IMITATING THE LORD’S 12 APOSTLES

IMITATING THE LORD’S 12 APOSTLES

The church the Holy Spirit established on the Day of Pentecost started with few members. From one hundred and twenty men and women who were with one accord in the compound where the apostles were fasting and praying in an upper room, it increased by three thousand after Peter’s inaugural message. Soon after the Apostles preached at the Temple and another five thousand men and women who believed were added to the church.

With one accord those who believed the gospel of grace of God preached by the Apostles were together. They went about fulfilling the Great Commission. “Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul” and as time progressed they turned the known world of their generation upside down for Christ. The original apostles and those who followed them were focused on the Great Commission.

Matthew 28:

18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

 19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

 20 “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

The original Apostles understood the twin assignments of preaching the gospel of grace of God to unbelievers wherever they are found and teaching those who believe the gospel the commandments of the Lord. As a result, they designed a module termed ‘Apostles’ doctrine and fellowship.’ In Acts 2:42 it is written: “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.”

The Apostles’ doctrine is not another set of fundamental truth but designs for practical application of the concepts in the doctrine of Christ.

Mark 16:

14 Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen.

 15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.

 16 “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.

 17 “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;

 18 “they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

 19 So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God

 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.  (NKJV)

The Apostles’ fellowship was the vehicle for communicating the commandments of the Lord to believers to enable them grow in grace from babyhood to maturity in Christ. The original apostles of the Lord so pleased God that the sacred records command followers of Christ to imitate them.

1 Corinthians 11:1 “Be imitators of me, even as I also am of Christ.”

2 Thessalonians 3:7 “For you yourselves know how you ought to follow us, for we were not disorderly among you.”

1 Corinthians 4:16 “Therefore I urge you, imitate me.”

The church of Jesus Christ can only function effectively on earth by adopting the original Apostles’ doctrines and method of fellowship by brethren.  A House church with few members where everyone has the opportunity to contribute his or her gifting to the fellowship is the only way to “grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

Collins Enyeribe #Reinventing the 12 Apostles’ Fellowship standards.

Holy Communion

Holy Communion

The ordinance of Holy Communion was instituted by the Lord Jesus Christ the last night before His death. “… and he (Jesus) said unto them, with desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer” (Lk 22:15). Jesus instituted it to be observed by the militant church until the end of this Age.

For a genuine Christian Holy Communion is a double-edged sword. If you don’t take it at all you are disobeying a direct commandment of the Lord Jesus Christ who said “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him” (Jn 6L53-57). Failure to east the flesh and drink the blood of Jesus puts a question mark on one’s salvation and walk of faith.

Taking Holy Communion unworthily makes you liable to fall sick or die physically before your time, although you may still qualify to be raptured other things being equal. “For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.  For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep” (1Cor 11:29-30).

Taking Holy Communion perfunctorily like once or twice a year amounts to half obedience. It should be taken often. The command of Scripture is “For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes” (1Cor 11:26). Half obedience is as the sin of witchcraft. “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry” (1Sam 15:23). Proclaiming the Lord’s death by communing with the triune God should be a daily experience.

How often would you like to meet with the person you love – weekly, monthly, yearly or none at all?  The Lord expects His followers to take Holy Communion worthily on regular basis as a demonstration of their love for Him.

Collins Enyeribe

#Reinventing the Apostles’ Standards

Spirit Behind

Every human activity on earth promotes either God or Satan. Activities create relationships. In the final analysis, relationships operate like marriage.

Marital relationships have time and eternal dimensions. Except Adam, Eve and the Lord Jesus Christ, all of mankind come into the world married to Satan.

The New Birth in actuality means divorce from Satan and remarriage to Jesus Christ. Human marriage is an avoidable option.

Sexual intimacy is a joyful experience. It has a commensurate responsibility. To seek the joy of coition without the responsibility attached to it is the religion of depraved humanity. In this religious atmosphere, Satan is glorified and his kingdom is extolled.

There is a spirit behind every human activity. Sex is not fun. Every act of sexual intimacy outside of wedlock joined by God is a vote for Satan.

