The Work of the Ministry #1

Monday, June 25, 2018

“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:” (Ephesians 4:11,12 KJV).

Ministry—what “work” it is!

Laziness never belongs in the life of the believer in Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:8-10 declares: “[8] For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: [9] Not of works, lest any man should boast. [10] For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

God does not save us unto eternal life because of what we do. He saves us only because we trust in the merits of the sacrifice His Son Jesus Christ offered on Calvary’s altar. However, that does not mean God does not care what we do. As Christians, we should walk in our new identity. Our old identity in Adam is gone forever; it is senseless to behave otherwise.

Second Corinthians chapter 5: “[14] For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge [reason, conclude], that if one died for all, then were all dead: [15] And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. [16] Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. [17] Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

First Corinthians chapter 12 says: “[12] For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. [13] For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” God the Holy Spirit has placed us into the Church the Body of Christ for a reason. We are “created in Christ Jesus unto good works….”