Last weekend I attended a unique retreat in the hills nearby my home. It was unique because it was attended mostly by young adults from a local non-charismatic Baptist congregation who were seeking a deeper relationship with God. That doesn’t happen too often these days. Nobody, including myself, knew what to expect, but being hungry for a closer relationship with God is a great reason to get together as far as I am concerned.
Open discussion and questions interspersed with Bible teaching eventually gave way to some Holy Spirit led words of knowledge, which revealed secrets in the hearts of one or two attendees. By Saturday evening the whole group began praying for one another, confessing private sin and experiencing what compassionate ministering to one another in the Body of Christ is all about.
Now it is all too easy to dismiss this as something that happens when folks get together at seminars, camps and retreats. The question we should be asking ourselves is why are we not ministering to one another in the power of all members of the Godhead on all occasions? In my opinion it is because we are too afraid to let God be God of our lives.
When Abraham agreed to covenant with Elohim, the supreme God, the Godhead and all that the Godhead is and can do became Abraham’s life, Genesis 17:7. When we were immersed into Christ (Galatians 3:27; Romans 6:2-4) we, in Christ, also entered into covenant with the Godhead in all its fullness (Colossians 2:8-12).
As we choose to forsake religiosity and embrace God’s ordained ministry to one another in partnership with the Godhead as recorded in Acts, then we will be allowing Christ to live His life and His faith in our bodies as Paul did, Galatians 2:20 (see KJV). It is only then that the world will no longer be attractive to us (Gal. 6:14) and all that will matter will be our covenant with the Supreme God and ministering to other disciples and the dead in sin, Ephesians 2:1-4.
Because few disciples are willing to pay the cost of developing an Abrahamic-type relationship with Elohim, whereby allowing Him supremacy in all aspects of their lives, they no longer witness the healing of the whole person; body, soul and spirit. And instead of the world being astounded in the presence of Christ’s disciples and His kingdom’s power to remove all that burdens them, they merely walk on by toting their life-time of body, soul and spirit destroying, personal baggage. Worse still, some end up becoming religious baggage toters in appealing church gatherings where they never discover Body ministry on a personal level as willed by Elohim, I Corinthians 12.
Surely it is necessary that we revisit I Corinthians 12, 13 and 14 and realize that without allowing all the members of the Godhead to minister through us, including the Holy Spirit and all that He is and has for us, our mere religiosity will never properly edify, exhort and comfort the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 14:3)?
Bob Chapman MA