#548 – The Extended Vision of the End -Time Ministry
Adding a Practical Calling to the Mix.
Adding Evangelizing To the Calling
Adding Our Perfection To the Purpose!
July 19, 2013
Trying to make sense out of this life (psuche) and to rationalize the world system in which we live, and attempting to infuse Christianity into that combination with some ultimate purpose has become really frustrating for many “believers.” Solving this confusion for the believers, at least with useful information, must become part of the “public ministry.” Distributing “salvation” information is what we call that “evangelism.” However, this (evangelism) should all focus around God’s Eternal Purpose and the world yet to come ( the Tabernacle of God). After a clear vision of eternity is established, the equipping of “the believer to do the ministry” must become part of the Salvation message! In my way of thinking, Evangelism and Salvation, including the eternal viewpoint and God’s Eternal Purpose is one package. In other words, presenting some reasonable answer to these enquires, frustrations and confusions should be part of the “function” of the end time ministry! Why? Because the end time is when everything will be summed up in Christ and the end of the opportunity for our final preparation is always approaching!
Even if Jesus doesn’t return for another thousand years, the time of our final preparation is quickly approaching for each one of us. In other words, the “end time message” is valid for everyone in every generation because the end of our opportunity to prepare is approaching for everyone. Only one lifetime is granted to us regardless of our age and everything for our preparation for eternity must happen in this lifetime. This understanding should be integrally linked to our evangelization, our salvation, the perfection of the church and the end time message!
Even though the same exact eternity confronted the Martin Luther generation in 1517, that confronts us at the present time, the message must be entirely different. Church history reveals a steadily progressing message from justification by faith to the total consecration of every believer to do the whole will of God that is essential today. Even in this generation we have preached a shallow and confusing message about eternity. Even in the very serious times in which we live, we just give established religious answers from pet doctrines or we just respond with a series of religious cliches as answers to these very serious eternal questions. Some of the answers we hear on the radio and TV are really disgusting. In my opinion, the time of shallowness has now past because it meets no need and neither does it give the proper vision. We MUST begin to move the believers into the “reality” of the Christian Life, Zoe! Of course, ONLY the real Christians, who have Christ as their inner Life, will be able to make that change.
We define “real Christians” as those who have ALL the foundations laid in their life, experientially! “Real Christians” are those who are steadily growing up into Christ and being conformed to His Image. “Real Christians” are those who have at least stepped on to the threshold of doing the will of God and have started to bring their life under the Kingdom Government of God!
The custom of relating Christianity to the thief on the cross and death bed repentance was never a valid message after Calvary. In fact, it is a great deception because that was before Jesus died and the New Covenant was enacted. That is NOT and never was a valid evangelistic message and neither does it prepare anyone for the end time. The end time message must incorporate the Glorious Church, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing but to be holy and blameless. When we omit God’s eternal purpose from the end time message, we end up with a concept of going to heaven someday.
We have spent so much time writing about the personal “inner Life” of the believer and our eternal destiny that some are offended that we are ignoring and neglecting the world and the multitudes of lost souls. Some are offended that we are not emphasizing the evangelization of the world and winning souls! We are accused of ignoring Jesus’ command to go into ALL the world and preach the gospel to every nation, evangelistically. Since this is certainly a valid observation, we will address this “calling” in this document. We will not answer the question with another question like; “Why don’t you go into all the world?” We will not challenge that way! But we will ask the question; “Why don’t we ALL go into the Whole World and preach the WHOLE GOSPEL of the Kingdom of God and God’s Eternal Purpose to this generation?” Why shouldn’t ALL of us be responsible and respond to this great commission?
This commandment is not just for some professional ministry but for the whole Body. Since the “whole body” is already somewhere in the world, it is NOT a matter of going to some other location to preach the gospel but to do the “ministry” and “fulfill your calling” in your location and your neighborhood. This will save a lot of money on airfare, visas, passports, hotels and mission field transportation. This will save a lot of time for the “professional ministries” to travel to all these distant places, get visas, pass customs and rent places for meetings, if the believers there were equipped to do the ministry.
We spent three weeks each time we went to Cuba and spent from $5000 to $7000 each time. We went there many times. It makes more sense for the Cuban believers to do that “ministry” than for us to go there
The response to that statement is similar to this; “Well, that is true but the believers are just NOT equipped to do that “ministry.” And THAT is my point! In the many times, over many years, I have traveled to many places and “preached the gospel,” very little change has taken place and we could not verify that any believers rose up to do “the kind of ministry” that we are addressing in this document. Why? Something is NOT working according to the pattern God gives us in the Book of Acts.
