THE COMMANDMENT TO WITNESS

Matt 28:18-20, “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age’.”

INTRODUCTION:

The commandment to witness is the answer to all who seek to fulfill God’s purpose in their lives.  It is the natural and fruitful outcome of a growing Christian life – the spiritual maturity that transforms a receiver into a giver, a served into a servant and a learner into a teacher (Heb 5:12).  

While seeking to awaken one’s spiritual consciousness, the study also elaborates upon generally ignored truths, and by the Word annuls not a few misconceptions and myths.  Hence, a truly enlightening and challenging piece of work.

PRIESTHOOD, NOT LAITY:

We learned in the earlier lesson on Sacrifice that the OT provision of the Levite tribe exclusively for priestly service is no longer the practice.  ‘Laity’ has no business in the NT scheme of things.  The commandment to witness is for one and all. In other words, all are expected to outgrow the ‘laity’ tag and become His priests.  The sooner, the better. Because, we are called to serve God.  Refer Rev 1:5-6 “…To Him Who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve His God and Father….”.  Also refer 1 Pet 2:9, Rev 20:6, Rev 7:14-17.

MINISTRY OF THE NEW COVENANT:

Further, just as we learned in the commandment to Sacrifice, the nature of priestly duties has also changed.  Having accomplished its fulfillment in Jesus Christ, the old pattern since then has become obsolete.

Heb 7:12 says, “For when there is a change of the priesthood, there must also be a change of the law.”   The new pattern emerges under the new priesthood which is the priesthood under Jesus Christ the Eternal High Priest (Heb 7:21-22, 24).

How did Christ establish the new pattern?

For your answer, read Heb 9:11-13 which concludes in vs 14 thus – “How much more, then, will the Blood of Christ, Who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the Living God!”

Further, let us read Heb 9:15, “For this reason Christ is the Mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance….”.

And Heb 8:6, “But the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which He is Mediator is superior to the old one, and it is founded on better promises.”  Thus, the new order has made the old obsolete by becoming the superior one.

NOTE:  All the above references are taken from the letter to the Hebrews which the writer wrote exclusively for the Jewish community.  Hence the references to old and new covenant.  However, the truth is, the new covenant is really not the new covenant at all.  But it is the first and the eternal covenant.  Even before the old and the temporal covenant was given to Moses, the new had already been revealed.  The old came into existence because men were slow to understanding.  Judge for yourselves!  Did not God reveal to Abraham the eternal order of Christ’s priesthood through king Melchizedek when the latter brought out “Bread and wine” (Gen 15:18) to the former?  Again, did not God make it very clear to Abraham that sacrifice of the son of the seed of man will not do, but that God Himself would provide the holy and perfect sacrifice – the Lamb of God, when he ordered Abraham not to lay his hand on the boy Isaac and instead directed him to the lamb that God had provided (Gen 22:12-14)?  Indeed one has to be spiritually seeing to truly understand the truth.  

Ours is the Eternal Priesthood based on lasting ordinances.  Rev 7:14-17 – “….These are they…., they have washed their robes and made them white in the Blood of the Lamb.  Therefore, ”They are before the throne of God and serve Him day and night in His temple; and He Who sits on the throne will spread His tent over them…’.”  Also refer 2 Cor 5:17.

Each one of us has a role by which we support and assist one another for the furtherance of Gospel (1 Cor 12:27, Eph 4:16).  Finally, read 2 Cor 5:20, “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us…”.

TOWARDS SPIRITUAL MATURITY AND GROWTH:

This calls for spiritual maturity and growth (Heb 5:13-14). A must, otherwise, instead of fulfilling God’s purpose, one will end up ‘at least seven times’ worse than one’s previous self! (Matt 12:43-45).

Laity is as brief and as imperative for growth a period as that of infancy in a new-born baby.  Every milestone achieved accounts for one’s spiritual maturity.  As in the case of a new-born baby, it is a stage of intense dependency – on God! But unlike a growing baby, a child of God is never weaned out of it (Jn 15:1-8).

What one is weaned out of, here, is the laity tag.  How?  By following these three steps of equal importance :

  1. Equipping oneself with sound knowledge of the Word.
  2. Empowering oneself with the Holy Spirit.
  3. Enriching oneself with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

1. EQUIPPING ONESELF WITH SOUND KNOWLEDGE OF THE WORD:

Let us be aware that there is no reward in just carrying the Bible about or merely reading it or even chanting portions of it. Do not be deceived.  Follow the method of apostle John (Rev 10:9-10), Ezekiel (Ezek 3:1-3), Job (Job 23:12) and other saints who fed themselves on the Word of God.

Jer 15:16 reads, “Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your Word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart…” (kjv).  Jesus reminds in Matt 4:4 (kjv), “….man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”

Let us therefore feed ourselves on it, chew on it by meditating on it day and night as David did.  Let it run in our bloodstreams so that it may strengthen our feeble arms, delight our hearts and rejuvenate us with His life.  So that like Job we may also testify, Job 29:1-4, “…When God watched over me, when His lamp shone upon my head and by His light I walked through darkness!  Oh, for the days when I was in my prime, when God’s intimate friendship blessed my house.”

AT THE MASTER’S FEET:  Jesus did not open any theological institute.  Instead, He poured out His Spirit upon us. Therefore, turn to the age-old school of learning which is called, “At the Master’s Feet” (Luke 10:39), and let the Holy Spirit guide you into all truth.  It may not be enticingly advertised or easily recognized but it is still fully functional and thriving to support thousands upon thousands of real though mostly unknown heroes of faith.

Righteous man Job was an exemplary alumnus of the school.  The knowledge of God he amassed far exceeded that of his contemporaries as did his righteousness and testimony of Him (Job 42:7-8).  So, firstly, turn to the Word!

NAVIGATING THROUGH THE SCRIPTURE:  Here are a few navigational tips into the scripture:- 

1.  First, get a firm grip on your faith by drawing close to the Personality and Deity of Jesus Christ.  And learn about His works, His teachings, death, resurrection, the commissioning, ascension, His unfailing promises and the Second-coming. All this, by studying the four Gospels, namely Mathew, Mark, Luke and John, followed by the Book of Revelation.

While the importance of the Gospels is vested on the fact that they are the end-products of Jesus’ commissioning of His disciples, the Book of Revelation is the only book written to the Church directly under divine order, revelation and supervision.

2.  Next,  maintain continuity and move on to the book of Acts and learn of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit followed by historical evidences of the struggles, survival and tremendous growth of the early church.

3.  What is now left of the New Testament is a collection of letters, also known as epistles, written by apostles or church elders. They are of two kinds – General and Personal:

(i) General: The general category may be further divided into two :

  • First, letters that are addressed to the Church as a whole, existing at the time.  They are 1st and 2nd Peter, 1st John and Jude.
  • Second, that which is addressed to Jews in particular –  the letter of James.

(ii) Personal: The personal category consists of letters written to particular churches or persons.  They pertain to particular situations that necessitated their writing.  They are, therefore, to a great extent contextual in nature.

Nevertheless, just as it is in the case of the letters of general category, which are also to some extent time-framed, these have also been considered worthy of canonical induction due to their spiritual content and/or authorship. They may be further classified as Letters of Paul and Letters of John:

Letters of Paul:

  • To Churches:  Romans, 1st and 2nd Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1st and 2nd Thessalonians and Hebrews.
  •  To Persons:  1st and 2nd Timothy, Titus and Philemon.

(NOTE:  Though uncertainty veils over the authorship of ‘Hebrews’, majority believe it was written by Paul even though the beginning is not typical.  Paul’s letters have the distinction of bearing the name of their recipients as titles.)

Letters of John:

  • 2nd and 3rd John, both addressed to persons.

4.  Finally, studying the NT will throw open the floodgates of related references to prophecies, the creation, the fall, the transcendental calling and history of Jewish people (from whom comes the Author of salvation), the Mosaic Law, man’s perpetual struggle with sin and wickedness, their repeated failures of tragic proportions etc in the Old Testament.

