The Body Of Christ, A Reality, Part V
And God has appointed these in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healing, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues. I Corinthians 12:28
The eight appointments of God to the church of Jesus Christ and it doesn't even list the "Senior Pastor." Maybe there was a mistake, after all, someone's got to lead don't they, no, the Holy Spirit leads and it is He who is the Captain of the ship. Imagine the church as a great sailing vessel of old traversing the seas of humanity and rescuing sinners drowning in their sin. In order to sail one of these great ships there had to be a crew because one man couldn't accomplish the task.
Today we have a cruise ship sitting in dry dock with a crew hired to entertain and feed the guests who come to be taken care of and to be shown a good time and after all the windows are too high to fish out of, so we will just sing and dance and eat our fill while the rest of those poor sinners descend into Hell! Oh well! Do you not see the fallacy of this nonsense that we call church today in our fast paced world of all about me and forget the rest? The divine design was never intended to be a place to go but to be a person in the image of the Son of the living God.
In order for this gospel ship to sail everyone has their specific job to do and without them it would be impossible to ever accomplish what God has intended for His assembly of saints. In the next series of devotions we will look at these eight appointments of God and how they are used in the construction and operation of the church of the Lord Jesus Christ, so I encourage you to forget the old traditions of men and take a new look at how God proposed His body to function in the earth 2000 years ago!
Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the greater gifts. And yet I will show you a more excellent way. I Corinthians 12:29-31
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin