PROLOGUE 2 TO GRACE 5 MEETING HANDBOOKS [3.]
* The goal of all Work: 5 fold is the establishment of local churches: cell groups. If we make our Wwork: 5 fold the basis of a separate unit of God's people, then we are building up a sect or denomination, not a church.
So we see the following: -
# God establishes a church cell group/local church in a given locality.
# He raise up gifted men/women: 5 fold in the church for the ministry.
# He sends some of these specially equipped men/women into the Wwork: 5 fold.
# These men/women establish local churches: cell groups in different places.
# He raises up other gifted people among these churches: cell groups for the ministry of building up the local church: cell groups.
# Some of these men/women are in turn thrust forth to work in other fields.
# And so the Body of Christ becomes all it is meant to be.
This is where it is essential to again activate the geographical principle; and that is the one of region or area.
Whereas the churches: cell groups are always only local, the Wwork: 5 fold is regional. A local church: cell group is in one geographical locality, and many such localities/cell groups form a region.
And also there cannot be only one Wworker: 5 fold per local church: cell group, otherwise the whole Wwork: 5 fold would self-destruct. What is needed is `companies' of Wworkers: 5 fold working on a 5-fold basis moving among the regions, raising up new local churches: cell groups, and then recognizing new 5-fold `companies' from within the that local church: cell groups.
Following that every effort should be made to encourage believers to pick up their Melchizedekal priesthood [as discussed in the Grace five handbooks], and to move into full-fledged ministries, in company with other Wworkers: 5 fold.
Jesus is the only Head of His Church: cell groups and it must be clearly understood as well, that there is NO, NO occasion in which any local church: cell group exercises jurisdiction over any other local church: cell group.
The church meetings of believers, i.e. local churches: cell groups; have neither a regional council nor headquarters. Local churches: cell groups function in conjunction with Elders, who in turn co-operate with; and who are placed in position initially by the Apostle/Workers: 5 fold. Elders function by area, but are not necessarily Workers: 5 fold per se', although Elders `can' have both responsibilities.
2. The "JERUSALEM" [Acts 1:8} principle is applied to the Wworkers: 5 fold: -
You will be my witnesses: -
* first in Jerusalem
* then in Judea
* then in Samaria
* and to the ends of the earth.
These were the last words [instruction] given before Jesus ascended to the right hand of His Father!
So we see that each region has a central point from which it operates a common focal point....... We see this in the scriptures, with the Work: 5 fold initially being centered in Jerusalem, then subsequently also in Antioch. In Jerusalem Peter was an elder, but in terms of the whole Work: 5 fold he was an apostle. Thus in those terms he had a double responsibility.
There is no support in the scriptures for the common practice of assigning a Wworker: 5 fold to a given locality for Work; and for the government of the Church there.
The choice of a center for the Work: 5 fold is God's responsibility, only he can decide the place, and only the Holy Spirit can initiate the Work: 5 fold, based on the 5 fold gifting given by Jesus. There is no scriptural basis for humans to decide this.
So the Work: 5 fold of God in an area is centered in one place, their own hired dwelling; from which the Workers: 5 fold go and to which they return. It is also completely vital those Workers: 5 fold attend the local believers meetings (local church: cell groups) in their place of residence as well, but simply as fellow believers.
Wwork: 5 fold is work, and fellowship is fellowship [cell groups]!
In the local church: cell groups it is Elders who bear responsibility; but in a regional center of Wwork: 5 fold there are not only Elders as such but also Wworkers: 5 fold bearing responsibility for serving Jesus’ Body jointly with them. A Worker: 5 fold from another area cannot be appointed as an Elder in the local church: cell groups.
3. There are two scriptural ways for the Wwork: 5 fold to go forward: -
A: By the Workers: 5 fold moving from place to place and forming local church: cell groups and then returning to their center of Wwork: 5 fold.
B: By being scattered by migration for whatever reason, to other places, and then forming a local church: cell group in that area. [So persecution only results in new local churches: cell groups being formed, --- the Lord always wins!!!
