Ephesians 4:8 Therefore He said, when He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. 9 (Now that He ascended, what does it mean but that he also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He that descended is the same person also that ascended up far above the whole sky, that he might fill all things.)
11 And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 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 fullness of Christ:
14 That we be no more like children, being tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery and cunning craftiness of men, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, we should in all things grow up into Christ, whom is the head. 16 From whom the whole body is closely joined, fitted and compacted together by that which every joint supplies, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, makes increase of the body unto the building of itself in love.
Matthew 13:9 He who has ears to hear, let him hear. 10 Then the disciples came, and said unto him, why do you speak unto them in parables? 11 He answered and said unto them, because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom above, but unto them it is not given. 12 For whoever has, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whoever has not, from him shall be taken away even that he has. 13 Therefore I speak to them in parables: because seeing they see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
To those who are not born again, the mysteries of the kingdom are a mystery. However, for those who have been of born of God into the kingdom of God, the knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom will be given.
From the time we are born again we are part of the body Christ. Also from the time we are born again, in our born again experience we continue to grow and dwell in unity, both with Christ and the body of Christ, we also continue to increase in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.
Let us look at Psalm 133. This is a parable type picture of the Church, which is the body of Christ that dwells together in unity under Christ the head of the Church. From the Head anointing of the Holy Spirit and the power and authority of God flow down over the whole body, while the dew of Hermon is a type picture of the Spirit of God / the pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb (Rev 22:1). The waters of life that flow through us and out from out our belly bringing life to a broken and hurting world (John 7:38 & Joel 3:18).
Psalm 133:1 Look and see, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! 2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that descended down to the skirts of his garments; 3 as the dew of Hermon that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, life for evermore.
Unity of the Church / the body of Christ, under Christ the Head of the Church; the anointing of the Holy Spirit; the Waters of Life. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, the fullness of the Holy Trinity we all walk together in unity. You may not understand it all, but the understanding will come as you receive and believe.
Achieving the truth by obtaining and maintaining unity is an ongoing process.
Matthew 13:11 He answered and said unto them, because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom above, but unto them it is not given. 12 For whoever has, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance:
Isaiah 28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? And whom shall he make to understand doctrine? Them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. 10 For rule must be upon rule, rule upon rule; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
Some Christians having first received and believed in Jesus Christ, never receive and believe some the other important Spiritual Truths. Therefore they remain as babes and they will never have the full knowledge truth, nor understand doctrine, nor receive the power and authority as sons of God.
Ephesians 4:11 And He Jesus Christ gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 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 fullness of Christ:
The five fold ministry, including the Apostles and Prophets, is given to us, to work with us till we come to the unity of the faith.
Many Christians and Christian churches believe the Gifts of the Apostle, the Prophet and the anointing of the Holy Spirit with all power and authority, upon the Church the body of Christ, all past away with the passing away of the first Apostles and Prophets. In doing so they reject those who have been called by God and given by Christ to the Church to bring us all to the unity of the faith.
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