BLESSINGS AND GREETINGS…
To close out this very productive blessed winsome Year of 2013, we will print a few APOSTOLIC VINTAGE from different apostolic blogs.
THIS FIRST ONE, “THE BRONZE LAVER” ties in with the IFFM CROSS BODY TRUE UNITY /BOOK OF EPHESIANS in house Views. And we shall submit it to YOU in respectful SELAH “pause and think about it” applied form.
It was FIRST PRINTED ON THIS BLOG: OCTOBER 30, 2012
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THE BRONZE LAVER
PRE ARTICLE SELAHS:
Overseer Ponderances Upon Newly Relocating
- “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” I Peter 1:16
- “Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean that bear the vessels of the LORD.” Isaiah 52:11
- “Faith without works is dead” James 2:17 YET ”faith works by love” Galatians5:6
- “In this area, unless I sign up to be “UNDER THEM” ,not one senior minister will even speak with me, much less be willing to make an appointment to discuss apostolic leader doctrine.” Recently relocated senior pioneering leader
- “Evidently it is the believe around most of this region that ALL leader real women are supposed to be “under” ALL men, must be seen but not even heard, EVEN when they are not married to them or a member of their fellowship.” Deep South Minister
- “There is no one size fit’s all Bible authority, spiritual covering doctrine, unless it’s Church of Ephesus.” IFFM Pioneering Servant Leader
- IN the eyes of God, WHICH He regard as more IMPORTANT, even more appropriate: To first wonder about any new visitor, new senior pioneering leader: WHO ARE YOU AFFILIATED WITH (SPIRITUALLY UNDER? or DO YOU REALLY KNOW JESUS CHRIST AS LORD AND SAVIOR? AND IF SO, YOU’RE UNDITIONALLY READILY ACCEPTED?
- “FIRST, if I can ever find non legalistic, Book of Ephesians, mature whole Bible counsel, James 3:17/Ephesians 5:21 overseer genuine authority, THEN I could pray about whether to sign on their dotted line.” Sr. Pastor, IFFM chief apostle /pioneering leader founder, Dr. Taveau D’Arcy
- “God reproves (2 Timothy 3:16) and He also reprieves.” (Psalm 118:1-4)
PART 2 THE BRONZE LAVER
From the song, “TAKE ME IN” (C)1987 David Browning
“Take me past the outer courts, into the holy place
Past the brazen altar, Lord,I want to see Your face
Take me past the crowds of people, And the priests who sing Your praise:
I hunger and thirst for Your righteousness, But it’s only found one place:
Take me into the holy of holiesTake me in by the blood of the Lamb
Take me in to the holy of holies,Cleanse my heart, cleanse my lips: Here I am.”
REMAINING TRULY CONNECTED WITH OUR FIRST LOVE
Any good ongoing relationship has a certain amount of true passion. And pioneering senior leadership ought to be no exception.
Married spouses, must guard their own hearts, minds and lives to ensure that along the way, with all the pressures, weariness and real life tough demands, that they remove themself from the point of intense pressure and stress, and just be alone together. This private alone times serves to help keep a relationship fresh, communicative and like an oasis in the middle of dry desert period of times.
Yet, a lot of spouses do not take personal responsibility to oversee their own marriage, and then fail to time off to have uninterrupted, intimate, devoted “Other Quality Time.” And finding this type of precious time is becoming even harder due the my types of heavy loads that one or both may be struggling under, then add to this the random stresses of parenting, attending aging sets of parents but then all our media saturation, with it’s addictive escape alluring qualities.
And then in the midst of all of this enormous high pressure, there is the High Calling of the Lord and the many big levels of pressure that comes with that: emotional, increased financial, relationship, apostolic spiritual warfare…to name but a very few.
It is no wonder that God counsels each of His own called people to “come apart for a sabbath” in Isaiah 56 and even gives a promise of commanded blessing to any who would choose to make their relationship with HIM their continuing top priority and First Love. See the commanded blessing in Isaiah 56 6-7,
“....every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.”