We have “introduced” this “failure of the believer to function” in the last documents about the “End Time Ministries.” I am NOT ignoring my own failure to produce “believers that minister over these years!” When I am speaking about “doing the ministry” I am not speaking about cleaning the building or ushering or picking up paper in the parking lot. I am not even speaking about standing in a pulpit and delivering another irrelevant message! My point was that if we really are in the “end time” as the “prophets”, “bondservants” and “watchmen” are saying, then the time has already past to raise up the “end Time Ministries.” Why? These “ministries” should already be in place and functioning! These “ministries” will still have to be equipped to become effective ministers of the New Covenant. The fact remains that the “end-time ministries” should be equipped to focus upon the “perfection of the Bride”, the “Priesthood of all believers” and the “Kingdom Government of God.” Why? That is already the revealed purpose of God. This should, at very least, be the major theme and the first priority for the “end time ministries.” Why? That is the very message that will inspire the radical believers to step out and begin to function in “ the end time ministry.” It is these “Kingdom converts” who are the believers that will prepare themselves and consecrate themselves to fulfill the final purpose of God.
However, if there is no advantage in doing the ministry, why bother? If no spiritual growth or no eternal benefit is connected with “doing the ministry,” why would anyone want to sacrifice their time and suffer that way? If this “preparation of Kingdom Converts to function” is NOT the end-time message, we must ask WHY NOT?
I want to introduce the different major viewpoints that are given as “gospel” by the failed ministries. The visible church “ministry” is generally focused upon just one viewpoint and for the most part have ignored the others until forced into recognizing their failure.
One viewpoint of ministry that has been most popular is how to get God to do what you want Him to do! How do I get God to answer my prayer and to meet my needs. If healing is for today, why can’t I get healed. If God wants to bless our finances, why can’t I get blessed with abundance? The “ministry viewpoint” is this; That is, it because you have robbed God by withholding your tithes and offerings! If you pay your tithe God, will owe you a healing. If you give offerings, God will be obligated to return to you a ten fold abundance.
Another “ministry viewpoint” is that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son so He could save you, solve your problems, enable you to enjoy life and go to heaven when you die.
Another “viewpoint of ministry” is that God was lonely in His big heaven and was tired of fellow shipping with angels. He created man so He could have multitudes of children to sit on His big lap and bless them throughout eternity. If you are “saved” you should be living as “the King’s Kids.”
Most all of these failing viewpoints have man and his needs at the center and then points out how God wants to meet those needs. God is just waiting to bless you! These are ALL man centered viewpoints and ignores God’s Ultimate purpose and His Kingdom Government. The “evangelistic focus” is more a promotion of humanism than upon God and His revealed will and purpose!
When we add the Kingdom dimension to the “end time message”, these humanistic viewpoints are immediately supposed to change. That means the Kingdom must bring vision, order and purpose into our work to fulfill God’s goals rather than man’s. The Kingdom message insists upon our submission to His Absolute Government and equip ourselves to serve Him in this life! It revolves around every believer “Doing the whole will of God!”
Another End-time “ministry viewpoint” is looking forward to each believer fulfilling God’s Eternal Purpose and preparing for the world yet to come. The “ministry” must present a clear message of how that is done practically and experientially. We must be very bold to present what God had as His goal when He created all things. This “Gospel of the Kingdom” is NOT man centered but God centered! This Gospel begins with God’s absolute Sovereignty and includes our responsibility to serve His interests rather than man’s.
Mat 16:23 But He turned and said to Peter, "Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God's interests, but man's."
This modern stumbling block (ministry) , sets man’s interests above God’s interests, and, obviously, has some Satanic influence behind it. The prosperity message is clearly setting man’s interest above God’s interests but so does most of what we call “evangelism.”
Another viewpoint focuses upon the “sanctification” of the believers which, according to my gospel, includes the growing up of each believer and each believer being equipped to do His will and to be mature enough to fulfill God’s Purpose and bring joy to His Heart. This “growing up in all things into Christ” is designed for all the believers to function within the New Covenant Priesthood. It is also called “the perfecting of the Bride” or it could focus upon developing the “manifested sons of God.” The term “sanctification” is allied to God’s eternal goals including our citizenship in the New Jerusalem.
Rom 6:19 I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification.
Rom 6:22 But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life.
