January 2019 Newsletter - "Are You an Evangelist?" by The Harvesters
When you go out to the gas station, when you go into the marketplace, when you go to school, as you interact with the world, and as you co-exist with your brethren, you are a five-fold minister of God. The five-fold ministry is an Apostle, Prophet, Teacher, Pastor, and Evangelist.
Let’s read Ephesians 4:10-13 that explains where we receive the five-fold ministry gifts from Christ Himself.
Eph 4:10 He Who descended is the [very] same as He Who also has ascended high above all the heavens, that He [His presence] might fill all things (the whole universe, from the lowest to the highest). Eph 4:11 And His gifts were [varied; He Himself appointed and gave men to us] some to be apostles (special messengers), some prophets (inspired preachers and expounders), some evangelists (preachers of the Gospel, traveling missionaries), some pastors (shepherds of His flock) and teachers. Eph 4:12 His intention was the perfecting and the full equipping of the saints (His consecrated people), [that they should do] the work of ministering toward building up Christ's body (the church), Eph 4:13 [That it might develop] until we all attain oneness in the faith and in the comprehension of the [full and accurate] knowledge of the Son of God, that [we might arrive] at really mature manhood (the completeness of personality which is nothing less than the standard height of Christ's own perfection), the measure of the stature of the fullness of the Christ and the completeness found in Him.
As we are taught, this is a process to achieve the High Priest office as the tabernacle of God. This is a lifestyle that only comes by sacrifice, understanding that sacrifice, and walking out what we understand and have been taught through sacrifice.
2 Timothy 4:5 says, “But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.” Here, the apostle Paul says that each of us has been designed and ordained to fill this office in our life here on earth. We are expected by Yeshua to walk in His ways and to be a part of the army who is sent out to fight for the salvation of many who will come.
Let’s also take a look in the Torah to see an example of this same five-fold ministry. It began with Aaron, the brother of the one chosen by God to bring the law to His children.
Num 3:1 Now these are the generations of Aaron and Moses when the Lord spoke with Moses on Mount Sinai. Num 3:2 These are the names of the sons of Aaron (“light bringer”) : Nadab (“generous”) the firstborn, Abihu (“he is [my] father”), Eleazar (“God has helped”), and Ithamar (“coast of palms”)
You see the names of each brother the character and function of who we are as an evangelist in the tabernacle. Let’s break these names down further:
Ithamar: the coast of palms, the palm is a tall tree representing victory, it has large leaves which provide a large area of covering, these particular palms are planted by the coast, deeply rooted to withstand any element of weather right along the coast, the sea of humanity. Eleazar: whom God has helped; we always need help from our divine creator to get us through our process. Abihu: he is my father, when we come to worship our heavenly Father, we take on his character to become one with Him. Nabad: our generous sacrifice we give is the character and function of our Savior, which we take on as we have been generously given the opportunity to serve Him through our called appointed office. Aaron: to bring the light as we illuminate humanity wherever we go.
Now that we have looked at the evangelistic function of the five-fold ministry, we see that we are light bringers who have been enlightened through a great generosity from our Father. He is the One helped us, taught us, and showed us how to be generous as we are planted, deeply-rooted, next to the sea of humanity to provide a covering of victory for anyone we meet and wherever we go.
When we continue to read in the book of Numbers, we are forewarned of the dangers of being priests of the Lord.
Num 3:3 These are the names of the sons of Aaron, the priests who were anointed, whom Aaron consecrated and ordained to minister in the priest's office. Num 3:4 But Nadab and Abihu died before the Lord when they offered strange fire before the Lord in the Wilderness of Sinai; and they had no children. So Eleazar and Ithamar ministered in the priest's office in the presence and under the supervision of Aaron their father.
We are under the supervision of an appointed servant. Let us always remember this as we all go through the process of cleansing in order to be used by our Father. We do not want to be caught bringing a mixed Word, a strange fire, or incense from any other source than from our ancestry. This is our inheritance to fulfill as we are our heavenly Father’s inheritance for eternity.
Heb 2:17 So it is evident that it was essential that He be made like His brethren in every respect, in order that He might become a merciful (sympathetic) and faithful High Priest in the things related to God, to make atonement and propitiation for the people's sins.
Heb 2:18 For because He Himself [in His humanity] has suffered in being tempted (tested and tried), He is able [immediately] to run to the cry of (assist, relieve) those who are being tempted and tested and tried [and who therefore are being exposed to suffering].
Take each day as an opportunity to be the evangelistic High Priest you are trained to be, bringing Heaven to Earth as you walk out your destiny.
References: Scripture from KJV and the Amplified version of the Holy Scriptures Definitions of names from Brown-Driver-Briggs Dictionary