“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:” Ephesians 4:11-13 KJV
In the last capsule we established a few things which are vital, firstly, God wants us SAVED and come to the knowledge of the TRUTH. Both must go hand in hand (1 Timothy 2:4). Secondly, it's only when you come to a revealed intimate knowledge of the TRUTH that you start experiencing the FREEDOM that comes with salvation (John 8:32). Lastly, the TRUTH is actually the person of the risen Lord, Jesus Christ (John 8:36). I promised you that I will validate this further in this capsule. However before we go any further, I want to sound a note of warning, this series will challenge and make you think, but for those who are ready, the change you will experience will not be quantifiable. (This is going to be a relatively large capsule because I would like to conclude the trend of thought).
“Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6 KJV
The night before His crucifixion, Christ made the staggering statement that put paid to any further argument, it consigns every other 'religion or belief system' into the rubbish bin of deception, John 14:6. He not only confirmed that He is the The TRUTH, He told the disciples that He is also The Way and also The Life. (Note that He didn't say He is a way, a truth or a life ). So when you fully understand Christ as the Way, you can never get lost, when you understand Him as the Life, Satan or the world system cannot kill you. More importantly a revealed intimate knowledge of the person of Christ as The TRUTH means you cannot be DECEIVED, it is virtually impossible! A significant majority in church are SAVED but are held captive by deception of the devil because they have not come to the knowledge of the Truth, that is- Christ the risen Lord. The church of Christ, the New Testament church is charged with only two responsibilities (I pray you receive this)
To get men SAVED by the preaching of the Gospel (1 Corinthians 1:21)
To bring those who are SAVED to the knowledge of the TRUTH
The first is the external mission of the Church, the second is the internal, that is, revealing the person of Christ. This is the primary reason the five fold ministries were set up.
“Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;”
Ephesians 4:8-11 KJV
The above scripture says after Christ rose from the dead, before He ascended, He gave the Church these five Ministry Offices: Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers. The question is for what purpose or why did He make this investment? I am glad you asked!
“For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:” Ephesians 4:12-13 KJV
Verses 12-13, answers the question; to bring the saints or those who are SAVED to maturity, and the measuring stick for maturity will be the extent of their knowledge of the Son of God, such that they match Him in stature in every aspect. In other words coming into the knowledge of the TRUTH! Once this happens, you are no longer prey to lies, deception or cunning craftiness or strange doctrines, meaning you are FREE (Ephesians 4:14, John 8:32, 36, 2 Timothy 3:16). This is so simple and yet so profound that only God could have designed it. The only weapon the devil has are lies and deceptions, nothing more. That is why God wants all men SAVED and come to the Knowledge of the TRUTH. This is not taught enough in churches, in fact most churches have substituted meaningless emotional rituals for the knowledge of the TRUTH.
Until you come to the knowledge of the TRUTH, you will suffer identity crisis and harbour secret inferiority complex. This is the reason why there is so much mediocrity and proliferation of nonsense within churches. Imagine how formidable the church would be, if the Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers bring the saints to a place of maturity, which is comparable to the measure of the stature of Christ through the KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH! (we would look at this in depth some other time). In closing, let me simplify things, for the Church, (that is those that are SAVED), condemnation of Sin/sins, Demonic oppression, Sickness/diseases and Poverty are all products of deception and lies of the devil. Come into the knowledge of the TRUTH and you will be FREE!
NOW THAT WE ARE SAVED WE NEED THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH TO BE FREE