1. “I will bring them to my holy mountain” Moses went up to the holy mountain where the Bible states,Moses began to “know the ways of the Lord” (rather than just his acts)
2. “I will make them joyful in my house of prayer” IF they are 5 fold offices, Levites (musicians, temple workers) whenever they come to do their work, I will make their job pleasant, enjoyable and even when their work causes them to feel very stretched, instead of being faced with a big chore, I will make it a challenge instead for them.
3. “Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar”Rather than regard their love offerings, their hard work which often involves great personal leader sacrifices as He did “Cain” (who had the self centered ego, big achievement oriented”I did it” i.e. Works mentality) the sabbath promise of God is to remember how they first Love HIM and He will regard them as pleasing, like Able.
4. “My house shall be a house of prayer …” The sweet smelling savor of humility, brokenness, refreshing combined with God’s anointing, will serve to waft out among the community and begin to draw in all kinds of persons,diverse, mixed cultures, all races, as there will be a cross body, cross racial, servant hearted “real respect” which this writer senses is based on the leadership pure heart attitudes modeled in Ephesians chapter 4 and also Ephesians 5:21,” mutual submission, mutual (real) respect IN THE HOLY FEAR OF THE LORD.”
5. (My house shall be) “a house of prayer for ALL PEOPLES”: as their will be no bigotry, race, class, gender bias, or legalism which dehumanizes certain ministry, lay stereotypes, due to the top leaders placing higher intrinsic value on personal, leaders achievement and performance versus personal one on one divine Bible real relationships, the atmosphere of abiding, “accepted in the beloved” will woo, entreat and comfort,attract all ministry leader types, all races, generations and socio -economic levels.
The fact is “They will know that they are my disciples because they love one another” will play an enormous part. As will the leaders valuing “acceptance in the beloved OVER knowledge, personal achievement or material success, according to Ephesians 3:19, “To know the love of Christ which PASSES knowledge.”
EPHESIANS CHURCH AND THE PHILADELPHIAN “LOVE WALK”
Ephesians Chapter 4:1-11, authored by apostle Paul ( Please note the writer’s BOLD ITALICS and give them special consideration)
“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
With all lowliness and meekness,
with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace
There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
The above passage Ephesians 4:1-11 appeals to the leaders to “work out their own leadership UNITY SALVATION.”
Next, let us examine the Pauline apostolic REAL REASONS: Ephesians 4:10-19
V “He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things*.) * this is similar to “Every valley shall be exalted” in Isaiah
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
POINT: NO divisive denominations, ministry elevated names, titles, are mentioned. LOWER CASE apostle, prophet,evangelist, pastor, teacher denote that they were all only SERVANT leader offices.” This is confirmed in apostle Paul’s other writings to the church of Corinthians, “DON’T say “I am of Apollos” and “DON’T say “I am of Paul” (as in zero famous elevated Christian celebrity pulpits…which he understood would create a divisive “party religious spirit”)
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
POINT: Paul gives reasons why all the above 5 fold equipping offices are badly needed. BUT he never divides them into rank,hierarchy, laity as deemed lower than leadership. PS That false leader doctrine, the respecter of persons Doctrines of the Nicolaitans, which were the first ones which elevated the leadership from the New Testament church laity, were not at this time (in organic pioneering Church 5 offfices) present.
Later on,when they did cause apparent big respecter,disrespecter, for some kinds of persons divisive spirit, perhaps making ministry stereotypes, class consciousness, Big I’s and Little You’s, in the book of Revelation 7 letters to the 7 lampstand senior pastors, the Holy Spirit rebuked two of the churches for giving sway to those false, controlling, demeaning leader doctrines.