2Th 2:13 But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth.
Heb 12:14 Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.
Our current “ministry viewpoint” for the “end time ministries” is to focus upon the mature harvest of the first fruits. When the Harvest is ripe (harvest perfection) He immediately puts in the sickle to begin the final Harvest of the Earth.
Mark 4:29 "But when the crop permits, he immediately puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come."
All this confusion presented by the various “end time messengers” seems to be focusing upon the world and what is happening in governments, finances, shortages, enslavement, torture and a general havoc with conspiracies to control everything with the antiChrist ruling.
1John 2:17 And the world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God abides forever. 18 Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have arisen; from this we know that it is the last hour.
One viewpoint of the current, so called, “end time ministry” focuses upon the collaspe of everything sacred and the church becoming the enemy of government and subject to the powers that are already arising. The focus is upon death and destruction and the survival of the ones who have enough foresight to prepare physically for the troubles ahead. Even though we know terrible times are coming, I am guessing that is NOT the focus of the “end time ministry” which should be the perfecting of the church!
In other words, a “clearer viewpoint of the end time ministry” focuses upon the end time Harvest and the reaping of the First Fruits to be taken into the House of God.
1Cor 15:20 But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. 21 For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ (,) the first fruits, after that those who are Christ's at His coming,
V23 indicates that there is an order to the resurrection and NOT everyone will be resurrected at the same time. The time distinction is between, first Christ Jesus, then the First Fruits and then the Main Harvest that precedes the Harvest of the Gleanings at the end of the Great Tribulation. However, our focus is upon the “fruit fruits” that have been purchased from among men (believers). Christ Jesus is the First of the Fruit Fruits but NOT the only “first Fruit harvest.”
Rev 14:4 These are the ones who have not been defiled with women, for they have kept themselves chaste. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These have been purchased from among men as first fruits to God and to the Lamb.
Therefore, our opinion is that the “end time ministry” should be focusing upon the perfection / maturity / completion of the First Fruits which is a small harvest but is that group that will stand with Him on Mount Zion. This harvest is called a “sheaf of the First Fruits” which is carried into the Holy Place and waved before the Lord. The “sheaf of the first fruits” was gathered BEFORE the main harvest because it was RIPE before the main harvest! This “harvest” can ONLY happen AFTER we enter into “land of promise” (the Kingdom) because there is NO HARVEST in the wilderness. This is precisely why the “end time message” MUST be infused with the Kingdom of God. Storing food and water to survive the tribulation misses the whole point.
Lev 23:10 "Speak to the sons of Israel, and say to them, 'When you enter the land which I am going to give to you and reap its harvest, then you shall bring in the sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest. 11 'And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD for you to be accepted; on the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it.
Exodus 23:14 "Three times a year you shall celebrate a feast to Me. 15 "You shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread; for seven days you are to eat unleavened bread, as I commanded you, at the appointed time in the month Abib, for in it you came out of Egypt. And none shall appear before Me empty-handed. 16 "Also you shall observe the Feast of the Harvest of the first fruits of your labors from what you sow in the field; also the Feast of the Ingathering at the end of the year when you gather in the fruit of your labors from the field. 17 "Three times a year all your males shall appear before the Lord GOD.
These feasts are called “The Appointed Times of the Lord.” First; we must “enter the land”, second we must do our own planting. Third; we must mature what we plant. Fourth; We must reap ONLY what we planted. The First Fruits of what you planted, when mature, can be harvested from what you planted by YOUR own labor in your own field. Sixth; These First Fruits can then be presented to the Lord. Seventh; NONE can appear before God empty handed or with NOTHING to offer that is mature.
If this “first fruit harvest” is NOT the proper viewpoint of the “end time message” then somebody, please, explain to me where I have missed it! Storing food and water and building bunkers but planting no Kingdom seed or maturing no harvest or having nothing to offer to the Lord of what YOU planted in your field, appears to be a BIG WASTE OF TIME. More than that it is a tremendous mistake that may be very offensive to God. This, at very least, should alert us to the counterfeit message that is given as “the end time message.”
Solving all these eternal problems within the visible church and its carnal systems is beyond any ministry I have seen functioning in the last 43 years. I have come to the conclusion that there is no use trying to change the existing church system. Therefore, we must proceed with an entirely new vision. The danger now is this; I feel that I must create a new system so I am not enslaved by the current one! Of course any New System I design will fail just like the hundreds of systems that arose in the past.
