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ECCLESIASTICAL GIFTS FOR THE CHURCH AGE
Preacher James Tyson
spiritual gifts for the body
of Christ: There are 4 offices
of distinction chosen not by man but by God.
4:11- "And he gave
and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and
set up the ministry of Apostles during his
earthly ministry which contained 12 men, (No Women). That office had no
additional members added after the return of Christ to Heaven. There
are those who falsely believe in apostolic succession and practice such
in our day but scripture does not vindicate that practice. There are no
divine healers in the dispensation of grace and healing for the human
body is according to
the book of James chapter five; Let him Pray and Call for the elders of
pray and to anoint with oil and the prayer of faith shall save the
sick. There are no gifts for preachers to
raise the dead as did the Apostles but many modern movements seem to
think they have the right to that gift. There are no directives
for the handling of snakes or drinking deadly poison to supposedly
There are no instructions for the new
testament church to speak
in some gibberish they call unknown tongues. There are no directives
for some preacher to hit someone in the forehead and "Slay" them in the
spirit. Jesus said if the blind lead the blind, they
both will fall into the ditch. Many people are on the road to hell
without Christ and we pray that they will wake up before it is too
There are two divisions in the ministry
(1)- Old testament prophets were Procurers
time God spake through the prophets as they were moved by The Holy
Ghost. 2 Peter 1:21- "For the
prophecy came not in
old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were
moved by the Holy Ghost".
(2)- New testament prophets are
Proclaimers of Divine inspiration.
do not get any new revelation from God apart from His written Word.
They could be Pastors or Missionaries. In the pastoral epistles Timothy
is instructed to, "Preach the
word" being instant in season and out of season. It is God's
written word with no new or added revelation for the church age.
be what modern day Christians call
Missionaries and the word literally means, those who go about
evangelizing. Eph. 4:11.
4- PASTORS and TEACHERS.
Please notice this
contains both the office
of Pastor and Teacher. Teaching is not a separate office in the body of
Christ and the king James translators properly defined it by using the
conjunction "and" between Pastors and Teachers which implies it is part
of the same office of distinction. Please don't get angry at me before
you hear what God has to
say about it. There is nothing wrong with a Pastor choosing qualified
people to teach groups of special category people as the need arises
but to say you are called to teach and you are not a Pastor is just
These offices were all set up after the bodily
resurrection of Jesus
Christ and His ascension to the right hand of the Heavenly Father with
one exception and that being the Apostles who lived out their lives
setting up the New testament church as the Holy Spirit gave them
instruction with the Apostle Paul being set aside by God to go to the
gentile world and establish new testament churches as he went.
Ephesians 4:8-10- "Wherefore he
sayeth, 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, [literally earthly
bodies] that he might fill all things."
PASTORS AND TEACHERS WERE GOD'S GIFT TO THE CHURCH.
THE SETTING UP OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH BEGAN WITH A TRANSITION
PERIOD FROM THE
DISPENSATION OF LAW TO THE DISPENSATION OF GRACE WHICH BROUGHT ABOUT
UNUSUAL MIRACLES TO IDENTIFY A CHANGE WAS BEING MADE.
Many of the transition era saints had a problem
changing over to The
Dispensation of GRACE because they had become bogged down in the
secular practices as described in The Law Of Moses and even today there
are those who Contend that their faith depends on the keeping of The
Old Testament Law with it's handwriting of ordinances that were never
meant to save but to show sinful man that he was a miserable failure
and could never keep the commandments of a Just God. Mankind fell short
in previous dispensations just as surely as every person is doing
book of Hebrews tells us these old testament sacrifices, "Could never
take away sin". Hebrews 10:4.
(1)- THE METHOD OF ATONEMENT WAS CHANGED.
The method was changed from Judaism to Grace.
2:8-9- "For by grace are you saved, through faith , not of works
any man should boast."
(2)- THE MESSAGE WAS CHANGED.
The message was changed from legalism to Repentance.
In first Timothy 1:1-11- Legalism is called, "Unsound Doctrine ".
(A)- Jesus Christ brought hope based on
I-Tim.1:1- "Paul, an
apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord
Jesus Christ, which is our hope;" Jesus
Christ is our only hope!
The Law brought condemnation based on our righteousness.
know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; I-Tim. 1:9 Knowing
this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless
and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and
profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for
whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for
menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other
thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;"
(C)- The gospel brought the gentile world
along with the Jews; hope of eternal life.
I-Tim.1:11- "According to the
glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was
committed to my trust.
OLD TESTAMENT ENDS AND NEW TESTAMENT GRACE BEGINS AT MATTHEW chapter 27
with many of
the Old Testament saints coming out of their graves and walking the
streets of Jerusalem while appearing
to many. This is where Paradise below changed to heaven above
for the redeemed. You talk about a riot, I could imagine how fast most
modern day people would be getting out of town if that happened today.
Matthew 27:51-54 signifies the end of the dispensation of law.
(D)- God made a direct way for mankind
through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
The Veil in the temple was rent from top to bottom, the barrier that
separated man from God was removed at Calvary. We can now boldly
approach the throne of grace and seek grace for help in time of need.
Mat. 27:51- "And, behold,
the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom;
and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;"
(E)- Christ blood of
resurrection and acceptance for believers.
The Lamb of God's blood was sprinkled on the mercy seat in heaven in
order for the heavenly Father to accept sinners as justified.
Mat. 27:52- "And
the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints
which slept arose,"
Mat. 27:5- "And
came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went
into the holy city, and appeared unto many."
with Scofield's notes about the incident which states,
"There is no
inferred scripture to indicate these saints returned to the graves but
were. "The spirits of just men made perfect". Heb.12:23-
the general assembly
and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God
the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,"
and were taken from paradise below and went with Jesus into Heaven as
described in Eph. 4:8-10.
(F)- Paradise below
changed to heaven above.
Eph. 4:9- "Now
that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended
first into the lower parts of the earth?"
descended is the same also that ascended up far above
all heavens, that he might fill all things."
all that said and the dispensation of Law changed to the dispensation
of the Grace of God; we all need to make certain that we are born again
and know Jesus Christ in the free pardon of sin. You can make sure of
that today by repenting of your sin and asking Christ into your heart
to live forever. Romans 10:9-13. I believe God gives every person ample
opportunity to be saved and they
will give an account for rejecting The Saviour or accepting Him as
their only hope of eternal life.
DISPENSATION OF GRACE WAY TO BE
SAVED REQUIRES THREE THINGS.
(1)- Romans 10:9-
Revealed by confession.
(2)- Romans 10:9-
From the heart that Jesus died for your sins and rose again.
(3)- Romans 10:13-
Ask for it.
shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine
heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."
with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with
the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not
there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for
the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be
There are four Ecclesiastical offices for the church age:
(3)- Evangelist (Missionaries).
(4)- Pastors who are Teachers.
There is only one way to heaven and that is by faith in the shed blood
of Calvary's Lamb. Acts 4:12.
Where are you today? Are your sins under the blood of Christ? Are you
sure that you would go to heaven if you died today? If not you need to
make the choice while you are thinking about it, Ask God to be merciful
unto you a sinner and forgive your sin for Jesus sake. After that,
invite Christ into your heart to live forever! Then you need to seek
out a biblically sound church where you can follow the Lord in
believers baptism as you grow in grace and knowledge by studying his
By James Tyson Sr.