13Till we all come in the unity of the faith POINT: “unity of the faith” Paul does not list divisions, such as denominations, sects
and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
POINT: apostle Paul seems to point to the fact that yes, Heavenly Father’s Game Plan for his 5 fold offices, and the Corporate regional, national and world wide TRUE Body is not just a ivory tower philosophy.
Rather the Lord God Almighty has given the Church a mandate toACHIEVE mutually submitted, mutually respecting cross national, cross servant pioneering leader unity IN THE HOLY FEAR OF THE LORD (Ephesians 5:21) and then to work to apostolicaly MAINTAIN it.
PRAGMATIC REAL REASONS FOR CROSS BODY HARMONY, APOSTOLIC TEAM CORPORATE TRUE TEAM UNITY:
Please note how the following passages serves to explain Father God’s reasons for His leaders to be “one in the Spirit.”
The protective spiritual mutually accepting real covering of pure noble, servant authority, international, national, regional,corporate 5 fold office UNITY..will manifest in the Spirit to form a major corporate FATHERING OVER ALL PURE ANOINTING.
In Isaiah 10:27 pointed fashion: God’s yoke breaking power will break the back of the adversary of each our own lives, ministries, churches, but also of the families, and it will expand to effect all regions.
In addition, in Psalm 133 “commanded blessing” ministry leader fashion, from the head (high priest Aaron) way down to the hem (laity, families, out the collective door to affect, attract the community!)
V.1 4 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, andcarried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
POINT: Please note the effects of a corporate, undivided, cross ministry, unified SPIRITUAL COVERING which is unhindered by class /rank consciousness, but ONLY cares about “discerning and perceiving” Christ’s love, the move of His Spirit in a house to house joyful, emotionally and spiritually mature out going, contagious witnessing area wide fashion!
Verse 14 states the spirit fruit of such cross pioneering leader, cross body agreement and diverse, accepting true apostolic unity:
- 1. Healthy emotional and spiritual maturity “be no more children:
POINT :(this can also mean in ministry as well as in the family, laity)
- 2. “(easily) tossed too and fro”
POINT: (apostolically unstable leaders and lay people, naive, easily moved, easily shaken, easily shocked at a fallen leader or unsaved person sin)
- 3. “Carried about by every wind of doctrine”
POINT: Going about with “itching ears,” following teachers but not knowing the Lord for themself truly; accepting the latest Bible teaching, Holy Spirit fad, gimmick imperceptively; easily upset, offended and always eager to hear the latest wicked report, believe gossip, and personal tale bears (enabling the Accuser of the brethren, sisteren rather than OVERCOMING them like the Philadelphian Rev 3 Love Walk Overcoming True Church: Christ’s Spotless Bride
- 4. “by the sleight of man” “cunning craftiness whereby they lie in wait to deceive.”
POINT: this may apply to what goes on in the laity as well as the leader ministry; God’s immature shifting saints are gullible, will believe any fad, fancy packaging, smooth talker AND conversely deep with in the ranks of some who name themselves as “true Christians’ even “pioneering leaders” we find far to many plastic insincere charlatans who know the best way to hype, manipulate, cajole or defraud even some of God’s own pastors, lay persons, out of their own time, money and possessions.
Sadly in the USA way down at grass roots senior pioneering levels, in some regions among the gentlemen and women of the cloth, there appear to be more PREYERS than sincere PRAYERS. Submitted selah.
15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
POINT: Speaking the truth in love: Being upfront, practicing confrontation, discerning comforting compassion vs firm, God’s Up Front tough enduring real love.
II Timothy 3:16-17 Type of Love:
2) For apostolic doctrine
3) for nonlegalistic, non accusatory, non judgement, non abusive leader reproof AND correction, (rising up when Spirit lead with true moral leader authority, realizing that “Faithful are the wounds of a friend” and that in II Timothy 3:16-17, v. 7 mentions WHY God uses His holy Bible to reproof, doctrine, correction, instruction: “so that the person of God will be thoroughly furnished!”
