READ: In The Local Church (PART 2) - Apostle Raphael A. Macaulay


IN THE LOCAL CHURCH 2


Christianity is the gathering of men onto God, with God reaching men through men. You can't and will never rule out man in any transaction between God and man. I repeat between GOD AND MAN, not God and spirits.

See this...

2 Timothy 1:6
Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.

"...by the putting of my hands", definitely Paul--a man. 

1 Timothy 4:14
Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.

The presbytery, a body of elders--men.

When the deaconry was to be created, men were needed to perform the duties required, and men were needed to confirm their positions. And after, they chose seven men, "Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid (their) hands on them" (Acts 6:6). They laid hands on the deacons before they began their work.

Apostles Paul and Barnabas were not commissioned without this process too...

Acts 13
2. As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate Me Barnabas and Saul for the work where unto I have called them.
3. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid (their) hands on them, they sent (them) away. 

Very key! Men laid hands on the great Paul and Barnabas. We don't despise the gift of men in the work of the Lord and expect to prosper in the work. The role of men in the move of the Spirit will always will be important in the church. God uses men for men. He sends men to men.

Haven said that, there are those who can't teach you in the faith.

1 John 2
18. Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
19. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would (no doubt) have continued with us: but (they went out,) that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
20. But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
21. I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
22. Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
23. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) (he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.)
24. Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.
25. And this is the promise that He hath promised us, (even) eternal life.
26. These (things) have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.
27. But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him.

That which you have heard from the beginning should abide in you... (v24). 

How did you hear it? From the scriptures inspired by the Holy Spirit, written by men. From men ordained by God, just as John opened the first Chapter of his letter (1 John 1:1-3). They (men, the disciples) heard and saw the Lord; they (men, the disciples) declared the fellowship they had with Him to men.

And how will the anointing teach you? When you study the word on your own, and through the men God has placed over your life in the faith. 

Which men do you not need to teach you anything? "These (things) have I written unto you CONCERNING THEM THAT SEDUCE you" (v26). 

Those who seduce, deceive, manipulate, and twist the word. You don't need these men. They are deceivers, manipulators, and peddlers of the gospel. They lie in wait to deceive (Eph. 4:14). Run for your life!


You are blessed!


Apostle Raphael A. Macaulay
Resident Pastor,
Faith Transfiguration Chapel
Badagry, Lagos

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