Thursday, 3 May 2018

The Church And The Ministry Of Christ

There are many ways to look at the ministry of Christ, but in this article we would focus on how Paul demonstrated it in Ephesians chapter four. Yes, we would be looking strictly into the book of Ephesians chapter four, to uncover the essence of Jesus coming and what exactly the Church is.

"Notice that it says “he ascended.” This clearly means that Christ also descended to our lowly world. And the same one who descended is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that he might fill the entire universe with himself." (Eph 4:9-10).

Here Paul clearly stated that the reason Jesus came, died, resurrected, and ascended to heaven is so he might fill the entire universe with himself. His goal is to have all things filled with himself; all that exist will be filled with Christ.

"Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all." (1Cor 15:28).

He subjects all things to himself by filling all things with himself, and when he has achieved that he would now subject himself to the Father so that God might become all in all through Christ. This is the goal, this is the essence of everything he is doing, to become all in all. He would be supreme over all things, he would be the center of all things, and he would be the circumference and the essence of all things. Now the next question is what is the Church in all these?

"And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all" (Eph 1:22-23).

This Christ, is the one that fills all things with himself, and the Church is his body. This means that the Church is that which has been filled with Christ. As this man moves on filling the whole universe with himself, the Church is that part of the universe that has been filled with Christ. But Christ want more for the Church, he wants to utterly filled the Church with himself. His goal is not to partially fill all things, but to completely fill all things. So he must have the Church completely filled with himself.

"And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;" (Eph 4:11-13).

The Church must be filled with the measure of the fullness of Christ. No, not with the measure of a portion of Christ, but with all of Christ. The Church must grow in the in-filling of Christ until she is completely filled with Christ, and there is nothing in her but Christ. This is why she is called, "the fullness of Him who fills all in all". She is his fullness, for she is completely filled with him. Her true purpose is to get herself completely filled with Christ, and to also serves as a vessel through which Christ fills all things with himself.

We would not ignore verse eleven and verse twelve. There it stated that Christ has given special gifts to the Church, to enable her get herself utterly filled with Christ. To fulfill his ministry Jesus gave birth to other ministries in the body. Through these ministries Christ will get the Church filled with himself, and he would also get the Church to fill all things with himself. We see that Paul mentioned the evangelist, this is a special ministry dedicated to reaching out beyond the body, to get others things filled with Christ. The prophet can also be seen as another vessel through which Christ would reach out of the Church in his ministry of filling all things with himself. Hence, the ministry is divided into two; one part is to completely fill that which has somewhat be filled, and the other part is to reach out to other things in the universe that has not been filled at all. However, all things must be filled, completely by Christ. This is his goal and pursuit, it is the ministry of Christ.

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