The Rightly Divided Word Of Truth On Men In The Ministry (Part 2)

In dealing with men in the ministry, the only purpose is to ensure that we stay within Scriptural boundaries.

The challenge is to apply the Scripture to you and see if you qualify. If you misinterpret the Scripture to justify a position, Proverbs 30:6 applies.

Too often, we magnify the experience above the Scriptures and when this happens, people can justify an experience without giving Scripture. Or misinterpret Scripture to make it say that it justifies and event or experience. Sadly, most people do this to peddle themselves, and then their spiritual experience usurps authority over final authority.

Continuing on the subject of women in the ministry…..

Men in the ministry is not a gender issue. It’s an order issue. The God of the Bible put in Scripture how we’re to operate, and it must never be suppressed because of a person’s spiritual experience.

As far as the NT is concerned, all 26 books were written by men. Since we don’t know who wrote the book of Hebrews, it’s assumed that it was penned by a male. Yes, there’s 27 books in the NT with the author of Hebrews unconfirmed.

Hebrews 13:22-25 (NKJV) “And I appeal to you, brethren, bear with the word of exhortation, for I have written to you in few words. Know that our brother Timothy has been set free, with whom I shall see you if he comes I’ll be with you shortly. Greet all those who rule over you, and all the saints. Those from Italy greet you. Grace be with you all. Amen.

This final writing in Hebrews is the only reference that alludes to the preponderance that Paul may have been the author. Especially the reference to mentioning Timothy. Not to mention that Paul was a Pharisee and he had extensive knowledge of the OT as evidenced in the 13 books credited to Paul.

It doesn’t substantiate that Paul is the author. Let’s be clear.

Acts 2:15-21 (NKJV) “For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy. I will show wonders in heaven above And signs in the earth beneath: Blood and fire and vapor of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD. And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the LORD Shall be saved.’

You’ve noticed that in the last days, that “God will pour out His Spirit upon all flesh, your sons and daughters shall prophesy,”

Can we see the fact that God authorized that His Spirit be pour out upon all flesh and that sons and daughters shall prophesy. Nothing was said about specific offices of ministry as mentioned in Ephesians 4:11.

1 Corinthians 14:31 (NKJV) “For you can all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may be encouraged.”

So what is prophesying?

1 Corinthians 14:3-4 (NKJV) “But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.”

With the fivefold ministry of “apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers,” it’s a different ball game.

In Ephesians 4:11, is the common fivefold ministry founded upon Matthew 28:19-20.

Consistent with the book of Acts and the rest of the epistles, we see consistently that men filled these positions. The Lord Jesus is the Administrator of these gifts given to the Body of Christ. Nothing’s changed because God never changes (see Malachi 3:6), and His Word is settled in heaven (see Psalm 119:89).

1 Corinthians 12:4-6 (NKJV) “There are diversities 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 in all.”

So to break this up so that we can understand this….

Gifts – The Holy Spirit.

Different Activities – The Lord Jesus.

All things – The Father.

Acts 21:7-11 (NKJV) “And when we had finished our voyage from Tyre, we came to Ptolemais, greeted the brethren, and stayed with them one day. On the next day we who were Paul’s companions departed and came to Caesarea, and entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him.

Now this man had four virgin daughters who prophesied.

And as we stayed many days, a certain prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. When he had come to us, he took Paul’s belt, bound his own hands and feet, and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man who owns this belt, and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.'”

Notice that Philip had 4 daughters that prophesied.

When you put this reference together with Acts chapter 2, we see that the Scriptures agree.

But also notice that just because you can prophesy, it doesn’t make you a prophet. Agabus stood in the office of the prophet. Paul was a prophet and a teacher (see Acts 13:1-2).

Agabus was an accurate and true NT prophet of God as noted in Acts 11:28.

It would be expected that the daughters of Philip would be able to prophesy to Paul about what would happen if Paul departed for Jerusalem. But the Lord used Agabus because Agabus stood in the NT office of the prophet according to Ephesians 4:11, not the 4 daughters of Philip.

So what are we seeing here?

A consistency of Scripture where the Spirit of God is upon the daughters to prophesy.

A consistency of Scripture where you see the office of the prophet operate on Agabus.

What tends to happen is that men give latitude where the Scriptures is definitive and without ambiguity. To assume that the Lord gives latitude when He never did, falls under the scope of Proverbs 30:6.

There’s more to follow.

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