Day 7- Ministers of the New or Old Testament?

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It is our vision to new testamentary assertion that every believer is a minister. Each member needs to be used as a channel in other lives. There is a great problem when we try to act as ministers, but we do based on the Old Testament concepts. Are you a minister of the New or Old Testament? That seems to be one question merely rhetorical, but it is not. Unfortunately many brothers are in the New Testament in terms of doctrine, but try to live the Christian life in the old patterns Testament. As we can see this contradiction? I would like to give you at least seven practical examples.

1) In the Old Testament had visitation, but in the New Testament we have dwelling place of God.

We need to seek revival? What do you prefer, a visit from God or have it dwelling within us forever? There is no doubt that housing is much better, but yet we still have brothers seeking a divine visitation. What we call “revival” the New Testament calls “Christianity.” Live for revival may be the cause because many live passively and conformed to a Christian life without life and power. When questioned about it always respond that they are waiting for a revival. I know that most believers speak of a  experience of the Spirit when they use the term “revival”. Not even believe they are dead and need to receive life. If they believed they were dead then need to be born again. Speaking literally, can only be revived one who is dead. In Ephesians 2:1 God’s word says “He gave us life when we were dead in trespasses and sins. “See, we were dead, but when we are born again we received life. We’re alive, we have the life of God himself. How can we now seek to be revived? Maybe the best word to translate the desire of the brothers is “awakening”. The church may be sleeping, but can not be dead, because if it is dead it’s not a church. I know it may be only a matter of terminology, but use the right keywords to describe the spiritual experiences is very important. The truth is that the word revival does not fit in the New Testament. Neither is there any order for which we hope by the Spirit. The only time they was expected before the Spirit come in the book of Acts. But today he was already sent. Maybe someone believe that the Spirit came, but then returned, then came again and now returned. But this is a foreign concept to the New Testament. On the date of Pentecost Peter said that that was the fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy. For these are not drunken, as ye come thinking, this being the third time day. But what happens is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days, saith the LORD that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh; your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams; And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they shall prophesy. Acts 2: 15-18 The Holy Spirit has already been poured. Today we live in the last days and the Holy Spirit already was poured out upon all flesh. We no longer need to wait by the Spirit, but we can fill it in right now. There is no justification for a believer to live an empty life of the Spirit. The reason we seek for revival is because honestly, we do not see today same fruit that the New Testament church had. Certainly would not today we see the power that was in the days of the apostles. But this is not a problem that concerns God, but it is our problem. The truth in respect of the Church about not to be walking in the Christians path as they did In the past does not mean that the Spirit need to be poured out again.The Spirit has been spilled, the church is you needing to be full. As I said, what we need is awakening. We need revelation of what we already possess and what was already sent by the Father. What many of us call revival is simply the normal day by day that the believers described in the Gospels, the book of Acts and the Epistles. We are hoping that one day God it moves and people are saved, healed and delivered and that our cities would be transformed. The problem is that these things do not happen without the cooperation of man. They always happened when the man, full of the Spirit of God, decided to change.

2. In the Old Testament if anyone wanted to worship God had to go to Jerusalem

In the Old Testament God dwelt first in the Tabernacle and then in the Temple, but today he dwells in every believer.

