|1 Corinthians 3:10-11 Apostles Equip Believers With the Foundation To Build On.|
The apostles have the responsibility to perfect the saints, which is to say to bring them into completeness, to fully equip them. They equip them with doctrine and revelation of the Scripture, with the gifts of the Spirit, with government, with local elders and deacons, with the orders and the pattern of the church that God is building, with the foundation on which to build and with many other things. shows that an apostle must be able to lay the foundation:
In understanding Ephesians 4:12-16, you must go back to the main verb, edoken, in verse 11. Christ gave the gifts. He gave the office of apostle. He gave the four ministries. Those gifts are not the persons but the Christ in those persons, as another passage says, "Christ in us, the hope of glory." The text cannot be read any other way than to understand that these gifts are performing all of this work as the gifts proceed from Christ. Grace means, literally, free gift. This is grace, and we know from Scripture that it is grace that does any work that is done. In fact, God could give no greater gift, so He gave us of Himself. He chooses to do it through apostles, ones sent. He chooses to not use those who send themselves or who are sent by men. It is plain from the Greek that it is not gifted people who do any of this work, but rather the Gift Himself does the work through the members. This is true whether it is the apostle who is totally equipping and completing the member or the member who is now also moving in the power and authority of the same gift. When any member comes into submission to the apostle, that person carries the same anointing and authority of the apostle just as long and to the extent that they are in submission. They are not submitting to a man but to Christ Himself. If you can discern the Body of Christ, you will see this. If you see this, flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but your Father in Heaven has revealed it.
You can go many places on the internet, on Christian radio, or in the religious world where you will find people twisting this Scripture. They will twist "apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;" into "teacher/pastors" or some other misquote. The Bible says what it says. The Scripture cannot be broken. Satan hates the Bible and he hates God's church and the orders of God's church. If you see someone doing this, run, do not walk, away.
Let God be true and every man a liar.
Apostles are given the responsibility of protecting the entire flock of God from the attack of the enemy, but with so many voices in the world, each one claiming to be the one that should be listened to, how can you know? You are responsible to be close enough to God so that you can tell the difference between false apostles and real apostles.
Last updated: Aug, 2011
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1 Corinthians 3:10 Apostles Lay the Foundation
1 Corinthians 3:10-11 Apostles Equip Believers With the Foundation To Build On.
1 Corinthians 3:11-12, other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 3:13 Every Man's Work Shall Be Made Manifest:. . . Revealed [Apokalupto] By Fire; Fire Shall Try Every Man's Work, What Sort It Is.
1 Corinthians 3:13 Every Man's Work Shall Be Made Manifest: For The Day Shall Declare It, Because It Shall Be Revealed [Apokalupto: Removal Of A Veil] By Fire; And The Fire Shall Try Every Man's Work Of What Sort It Is.
1 Corinthians 3:11-15 God's Quality Control Program Burns Up Works That He Does Not Do Through Us. He Wants To Do The Works.
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