THE MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL
Previously we studied with you on this very topic “THE MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL”. God has touched my heart that we continue this study that God's will may be clearly known in your life. There comes a time in one’s life that one would really ask himself, “what am I, who am I,” and “what does God want me to do”. Let’s study!
Hebrews 2:6-8, “But one in a certain place testified, saying, WHAT IS MAN, THAT THOU ART MINDFUL OF HIM? OR THE SON OF MAN, THAT THOU VISITEST HIM? THOU MADEST HIM A LITTLE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS; THOU CROWNEDST HIM WITH GLORY AND HONOR, AND DIDST SET HIM OVER THE WORKS OF THY HAND: THOU HAST PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him”. In the above text the focus is on a man, and we can see that a man was created a little lower than the angels, but yet all things are to be placed under man, (see Genesis 1:27-28). I would that you understand the power that God who has all power has placed in trust with you. It is so that no problem, issue, animal, or devil has any more power given to him of God than man! Please stay with me for it is vital that the minister of the gospel is taught here for the understanding of man in his own life.
Exodus 28:1, “And take thou unto thee Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office even Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aarons sons”. Here we see where God instructs Moses to remove Aaron and his sons from among the children of Israel, and the rest of the mixed multitude that they would be set apart to minster to God. I find the law here that God would desire that he is ministered to.
Matthew 27:55, “And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him”: This text shows that women ministered to Jesus at some point and time of his ministry. I find the law here that the women to minister to Jesus, ministered to God, and I would that you know that God would need no one to preach to him, or prophesy to him, and surely the women to minister to Jesus were not qualified to teach God. What then would the text mean when it says that women ministered to Jesus, and that men were set aside to minister to God?
Luke 7:36-47, “And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house and sat down to meat. And behold, a woman in the city which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with ointment. Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself saying, This man if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner. And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have some what to say unto thee. And he said Master say on. There was a certain creditor which had two deptors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him the most? Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave the most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. Wherefore I say unto thee, her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little”. In the above text we find a woman of sin who has entered into another man’s house and ministered to Jesus. I find the law that a minister must first be willing to serve and care for others. When one feels lost and overtaken by this world of sin, there is no better way to be encouraged in yourself, than to care for someone else. When we see about another’s happiness and comfort then we tend to forget our own troubles. This would then be the confirmation that Jesus has forgiven us for our own sins and lifted our own burdens of sorrows from us. I would that you know the truth that is that the true definition for the word minister is to care for another. The fact that a person preaches or teaches does not make them a minister. In the above text we also can see that a simple kiss of love is an act of ministry. However, many churches are speaking of being like Jesus but are forbidding the women in the church to give a hug to a man because of their own convictions in this world. We preach the return of Jesus, and if he would return and be present in your church on Sunday, would the women of your church be allowed to kiss him, to touch his feet, to even give Christ a hug? I find the law here that the true ministry of women is being constrained because of jealousy of men in the church, but yet we find so many preachers who are sleeping with members of the church, and cheating on their wives. The time is at hand that we expose the true gospel and ministering spirit of Jesus and reframe from so much pretend and vanity, as believers in Jesus Christ. For those who believe in Christ and his ministry, I would that you study him carefully in the Bible and obey him in John 13:15, if you do seek to be Christ like. Don’t let someone else come into your house and do what you should have already done in your ministry, and don’t let Jesus come to your church and leave with dirty feet!
John 13:3-5, “Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; He riseth from supper and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and gird himself. After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded”. Here we see Jesus humbling himself and ministering to those who followed him. Some denominations see the example of foot washing as a third ordinance of the church. Although early Christians washed feet as an act of hospitality (see 1 Timothy 5:10), they never practiced this as a church ordinance. The actions of Jesus in the above text may be a twofold act. First, washing feet was a slave’s task, meaning that Jesus washed the disciple’s feet out of humility, attempting to teach them the principle of servant leadership. Second, foot washing was a symbol of cleansing, although Christians are clean, having been “bathed” with the washing of regeneration (see Titus 3:5), sins committed after salvation “soil our feet,” hindering our fellowship with God and renewing the need for a cleansing to restore fellowship. When you are feeling some kind of way and you need to feel better, you should try making someone else feel better. When a Christian senses that there is sin in his life, he should confess this sin to God, who will forgive and cleanse (see 1 John 1:9). I find the law here that one of the best ways to confess your sins is to minister of care for someone else with a good deed, a hug, a kiss, a foot bath, for they all are ministering acts of God, and I would have you know that when you care for someone, you are ministering to God. Remember God put you here in his image that you would do only what he would have done!
