Christ Received, Experienced, and Ministered

Receiving, Experiencing, Ministering ChristRevelation 21:14 declares, “And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.” Because these foundations are multiple, they are not Christ alone, yet they are not separate from Christ. They are the Christ received, experienced, and ministered by all New Testament believers following the pattern of the apostles.

The simplest expression about receiving for ministering to others is in Ephesians 3:2  “…the grace of God which was given to me for you.” To me for you is an important aspect of our New Testament life. Here it is in other verses:
__It pleased God…to reveal His Son in me that I might announce Him as the gospel among the Gentiles. (Galatians 1:15-16)
__That which we have seen and heard we report also to you that you also may have fellowship with us. (1 John 1:3a)
__We have received not the spirit of the world but the Spirit which is from God, that we may know the things which have been graciously given to us by God; which things also we speak. (1 Corinthians 2:12-13a)
__The things which you have heard from me through many witnesses, these commit to faithful men, who will be competent to teach others also. (2 Timothy 2:2)

Although the first two verses are testimonies of Paul and John, we must remember that the apostles are patterns to us. Our receiving, experiencing, and ministering of the Lord is part of the process by which “His wife has made herself ready” (Revelation 19:7). Lord, grant us more revelation, grace, and spiritual understanding, and rise up in us to share with others what we have experienced of You.

 

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