September 2018 Newsletter - "The Harvesters" by Alaun King
Evangelism is most definitely a lifestyle; to effectively walk it out, we must be trained and tried against the revelation of the mysteries and secrets of the kingdom. To lay down your life for another is the highest form of love. All over scripture the Father expresses the union between love and evangelism. In John 2:17, Yeshua asked Peter, "Do you love me?" Peter replies, "Lord you know that love you." Yeshua replies, "Feed my sheep." Love is to forsake our will and the desires of our flesh through the process of unveiling the wisdom and revelation within us so that we can do the same for others.
Yeshua asked Peter three times if he loved him. In Hebrew thought, saying something three times denotes marriage or a perfect union. We have to be perfected in love, which embodies edifying others from glory to glory. When Peter replied and said he did love Yeshua, the word used for love in Greek was phileo, which expresses a brotherly love, a love that involves the flesh. When Yeshua asked Peter if he loved him, the word used for love in the Greek translates to mean agape. Yeshua was showing Peter in the spirit through discipleship how to become one with him in agape so that he could be transformed by the Word and lead others in doing the same.
Yahweh asked Peter three times if he loved him, showing a progression of love through our spiritual temples. Ascending through the temple, we see a process of death, burial, and resurrection. "Do you love me Peter?" Outer Court, altar of sacrifice – death. "Do you love me Peter?" Holy Place, table of showbread – burial. "Do you love me Peter?" Holies of Holies, everything under the mercy seat is now in the overcomer, resurrection life after the Father in spirit – agape.
In order to go out and minister to others, we need to know the blueprint the Father has given us for Salvation, which is found in the revelation of his commandments. Matthew 28:16 talks about the great commissioning of the disciples. Verse 19 says, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen." So we see here that Yeshua has taught his disciples as expressed in verse 19 and is now sending them to go and teach others what he commanded them.
Yeshua told the disciples to go and baptize, illuminate, or wash the disciples in the name or in the character and function of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Again, just as we saw that beautiful pattern of three in Yeshua asking Peter if he loved him three times, we now see Yeshua telling his disciples to baptize in three names, which are spiritually one. Yeshua is not just telling us he taught his disciples; he's really letting us know he gave them a blueprint to follow.
The pattern expressed through baptism is this: The Father sent his Son, who was the Word made flesh because it was tabernacled in our darkness. The Son went through his spiritual circumcision, as portrayed on the cross, and when the Son took dominion over darkness, he committed his spirit back into the hands of the Father. That is the blueprint. The Father sends a messenger to prepare the Bride, as Gabriel prepared Mary to receive the impartation of the seed (Luke 8:11 expresses that the seed is the Word of God). The bride births the son of the spiritual understanding of the Father. The sons then have to be circumcised; they have to take dominion over darkness, over the flesh, and become spiritual, one with the Father.
In Matthew 28:18-19, Yeshua says, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations.” He said this that through him, the disciples would go out and minister through the pattern of the cross and in resurrection power. There are a lot of people ministering to others without the blueprint and are leading them astray. The cross is a prophetic picture of the blueprint or order of the Father. Yeshua plowed to the cross with the Father: big Ox and little Ox. On the cross, the Son was circumcised, which was the removal of the flesh or all carnal understanding. The Son commits his spirit into the hands of the Father and then rents the veil for us or releases the Spirit to us. As we follow his pattern, through him we rent the veils for others.
In John 14:15-17, Yeshua tells the disciples, "If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever.” Here we see Yeshua has baptized the disciples in the Father and Son, because the Son was in the Father; however, now Yeshua is telling them another baptism is coming, and it will abide with them forever. “Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” So Yeshua told them that the Spirit dwells with them, but the Spirit of truth will dwell in them forever.
John 14:20 says, "At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.” The next verse says, "He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest to him.” Again, we see the blueprint within the communion of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Being led by the Father when drawing others is so critical. As we are in a perfecting process ourselves, we want to make sure that we keep our flesh under submission through abiding in the revelation of the Word. In 2 Corinthians 12:6-8, Apostle Paul says, “For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me."
The thorn in the flesh of Paul was a messenger of satan or a principality to buffet him. He petitioned the Father three times to remove it; however, the Father expressed that his grace was sufficient for Paul. We know that the grace is the revelation of the mysteries and secrets of the kingdom. Even though Paul had this thorn and was afflicted, the grace given to him by the Father deemed him righteous. As for us, though we are in a process of being perfected unto salvation, though there still may be thorns in our flesh, through grace and through abiding in the revelation, the blood washes us of our sins and deems us worthy to atone for others.
Ephesians 4:11-13 says, "And he gave some apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come into the unity of the faith, and of knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ." Based on this passage, we can take away that evangelism expresses a level of teaching that is a measure of faith.
Paul exhorts us in that we should petition the heavens for the best gifts. This passage of scripture is actually a great mystery. On a practical level, if I'm going out to minister without an apostolic and prophetic covering, then I'm at the level of a teacher alone. I can only edify another teacher. I can't edify someone who's mature enough to receive a pastor or an evangelist. I cannot give a prophet a drink. We have to pursue that apostolic and prophetic measure for the edifying of the body until we all come into perfection. When people were joined to the body, some were given the measure of a teacher, some received the measure of a pastor, some were given an evangelical measure. Only the apostles could edify everyone in the body. Paul said, “I had rather speak five words with my understanding, […] than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue,” (1 Cor 14:19). Because then how could the body be edified? Paul had an understanding of the five-fold ministry that enabled him to bring the church through a perfecting process.
Father, I pray you purify us so we can become all things to all men. Help us to walk in the narrow way after the blueprint of Christ. Reveal to us Your love so we can feed Your sheep in purity.