Turning any system into a human benefit to promote human prosperity and human success is NOT Christianity but Humanism. Humanism can be defined this way; “You are not setting your mind on God's interests, but man's." Christianity is designed to rid us of all the fallen characteristic of the human life inherited from first Adam. That is the very reason that “death and burial” is an essential foundation for the Christian Life. God’s plan for that Kingdom exchange of Life is to infuse us with Himself. When Christianity becomes a support system for the human condition, it has lost its vision and its bearings. When the Charismatic movement turned into a support system for humanity, it crashed quickly. The next dimension must leave the human condition behind (dead and buried) and that IS the purpose of the Seven Foundations.
What we actually need is to discover God’s Plan for the Perfecting of the Church that will be presented to Christ Jesus as the very best of the Fruit Fruits. Even though this will be a small group (in comparison to the main harvest) and just a sheaf, nevertheless, that is the proper focus of the “end time ministry” that we are addressing in this document. But, how is this possible and how can we make it practical? It is not really as complex as it sounds.
The dilemma revolves around our calling to “make disciples” and “continually adding to our own maturity / perfection.” This calling has mistakenly been reduced down to “winning souls” which is not the same thing as making disciples. This disdain for the real gospel is what is evident in this pitiful condition within the visible church and its irrelevant messages.
Mark 16:14 And afterward He appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at the table; and He reproached them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who had seen Him after He had risen. 15 And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 "He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.
Mark 16:19 So then, when the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them, and confirmed the word by the signs that followed.
Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
Act 11:19 So then those [believers] who were scattered because of the persecution that arose in connection with Stephen made their way to Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except to Jews alone. 20 But there were some of them [believers], men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who came to Antioch and began speaking to the Greeks also, preaching the Lord Jesus. 21 And the hand of the Lord was with them [believers], and a large number who believed turned to the Lord. 22 And the news about them reached the ears of the church at Jerusalem (and the Apostles), and they sent Barnabas [a believer] off to Antioch. 23 Then when he [believer] had come and witnessed the grace of God, he rejoiced and began to encourage them [believers] all with resolute heart to remain true to the Lord; 24 for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And considerable numbers were brought to the Lord. 25 And he left for Tarsus to look for Saul (a believer); 26 and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. And it came about that for an entire year they [believers] met with the church, and taught considerable numbers; and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.
The point I am making is that NO Apostle went to Antioch to start the church. These were all believers! Even Paul was just a believer at this point. Barnabas, who was a believer at this time, made the decision to find Paul and bring him to Antioch.
The “two” callings (making disciples and the perfection of the bride) are NOT in opposition to each other and neither are they separate callings. Within the process of our personal maturity, we are to go into all the world and make disciples of every nation. Some ministries are saying this has already been fulfilled! Now, we hear that the gospel has already been preached in every nation so we are at the end of the age.
Of course, we have Not made disciples of every nation, yet, nor have we taught them to observe all that Jesus taught! Neither, have we baptized the “disciples” by proper baptism. In the most part we have preach half a gospel and got a few half saved with a man centered focus and with a partial vision of eternity which is “go to heaven when you die.”
It seems that Jesus could have been much clearer about the bride who is without spot or wrinkle and who has become holy and blameless. He could have at least mentioned the New Jerusalem and the perfection / transparency of the city. However, He said I have a LOT more to tell you but we will leave that up to the Holy Spirit which I will send. To say that since Jesus didn’t mention the “perfection of the bride”, therefore, it must not be important or valid, is just short sighted or stupid. We must reject those foolish aspects of these religious systems that insist upon the gospel of the give-a ways.
Within each genuine Christian there is a “pulling” and “pushing” and “an understanding” directing us into another “governmental” dimension of God’s Kingdom Government. Our burden for evangelism is now to bring many souls into that Kingdom dimension of salvation. This Kingdom “emphasis” must replace the “gospel” which just focuses upon man’s great need and his decision to choose heaven over hell. This “pulling” is out of a new resurrection Life that is within each genuine Christian. Therefore, this “calling” is universal among ALL true believers. This Spirit of Life is making us aware of the world systems that are failing and the multitudes that will sink into the abys along with that system. This same Life is making us aware of the Kingdom of God and the Absolute and Sovereign Government of God.
