in our midst.
As D.L. Moody declared:
“I have never known the Spirit of God to work
where the Lord’s people were divided.
“The Spirit of God doesn’t work where there is division,
and what we want today is the spirit of unity amongst God’s children,
so that the Lord may work.”
The true and effective ministers of the New Covenant are those who have died to themselves. By the power of the Cross of Christ, they no longer seek “their” church, “their” people, or to magnify “their” ministry. All is done for His Glory. The “I” has been crucified and the purpose of all ministry is to bring about the Lordship of Jesus Christ in all things.
The corruption of the gospel today is that we have made pastors a ruling class in the church. We have elevated a man to a position over a distinct entity where the people choose one minister over another. In the early Church, the united ministry flowed from house to house so that the people of God would be exposed to the full variety and function of each, so that they might develop into the fullness of Christ.
If Paul called the people of God carnal who were starting to identify with specific apostolic ministers, what would that same Spirit of God that was moving in him have to say today? I hear people talk about “our pastor”, “our prophet”, or “our church” with sorrow. The only Church with which His Spirit is concerned is HIS CHURCH. His Church is not a building or an earthly organization. His Church is HIS BODY and those who walk and live in His Spirit desire and pour out their lives to see His unity revealed through a people with pure motives. Jesus prayed for this unity; those who serve Him seek to see His prayer accomplished in the earth. Those who serve themselves seek the growth of their own ministry, fellowship, or church to the neglect of others.
“He that speaketh of himself
seeketh his own glory…”
May we be struck with the estimation of the true Spirit of Christ concerning HIS MINISTERS:
“Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos,
but ministers by whom ye believed,
even as the Lord gave to every man?…”
1 Corinthians 3:5
To think of His servants as anything in themselves is the error of our day. Paul cries out to the people in the verse highlighted at the beginning “But our sufficiency is from God”. Paul’s ability to minister was not of his own inherent ability, nor was Peter’s, or Apollos’! Their individual ministrations were born of God, each differing from the other to bring the Church to the “unity of the faith”.
“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds, and teachers, to equip the saints for the(ir) work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith…”
Many will pass over this Word, but those who have ears to hear and eyes to see will understand that the five-fold ministry is given to bring His people to the “unity of the faith”; not to a brand or a faction, nor to divide and bring the people of God unto themselves!
May God move afresh in our hearts to see that ministry is but God’s means to HIS END, not for our glory but HIS. Any minister that draws people to himself is factious. That is the very definition of heresy in the New Testament Greek. May we all take heed to avoid such evil propensities.
(Continued in Part Three – The Divine Purpose)
This article is best read as one document but for the hope of maximum retention, it is broken down into shorter segments. It is my earnest desire that His people would cease from the exaltation of ministry and the choosing one over another and begin to touch the vibrancy and purpose for which ministry has been given. (Please read Part One in this series first).
Ministry is given to usher in the wonder of a living Body of Christ where EVERY member functions in the gifts of His Spirit motivated by the love of Him fusing us, without division. In contrast, Paul declares, “We speak the same thing” because we live and walk in the same Spirit by which we are baptized into ONE Body (1 Corinthians 12:13)!
“For we being many are one bread, and one body:
for we are all partakers of that one bread.”
1 Corinthians 10:17
“Unto HIM be glory in the church”
“The only way it is possible to have one mind is to have the mind of God derived from the unity of the Spirit of God, a unity which comes only when believers find the will of God and give themselves unselfishly and unstintingly to its fulfillment.”
– John F. Walvoord
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