“So that we may grow up into Him in all things.” I.E. Be Wise, Mature:Throughout God’s entire Word He is not a blessing machine. He corrects, reproves, even withstands, holds back his blessings, supernatural power when (it appears) that the House of God Leaders are in rebellion and pursuing false idols)
(Please read Isaiah Chapters 1-10 just before the famous Bible verse 10:27 “God will remove the yoke off your neck with his burden removing anointing. PS It is conditional)
“Which is the head, even in Christ” This ties in with all unity from all humble, mature 5 fold office ministers linked in the supernatural supplying power from on high: and each person individually acknowledging Christ as OVER all.
There are NO “big I’s and little You’s” in either laity or ministry leadership. And there are NO privileged superior races or ministers under the rule of Jesus Christ at the head.
Due to real life: Yes, God raises up kings and sets down kings. Yes, of course there are some persons who are elevated by God to show off their fine national leadership, to command respect for God but also to help make big decisions, leadership policies with other equally nationally well recognized true 5 fold office ministers.
This should be NOT viewed with legalism due to the way so many people take ONE comment and run amuck with it!!
REMINDER: Zephaniah 3 mentions that a person might have “reknown” in a region, area, nation.Yet that is not “famous celebrity” which is modern flesh even in some parts of entitled, competitive ministry.(very sadly)
THE BOTTOM LINE FOR APOSTOLIC CROSS BODY TRUE UNITY
Aside: NO taking party sides in politics, yet actively encouraging, participating in the voting democratic process but on the “divine Holy Spirit led” servant basis.
Thus HERE IS THE REAL SUMMARY OF THE CROSS BODY AFFECT ON SUCH UNITY:
16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
POINT: When there is sincere CROSS BODY UNITY, big realistic spiritual fruit begins to manifest. Instead of a divided, competitive, competing, judging, EGO DRIVEN impure Body, (which enables, tolerates,occasionally embodies the adversary, satan, the Accuser OR the arm of leader personal achievement, persona and apostolic flesh) then it will NOT resemble the whole, ORGANIC true pure authentic genuine Corporate Body..
BUT RATHER it embodies RELIGIOUS SYSTEMS of humans, which are based upon pet doctrines and accepted pet prejudices. These in turn tend to BLOCK and HINDER all God’s Holy Spirit genuine (Bible) apostolic spiritual fruit in church, region, even across the nation. (see Eph 4 mid chapter where it describes a portion of that fruit) *
*unauthentic , non genuine “human additives/apostolic MIXTURE” non ORGANIC, immature FRUIT will misrepresent the corporate humility and savor of the pure hearted, non accuser Messiah (Isaiah 11:3).
And where there is a religious big system, which places more value on achieving, performing and is usually materialistic, this devalues personal relationships with the following: God, spouse, self, family, church, all others, government, business, society. (Where in the writer will now ask the reader to PAUSE and GIVE CONTEMPLATION to whether or not this is already taking place today?)
THE BASIC CHURCH OF EPHESUS, BOOK OF EPHESIANS, CHAPTER 5 MINISTRY SUMMARY
Ephesians 4:1-11, the main authority “true fruits” would be based on 1.mutual lowliness of mind, mutual humility, common enduring overcoming love, commonality of main basic doctrinal major points and then on the next part, cross body 5 fold office ministry mantles being divinely directed to have God ordained relationships, with both ministers and all others forming the unified Bride of Christ.
Ephesians 4:12 – ALL the above will hinder attack, develop a more mature, much more discerning, not so easily fooled true Body. This body will be more fully functioning, living up to it’s potential as God truly wants.
AND the spiritual fruit of this corporate unity is Shalom Functioning rather than clutter, heightened stress and dysfunctional toxidity accusation:(strife, division, enabling accusation) both in families, personal lives, and corporate ministry lives, not to fail to mention a famine in finances, new vision , and even in fresh revelation coming from the 5 fold office ministries.
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