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Establishing Kingdom Series: Part 2

Ephesians 4:11-13

11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.

The Importance of Christ as Foundation. I don’t think anyone is going to argue against the fact that Christ is the centre of his church. He is the King, seated at the right hand of his Father, and has left his first disciples and us who follow to continue his legacy. In the above passage, we notice four things: 1. “He” Jesus gave some; 2. The List of Positions; 3. The Reason: To equip the saints; 4. The Purpose: For the work.

1. “He (Jesus) Gave Some As.” Today what we’re wanting to stress is the fact the “He” (that is Jesus) gave some to be in these roles in establishing the Kingdom on the earth. These roles will only exist during this phase of the earth, afterwards, we will be in heaven and all would have been evangelised and believers of the Most High. There won’t be a need for outreaching or evangelising anymore. Last week we referenced to the verse of 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, ‘that no foundation can be laid other than that which is laid in Christ Jesus.‘ Jesus is the foundation which all the roles build in reference to. Jesus is the reference always in every step of the church building process.

2. The List of Positions. We find in this passage a list of positions which have been given as “gifts to men” (Ephesians 4:8) by Jesus himself as he ascended into heaven. We have 1. The Apostles, 2. The Prophets, 3. The Evangelists, 4. The Shepherds, 5. The Teachers. All these roles play critical functions within establishing the Kingdom on earth. It’s when either one is not properly understood that we find an area of dysfunction emerges in the Body of Christ. The roles go both ways. From those called to those who will sit under their care. Hebrews 13:17 talks about how to have confidence in your leaders as they will give account for your souls. In other words, they will have to answer for their works, and we all know those in ministry will be judged harsher than those who aren’t (James 3:1). It is also important to understand they have not only received a function within the body of Christ but also a measure of Christ’s gift (Eph 4:7). Which means God has also designated them certain areas of strength as well as capacities for those things. They are also gaining daily an understanding of their callings, and so patience is needed when sitting under any leader, but your faithfulness is not to them, but to the Lord. He is your rewarder when you know how this all comes together. We see this occur in the life of Paul among others, but he, in particular, was in the desert for three years making sense of the ministry the Lord called him to. Peter is another example of how someone can still refine their message, even whilst in ministry.

3. The Reason: To Equip the Saints. This equipping of the saints is the central idea as to why the roles are placed in the community of Christians. They are there to equip, educate, bless and open up an understanding of the Word of God, which all reflects the actions of Christ. It is like personal trainers have been left to instruct the church into its future identity of Christ. Christ is the model and they are positioned to establish Christ in each person they lead and care for. Every student needs a teacher, every disciple needs a Rabbi, the same is true for the church. Some are beginners in the faith and some more seasoned, but all called to fit into this picture of establishing the Kingdom on the earth. For more on this, we can look to a passage like 1 Corinthians 12 where it describes how the body is to function with each other. Something of another topic in light of this, but definitely part of the big picture.

4. The Purpose: For the Work of Service. I’ve called this point “The Purpose” because it is the aim of establishing others enough in their faith to effectively work in the aspects of Christ and their callings and mission paths in the community. The body of Christ can function properly as a whole also when each part does its part. Ephesians 4:16 actually points out how when each part functions “properly it causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.” This is when we know we’ve reached the healthy state of the Christian community. When it is able to keep rolling on with a momentum and the culture in that place is so strong it will remain. This service and momentum continue within the body, and also begins to impact the environment around it. It becomes part of the missional aware church of Christ’s Vision to all the earth.

Conclusion. The idea of church is to enjoy your leaders and to take care of them. They’ve been called to accomplish a task in your midst of training and equipping you for able workmanship in God’s Kingdom. Understand how each part comes together and you’ll find your church perspective shift to a powerhouse thinking which is all accredited to our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Blessings, QSP.

Generational Displacement

I Have A Theory I Want To Term: “Generational Displacement”.

I’ve begun to notice a certain social displacement happening in society, and I believe that’s happening because an identity shift is occurring once more. As a Christian I find peace in God, however if someone does not know God they are actually lost from the get go which makes decision making that more corrupt and broken. We’re in this double trouble time; we have a secular society – which means an increased push away from God, and now this stage of insecurity/uncertainty so to speak.

The retro, ‘sixties’ type movement we’re seeing is a result I believe of people not being certain of where they are in time at this moment. There is even a spike in folk music, reflecting genres gone by. People seem to be clinging to things from the past. What is causing this is an important question to ask?

Times of uncertainty can cause us to return to familiar ground. When growing up we face new phases of life along the way, but sometimes we’re not sure which is the best choice. Often at these points we look to see what either our parents or maybe a key figure in our lives might have done. We try and imagine what they would have done in this situation, but what happens when you no longer have a God fearing truth-filled figure in your life to compare with!? It will become the classic blind leading the blind – and Jesus says they will lead each other into a ditch (Matt15:14).

Because this generation does not know where it’s going (future) the past becomes a crutch to lean on in these times. The options and choices from past episodes become their weapons of choice, yet they can’t distinguish between even the errors of that previous time – and so it goes round and round. This is all too revealing of where people are at in this moment in time. Revealing I believe something far deeper than simply making ‘new’ decisions.  Therefore to the Christian I say be aware of your context, yet remain firm in your faith, because you’ve found the actual thing they’re all meandering around the place for. They think they’ll find it, but they wont; therefore rejoice because you have found the truth and are personally known by the Lord God Almighty. There is also opportunity in this time I believe to speak into this circumstance.

With increased secularism and the conglomerate globalism occurring, I see a chance for the message of Christ the rock becoming all to critical and important. This is the big idea, however what it means to the Christian is wearing your faith on your sleeve so to speak. To constantly display verbally and non-verbally your trust in God! There is none like his goodness, none like his power, and no other has created the human race and everything we know and see. God is above all, and to not acknowledge him in this time is the most tragic of things anyone could do. But we have a generation who insists God does not exist, and there will be consequences for such ideologies and thinking. With or without them God will maintain his word, and he will wipe away every hindering spirit before the every end of time. But to us who remain in this time, and with this people, we are to be fervent in displaying the truths of God almighty. As Paul puts it, “do not grow weary of doing good” (Gal6:9). We must not let our lights be snuffed out by a deluded and wondering world. As Jesus puts it “be as innocent as doves, but shrewd as serpents” (Matt10:16). You must remain alert at all times, and not come under the authority and opinion of this world. It is destined for destruction, however you can advocate the truth, and no matter the consequences, because one day our lives will be take from us because we stand for the truth, we must persist that it is real and it is trustworthy. No one else can do this for you, but I pray that your faiths would not dwindle in the current and coming times.

This generation has cut itself more and more away from it’s God made roots and now is in a place of redefinition – a bad combination! We as Christians need to be seen and heard in this time more than ever. I know it seems a very challenging time to be displaying Christian ethics, such as marriage, true spirituality, and purity of mind, but this is a critical time! “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven” (Matt5:17).

It is a time to be visible and not a time to shrink away. We must not hide, but in every forum – Facebook, Twitter, conversations, voting, etc – we must reveal our bias towards truth – always! A displaced people need guides, but what if they have none? They might not even want one, and thus they will be the blind leading the blind. This is not to say you wont be rejected, but that will. But you never know who might listen, you’ll probably be surprised!

Lets pray and display our Christian values as MUCH as possible. “The time is coming and now is when people will not enjoy sound doctrine” (2Tim4:3). Lets make a promise to whether or not they accept us to keep doing the will of our Father who is in heaven. I know even not laughing a their crude jokes is a form of protest to the world’s position, and we should do that. Staying away from destructive talk. Defend the truth – “blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness” (Matt5:6). Whether it be big or small every ideology other than Christ must be brought low. God is alive and he’s come into the world to save, redeem and deliver his people. The Christian is to remain secure in the promises of God – he is not slow in fulfilling them (2Pet3:9). There is no fear in God’s perfect love! Only truth and assurance that he is faithful every step of the way. And he is. But the people of the world are wondering everywhere except to the truth. It is very sad but we must pray that the Lord of the harvest minister to all their lives. Jesus for King!

With Christ’s Love, God bless. Qsp.

Be Angry, But DO NOT Sin. EPHESIANS 4:26

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“Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger” Ephesians 4:26


Isn’t it interesting, the word used here for ‘anger’ is literally translated from the word for anger. The Greek word ‘ὀργίζω’ means to be irritated, provoked, or moved with anger. However we seem to shun this emotion with the deepest of wrongs. The actual reality is there are numerous emotions which the Christian today thinks they need to avoid, when scripture doesn’t even rule against them. Why is that, is the actual question therefore?

Focusing on our proof text, we need to understand anger and what it means to express it in its proper context. And to clear the stage, this is not permission to run around angry either. Firstly we need to know God is completely against sin full stop end of story. God is holy and His ways are perfect. These are fundamental principles which we must work from. Yet scripture reveals a God whose anger was often stirred against persistent sin, even resulting in Him destroying or desiring to destroy his own people! So how do we make sense of that!? Here is where we need to discover what the righteousness of God entails and how we can identify that. God is always right, and let every human be called a liar. GOD’S WORD® (English translation) translates Ephesians 4:26 is a more dense light and I think it helps, as follows, “Be angry without sinning. Don’t go to bed angry.” So be angry, but do so without getting into anything sinful. Let’s keep going because we got to know what constitutes sin in this regard – how being angry is not bad, but it is warned against turning into sin.

So let’s ask the questions why is acknowledging/being angry important, and why does God Himself do it? Let’s look at a definition of anger found in the Strong’s concordance:

Sinful (unnecessary) anger” focuses on punishing the offender rather than the moral content of the offense.” [see, 3710 [e], “anger“, Strong’s Concordance]

It is not your job to punish the offender, but it is your job to raise the offense and be angry toward an offence. The offense is the reason behind why someone may be angry. You are not sinning when it is about an issue, but you are sinning when you personally attack the offender, the person.

For example, if we find a child crying because someone mistreated them we don’t simply pretend it never happened. No, but we find out who it was and address them. It is the same for an offense. It is not some virtual or hypothetical situation, but you were left feeling wronged. These need addressing. When the bible says – be angry, but do not sin – it means shine a light on the offense not the offender. If the offender however will not hear you out (repent, or say sorry) the light actually does shift onto them according to teachings of Christ. Jesus actually shares that in such a situation of ongoing denial to eventually consider that person a “Gentile” – aka a sinner (Matt18:15). However focusing on the instance once again, we see this is the very reason we are warned to protect ourselves from bitterness. We need to sort these things out early in our relationships. It can begin to cause a lot of problems down the track if we don’t (“be careful that no root of bitterness spring up” – Heb12:15). Jesus goes on to explain how we should approach someone who has offended you:

“If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, 4and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.” Luke 17:3-4

If your brother does not repent there is no forgiveness. It’s that simple. Leave that person to God, because God says He will not ignore those wrongs in Heaven (Romans 12:19). But if he/she hears you out, that’s awesome news, because now you’ve won your brother/sister – and I personally believe a much stronger relationship! 🙂 Being angry at an offence, is completely fine and it is actually healthy. This is not the evil. Sin is the evil. And so long as your upset is focused on the offense, you are still within the parameters of God’s grace.

Sin or Offense, which one is it?

The reason we can speak of both sin and offense in the same sentence, is because they are actually interchangeable in their meaning. They mean the same thing. Sin is an offense against God. This is the reason why love is so necessary in walking a life with God. We accept His correction as love don’t we? This is because He desires to remain in relationship with us. If He didn’t care He could quite easily move on, however He labors. This is love! 🙂 It’s how we got saved in the first place – we said sorry, and He forgave us. We’re now in right relationship. This is the same for our human relationships. To love our neighbor is to talk, and anger is not the evil, the offense is. Love rejoices in the truth does it not? (1 Corinthians 13:6)

Even God in His anger and frustration did something about it He sent His Son. To pay the price for our offense. The truth is we’re still human and capable of offending, even towards God, but He still corrects those He loves. This is the reason Jesus say’s in the above passage even if a brother comes to you seven times and repents, we must forgive him every time. Emotion to the offense is not a sin, but toward the offender is. Therefore keep your emotion, and speak from the heart in the hope of restoring your relationship.

God’s richest blessings upon you all in Jesus Christ name, QSP.

Ever Wonder About ISRAEL?

IsraelAs Regards the Gospel, They Are Enemies…

“As regards the gospel, they are enemies of God for your sake. But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.” (Romans 11:28-29)

In this passage it speaks of Israel, and more specifically practicing Jews, God fearing Israel, those who choose to believe in God and follow his ordinances. So how do we understand the Jewish faith today in relation to God and in relation therefore to the new covenant founded By God in Christ Jesus?

This passage shares that there is a mystery which God will still enact upon (v25). In v29 we see God’s gifts and callings are irrevocable. Therefore to the nation of Israel, God still has prior obligations to this people – based on their forefathers (v28). We all know this and this can be seen all throughout prophecy as well. The nation of Israel is a key player leading to and including the second coming of Christ. Therefore the questions appears – why is God still so active with this people, even though he’s made a “newer and better covenant” (Heb12:24)? And that is for ALL to come under. I say all because our mission still remains to the Jews first. We know how Paul was known to be called to the Gentiles, whilst Peter was known to be called to the Jews. God still pursues them relentlessly! So in summery this passage reveals that the Jewish people have been ‘temporarily hardened’ until the full number of Gentiles has come in (Rom11:25). This means therefore that, Yes Christianity IS the new and better covenant (based on grace not works), but at the same time whilst Israel is hardened, God is still faithful to his promises made to their forefathers. Does this mean that they’re exempt from believing in Jesus Christ? No definitely not, but it does mean that God will judge them accordingly. God bless, and have a great day! ~ From Quick Study Prophetic 

Without Faith You Cannot

“Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if were based on works.” (Romans 9:32)


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