Avoid it if you want to be raptured.

Doing the Will of God

Doing the Will of God

The perfect will of God for every born again Christian is person-specific. What you are doing now in God’s kingdom may be good to you, your ecclesiastical superiors and colleagues in your denominational organization. But is it the will, I mean, perfect will of God for your pilgrimage?

Rom 12:

2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.  (NKJV)

Some Christians are engrossed in working for God. Unfortunately, no one can work for God. God’s expectation is for His children to walk with Him and not work for Him. To walk with God is to obey Him. Mankind has nothing to give to God

The key in walking with God is to know God’s perfect will for one’s life. It may not be what you think. Every Christian has the capacity for knowing the will of God for his or her life.

The denominational environment is very exciting. But it can distract from knowing and doing the will of God. I spent more than twenty years in the ‘organized church’ thinking I was working the work of God. What a waste. Promptings of the Holy Spirit to do what I was called to do were assiduously ignored. It’s prestigious to be daddy-in—the-Lord to very important persons in society. I valued the titles and accolades. All along I knew something was missing. There was a void. And dissatisfaction too, in spite of doing well with peer acknowledgment in church work.

Many people spend a long time in church doing what they were told to do rather than what God designed for them to do. If you are not satisfied with what you are doing now, take out time to seek the face of the Lord. Trust Him to reveal your divine assignment to you and be prepared to obey Him no matter how ‘unpleasant’ or ‘belittling’ the assignment may be.

Expect restoration of lost time. “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten.” (Joel 2:25)

 

 

 

 

Parable of Rewards

Parable of Rewards

Read Matthew 20:1-16

Verse 16 says “So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.” The parable is talking about rewards in heaven.

Jesus said: “I come quickly and my reward is with me.” There are five crowns. Immediately after the rapture of the church, saints will be decorated with crowns that match the fulfillment of their divine assignments.

Some Christians rate themselves by the volume of activity that sometimes has nothing to do with the purpose of their calling. Some rate themselves by how long they have been in ministry. God rates His servants by obedience related to divine mandate.

People who are born in Christian families sometimes assume that there is general elevation of such people compared to those born by unbelievers especially in areas that resist the gospel, which is not the case. God judges people on individual merit and not collectively.

Those who have been Christians for long assume that they will get greater regard than those who have just become Christian or even their converts. It is not always the case because in assessing the relevance of works regard is given to what one was appointed to do and not what we think is good to do or what the public applauds to be good.

John the Baptist died when he was thirty years. He was in ministry for a few years. Moses died at the age of one hundred and twenty years. He was in ministry for forty years. John the Baptist performed no miracle. Moses performed many breathtaking miracles.

This is what Jesus said: “For I say to you, among those born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” (Lk 7:28).

Can you imagine that! The least saint in the kingdom is greater than all the Old Testament patriarchs, including Abraham, Moses and John the Baptist. It is a privilege in live in the church age.

Even among New Testament saints the basis for reward is not activity but obedience. There are many servants of God largely unknown to the world who will sit very close to Jesus in heaven by reason of being faithful to their calling.

Whatever you are called to do should be done with diligence. If you are called to be an evangelist but you decide to be a pastor and build the largest auditorium in the world, you may be shocked to see the effort burnt by fire at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

God’s expectation from His servants especially in this end-time period is to be WATCHFUL over needful things, READY for Christ’s second coming, FAITHFUL in area of call and FRUITFUL in soul-winning.

Some people think they can give things like money to God. Mankind has absolutely nothing to give to God. Otherwise, there would have been no need for God to incarnate in Jesus Christ.

Many are called into the Lord’s vineyard with differing assignments and timing but only those who are faithful to their specific assignment will be rewarded by the Lord. The key is to know what one is called to do and doing it without reference to what other people are doing. Comparing oneself to others is the sin of the flesh, which is pride. God hates it. Be yourself. At the Judgment Seat of Christ everyone will stand alone.

Those who are expecting more than they deserve by reason of activity may be disappointed on the Day of Judgment.

1 Cor 3:

11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw,

 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.

 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.

 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.  (NKJV)

Come, Lord Jesus!