More Than Just The Twelve
“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.
Kirk Out !
P.s. I am just back home from my trip South. It was a wonderful time of relating and fellowship in Christ. As soon as I can unpack and decompress I will post a full report.