As is demonstrated clearly in the Amplified Bible in Chapter 4:11-16, the equipping of the saints is the prime function of the Workers: 5 fold so they should do the work of ministering towards the building up of Christ's body the (the church).
That it might develop until we
* All attain oneness in the faith
* And in the comprehension of the full and accurate knowledge of the Son of
* That we might arrive at really mature manhood - the completeness which is nothing less than the standard height of Christ's own perfection
The measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, and the completeness found in Him.
For because of Him the whole body, the church groups: cell groups, in all its various parts closely joined and firmly knit together by the joints and ligaments with which it is supplied, when each part, with power adapted to its need is working properly, in all its functions, grows to full maturity, building itself up in love.
End of Watchmen Nee acknowledgement.
We now look at the following scripture; and after that we develop the whole importance of the feasts in the detail of the 5 meeting handbooks.
Blessed-happy, fortunate [to be envied] - are the people who know the joyful sound [who understand and appreciate the spiritual blessings symbolized by the feasts]; they walk, O Lord, in the light and favor of your countenance!
Psalm 89:15. [Amplified bible]
The `Three Feasts' mentioned in Leviticus, Exodus & Deuteronomy could be shown to have the following characteristics: -
Look for an expression in natural historical Israel
The Law was established
Look for an experiential fulfillment in Jesus
Jesus fulfilled every single requirement of the law
Look for an experiential fulfillment in the Body of Jesus - the Church today.
In the new covenant the Holy Spirit is writing `His Law' in our minds and hearts; this being possible because Jesus fulfilled every single requirement of old Testament covenant law.
We observe throughout the scriptures that whenever the feasts, etc, were restored and observed - great defeats of Israel's enemies; and great prosperity were the result for Israel.
Thus we can fully expect the same; when we restore and observe the New Testament equivalent of the feasts and offerings, as well as the promise that we will become like Christ in Ephesians 4:11 – 16 when we are applying the 5 fold ministry in terms of equipping the saints; and that is the purpose of the handbooks.
The Lord said to Moses, Speak to the Israelites and say to them: "These are my appointed feasts, the appointed feasts of the Lord, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies.
Leviticus 23:1, 2. [New International Version]
These are the Lord's appointed feasts, the sacred assemblies you are to proclaim at their appointed times: The Lord's Passover begins at twilight on the fourteenth day of the first month. On the fifteenth day of that month the Lord's Feast of Unleavened Bread begins; for seven days you must eat bread made without yeast. On the first day hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work. For seven days present an offering made to the Lord by fire. And on the seventh day hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work.
Leviticus 23:4-8. [New International Version]
For further clarification we look at the symbology of the various aspects of the feasts as follows: -
Feast = appointed meeting, celebration, festal sacrifice.
Assemblies = gathering, company
Passover = Type and symbol of deliverance by the Lamb of God from bondage of Satan and sin
Twilight = the waning of light
14th day = ten, human responsibility, four, earth, world four corners, four winds.
first month = source of divine government
15th day = ten, human responsibility. Five, grace & ministry.
Unleavened Bread = Symbol of purity, sinlessness of Christ. Meal offering with no leaven in it.
7th day = perfection
bread = Symbol of the staff of life. “Crushing, kneading”
yeast = leaven
sacred = consecrated to God
no work = Sabbath
offering = bringing to
fire = purify, consume
It becomes totally clear that the feasts are there to protect us; to place us in a position where the Lord can rebuke the `devourer' on an on-going basis. They are NOT meaningless rituals.
I write to you, dear children,
because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.
I write to you, fathers, because you have known him who is from the beginning.
I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one.
I write to you, dear children, because you have known the Father.
I write to you, fathers, because you have known him who is from the beginning.
I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you,
and you have overcome the evil one.
1 John 2:12, 13, 14. [New International Version]
DEAR CHILDREN because you have known the Father. = Born again-new birth
It must be clearly understood that the handbooks do not attempt to bring back the law as given in the Old Testament, because Jesus was the once for all sacrifice for all time.
However the New Testament scriptures given in the handbooks make it quite clear that there are spiritual sacrifices to be observed as part of the Body of Christ.