Hebrews 1:14, “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation”?
Stay with me here on this page as we will define the word "Gospel" in our studies to come on this page!
THE WOLF IN SHEEP CLOTHES!
I have often heard church sermons about this topic “The Wolf in Sheep clothes”. I would always leave the church on this day trying to pinpoint who was this type of person, what would he look like, how would he sound when he spoke, and even so where would this rascal abide? This subject is one which has always stuck out to me as I would begin to study the Bible for my own understanding, and attempts that I would be able to find the wolf in sheep clothes, if such an animal could exist. LETS STUDY!
Matthew 7:15, “Beware of the false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are raving wolves”. These are the words of Jesus, and I do find the law here that Jesus was talking about the same man that I had heard the sermon from, the preacher, or the church leader, because he says “beware of the false prophet”. The prophet is the one to speak in the name of the Lord to those who would hear what God has to say in the church. Therefore I can see now that when the preacher preaches of this text that he would be telling me to beware of one’s who would be standing in his own shoes and position of the church. Now I would desire to learn much more of this Wolf as the Bible would have it so, and I begin to search God’s word.
Micah 3:5, “Thus saith the Lord concerning the prophet that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him”. Here we can see that Micah spoke concerning this issue and he shows us that the false prophet makes God’s people do wrong even when they attempt to do right in their own hearts. Micah says that this prophet bites with the teeth, and I find the law here that this would defined a greedy preacher that would devour all of the food, or substance, and falsely teach his people that they would even bring more than they have to give, by preaching only the words that would make people think that the more they gave to him then the more blessed they would be. I would also understand that such a preacher would be one with only the words of peace spoken from his lips; even when there was war he would yet still preach peace to the people. Micah also says that this preacher would be one who is stingy to give and one who feeds not those who are hungry for food or spiritual bread. It is so today in many churches that before one who maybe in need can get a dime from the church, such person in need must give his soul to the preacher.
Micah 3:11, “The heads therof judge for reward, and the priest thereof teach for hire, and the prophets therof divine for money; yet will they lean upon the Lord, and say is not the Lord among us? None evil can come upon us”. Micah begins this text by telling us that those in charge speak messages for bribes, for example a preacher saying that a person would not be pleasing to God without giving a certain amount to the preacher, and that their peace would no longer be if they did not give this much, even though there is war at the time of his spoken word. This would clearly be one who has a member looking forward to only be going backwards. This text also speaks of the priest who teaches for hire, which is to say for pay, and I find the law here that many Pastors will not preach until members have given money to the church, and some churches even have ATM machines at the front entrance of their house of worship, edifying that they would desire you to see the money machine before you are even seated. Then clearly Micah speaks of those prophets who prophesizes only for money and they all, the head, the priest, and the prophet would not be ashamed to speak a lie that God is with them, and that there will be no evil. I would that you understand that even when you would plan to do good, evil is present with you (see Romans 7:21)
Isaiah 1:22-23, “Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water; Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: everyone loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither does the cause of the widow come unto them”. I find here that the texts gives a clear in site of why things are the way that they are today, why even the leaders outside of the church are gone astray. Isaiah spoke of the silver being worthless and it is so today that the value of money is nothing compared to what it was 40 years ago, when one could feed his family for a nickel. The princes in the text above would then be those who are able to form laws in this land but yet even they themselves are rebellious because they will not allow our kids to pray to God in school, and will enforce that one must pay money to go to school to learn to preach. I find the law that this is a sure sign of rebelliousness towards the word of God, (see Isaiah 55:1-2). It is also true today that everyone wants something for almost nothing; people who work at the cell phone companies do not even want to take the time to take your payment, or show you how to pay at the machine. It seems that we are going backwards away from prosperity and that the more you need the more they take. Would this then be a true time of peace, God forbid!
Not only have I found the wolf in sheep clothes, but I have identified some of the damage that he has done with his false prophesies. I would that we all return to our first love Jesus Christ, that we may learn again how to love each other as Christ loves us. Philippians 2:10, “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under earth;” I find the law that this old wolf in sheep clothes will have to submit to God at some point in life and therefore to me he would only be a;
Ezra 4:1-2 “Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the children of the captivity builded the temple unto the Lord God of Israel; Then they came to Zerubbabel, and to the chief of the fathers, and said unto them, let us build with you: for we seek your God, as ye do, and we do sacrifice unto him since the days of Esarhaddon king of Assur, which brought us up hither”. I would have you study the book of Ezra very carefully that you will know how the enemy will try to trick you once God has brought restoration and rebuilding into your life, as I do plan to study with you on this topic in the near future.
The Ministry of the media!
In my studies I have found there to be a word from the Lord concerning the media in today’s society. I have spoken to many people who have much to say of negative value concerning the media due to the increase of reports on crime, such as murder, theft, and those other issues of crime. Many of these people are Christians and are refusing to view the news and media reports due to the increase of crime reported in the world. I find the need to compose this study that we all may understand the media as God would have it so, thus saith the Lord. Let’s study!
Hebrew 1:14 “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation”. I find the law here that the media’s ministry would need to be exposed that many of those called to Christian would have no doubt, for any level of doubt is no good (see Rom. 14:23). In the above Bible text, the scripture states of us all being a ministering spirit, because Jesus came in the flesh to minister to us and leave this example that we would follow (see John 13:15). Now we may be able to move towards the seeking of the ministry which is in the media.
1 Timothy 3:4-5, “For every creature of God is good and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanks giving. For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer”. After reading this text, most people will ask the question of “what is the devil good for?” I find the law that the devil is good for being defeated. We can see that every creature is good, and here I find the law that we would begin to search for the good that is in the ministry of the media. Many people think that a good word is only a word to make one smile, but God forbid, for a good word is a word of truth be it news of crime or news of blessing, as long as the word is true then it is a good word, which would be a word from the Lord being that only one is good and this is God (see Mark 10: 17-18).
Jeremiah 4:19, “My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace.” In this section of the Bible we see that Jeremiah could not keep himself from speaking the word of God to the people. Even though this prophet was fought against and hated by the people because the people liked not his word (see Jeremiah 2:19; 11:18-19), he had no choice but to speak the word which God gave to him. I find the law that people may still be rebelling against God’s word because it is not what they would love to here. In Jeremiah 4:31, the prophet says “woe is me! For my soul is wearied because of murders”. People need to realize that the media is ordained from God and that even those to give such horror reports of crimes such as murders may be wearied once they return home to their families but yet have to deal with being weary and look forward to more weariness on the morrow, the next day to report another murder to the people. I find the law that instead of criticizing the media, we should thank God for the pain they may absorb just to get a job of ministry done in one given day, that is given by the Lord.
I would that we all carefully read Ezekiel 33, for it is here that we will learn of the position given to the media as a watchman for the people by the Lord, and it is here that we as the people learn that it is our duty to learn from the good report of the bad news and teach our kids to do well in this land. For thus say the Lord the trumpet will blow!
LET THE MEDIA BE A MINSTER TO YOU AND YOUR HOME!
My Brother’s Keepers!
I find that a lot of problems are persisting in todays world and instead of people calling on the Lord and applying the word of God into their lives, more people seems to be walking away from the Lord and continuing in their own ways. I have the desire to draft this study that the way of man may be exposed that those with understanding may repent.
Revelation 13:18, "Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man: and his number is Six hundred three-score and six.” In this chapter John had a vision of the rising of Satan and the power that Satan would have on this earth. In this chapter you will also see that those that dwell on earth were deceived by the devil. I write to you that you be not deceived by the works of the devil. In the above bible text we see that wisdom consist of the acknowledgment of mans number and the devils number 666, being the same. The best way to explain this is that we are all born sinners and that all flesh must be reborn of the spirit in order that we rid ourselves of the mark of the devil, that great dragon, or the beast. I find that one of the most important things that we must remove from our heart is selfishness. Any one who is selfish is not reborn and can be compared to a hog in a pin with its own baby pigs. If the hog gets no slop to eat then it will eventually eat its own pigs to survive. Now that this world is having more difficult times economy wise, people seems to be willing to kill their own for some slop. This is the mark of the beast that John visioned in Revelation.
Revelation 13:17 “And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Here the word “save” means “except”, and we see that numbers were seen by John in Revelation. It is so today that without a social security number, a person can do no financing at all, and the very first thing that a convict is given is a number, so many people are speaking the words “do the numbers”, before they will decide if business is good or not. When a baby is born into this world, it has a number before a name. Well the bible tells us that the true number of a man is 666. We must remove this number from ourselves and we can not do it, we must let God do it!
Genesis 4: 8-9, “And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him. And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?” In this chapter of the bible I learn that because of the selfish ways of this world that we are cursed and even that lies are spoken to keep the true inward person that we are, hidden, while were in the field, God knows the truth. We must stop slaying our brothers out here in this field, we are supposed to learn from those who have found more favor in the Lord than others, we are not to kill them. In today’s world people are looking only to the man for help and the man has people arming up against each other like never before.
We must know that God is able, what would you say if God ask you “Where is Abel?”