It is only a matter of time, aided by diligent perseverance and miracle, as the navigational guidance of the Holy Spirit is allowed to supersede one’s strenuous groping about, before one comes to wholesome and increasing knowledge of scripture and God.

OVERLOOKED FACTS:

Before moving on to the next segment, permit oneself to understand or discern the human elements in the scripture or the Bible:

(a)  Please read 2 Tim 3:16-17, “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

It will do well to remember that the above verses belong in a letter written at a time when OT was the only scripture in use.  Today, what we use as scripture is a compilation of very many books and letters of varied interests, including what we have come to call as the OT, or Old Testament.

For instance, Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus became the basis for Church to function as an organizational body. Hence they are also called pastoral epistles.  Whether it was written with this purpose in view is worthy of effectual brainstorming, if need be.  But that it was inducted as part of the scripture with the same purpose in view is undeniable.

And how much of their content can be attributed to Pauline authorship will always remain a bone of contention between opposing claimants within the Church.  Because, some of their contents not only contradict the Spirit of Gospel but the author himself.  (Not surprising really, taking 2 Thess 2:2 into consideration, which is Paul’s allusion to such fabrications of his time – “…Report or letter supposed to have come from us…”).

Similarly, what purpose does inclusion of the letter to Philemon serve other than promoting slavery, a thriving trade of the time.  It does not concern those responsible that they disobey God.  Read Deut 23:15, “If a slave has taken refuge with you, do not hand him over to his master.  Let him live among you wherever he likes and in whatever town he chooses.  Do not oppress him.”  Remember, God hates all forms of oppression!

The lame justification that the letter demonstrates Paul’s supreme love; the manifestation of godly love in him, is nothing but an insult to THE GREATEST MANIFESTATION OF LOVE DEMONSTRATED IN THE VICARIOUS DEATH OF JESUS CHRIST!  Refer Jn 15:13.  Could anything or anyone surpass or add to it?

(b)  To suppose or believe or even suggest that all scripture is the ‘Word of God’ from cover to cover and word to word is blasphemy.  The truth is, THE SCRIPTURE CONTAINS THE WORD OF GOD IN IT.

The fact that human hands have been constantly at work with it – producing, reproducing, translating and re-translating; repeatedly and constantly into all languages possible – both existing as well as newly formed for the purpose, is to be ever dominating our study of the same.  Refer Jer 8:8, “How can you say, ‘We are wise, for we have the law of the Lord.’ when actually the lying pen of the scribes has handled it falsely?”  Also refer Matt 15:8-9, “These people honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are from Me.  They worship Me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.”  And, therefore, a complete reliance and submission to the Spirit of God will only safeguard us from getting side-tracked from the divine to the human elements in it.

(c)  The human element of the scripture is most evident in the sad reality that the undertone has always been male chauvinistic. It is no coincidence that there is not a single female authorship even though prophetesses were always an existing reality.  The marked trend of male chauvinism gets more and more highlighted with every new translation work in a regional language!  Such apathy!  Such a lack of fear of God!

(d)  The church has never been and will never be able to straddle the human influence for an organizational outfit as is evident from its constant break-ups and disintegration into smaller ‘units’ (far too many in number today, and as opposed to each other as can be imagined!).

THE REASONS ARE NOTEWORTHY:

(i)  At the very foundations of its make-up, it contradicts the Spirit of Gospel. ” ‘But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one Master and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth ‘Father,’ for you have one Father, and He is in heaven. Nor are you to be called ‘Teacher,’ for you have one Teacher, the Christ. The greatest among you will be your servant. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted’.” (Matt 23:8-12).

(ii)  It aims to re-set the old patriarchal order with all its cursed and sinful nuances of hierarchical set-up and totally depraved subordination of women.  Even though, it is evident from Paul’s letters (who is also believed to be the author of 1 Tim 2:11-15!) that women were as many as his co-workers as men even at that period of time.  Refer Rom 16, Phil 4:3, Col 4:15 etc.  How the visible church has come to degrade itself !  Matt 23:16-21,23-32.