The handbooks thus clearly demonstrate that the Old Testament and the New Testament are one, and that Jesus completely reconciled everything in Himself.
The Word became flesh and lived for a while among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only [Son], who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14. [New International Version]
If we look at the scripture in the Bible we find that throughout the Bible the Father is only ever the Father, with the qualities of the Father; the Son is only ever the Son, with the qualities of the Son; the Holy Spirit is only ever the Holy Spirit, with the qualities of the Holy Spirit. Yet the scripture shows that they have individual freedom of function, Jesus chose to go on the cross in the Garden of Gethsemane.
How much more should we do the same in expressing the five-fold ministry?
This shows that as God Himself is One; Father, Son and Holy Spirit, so is Jesus’ bride the Church, one. Therefore the universal Church is one. We are all intricately part of Christ's body the Church. We all have the same purpose; to do as Jesus does.
How is this possible?
For the Father has life in Himself, so has granted to the Son to have life in himself.
John 5:26 [New International Version]
A clear pattern already exists for us in the Godhead. Each person of the Godhead has a very clear identity and function. Everywhere in scripture we find we can identify God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit exactly, they are always themselves! They have no identity crisis! They each have an exact function in the Godhead! We always find them `about their business.'
We have to make a conscious
choice to live our lives as the Persons of the Godhead live
theirs---complete and utter Unity of Purpose together with the
individual choices that the Persons of the Godhead make as they flow
in their existence. That is each Individual making a choice which is
within the context of following the Godhead’s example.
The archetype would be the Godhead, three Persons who can be completely identified as Individuals; and yet Who never miss a beat in flowing in unity. We see Jesus just before the crucifixion sweating blood as He wrestled with His choices.
CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY AND INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM OF FUNCTION
INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM OF FUNCTION AND CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY
UNITY IN DIVERSITY
DIVERSITY IN UNITY
All three of the above statements are different facets of the same thought.
1. The burning question becomes one of how we integrate ideas that apparently exist at either end of the spectrum or pendulum. How do we get these ideas to flow in complete harmony; so we can finally reach the stage where the fruits of the Spirit [love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control] become the complete norm in our lives, rather than the exception!
2. The answer, of course, is that we have to have a pattern or prototype. We need a model, a blueprint that shows us what it is that we are trying to accomplish with our lives. We would benefit from a configuration that would guide us through the maze of life. This is an example or a precedent that we could always use to center ourselves when confusion abounds; when we are wondering where to turn next.
An outline or structure that serves as a guide but that does not take control of our lives to the extent that we become non-entities. There should be a design or plan, an arrangement of guidelines in order that we might organize the details of our lives; to give us maximum freedom to operate our lives with choices that are going to serve us. As we do not exist in isolation; we need to make sure that those choices ricochet back to us with maximum benefit to all, including ourselves. We would mold ourselves as time progresses into habit patterns and choices that would always enable us to select the most productive and appropriate behavior for the occasion. The need would be to copy the best and most constructive parts of the Plan of God so that we could prefigure and derive maximum benefit for all concerned.
And within the context of the above
The Godhead [Father, Son & Holy Spirit] display: -
*** Total love towards each other ***
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 1 John 4:7. [New International Version]
*** Total joy towards each other ***
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit...
Romans 14:17. [New International Version]
*** Total peace towards each other ***
May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus...
Hebrews 13:20. [New International Version]
*** Total patience towards each other ***
Bear in mind that our Lord's patience means salvation...
2 Peter 3:15. [New International Version]
*** Total goodness towards each other ***
The Lord is good to all.
Psalm 145:9. [New International Version]
*** Total faithfulness toward each other ***
Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God...
Deuteronomy 7:9. [New International Version]
*** Total self-control toward each other ***
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Galatians 5:22. [New International Version]
*** Total humility toward each other ***
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Matthew 11:29. [New International Version]
*** Total dedication to a common purpose ***
In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will...............
Ephesians 1:11. [New International Version]
And to achieve these objectives we move on to the spiritual sacrifices before working with the GRACE 5 HANDBOOKS to give expression to what we have been discussing.
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August 17th 2016