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Jesus Our Example


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Jesus Our Example

The following exhortation from Paul is found in Ephesians 4: 1-4.

I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you are called with lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love, endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling.
I find this soul-searching exhortation comes before he explained the purpose of the ascension ministry gifts.
Some believe meekness in a Leader is a sign of weakness. If we only knew how sorely mistaken that is.
What is meekness then? It is strength under discipline. It’s the key to great faith.

He urges us to walk worthy of our vocation regardless of what it may be; but it applies particularly to those among us that He has given the task of feeding and caring for His sheep.
False religion is goal driven.
It is completely addicted to the ‘work’.
Christ is primarily interested in the ‘wayfarers’ for whom He died.
There is no greater vocation than to be a servant of Christ
The servants’ prayer is “what wilt thou have me to do”.
It’s not what I can do for Him.
It’s what He has done for you and me and what He expects of us.
To whom much is given much is required.

JESUS WHO IS THE WAY DEMONSTRATES IT HERE.

John 13:1.

Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come, and that he should depart this world unto the Father, and having loved his own which were in the world he loved them unto the end.

Now He sets about to ‘demonstrate’ His lesson to His disciples rather than ‘teach it’ via a parable
What Jesus was about to do was not in order to establish an Ordinance?

John 13:2

And supper being ended, the devil having put into the heart of Judas Iscariot Simon's son to betray him;

 

John 13:3

Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God.

John 13:4

He rises from supper laid aside His garments took a towel and girded himself (no identity crisis here)

John 13:5

Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet, and wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.

John 13:6

Then comes to Simon Peter, and Peter said to him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet?

John 13:7

Jesus answered and said unto him, what I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.
I trust something here rubs off on to us as we observe the manner in which Jesus served us.


WE HAVE NOTHING WE DIDN’T RECEIVE.

Note: He gives as He chooses; and what He gives us to trade with He can take back at anytime and give to another if we fail to return a dividend on His investment. Matt 25:28-30.

The Holy Spirit gave Paul the Greek word Heteros when he instructed on the manner in which the gifts of the Spirit are divided among the members of His body in I Cor 12:8-17.

Let’s see what we can learn with regard to the way Paul uses this word. Marriage as instituted by God is a hetero-sexual relationship. It’s between two of a different kind, a male and female for the purpose of procreation. The homo-sexual has a propensity for a person of the same (kind) sex for unnatural gratification.

Now let’s see how the word hetero is used with regard to spiritual gifts.
1 Cor 12: 8- 15 for to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another hetero (of a different kind) the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
This word hetero clearly shows us that no one individual has all the gifts. They are distributed severally as He wills to emphasise the point that we are inter-dependant.
So much for Sola Pastor; or Evangelist: or Prophet or any title one may wish to be called by.

1 Corinthians 12:9-15.
To another faith by the same Spirit; to another gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

But all these are worked by the one and selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as He will.
For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one so also is Christ. Christ’s body is a many membered body of which He is the Head.
For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
For the body is not one member, but many.
If the foot shall say, because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?

Galatians 2:2.

I went up by revelation and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain. We ought to do likewise lest we embark on futile meddling in God’ affairs.

Ephesians 4:8-11.

Wherefore he saith, when he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. And he gave some, apostles; some, prophets; some, evangelists; and some shepherds and teachers. Our soul is larger and our needs greater than a sola shepherd can provide despite all his programs. Superman is a myth. You say he brings in other ministries, true but they are normally his cronies.

Ezekiel 34:1.

And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flocks?



What do you think shepherds ought to be doing? I think that’s a no-brainer.

Isaiah 40:11.

He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those who are with young.



THE OPTIMUM WORDS ARE: - FEED – GATHER – CARRY – GENTLY – LEAD.

There’s a need for feeding shepherds. When sheep fed they will follow the one True shepherd. Further dangers among flocks are shepherds who fleece the sheep to fuel their dreams. Like ravening wolves they scatter the sheep. Only Shepherds who care carry and feed have the right to guide.

Ezekiel 34:3.

Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock.

Ezekiel 34:4.

The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them.

Ezekiel 34:5.

And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered. The good and great shepherd laid down his life for His sheep.

Ezekiel 34:6.

My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them.

Ezekiel 34:17

And as for you, O my flock, thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I judge between cattle and cattle, between the great Rams and (Heb) Great goats; small cattle of lambs and kids; goats.

Ezekiel 34:18.

Seemed it a small thing unto you to have eaten up the good pasture, but must ye tread down the residue of your pastures? And to have drunk of the deep waters, but ye must foul the residue with your feet? (Feeding them with cold shoulder and mouldy bread).

Ezekiel 34:19.

And as for my flock, they eat that which ye have trodden with your feet; and they drink that which ye have fouled with your feet.



THE DOCTRINE OF ETERNAL JUDGMENT Heb 6:2

Ezekiel 34:20-31.

Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD unto them; Behold, I, even I, will judge between the fat cattle and between the lean cattle.

Because ye have thrust with side and with shoulder, and pushed all the diseased with your horns, till ye have scattered them abroad;

Therefore will I save my flock, and they shall no more be a prey; and I will judge between cattle and cattle.

And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd.

And I the LORD will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the LORD have spoken it.

And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods.

And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.

And the tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase, and they shall be safe in their land, and shall know that I am the LORD, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hand of those that served themselves of them.

And they shall no more be a prey to the heathen, neither shall the beast of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and none shall make them afraid.

And I will raise up for them a plant of Renown, and they shall no more be consumed with hunger Heb. taken away, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more.

Thus shall they know that I the LORD their God am with them, and that they, even the house of Israel, are my people, saith the Lord GOD.

And ye my flock, the flock of my pasture, are men, and I am your God, saith the Lord GOD.


 
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