(iii)  It seeks the honor and praise of men.  Matt 23:5-7.

(iv)  It seeks worldly recognition.  Therefore, the Word of God is constantly compromised with.  And, as was prophesied in 2 Tim 3:1-9, the resultant body of so called believers depict ‘only a form of godliness but denying its power’.  And the state of its womenfolk  – ‘always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth!’ (Matt 23:13-15).

(v)  Its motive is to persist in the unholy and aggressive commercialization of the free gifts of God.  “Freely you have received, freely give.” (Matt 10:8b).  Disregardful of Christ’s whip of zeal on the House of God (Jn 2:15-17), these wicked and greedy shepherds who pretend to run the affairs of God continue to feed on the flock!  Refer Ezek 34:1-10, Jn 10:7-13 etc.  They have made it the means of their livelihood and deny and deprive His servants their rightful fields and vineyards.  Refer Jas 5:4-6, Neh 5:11, Mic 2:9, 1 Kings 21:2, 7 etc.

Arrogant, and ignorant of the prophecies and revelations with regard to women and their calling (Gen 3:15), they continue to subject women to their cursed and sinful dominance and oppression.  Read Jer 31:22, “….. For the Lord hath created a new thing in the earth, A woman shall compass a man.” (kjv).  Also read Prov 9:3, Prov 31:26 etc.  Learn more from the article “The Making of the Spiritual Woman” on this website.

And, though the Holy Spirit is poured out on men and women alike and no gifts of the Spirit is exclusive either to men or women, they forbade the women from exercising their gifts.  The women are not only forbidden to grow to their full spiritual potential in Christ but are also forced to live under the old curse of manly rule and lowly desire (Gen 3:16).  As prophet Micah has written, Mic 2:9, “You drive the women of My people from their pleasant homes.  You take away My blessing from their children forever.”  Also read Lam 3:48 & 51, “Mine eyes runneth down with rivers of water for the destruction of the daughters of my people.” (kjv) and “Mine eye affecteth mine heart because of all the daughters of my city.” (kjv).

What is more, by their own very deeds they contradict the Word of God and invite Judgement upon themselves (1 Kings 21:17-19, Matt 23:1-36, Jas 5:1-3, Jer 25:34-37 etc.)  It is all very well that they claim to painstakingly translate, print and publish the Word of God; adding some, deleting some and including new and attractive features to it with every new edition.  But all the proceeds and glory that go to them and to the gods of their idolatry will testify against them.  Just as it is written in Jas 5:3, the corrosion of their ill-gotten wealth ….will testify against (them) and eat (their) flesh like fire….”  because of the lies they have infiltrated into the Word of God to reap the material benefits thereof and to maintain their carnal supremacy – so that while they pretend to worship God they can ensure women continue to serve and revere them.

PEOPLE OF THE ‘WAY’ OR CHRISTIANS:  For more on such obvious fallacies, please refer to the note on the commandment to watch coming up shortly. Suffice for now that one realizes what began to be known as the people of ‘the way’ (Acts 9:2) or as the ‘the Christians’ (Acts 10:26) has today been reduced to the identity of just ‘another religion’!

However, for the discerning, such things need not overly concern because of the solace that comes from Jesus’ promise, “….I will build My Church,and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” Matt 16:18 (b).  The Church He planted is not an organizational set-up.  It is the assembly of believers, come together in the Oneness of the Spirit, completely obedient to the Truth and numbering perhaps as few as two or three.  Matt 18:20.

We have learned and understand that the real Church is not visible.  It is a mystery (Eph 5:32), waiting to be revealed. (1 Pet 1:3-5, Rom 8:19, Matt 13:43). And when it is revealed through the divine act of the Holy Spirit, Who is constantly at work making her spotless and radiant for the Lamb, at the Second-coming of our Lord, she’ll collectively embody the whole – the Bride of Jesus Christ. 

2.  EMPOWERING ONESELF WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT:

A tarrying period for empowerment of the Holy Spirit is of utmost importance.  Note the difference it wrought in apostle Peter’s life. Always remember, IT IS HIS WORK AND SO THE RIGHT WAY TO DO IT IS HIS WAY.  Jn 16:7, Acts 1:8, Acts 2:33. (Please refer to the article, The Holy Spirit, if you haven’t already.)

