Ephesians 4:16 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
This scripture shows us that only when every member of Christ’s body, is working to his or her maximum output, in the ministries, callings, and giftings that Christ has placed within each of us, can real building up take place.
Satan is quite content to allow individual ministries to become large and powerful, as long as the majority of the body never realizes that each of us, is likewise equally called into something great and of significance for the Lord.
The New Testament model of the church is very much founded on our acquiring certain types of “spiritual knowledge” which are important to God.
Our understanding and our acquisition of these four types of spiritual knowledge are vital for building our churches.
OUR KNOWLEDGE OF CHRIST
Ephesians 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge <1922> of him:
These four types of knowledge all come from the Greek word “epiginosko”
(Strong’s # 1921 and 1922)
This word describes a knowledge that is “mature, probing and deep, complete, correct, thorough, and precise.” It is so penetrating that the revelation of this type of knowledge will transform a person and propels him to do the will of God and to the next leval
The exhortation in the previous verses is that we would build our churches through a precise, intimate, and exact knowledge of Christ Jesus living within each of its members. Why is that?
Eph3:7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.
Christ reveals Himself differently in each of us in accordance with the callings that He has placed within.
The more that we know Him personally in accuracy and intimacy, the more that every ministry will be revealed, strengthened, and guided within the local body, fulfilling Ephesians 4:6.
Rev 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy;
We can see that very manifestation of the living Christ is the source of all spiritual gifts. Out of the very presence of Jesus flows the power of God. His very gifts glorify Him.
John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
1Cor 1:5 That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;
6 Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you. Brethren, the more of Jesus that is revealed in each of, the more the gifts will operate, and the more will be the edification which the church will receive.
KNOWLEDGE OF GOD’S WILL
Col1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
10That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
Many churches function without an exact and complete knowledge of what God’s will is for their specific vision? To know God’s will in “all spiritual wisdom” is incredibly important. The “wisdom of God” is the will of God according to His strategy, His ways, and His timing. It will always occur in the Spirit, and always through a death and resurrection of the vision for that ministry. We need to spend the days, weeks, and months, which it takes in prayer to discern that will.
To do His will “with all spiritual understanding” is to discern what are God’s specific steps in fulfilling the will which we have just discerned. A church fulfilling the will of God “with all spiritual understanding” will take the painstaking time to move step by step in line with the Holy Spirit, never behind, and never before Him.
KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH
1Tim2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. Beloved, to know the truth, is to know God’s word deeply, with accuracy, and in accordance to fact and certainty.
John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Many, sadly quote this scripture without understanding it. What Jesus is telling us, is the truth shall free us in the exact proportion to our accurate spiritual understanding and precise application of it. Our misunderstanding of scriptures through error, or because we attempt to modify and justify them to make them adaptable to the current culture, will not free us. God is not obligated to honor our errors or cultural adaptations. He is only obligated to honor His Word.
THE KNOWLEDGE OF EVERY GOOD THING WE HAVE IN CHRIST
Philemon 1:6 That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.
This rarely used, but vitally important scripture, tells us that our faith will only become effectively empowered, in proportion to our discovery and use of every spiritual gift, calling, and ministry that Christ has placed within each of us. Beloved this is not the responsibility of the few but of all. When a church discovers and implements it, we shall see another church of Acts.
2 Timothy 4:5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
Colossians 4:17 And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil