This essay concerns the Gifts given by the Holy Spirit to the Body Of Christ. What are the Gifts?
The first place people may remember about the gifts of the Holy Spirit is located in 1 Cor. 12.
It has been widely taught the 9 manifestations listed in this chapter are gifts from the Holy Spirit which in short is error. The gift IS the Holy Spirit “ Christ In You” – the New Birth. These are manifestations of the new birth and every believer has access to them according to their own believing. The “gifts”in KJV is in italics. What does that mean?
“The italicized words in the King James Bible are words that were added by the translators to help the reader.” In simple terms IT DOES NOT BELONG THERE. This subject in 1 Cor. Ch. 12 needs to be explored further before an essay on that chapter in the bible.
The focus is on explaining what the GIFTS are. It is plain simple and wont take long.
5 Gift Ministries
Ephesians Ch 4
11 “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;.
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:. 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”
1Cor. Ch. 12
5 “And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.”
Now these verses are not Gifts nor manifestations but the liberty here is you can have watchmen, singers, researchers, astronomers etc. Its a diverse Body In Christ.
Its is clear what The Lord’s Gifts to the church. Jesus gave 5 gift ministries to the body of Christ and why he did so. To add another is error. There are only 5 gift ministries for the body of Christ and ” Watchmen” are not on that list. Say what you will of a calling or mission from the Lord. A watchmen is not a gift ministry therefore it is not a ministry of Jesus Christ and the true God. Recent events have inspired investigation and serious contemplation of one’s own beliefs to call out the so-called Watchman as propagating a false doctrine.. Its a false ministry. . I believe these men may be sincere and born-again-only God knows their hearts. Because they use a verse in Jeremiah to justify their ministry and calling built upon a foundation of sand and NOT rooted in the word of God and grounded in love. It also is completely taken out of context a false understanding of
Math. Ch. 13 (1599 Geneva Bible)
7 “And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.
14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:
22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
24 But in those days after that tribulation,(Rev Ch. 6 , 6th Seal Opened) sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,
25 And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. (culminating in Rev 10 the 7th trumpet: concerning the gathering or rapture) KJV
7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.”( People can no longer get born-again like on Pentecost. This referring to the gathering of the church.)
1 Corinthians 15:52
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
1 Thessalonian 4
15″ For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
2 Thessalonian 2
“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,”
Math. Ch. 13 (1599 Geneva Bible)
33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know NOT when the time is.) (. “watch” = Greek =gregerio=Vigilant, aware, sober, awake are English words in the bible translated form the same exact word gregerio) we are to be aware cause we have NO idea when the rapture is going to happen.)
34 (For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cock-crowing, or in the morning:
36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.”
What a we watching for?
(Rev Ch. 6 , 6th Seal Opened AFTER the tribulation and Rev 10 the 7th trumpet: ( concerning the gathering or rapture) The tribulation period started on the day of Pentecost and is now until the 7th trumpet blows.. The tribulation is the grace administration of the body of Christ which has lasted about 2000 years now. But thats another study.
Were not instructed to watch for rumors of war or famine or economic collapse. We watching for the signs in the stars, moon and sun for . Maintaining sober mind , vigilant to stay informed and be aware and alert, awake and ready for the rapture. These words used are in no way talking about “watchmen” They are instruction on how every believer needs to keep vigilant mind ready for whatever the Lord calls us to do and certainly that may include a calling like watchmen if in a capacity of a prophet as a Gift ministry. It says clearly what we are to be watching for: Math 13:35 “Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh…” -watching for his return.