The Eight Appointments of God, Part VII
And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations. I Corinthians 12:28
Administrations covers several appointments, such as servant, attendant, minister, service, deacon, pastor and one who runs errands. There are many duties in the body of Christ and it is important to recognize those who labor diligently in the church.
The body of Christ is the representation of the Lord Jesus in the earth, not a place to go, but a Person to be. Imagine all the gifts and power that Jesus possessed and all that His ministry encompassed in the daily service He provided people in need, such as feeding the poor, healing the sick, casting out demons and raising the dead, not to mention the preaching of the gospel to the lost. For three and a half years He trained His disciples to be able to take on the ministry after His death and to carry on with the training, equipping and service to the world, an awesome task indeed.
The church today has the same calling as the disciples of Christ had, a world in desperate need of a Savior and a people who represent Him, who possess His power and authority, commissioned to give all to those in need. These messages on the body of Christ are intended to reveal the true design of the church and its function in the earth, to tear down tradition and ritual and to encourage the believer to be that which he has been called to be, a functioning member of the living representation of the Lord Jesus Christ in the world!
There are diversities (allotments or various kinds) of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all things. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all. I Corinthians 12:4-7
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin