FOUNDATIONS

Lessons designed to promote the integrity of scripture and church!

I Corinthians 3:11“For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is    JESUS CHRIST  

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THE BODY OF CHRIST

THE WORK OF THE BODY OF CHRIST – PART 3

How the Body Accomplishes its Work –

Christ’s Guidelines for this Work:

Predicated on the understanding of the principles divulged by the Apostle Paul (Ephesians 4:11-16), with the intent that they were given to establish the Body of Christ in just these principles of purpose, we will look into the work of the Body by these rules of order:

1.       Nothing the Body of Christ engages in can rend asunder the unity of the Spirit (one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God).

2.      There can only be the order that Jesus the Christ established within the Body of Christ (this demands that there cannot be a human organization or institution established apart from this) – Vs. 11.

3.      The work of the Body of Christ is ordained only by its King, and must not fall prey to the whims of what men think or feel are good works – Vs. 12.

4.      Finally, the work that the bodies’ Head has given for it to accomplish, can only be accomplished by the Body. No saint can dismiss their responsibilities, as given by their King, on any other organization or institution by proxy. Each and every member of the Body of Christ must complete; themselves, the growth and edification of each Body in love!

 

Each Local Body of Christ is Authorized to do:

Make Preachers, Evangelists, and Youth Ministers?

First, there is nothing wrong with a secular education. “I am the first one in my family to graduate past the fifth grade and still have most of my teeth”; sorry, I know that humor is not usually something that belongs in these studies, but maybe it will help to keep things in perspective.

There are vast benefits to secular education and the structure it creates in disciplined study habits that can be effectively used by those who wish to learn and instruct God’s word. However, if there wasn’t a single university to be found anywhere, the ability for the Body of Christ to educate and train every necessary component for the edification of the Body of Christ, can be found within the singular guide for the Body; the Doctrine of Christ.

1 Timothy 1:3-4As I urged you when I went into Macedonia—remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine, 4 nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith.”

1 Timothy 4:6If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed.”

1 Timothy 4:11These things command and teach.”

1 Timothy 6:20O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge”

2 Timothy 1:8-10Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, 9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, 10 but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel”

2 Timothy 2:2And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”

2 Timothy 2:14-15Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers. 15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

2 Timothy 4:1-5I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 5 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”

Titus 1:5For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you”

Titus 2:1But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine”

Titus 3:1Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work”

Titus 3:8This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.”

There is actually even more that Paul would record in these three evangelical letters. We can see within the portions I have shared above, through these two men that Paul (an Apostle) has stationed in Ephesus and the Isle of Crete (respectively), just how Paul through the revelation of our Lord shared the reproduction of the necessary instructional parts of the Body of Christ (Ephesians 4:11).

Note: I am not going to go through the distinctions between preachers and evangelists again, as we have already covered these – see:

http://www.plvcc.org/index.html?/articles_foundations/the_body_order_part23_evangelists.html

Here is what we learn from these:

  1. Timothy and Titus’ ordination did not come from a secular institution, nor a doctrinal seminary (speaking as the world – “The act of ordaining or the state of being ordained”). It came to them the same way it does for those they were to replace – “The things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2). This is; beyond dispute, the Lord’s intent for those who would be charged with either bringing the Gospel to new locations or edifying an existing Body of Christ. 

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  3. The concept of ordination as the world has made it today is void of the basic instruction established under apostolic oversight. First, men are just men (1 Corinthians 3:5-6, 11; 4:1-2 – as just men, they are capable of planting, watering, and being themselves found faithful as stewards of the Gospel of Jesus Christ). 

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  5. Neither Paul, as an apostle, nor those whom he spent valuable time with to reproduce teachers, preachers, and evangelists had to have educations of any note among men (see: 1 Corinthians 1:17, 26; 2:6; 2 Corinthians 11:6). In fact, the qualification for the service of educating the Body of Christ was found only in the single entity that brought forth the Body of Christ in every place it was shared – The Gospel of Jesus Christ!!!

  6. Were they commanded to pool resources between Ephesus and Crete and create colleges, universities to complete this work? Absolutely not, in fact the success of a sound Body of Christ was incumbent on reproducing internally (Titus 2:1-10 – which is also true in every area within the Body of Christ) faithful men who would then reproduce themselves for instruction in repetition of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

  7. Once again, we have to recognize the pure wisdom of God through Jesus Christ; that if followed, each Body of Christ is recognizing, preparing, and educating according to the Doctrine of Christ, capable teachers for the present and much more for the future. This wisdom allows the Body to internally know that their instructors are vetted according to the true Doctrine of Christ. It enables the Body of Christ as a whole, to only tolerate sound doctrinal instructors. Finally, it puts the responsibility exactly where it belongs for the creation, education, and preparation for these instructors in righteousness; on the Body of Christ (Ephesians 4:16).

  8. Finally, did you notice that we have not seen any mention of youth ministers? If we are going to learn to truly speak and act as the oracles of God (1 Peter 4:11), we once again must note the wisdom of God through Jesus Christ. The only ones responsible for the education of the youth in the Lord are

Ephesians 6:4And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.”

When I receive phone calls that ask to speak to the youth minister, I always respond, You want to speak to every father in the congregation?” This is the Lord’s order in the Body of Christ that engages parents (who have to be an example and able instructor) in the development of their children’s spiritual education!

Now go back and review the guidelines for the work the Lord has given His Body above in the introduction and note that in the instruction of Paul, all of these guidelines are honored!

Next: “Benevolence!”