It is this new “Spirit of Life” in Christ Jesus that is drawing us and teaching us about the transformations that are necessary to qualify us to participate in God’s Absolute Government. While all of this appears to be some fantasy calling and impossible to fulfill, God has done something that makes it all simple and practical. He has purposed to put both the Spirit of Christ (Living Word of God) in us along with the Holy Spirit ( the power and the ability) to enable us to fulfill everything God purposed before the world was. It is for that reason that we (“body / ministry) must reinterpret how these blessing work and how they enable us to complete our calling to fulfill His Ultimate Purpose! What, exactly, is the function of the Living and Abiding Word of God in us and how does His inner work equip us to complete that ultimate work? This “work” includes both the preparing the First Fruits and being included in the First Fruits.
We also must interpret accurately the eternal work assigned to the Holy Spirit to equip us with the inner ability to do the “ministry and help prepare a people for His own possession.” Attempting to work with the Spirit of Christ but NOT the Holy Spirit is just ignorant. Why? Each one, the Spirit of Christ AND the Holy Spirit, has a specific responsibility in perfecting the bride for Christ Jesus! The unlearned questions then follow; Then why don’t they do what they have been called to do?
This is why we MUST understand God’s calling for man to rule over the world yet to come! It is because of this Ultimate Purpose that God has designed a system that includes man to participate in the work but demands man’s maturity so he doesn’t mess it up. God has graciously permitted man, endued with the Spirit of Christ and with the Holy Spirit, to get involved in this process of bringing many Sons to Glory. This process is what is called “MINISTRY.” The “end time ministry” is especially focused upon this process of bringing many Sons to Glory, preparing the Priesthood, perfecting the Bride and preaching the Kingdom Government of God as the ultimate Government of the age to come. If we BEGIN here, then Evangelism (going into all the world to preach) will take on the eternal goals established by God and not offer a new support system for the fallen human condition.
Since the Spirit of Christ and the Holy Spirit has been freely offered to all who will ask and receive, there will be no excuse accepted for any inability to fulfill our calling. But, brother, isn’t that “gospel” too rough a message for the visible church that just focuses upon God’s grace? Yes! The problem is NOT God’s grace but the carnal interpretation of that grace as the means of excusing us from any responsibility to do anything except to believe something about Jesus! To be commissioned to receive the ability “to do everything that Jesus taught” is not the grace that is being presented and is Not what is being believed by the half saved. Going half way to heaven and falling into hell is not presented as a good plan. Every tree that does not bear GOOD FRUIT is cast into the fire is not part of the half-priced gospel but is still true.
The modern gospel of “Just say these words and you are half way there” may not even be true!
Col 1:25 Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God, 26 that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations; but has now been manifested to His saints, 27 to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 And we proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, that we may present every man complete in Christ. 29 And for this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.
It should be pointed out that this Power of Christ is NOT my new power but His Power, that
remains His Power, that works “within me”, the minister. This is NOT given to increase the power of our natural ability. Why? This power is exclusively given to enable the minister of the New Covenant to fully preach the Word of God and reveal a specific mystery. This mystery was formerly hidden which is CHRIST IN YOU the hope of glory. This is NOT Jesus in us because He is seated at the right hand of God. This the eternal Christ, the Word made flesh, who is Spirit, the Spirit of Christ, that dwells in us. The Spirit of Christ is the Living and Abiding Word of God! The “power” then is to enable us to preach fully the Word of God, which is the Spirit of Christ, the Eternal Word that was made flesh. We are trying to identify something of the Divine Presence and the ability He gives to complete this tremendous work of “presenting every man perfect in Christ. That is the ultimate power that MUST work in us as “ministers of the New Covenant.” This is what we are identifying as the “end time ministry.”
How the Spirit of Christ functions in us may be clearer if we repeat the process by which the Old Testament Prophets prophesied. They spoke the Word of God by speaking from the Word of God that was in them.
1Peter 1:10 As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful search and inquiry, 11 seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow. 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven--things into which angels long to look.
Is it possible to preach the “gospel” by the Spirit of Christ? Certainly, but that is not God’s plan. The Spirit of Christ is provided for us to fully preach the Word of God and to present every man perfect in Christ and to reveal the mysteries. He is also given for us to understand the sufferings of Christ and to reveal the glories to come. Since the “Word of God” is within every true Christian, He becomes the inspiration and the ability for each of us to preach the Word of God up out of our New Inner Man. This “ministry” is NOT intellectual or learned but is inherent within the new Life. This level of preaching and prophesying comes with the development and maturity of the New Inner Man. Why? That IS the location and residence of the Living and Abiding Word of God that is to be ministered.