Can we get closer to God? According to the Old Testament concept you’d be closer to God and closer was the temple. An ordinary citizen of Israel certainly envied her the intimacy that the priest might have with God, since he could enter in the Holy Place, something that was forbidden to ordinary citizen. People certainly experienced a sense of distance from God, for the Lord’s presence was something restricted to a few. But in now days, days of the New Testament we can boldly enter in the Holy of Holies. The veil was rent already and God came to dwell in us and in our midst. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into Holy of Holies by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the veil, that is, His flesh. Hebrews. 10: 19-20. We all want to have a deeper and more meaningful relationship with God. This is a really good desire, we were all made as the glove, the image and likeness of the hand. We are meant to contain God and relate to it. The problem happens when we think we are distant from God and we need to get closer. But this contradicts the truth of God’s Word. You are in it. Let’s think about that for a second. We, as Christians we become one with the Divinity. We are in the Father and the Father is in us. We are in Christ and Christ is in us. We are in the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit is in us. So how can we get closer to God? I know that part of the problem is the misconception that God moves away from us every time we sin. We think that it moves away and we know that whenever we sin then conclude that we need to get closer to him. But this needs to be changed. It is true that we can quench the Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19), and we also grieve Him (Eph. 4:30), but he will never abandon us. Certainly our sensitivity and perception about the Spirit may be affected and sometimes we can not feel his presence, but we believe that he will never leave us. “Because he has said, any way you leave you will never abandon you “(Heb. 13: 5). In John 15 Jesus told him he was the vine and we were the branches. He said that we are part of himself. Imagine a solid and large tree with a huge trunk and many branches. Now answer me: which branch is closer to the trunk? It’s a stupid question, right? They are all connected to the trunk. There is no closer or further away. Are all linked in the trunk. Now, let me ask you another question. Which one of the branches are the oldest? This is obvious too, right? The big thick branches. Obviously. What is the truth here? We were not closer to God, but we grow in God. We are so close to him as we can never stay. And enjoy this union with Him that we grow and are fed to become a robust and solid branch that bears much fruit. We have to change our language. This language of feeling far from God and so need to get closer to Him is extremely harmful! This is the basis on which many people relate to God. He puts his union with God based on their performance, rather than upon the work of Jesus on the cross. Let’s start to focus on the fact that we are one with God and that we must all grow in it. And we will leave this contradictory concept that we need to be closer to God. It is indisputable that we need to be intense in the presence of God. Paul says we must serve God with fervor of spirit, a true spiritual boiling (Rom. 12:11). This intensity is only exterior expression of a passionate heart. The problem is that many believers feel distant from God and begin to pray rapidly despair trying to attract the Lord that he suppose to be away from him. They are two completely different situations. I’m worried about songs that we cry that we are desperate for God. I know it’s good to yearn for God’s presence, but this despair someone tells us that is far and is desperately trying to get back, get closer. Be desperate for God does not seem to be a healthy relationship with the Father. We were put before the heavenly buffet the entire supply of God, but it has some hunger desperate people on this feast. This seems very strange. I know that all this can be just the wrong use of terminology. I know you’re just saying that yearns to feel the presence of God. The problem is that new believers understand exactly what we say and not wanted to have said. Look at the definition of desperate in the dictionary, “which no longer have hope; discouraged, disheartened, disillusioned, plunged into despair, exceedingly sorrowful; tormented, desolate, or who has lost all hope, all faith in their future. “Now that we know the meaning of the word desperate, how can we use that feeling to describe a healthy relationship with God? You are in Christ and He is in you. God dwells in you and involves you completely. He has promised to never leave you or forsake you. If you are desperate, then you have a dysfunctional relationship. All this despair only highlights some mistaken beliefs about your relationship with God. It is no coincidence that many come before dying God. Are always screaming desperate because they feel distant from God. It is true that not always realize the presence of God and we must certainly pray and praise from all our heart, but what attracts their presence is faith and not our despair. The Christian life is all about abiding in Christ. The death of Christ on the cross, we were meant to divinity and we enjoy union with God continually, entirely by God’s initiative, not ours. We just need to believe and start to enjoy intimacy with the Father. The truth of the gospel is that Christ in us is the hope of glory. We were made temple of God, the Holy of Holies is in our spirit. We have access to God continually by the blood of Jesus. Many however still consider that the presence of God something that depends on themselves, so desperate living by God’s presence. Its focus is on permanent dwelling place of God? Your focus is on the visitation of God? Are two ways of relating to God that will deeply affect their Christian life.

3. In the Old Testament the anointing was not poured out upon all Israel, but occasionally over kings, priests and prophets.

Still, there was a permanent home, but the anointing come upon them just a few moments. Very different from this is the reality of the New Testament. Today the anointing dwells in all of us and remains in us. We really need a new anointing? You do not need a new anointing. Only we would need a new anointing case the anointing we have if he’d stayed or old. But the truth of the New Testament is that the anointing abides in us and it does not age. I know say this can be very tricky, as we used to receive the ministry of anointing, we are always looking for a new anointing. However, did you know that the word “anointing” or “anointed one”, referring to believers, can only be found in only three passages in the New Testament? But who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God, who also sealed us and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. 2 Corinthians 1: 21-22 And ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. 1 John 2:20. As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and ye need not that any man teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is truth, and is no lie, abide in him, but also in your taught. (1 John 2:27). Do you believe that? Have you ever been anointed with a full anointing. You do not need a new anointing, because that you received from the beginning was very powerful and remains in you! Again the problem is the thought that we have lost the anointing when we sin and fail. We assume that the anointing depends on our spiritual performance. But all has been given as part of our inheritance in Christ. Does not depend on us, but the finished work of Christ and our faith to appropriate this reality. Many live based on their emotions and imagine that do not have the anointing when they’re feeling. And invariably is the accusation in mind that prevents us from feeling the anointing. However the truth does not depend on our emotions. It lives in us. I’m not saying that we can not pray with each other and it has no power. What I am saying is to seek a new anointing means that we cease to be anointed or we lose what we had. Many are always looking for someone anointed order to receive ministry, but this attitude produces a fruitless Christian life. When we fail to realize the anointing we need to declare the truth that it remains in us. The word of God says that we should fill the Spirit constantly talking to psalms and hymns and spiritual songs (Eph. 5:19). But this is not filling a new anointing, but an eruption of what is already in us. We need to grow in the anointing, but really do not need a new anointing.

