The 5 Fold Ministries in the Body of Christ. 1 (Ephesians 4:7-15).

Posted: September 9, 2011 in The 5 fold Ministries

Ephesians 4:7-15 (NIV) – Ephesian 4:11

“But to each one of us grace (we need to remember this part, it is one of the most important part, and that is the ‘GRACE’ of God given, we need to let it sink deep in the heart about this ‘Grace’) has been given as Christ apportioned it (God gave it in His will and how He think it is the best). This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men.” What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions ? He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.

These are the 5 fold Ministries:
It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers,

(The next given here is the purposes and the importance):
1. To prepare God’s people for works of service, (Preparing God’s people for the works of God they are called to do or the ministry they are supposed to have)
2. so that the body of Christ may be built up (For building up the Body of Christ)
3. until we all reach unity in the faith (build up and then for reaching unity in the faith)
4. and in the knowledge of the Son of God (that we knows Jesus Christ who is the son of God better)
5. and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. (for our maturity of the saints and that we came to the fullness of Christ).
6. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.

So, those are some of the reasons God placed the Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers in the Body of Christ. But, i believe that these are not the Hierarchy order and structural orders as the world sees, rather than it is of the responsibilities and different functions in the Body of Christ, they are given and are functioning by the Grace of God who gives the calling. To recognize them is to see the grace given to them. Also good to remember that God is more concerned of the characters of our lives than the callings He gave each one of us, whatever sphere we may be working in.

Regarding the hierarchy, the Apostle Paul put it this way:(1Cor 4:9)
“For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like men condemned to die in the arena.. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to men”.(NIV)
“For, I think, God hath set forth us the apostles last of all, as men doomed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, both to angels and men”.(ASV)

So, the functions and the hierarchy, the structures in the body of Christ is always a servant-hood structures, unless you hired someone for a purpose or thing, like to wash your car or to clean your house or anything. But, still servant-hood is highly valued in the Kingdom of God. But, servant-hood also does not mean you work many things, servant-hood is more of a character – humbleness, boldness when needed, transparent when needed and not being boastful.
Remember Jesus the Teacher, the Master, the Savior, the Apostle, the Prophet, the Evangelist and the Pastor, He has everything in Him and He is the everything, He is the Kings of Kings and the Lord of Lords, yet He washes His disciples feet, we found that in John 13.

Another thing is God puts the Apostles and the Prophets to be foundational in the Body of Christ and Jesus Christ as the chief Corner Stone.
Ephesians 2:19-20 – Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.

These 5 fold Ministries are not just a gift (which some also called them the 5 leaders), but more of the calling God placed them by His grace in the Body of Christ. They are more than just a gift, but who they are and how God created them. As a human being we all have strength and weaknesses, for our maturity as a believers of Jesus Christ, we need to welcome the five of them in our lives, for maturity and the fullness of Christ in each of our lives and the Body of Christ.

We will con’t with part 2 in the next post.
(Feel free to share or comments your thoughts and your opinions).

David Chawngthu
Aizawl, Mizoram, India.
Editor: (Kingdom)

  1. Caleb M Suresh says:

    an inverted pyramid is all that we need to think of. but the hierarchy exists nonetheless. as for the “5”, i don’t believe in separation of church & state. for the Son of man is Lord of the weekdays as well!

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