As servants of God, the complete ‘seven fold’ Personality of the Spirit should be allowed to grow within us so that we may ‘become lesser as He increases’ and so that we may not depend on our own frayed merits and bring disrepute to God’s work, as many are already doing.

What is the ‘seven-fold’ Personality of the Spirit?

It is the complete Personality of the Holy Spirit.  Refer Rev 4:5 and Isa 11:2.  Also read Rev 1:16, 20, Rev 5:6b, Zech 3:9, Zech 4:10b etc.  All spiritually mature servants of God should aspire to show forth the seven characteristics of His Personality, which are:

  • the Spirit of the Lord
  • the Spirit of wisdom
  • the Spirit of understanding
  • the Spirit of counsel
  • the Spirit of Power
  • the Spirit of knowledge
  • the Spirit of the fear of the Lord.

And, just as Isa 11:2 asserts, the Spirit of the Lord will come to rest which means the anointing is not brief or periodical.

As wisdom rears its head, wait for understanding to follow suit (unlike what had happened in Adam’s case); develop His power by His counsel (so that everything we do concurs with His will); and as knowledge increases, may the fear of the Lord increase too (to keep us from becoming conceited and committing foolhardiness).

3.ENRICHING ONESELF WITH THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT:

The empowerment of the Holy Spirit will manifest itself in the various gift/(s) He bestows upon us, in addition to the growing ‘Spiritual Personality’ in us.  The gift or gifts make up for our lack.  They turn our impossibilities into possibilities. They reveal the power of God in us.  And above all, they work to glorify God in us. (The article on the Holy Spirit will offer a complete study and perfect understanding).

HIS WITNESSES AS CHRIST’S AMBASSADORS:

Thus, as one begins to arm oneself with the above-mentioned three Es, one’s work will start reflecting the growing christian personality within:

1.  You are the salt of the earth (Matt 5:13)

As salts we add or bring flavor into other people’s lives – the flavor of God’s grace (Col 4:6) to kindle hope in the hopeless. THE GREATEST OF ALL HUMAN TRAGEDIES IS HOPELESSNESS.

We know and experience a hope worthy of sharing because we partake of it everyday.  Mk 9:15(b), 1 Pet 3:15-16, 2 Tim 4:2, Rom 10:15, Phil 2:15 (b) to 16(a).

2.  You are the light of the world (Matt 5:14-16)

We live in a world that is submerged in spiritual darkness.  Jesus has called us to be luminary bodies to light it up wherever we are. Like a light-house shining high and steadily against the currents of this world to beam pathways of safety to the lost and the straying. How?  Matt 5:16 and Mk 4:21-25.  Yes, by our deeds and works.  If by His grace we preach and teach, then by our deeds and works we ought to show that we practice what we preach (unlike Matt 23:3). Also read Eph 5:8-11, 1 Tim 4:15(b).

3.  You are saints of the Living God (Matt 27:52)

Refer Rev 20:15, Rev 22:14, 1Thess 3:13, 1 Cor 6:2-3 etc.  Let us read a few verses to understand better:

Heb 10:10, “And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all”,

Heb 10:14, “Because by one sacrifice He has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.”

Heb 10:15-18, “The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this.  First He says: ‘This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my Laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.’  Then He adds:’Their sins and lawless acts I’ll remember no more.’  And where these have been forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin.”

Isa 44:3-5, “….I will  pour out My Spirit on your offspring, and My blessing on your descendants……… One will say, ‘I belong to the Lord’; another will call himself by the name of Jacob; still another will write on his hand ‘The Lord’s’ and will take the name Israel.”

INTERCESSORY POWERS OF THE SAINTS:  The immediate privilege of being called His saints is the privilege to intercede for others – for friends and foes alike (Jn 14:13-14, Jn 16:23-24, Matt 16:19).

Eph 6:18, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.  With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” Rom 8:26-27, Ezek 22:30.

