Monday, February 25, 2019

YOUR GIFTS AND INFLUENCE

2019-01-21
Female Role/Calling
God gave gifts to mankind; to women as well as men:  Could the Body of Christ be weakened because there are "Controllers" in the Church?  In my memory are many illustrations of such, but instead of looking like a tattle-tale, I'll do what I love to do best:  try to understand the Bible.

"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; 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:  that WE henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: from whom the WHOLE BODY fitly joined together and compacted by that which EVERY JOINT supplies according to the effectual working in the measure of EVERY PART, makes increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love." (Ephesians 4:10 to 16) (emphasis added).

Note that "some" can mean any of these:  masculine, feminine; this, that, one, he, she.  I derive my definition from Strong's Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries.

And this:

"If therefore the WHOLE CHURCH be come together into one place . . . EVERY ONE ("hek'as tos: man, woman) of you has a psalm, has a doctrine, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation.  Let all things be done unto edifying."
(I Corinthians 14:23 to 26) (emphasis added).

Try to be a peacemaker.  Hunger and thirst after righteousness.  Jesus promises that you and I who "do these things"  will be filled, blessed.
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