"Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip Gods people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of Gods Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christians" (Ephesians 4:11-13).
These are the ministries of Christ that were given to equip the Church. Note that the purpose of these ministries is to equip the Church. They are not meant simply to serve the Church and help Christians live a happy life. Their responsibility is not to manage sin and ensure that the people do not sin too much and get God angry. The Bible says, "their responsibility is to equip Gods people". To equip them to live a happy life? No, it says in the bible that the people (the body of Christ) were to be equipped to do his work. Who's work? The work of the head, the work of the Prophet. The ministry of the Prophet in the new testament is to equip the rest of the body so that they would be able to function properly as a body and freely express the Prophet (Christ) in his nature.
The verse says that the people of God i.e Christians are to be equipped "until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ." The prophet in the new testament Christianity are meant to equip fellow Christians, teaching them until we reach the same level of knowledge and we are all able to operate in the prophetic like they do. The goal is that every one of us would reach the full and complete standard of Christ the Prophet. Each one of us are to be fully matured in the prophetic, we would be giving prophetic words, declaring the mind of God in everything and unto anyone. This is because we are all the body of the Prophet. The only way the Prophet (Christ) can be fully active in his body is if every member of his body is fully alive in the prophetic.
Christ wants to be alive, he wants to be fully active on earth, he wants his presence to be evident, he wants to fill everywhere. He wants to be himself, freely expressing himself among men. And to achieve this he has placed in the Church ministers with special gifts and with the responsibility of equipping the Church until they attain fullness. Therefore the new testament prophet is not meant to simply give you prophecy, he is not there so that you can completely rely on him for the word of God. You are a member of the body of the Prophet and you are meant to operate in the prophetic too. If your prophet is not teaching you how to operate in the prophetic then he is not fulfilling the mandate of God upon your life, rather he has subjected you to immaturity and has made you an affliction to the whole body of Christ.
This post is part of a series and below is the full series:
Christ Is The Essence Of Prophecy
Christ Is The Prophet
The Body Of The Prophet
The Ministry Of The Prophet
The Two Kinds Of Prophet Of The New Testament
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