Every Part Supplieth

Published April 2010

  

Peace be unto such as read this Message.
 

It is not my intention to offend but to stir-up the mind of the Body of Christ that ALL might be edified and Glorify our Heavenly Father "YHWH" and His Son Jesus.
 

Do you want to see revival?  Would you like to see the Body of Christ edified?  Would you like to see souls saved?  Do you want to see the sick and afflicted healed and set free?  
 

If your answer to these questions is yes then, the Church may want to reconsider their attitude and their By-Laws and endeavor to come together with other Believers in the UNITY of Faith in Love and in the Spirit of Truth.   
 

Through the years there have been many Church groups that have rejected or refused to receive Ministers that proclaim the Word of God because of that person not being an official member of their group or for one reason or another.  
 

In light of this, I have decided to note some of the Scriptures that relate to the subject titled: “Every Part Supplieth.”
 

In Ephesians 4:11-16, The Apostle Paul wrote, "And he (Jesus) 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 supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love."
 

The first thing we need to notice about this Scripture is that the Apostle Paul said that Jesus set the standard for the Bride of Christ, His Body, for the purpose of edifying of or building-up of and/or perfecting of the Saints that we ALL might be One in Unity in Him.
 

The Apostle James in James 2:1-10 wrote, "My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. *For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; *And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:  *Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?  *Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?  *But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? *Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called? *If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: *But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. *For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all."
 

Every part of the Body regardless of how insignificant it might seem to be, supplies a viable function.  And without any one part of the Body, the Body is incomplete.  Even a nasal hair has an important function in the human body as does the seemingly least significant part of the Body of Christ.
 

Have you ever had a long nasal hair hanging out of your nose and pulled it out because you didn’t like how it looked?  If you have, you know that it can hurt a little and it can even leave a sore spot in your nose.  That too can happen when a member of the Body of Christ is rejected or removed.  
 

In Psalms 116:13 King David said, “Precious (or costly) in the sight of the LORD is the death of His Saints.”  The cost for a Saint was the crucifixion of Jesus, God’s only begotten Son.  Besides the importance of the effect that rejection may have on a single individual member, the Body as a whole may be even more costly.
 

Let’s consider a few examples of rejection by those that were called of God to Minister to His children.
 

In Genesis 3:1-13, we read where Adam and Eve rejected the Word of God by partaking of the Forbidden Fruit.  Their action cost more than mankind could pay.  The end results of their action cost God, Heaven’s Best.
 

In 1st Samuel 8:6-7, the Prophet Samuel wrote that the Children of God said, “Give us a king to judge us.” And Samuel prayed unto the LORD. "And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.”
 

I think it brought great sadness to the Heart of God when His Children rejected Him through rejecting the Minister that He had chosen to guide His People.  Don’t You?
 

There are no doubt many reasons why people reject or will not receive some of the Ministers of the Body of Christ.  Some are rejected because they do not for one reason or another want to join an organization.  Others are rejected merely because of their appearance, they don’t wear a tie, they have a beard or they are of the wrong gender.   
 

The Apostle John in St. John 1:11-13 wrote, "He came unto his own, and his own received him not. *But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: *Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."
 

Don’t you know this truly must have grieved the Heart of Jesus?  The Spiritual Leaders of the Church of that day refused to acknowledge Jesus when He wanted to Minister to them.  Had they truly been willing to listen to the Message that Jesus wanted to share with them, they would have been better informed and more able to render an edifying decision.
 

King Solomon in Proverbs 18:13 said, “A fool answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.”  In essence, this is what the Religious Leaders did during the time of the Ministry of Jesus when they rejected or refused to hear Him.
 

In St. Matthew 10:40, it is written that Jesus said, “He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.”
 

When Jesus abides in the Soul of a person, that person is a representative of Christ even as the Heavenly Father abode in Jesus and He was / is His Minister.  Therefore, when anyone rejected Jesus, they were rejecting the Heavenly Father.  In like manner when anyone rejects a Believer/a Saint, they in essence are rejecting Jesus and His Father.
 

