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More Than Just The Twelve

September 23, 2015


Jesus said:

“All this I have spoken while still with you.  But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.  John 14: 25-26

This will be real short today, but very important.  The 12 were very vital to the early church because of the amount of time they actually spent with Jesus before His crucifixion.  They had first hand knowledge of the life and teachings of The Lord.

However, I feel the Holy Spirit was a total game changer.  Before The Spirit was given only the 12 knew all the facts and knowledge about Jesus and His teachings.  But when the Great Teacher The Holy Spirit came upon and filled followers of Christ; the 12 were no longer extra-special.  All that they had been taught and experienced via Jesus was now made freely available for everyone by The Holy Spirit.  That equals first hand direct Spiritual knowledge and wisdom in my book.

You either believe and confirm that The Spirit could teach everyone ALL things or you limit His power to the 12 special ones. I boldly say that EVERYTHING in all creation, all knowledge, all wisdom, and all power is fully and freely available to ANYONE who follows Jesus.

The Holy Spirit teaches us ALL THINGS.  Nothing at all is hidden or secret and only available to a select few in the Body. Christ died for all and The Holy Spirit teaches all those who seek Him.  It is supposed to be the Priesthood of ALL believers and not just a select few.  However, the vast majority in the traditional/institutional “church” do not operate in their priesthood and instead depend upon Pastors to nourish them and provide all teaching and ministry.  That is an extremely sad fact my friends.  Because every child of God can be thoroughly equipped to lead and serve if they would just yield to the Spirit’s guidance and turn away from the teachings of mere men.   It just could not be any more simple, if we are all priests before both God and “men”…. we should all step out in faith and use our God given gifts to change the world together.  If Holy Spirit empowered, every member ministry was the norm instead of the exception.. we could be turning this world upside down to benefit everyone around us.  That my friends would be a glorious Church indeed, but it will never happen where folks sit passive in the “pews” with full spiritual dependence upon one “special” Pastor, Apostle or Elder.  WAKE UP PEOPLE!  We are intended to be a fully functioning, complete Body of Christ under the Headship of Christ Jesus alone.

Love and…..

Kirk Out !


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  1. "BK" permalink

    “If Holy Spirit empowered, every member ministry was the norm instead of the exception.. we could be turning this world upside down to benefit everyone around us.” So well said, and true, Christopher. Jesus said it this way…. John 17 [21] “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” That the world might believe. People walking as one Priesthood unto Him….acknowledging Him where the Spirit appears; whether deep within their own spirit or through another member of His body. Father, that we may be one….that world might believe You sent Jesus. What a day that will be. Love, “BK”

  2. I absolutely agree 100% with everything you wrote. I agree most Christians don’t acknowledge the Holy Spirit and all that He is and all that He can do. I totally love Him and need Him in my life. He is very dear to me. I talk to Him as much as I talk to Jesus and my Father….

  3. daryl permalink

    The apostle Paul even prayed for his fellow believers such things(Eph.2:18-23). A problem I have “felt” in traditional/institutional church is not so much passivity,but people being made to feel as though they are “less” or unspiritual,if they are not involved ,serving,giving,ministering….at and for the local church,basically being manipulated to have part time jobs there,”proving” their love of Jesus. Genuine equipping would simply desire the best for the other person,that God would bless their life,that they would be successful,and represent Christ well in our world. Sadly,many people are “guilted” into “getting out of the pew”,and start doing “church stuff”,that they really have no desire to do,with no leading from the Holy Spirit,and it actually takes them away from more important things that they would love to do,the Holy spirit would love for them to do,and the world around them would be blessed…far more than their being busy at church. Many of the “unspiritual” folks are performing incredible ministry by the way they love their spouse and children,spending time with them,by the way they do their work and help others,by their encouraging words,prayers,and sharing what they have …their left hand not knowing what the right is doing. Often we think we have to DO something,not realizing we already are…we just need to BE,and the Spirit will lead us.

  4. Rich Chamberlin permalink

    Good buddy, ok to agree 99%? Well maybe 96,3% Yes, you nail the vital God the Spirit role, which traditional church ignores and misrepresents ( gee wonder why?) However – why toss baby out the water? As I talk with people, begin to think the clear sign of Spirit led is “super human” ability to hold 2 ideas in your head once! I refer here, only to desire to be faithful to original servant leadership model (we Say Jesus is our role model) We SAY we believe Paul ( who says copy me as I copy Jesus)_ We SAY we want to be faithful to early church model, but create our own “organic” concept. Please note even the 12 were clueless, hopeless Until God the Spirit came fully into the world.

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