4. In the Old Testament there was a priestly class. In the New Testament all believers are priests of the Lord.

If you wanna grow spiritually do you need to become a Pastor or Missionary? As Peter said: But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, to proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. (1 Peter 2.9). Every religion has some sort of clerical class. All they have some kind of priest who is above the common people, but today we are all one in Christ (3:28). In the Old Testament could only grow in God someone who was priest or prophet. It was not something available to everyone. But in the New Testament everyone can grow in God because all were made priests. Growing up in the church I saw this thought often among the young. If you are a young passionate believer, then there is really only one direction you can go. You must go to a Bible school or seminary, so that you can become a pastor or make some kind of missions. How come? Because this is the most holy calling of God. These are those who are really serious about Christian life and are really spiritual. This is one of the most perverse ways of thinking in the body of Christ today – the idea that some are more holy and more called by God. The scriptures paint a very different picture. All were made with Christ and have the life of God residing in them. Every born-again believer is anointed and we all have a wonderful call of God in our lives. Whether we are a football player, a housewife, a teacher in executive, caretaker or pastor we are all called and have the opportunity to represent Christ and enjoy Him in the place where we were put. This is the kind of thought that completely destroys the view that every believer is a minister. If only pastors are truly ministers, then we went back to clericalism. We need to support the truth that we are all called by God to serve him in the place where we work.

5. In the Old Testament God dwelt in a temple made with human hands, but in the New Testament we are the temple of God.

We need temples to serve God? Strictly speaking, not Christianity own buildings or temples. Judaism had a temple, we do not have more. If we return to establish buildings like temples, incur a throwback to the Old Testament. The God who made the world and everything in it, He is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelling not in temples made with hands. Acts 17:24. We need to understand that we are God’s temple and God does not dwell in buildings. We are His abode. God does not dwell in the church building. When you walk away after the service, he accompanies it. He dwells within you, because you are holy, and you are full of God, wherever you go, it is also sacred. We are His temple and the carry within us. Where we step, God establish His footsteps; where we arrived, God comes along. The building for us is just a place of training and celebration, the normal church life happens in our day-to-day. While in the Old Testament, God dwell in a temple, it is different in the New Testament. Today we are His temple, it is in us that He dwells. Biblically speaking, the New Testament Church has a meeting place, but hasn’t temples.

6. In the Old Testament the believer trusted external rituals, but today Christianity is something inward and spiritual, which comes from the heart.

Christianity is something outside or inside? Even today, many are introducing practices and outdoor ceremonies in the Christian life. In our country has become common for blessed objects such as flowers, oil, currencies, etc. This is the greatest sign of spiritual decay, because these same accessories have become part of Catholicism in the Middle Ages. In Catholicism prayer is an incense, the blessing is blessed with water, repentance is the ashes on the forehead and goes around a very long list of things outside. Unfortunately we have a large number of evangelical following the same path, are returning to the Old Testament. The Jewish were concentrated on something external, circumcision, and made it the basis of faith. Paul, however, shows that external things do not define us, he says that neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. What really matters is the new birth. But far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. Gal. 6: 14-15. The natural man always refuse what is internal, spiritual and demand a full religion of external ceremonies. It does this because the outer religion is very easy and comfortable, as part of ceremonies does not require faith and not change of heart. I’m not saying the outside and physical not take place in the Church’s life. They exist, but only as a visible sign of an inward and spiritual reality. All that is spiritual will inevitably have an external reality, but not everything that is outside reality has. Baptism is an example. It is equivalent of circumcision in the New Testament, but we must be careful not to over-emphasize baptism placing it as a means of salvation. Baptism is a ceremony that only has value if there is the inner reality of the new birth.

7. The Old Testament was characterized by what the man could do for God, but the New Testament is a matter of what he has done for us.

What is true repentance? True repentance is repentance from dead works. The author of Hebrews tells us that true repentance is from dead works. Therefore leaving the elementary principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us take what is perfect, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and faith in God. Heb. 6: 1

What are dead works? Many thinkers think that this is the sin in which we lived, but the truth is that the dead works are those works that He did in order to earn our salvation. It was our old mindset of bargaining with God. We need to live constantly under the truth of the New Testament is not what I do for him, but what he did for me. Not only salvation but the Christian life is based on this fact. Every religion teaches that salvation depends on human works. They all teach that we should merit the favor of God through our good works. Because of that every religious is hypocritical, because he knows he can not please God with his works, but still insists in that path. The cross of Christ deny our human works. And what’s the cross of Christ that angers the world and leads him to persecute those who preach? “Christ died for us (sinners), being made a curse for us (3:13). Thus the cross tells us some very unpleasant truths about ourselves. The cross shows that we are sinners, we are under the curse of God’s law and can not save ourselves by ourselves. Paul shows that if there was possibility of being saved by our good works certainly would never have happened (Gal.2:21). Every man to look at the cross will hear Christ saying, “I’m here for you.” Is your sin that I’m assuming is his curse I’m suffering, it is your debt I’m paying, it is his death that I’m dying. “The cross put us in position. It causes a large wound in human pride. The cross is God’s proof that we are evil and deserve the hell. The cross shows the immense love of God and proves that the whole work of salvation is made for him. We will not suffer persecution and opposition to preach good spiritual principles or the high moral standard of Christianity. The world does not care about that, but if we speak of the crucified Christ and his grace will suffer persecution. Grace annuls the so-called good works and the cross destroys human pride, because of that the world always resist the message of the cross.