The Holy Spirit is given to anoint us to fully preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. He also will take the things concerning Jesus, the Christ and reveal them to us. He has, also, come to lead us into all truth and He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I (Jesus) said to you.
John 15:26 "When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness of Me, 27 and you will bear witness also, because you have been with Me from the beginning.
John 16:8 "And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin, and righteousness, and judgment; 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you no longer behold Me; 11 and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.
John 16:12 "I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 "But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. 14 "He shall glorify Me; for He shall take of Mine, and shall disclose it to you.
This is just some of the work assigned to the Spirit of Christ and the work assigned to the Holy Spirit. Even though some work may overlap in the realm of revelation, the work will never conflict! That is because they are so closely related that the Holy Spirit reveals Christ Jesus and Christ Jesus reveals the Holy Spirit and His work. Both are active in leading us into ALL truth but the Spirit of Christ is revealing the mysteries hidden in the Word of God. The Holy Spirit anoints us with the ability to preach the mysteries with words compatible with each realm.
John 16:15 "All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said, that He takes of Mine, and will disclose it to you.
This brings us to “the pursuit of the inner Christ” and our fellowship with the Holy Spirit! While this “relationship with the Divine Presence” must be maintained, that does not eliminate our other calling to make disciples of every nation. Maintaining this “inner life” does not excuse us from our commission to teach every nation to observe everything Jesus said. Rather, the source of our message is from that Inner Life, the Word of God! If this is our calling then the visible church must become our first mission field! Why? The reason all these unfortunate people attend church is because they have some desire for a greater reality so they are prime candidates to hear the real gospel. Every true believer can be involved in this ministry because that ministry is local. This ministry can be done in the neighborhood, at the market, on the job or in church.
The point we are making is that every calling within the New Covenant is far beyond our natural ability to fulfill. In fact the natural man can never please God regardless of his “success” in ministry.
For that reason the “end Time Ministry” must be of a different vision and a different quality than is currently available within the visible church systems. This “ministry” must function by a much greater degree of the Holy Spirit’s work than existed in any past restoration. Even the “words” used for teaching must be given by the Holy spirit! The “language” of the end time ministry must be of a much higher spiritual nature and the “words” must be given to us by the Holy Spirit. The amplified Bible expands upon this point.
1Cor 2:13 And we are setting these truths forth in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the [Holy] Spirit, combining and interpreting spiritual truths with spiritual language [to those who possess the Holy Spirit]. 14 But the natural, non-spiritual man does not accept or welcome or admit into his heart the gifts and teachings and revelations of the Spirit of God, for they are folly (meaningless nonsense) to him; and he is incapable of knowing them [of progressively recognizing, understanding, and becoming better acquainted with them] because they are spiritually discerned and estimated and appreciated.
The natural, carnal, non-spiritual “minister” (of which there are many) will be totally helpless to participate in the “end time ministry” simply because he has no ability (tools) to function in that realm. Why? He must speak “words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the [Holy] Spirit, combining and interpreting spiritual truths with spiritual language!” However, even a new believer, who can function is this spiritual dimension, will have no difficulty qualifying for this “end time ministry.”
I am speculating that EVERY member of the Body of the High Priest will move into this ream of Spiritual Ministry with a “ministry” IN THE SPIRIT. That means every ministry must be taught by, interpreted by, and administered by speaking spiritual words to convey Spiritual thoughts that are given by the Holy Spirit. If we are functioning out of the “Mind of Christ”, the Word of God, and anointed by the Holy Spirit in which He supplies the Spiritual Words to convey the Spiritual Thoughts that are given by the Holy Spirit, that will define the “end time ministry.”
If this is really true, what will the message we preach focus upon? Will it be instructing us to store up food and water and build bunkers for the natural man? No! His instruction will be in perfect harmony with God’s Eternal Purpose and for the time assigned to us and in which we live and minister. His instruction will not be a re-repeat of what He said to Martin Luther or to the early Pentecostal movement. His instruction will be the Wisdom, revelation, words and Language that we need TODAY! If we can function in THAT realm we will be ministers of the New Covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For THAT reason, the “end time ministry” will be very easy and normal for the age in which we live. Will this ministry be effective? If the Holy Spirit is giving us the Wisdom, revelation, Spiritual words and Language that we minister, every other kind of ministry will be irrelevant. That Holy Place function will define the full measure of our success. If not even one person hears or understands the message, that is no concern of ours. We must do the Will of God!