[PLEASE NOTE:  The dead do not intercede.  All our opportunities to intercede and minister come to an end with the end of our life in this world (Refer Luke 16:20-31).  Yes, even the dead in Christ cannot intercede after death for the simple reason that none have been resurrected.  Jesus Christ is the only One to have resurrected from the dead – the first-fruit of resurrection.

(Though the coming back to life of Lazarus and other such mentions, eg. Matt 27:52, Heb 11:35 etc served as proofs of resurrection in children of God, they have all without exception returned to their rest and await the promised resurrection at His coming with everyone else.)

Therefore, we who intercede while still living, do so, through Jesus Christ, the Only One (Rom 8:34) to have been resurrected from the dead and seated at the right hand of God to intercede in turn for us.  (Heb 7:25, Job 16:19-21). And that is the reason we pray to Him and pray in His Name only.]

4.  I have called you friends (Jn 15:15)

As friends of God, we are revealed the deep things, the mysteries of God.  He also makes known His will to us in everything concerning us. (Matt 10:27, Jn 15:16, 1 Cor 2:10-14, Amos 3:7, Ps 25:14).

Matt 13:52, “…Therefore every teacher of the law who has been instructed about the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his store room new treasures as well as old.”

Jn 15:15, “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his Master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from My Father I have made known to you.”  Therefore, grow and enjoy the spiritual upgradation He has promised to the faithful: ‘FROM SERVANTS OF GOD TO FRIENDS OF GOD’.

Let us also remember, as it says in Jn 16:12-15 – there is yet much more to be revealed.  Especially, since God deals with us on individual basis, His plans and purpose for each one of us will vary.  It is His pleasure to make them known  to us, Amos 3:7, “Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing His plan to His servants the prophets.”

5.  You make a difference (Mk 13:20)

Do not belittle yourselves.  Remember, your very presence in this world makes a big difference.  As Mk 13:20 says, it lightens the burden of this world and shortens their suffering.  (The book of Revelation too).

Therefore, let us persist in holiness.  Whether the world recognizes it or not – we’ll continue to be a blessing simply by our presence amidst them.  REMEMBER, IF JONAH COULD BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THE NEAR SINKING OF THE SHIP, PAUL’S PRESENCE AND PRAYERS ACCOUNTED FOR THE SAFE ARRIVAL OF EVERY SINGLE LIFE IN THE SHIP-WRECK ALONG THE COASTS OF MALTA.

FINALLY, ATTENTION! WOMEN OF GOD:

Grow as Christian witnesses.  Let nothing stop you.   Following are four red-alerts for you:

1.  Matt 3:8,10, and vs 10 reads, “The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”  Every tree meaning every child of God – whether male or female. Refer 2 Pet 1:10, 2 Pet 2:20-22.

2.  Be wise.  Wise women naturally seek and follow God (eg. Ruth, Abigail, Lydia,..) just as all the remarkable women, we read about did during Jesus’ time even though Jesus had called only twelve men to be His chief disciples. Perhaps that is the reason God had never the need to call a woman.  For more examples, read Lk 7:44-47, Lk 8:2-3, Lk 10:42 etc. 

Therefore, it does not come as a surprise at all that Jesus Christ, after His resurrection first commissioned a woman to proclaim the good news, Jn 20:17-18, “….Go instead to My brothers and tell them….”.   Remember, Wisdom has sent out her maids (Prov 9:3).  Let not folly restrain you.

3.  Do not seek your answers in the letters that frame the law but from the Spirit Who gives it.  Like the wise daughters of Zelophehad did, seek the heart of God (Num 27:1-7).  Isa 8:19(b), “…Should not a people inquire of their God?”  Refer 2 Cor 3:6.

4.  When the Holy Spirit leads, the commissioning or non-commissioning by men or church leaders cannot be a hindrance as ministries of Stephen, Philip, Apollos, Mark and the women of God in the Bible will prove.  1 Pet 2:16, “Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.”

 2 Cor 3:17, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

May God bless you!

To be contd……NEXT: The commandment to Give.