On the other hand, in St Mark 9:37 we read where it says, “Whosoever shall receive one of such children (Child of God) in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.”  This statement is also backed-up in St. Luke 9:48.
 

The Apostle John in St. John 13:20 reported that Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.”
 

How can we know whether or not a person has been sent if we do not take the time to hear what they have to say?
 

In 3rd John 1:9 John said, “I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.”
 

When considering who to receive and / or not receive, we do not want to be like Diotrephes and do things for the wrong reason.  Let’s consider this Diotrephes character on a little different angle.  The Apostle Paul addresses another situation that may be applicable when thinking about the Diotrephes problem and the separations in the Body of Christ.
 

In 1st Corinthians 1:11-13, we read where the Apostle Paul wrote, "It hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. *Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of  Christ. *Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? or Were ye baptized in the name of Paul?"
 

And in 1st Corinthians 3:1-4 where he wrote, "And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. *I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. *For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?  *For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?"
 

This to me sounds like having respect of persons which brings divisions instead of unity.  If we have truly accepted Jesus as our Lord and Saviour then, we are ALL one in Him.
 

The Apostle Paul in Romans 15:7 instructed the Saints in saying, “Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.”
 

And in Romans 14:1 the Apostle Paul wrote, "Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations."
 

A person is weak in the Faith when they have a limited knowledge of the Written Word of  God ~  
 

Because Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.
 

We do however, read in Acts of a place where the Apostles were accepted.  Acts 13:14-15 says, "But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and sat down. *And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on."
 

Isn’t this the way it is supposed to be?  Aren’t we supposed to listen to, hear and observe the Message God gives his Ministers? God has given us a method whereby we are to determine whether or not the Message a Minister gives is from Him or not.
 

Let’s take a look at Deuteronomy 13:1-18 - You can read the entire Chapter but to conserve space, we will only note a few of these verses.
 
Verses 1-3 reads, "If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, *And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; *Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and all of your soul."
 

Verses 6-8 reads,  "If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers; *Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you, nigh unto thee, or far off from thee, from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth; *Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him."
 

And verses 12-14 reads, "If thou shalt hear say in one of thy cities, which the LORD thy God hath given thee to dwell there, saying, *Certain men, the children of Belial, are gone out from among you, and have withdrawn the inhabitants of their city, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which ye have not known; *Then shalt thou inquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and, behold, if it be truth, and the thing certain.  Then you know what you are to do."
 

In the writings of Mark and Luke we find a situation where the Disciples came across something that displeased them; which they did not handled properly.  Jesus set them strait.
 

In St. Mark 9:38-40 we read, "And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us. *But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. *For he that is not against us is on our part."
 

And in St. Luke 9:49-50 we read, "And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us. *And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us."
 

We, as Ministers of the Gospel, do need to take caution to not allow the Body of Christ to be deceived as it is written in Proverbs 19:27 where it reads, "Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge."
 
However, we don’t want to cut off our nose to spite our face.
 

Another Scripture that will help one to determine if a Minister is God sent is, Isaiah 8:20 where it reads, "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them."
 

However, one must hear a Minister speak or at least check the Minister out in order to know whether or not a Minister is of God.  We especially want to make sure that we do not judge a person wrongfully but according to the Written Word of God.
 

In the 2nd and 3rd chapters of Revelation, John reported that the angel of Lord said in essence, “I have somewhat against thee.”  I think the same applies to Churches today.
 

There are also a few Scriptures that mention a negative reaction as a results of something like: “Whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words.” St. Matthew 10:14, St. Mark 6:11 and St. Luke 9:5 & 10:10
 

We don’t want to be accused of being one of this group.
 

I am using this next Scripture for the simple reason that all too often rejection comes from within the Body of Christ, the Saints.  "A man’s foes shall be they of his own household." St. Matthew 10:36
 

We, as men and women of the body of Christ, the Saints need to always prayerfully consider that our actions are conducted according to the Written Word of God.
 

May the Heavenly Father richly bless and keep you and cause you to prosper and be in good health as you follow on to know and serve Him in Spirit and in Truth.  Praise His Holy and Righteous Name! 

 

Derwood Stewart