Everyone wants unity.But how do we get the unity we all seek?As we will see, the answer isto obey Yeshua’s Great Commission,by means of the Fivefold ministry.
The GreatCommission(by Yeshua’s Fivefold Ministry)by Norman B. Williswww.nazareneisrael.org
Yochanan (John) 14:1515 "If you love Me, keep My commandments.”
It is easy to read this,thinking it applies only to the Pharisees.But Yeshua was speaking to His followers.We are Yeshua’s followers,so let us imagine He is speaking to us.
Luqa (Luke) 6:4646 "But why do you call Me ‘Adon, Adon,' and not do the things which I say?
Are we doing what the Messiah says?Or are we hearing only,and not doing?It is an important question,and we need to ask ourselves.
Luqa (Luke) 6:4747 Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like:
Luqa (Luke) 6:4848 He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock.
Later we will see how we are likened to Yahweh’s house,and we are to build on afoundation of apostles and prophets.
Luqa (Luke) 6:4848 He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock.
Luqa (Luke) 6:4949 But he who heard, and did nothingis like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation,
Later we will see that theMessianic movement is like a housewithout a foundationof apostles and prophets.
Luqa (Luke) 6:4949 But he who heard, and did nothingis like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great."
Mattityahu (Matthew) 28:1818 And Yeshua came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
Mattityahu (Matthew) 28:19-2019 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, immersing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Set-apart Spirit,
Mattityahu (Matthew) 28:19-2020 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amein.
Israel is a spiritual army.Armies require structure,leadership, and discipline.
Ma’asei (Acts) 6:1-41 Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews [Devout] by the Hellenists [“Reform”], because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution.
Ma’asei (Acts) 6:1-42 Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, "It is not desirable that we should leave the word of Elohim and serve tables.
Ma’asei (Acts) 6:1-43 Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Set-apart Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; 4 but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”
Ephesians 4:11-1311 And He Himself [Elohim] gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastorsand teachers,
Ephesians 4:12 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Messiah
Ephesians 4:1313 until we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of Elohim, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Messiah,
Eph. 4:14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,
Ephesians 4:1515 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head — Messiah —(His body must grow up into the Head)
Ephesians 4:1616 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share (i.e., tithe), causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
Elohim Himself ordainedthat we should organizeby the fivefold, to fulfillthe Great Commission.Are we going to do what He says?
Qorintim Aleph (1 Corinthians) 3:1717 If anyone defiles the temple of Elohim, Elohim will destroy him. For the temple of Elohim is set apart, which temple you are.
We are His temple.Buildings have to be built a certain way,if they are to withstandoutside forces.
Well-ordered Temple/House:Evangelists conduct outreach Pastors and teachers serve the assembliesFoundation of apostles and prophetsYeshua as the Chief Cornerstone Evangel Evangel Evangel Evangel Evangel Teacher Teacher Teacher Teacher Teacher Pastor Pastor Pastor Pastor Pastor Prophet Prophet Prophet Prophet Prophet Apostle Apostle Apostle Yeshua Apostle
Messianic MessEvangelists operate independentlyPastors operate independentlyTeachers operate independentlyNo foundation of apostles or prophets Teacher Evangel Pastor Evangel Evangel Evangel Teacher Pastor
Messianic Mess“Facebook is the Great Commission.”“We’re sharing the Good News with our friends (who already believe).
“Floaty-Fruity”“I don’t belong to any organization!”
B’reisheet (Genesis) 3:44 Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die.
Satan’s lies:1. You don’t need a foundation ofapostles and prophets2. You will still be pleasing to me in disobedience3. You will still have unity4. You will still receive the anointing
No foundation:- House crumbles, falls apart- Wood and bricks everywhere- No shelter from the elements- Becomes a habitation for rats,and a haunt for every unclean bird.
Are we doing Yeshua’s words?Or are we only hearing them(but not doing them)?
Haggai 1:2-42 "Thus speaks Yahweh of hosts, saying: 'This people says,"The time has not come, the time that Yahweh’s house should be built.”’”(We are Yahweh’s house.)
Haggai 1:2-43 Then the word of Yahweh came by Haggai the prophet, saying, 4 "Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, and this temple to lie in ruins?"
“You have time and moneyfor your paneled houses,but you have no time or moneyto build My house?”
Maybe I am old fashioned.I think we need to do thingsthe way the Apostles did.Scripture is given to usfor an example.
TimaTheus Bet (2 Timothy) 3:16-17 NKJV16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of Elohim, and is profitable for doctrine,for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,17 that the man of Elohim may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
If all Scripture is profitable for doctrine,then why are we not organized that way?Why are we doing thingssome other way?
We follow the fivefold ministrythat we might no longer be spiritual children.Spiritual children are allabout them.