Purpose of this Session
Jesus Christ is THE Builder of the Church, but He also builds through His people. Through those whom He anoints into five fold giftings (who have specific calling to equip the Ecclesia for ministry), and of course, the entire priesthood comprising all members of His household (every born again believer), Christ’s House is multiplied and edified, growing toward perfect maturity.
“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)
Each member within the household has a responsibility to participate in building the house according to the measure of Christ’s gift and anointing on their lives:
“As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” (1Peter 4:10-11 KJV)
Together with Christ we are perfectly fitted together and are being built together into a habitation:
“In Him the whole structure is joined (bound, welded) together harmoniously, and it continues to rise (grow, increase) into a holy temple in the Lord [a sanctuary dedicated, consecrated, and sacred to the presence of the Lord]. In Him [and in fellowship with one another] you yourselves also are being built up [into this structure] with the rest, to form a fixed abode (dwelling place) of God in (by, through) the Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:21-22 AMP)
In this temple the priesthood is not exclusive. Every other temple in the Old Testament had its Priesthood and Sacrifices, so too does Ecclesia:
“you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” (1Peter 2:5 NKJV)
God’s original purpose in calling Israel was to have a nations of priests, those who would minister to and for Him as His representatives.
“Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.”” (Exodus 19:5-6 NKJV)
They rejected this, opting rather to have an exclusive priesthood who related to God on their behalf. The Aaronic priesthood was not God’s first or best will for Israel, it was a substitute or shadow of that which He desired. This desire is now fulfilled in a new chosen and set apart nation – the Ecclesia.
Through Christ we all, as members of His Body, offer up spiritual sacrifices. Not the sacrifices of bulls and goats, but rather we give our worship, service and thanksgiving to God, we give of our time and our substance, and most of all we give our very selves to Him.
The following verses speak of this priestly ministry in the New Covenant:
1 Peter 2:5; Romans 12:1-2; Philippians 4:18; Hebrews 13:15-16; Psalm 27:6; Psalm 107:22; Psalm 116:17; Jeremiah 33:11; Psalm 15:17
There are two essential elements to this building process, and both must be present for the house to grow as intended:
Evangelism, personal and public, gathers the building materials, the unhewn and unplaced “lively stones” that will make up the House of God.
However, a pile of gathered stones from the quarry of the world does not constitute a house, they must be prepared and fitted into the structure, in relationship to other stones, in order to become a house. The Book of Acts speaks about how the Ecclesia was multiplied:
Acts 6:1,7; 7:17; 9:31; 12:24
|The raw material mined from the world must be edified or built up into a temple for God’s habitation. Jesus said that He would ‘build’ (oikodomeo) His church. The Ecclesia is God’s building, His edifice. ‘Edify’ means ‘to be built up’, to be placed, to be put in order, or to be arranged’. We are told to seek to excel in this area of edifying the Ecclesia, building one another up, and strengthening the whole (1 Cor 14:12). Listed below are some of the ways in which we can ‘edify’ the Ecclesia, and thus co-labour with Christ as He builds His House.|
There are a number of things that will build and develop the Ecclesia both individually and corporately:
- Holding fast to the Head, Jesus Christ Col 2:18-19
- The Word of God – both hearing and obeying Act 20:32; Mat 7:24-27
- Praying in the Spirit & interpretation Jude 20; 1Cor 14:3-5
- Loving God and one another 1 Cor 8:1
- Sanctified words and communication Eph 4:29
- Peace and harmony with others Romans 14:19
- Care for the welfare of one’s neighbour Romans 15:2
- Being rooted and established in faith Col 2:7
- The five fold ascension gift ministries Eph 2:20-22; 4:11-12
- Body ministry to one another 1 Cor 14:26
- The gift of prophecy 1 Cor 14:3-5,12
“So it is with yourselves; since you are so eager and ambitious to possess spiritual endowments and manifestations of the [Holy] Spirit, [concentrate on] striving to excel and to abound [in them] in ways that will build up the church.”
(1Corinthians 14:12 AMP)