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The structure of the temple
he (Jesus Christ) is the head of the body, the church – Colossians 1:18
Here we see structurally there are two parts of this temple.
- Head (The Lord)
- Body (The church)
We know that the head is the central controlling part of our physical body. The head decides, controls, and commands various parts of our physical body. But we will look at “head” from an organizational perspective. If you see any organization, the person who established that can be seen as the head of that organization. He will appoint many others to make sure that the goal of the organization is met.
Being the head of the church, what did the Lord Jesus Christ do?
Founded the church
The Lord, Jesus Christ founded the church by his crucifixion and burial and resurrection process. He invested his blood that was shed on the cross of calvary to build this church. As he told in John 2:19, he built this church in 3 days.
- First Day: The crucifixion to be offered as the sin offering of the whole world (Isaiah 53:10)
- Second Day: Capturing the keys of the hell and the death (Revelation 1:18)
- Third-Day: Risen to be seated on the right hand of God (Luke 24:6) and sent the Holy Spirit to build the church.
Appointed the Holy Spirit as leader
- Comforter: Being the Spirit of God, he knows the will of the Father. He abides with and in the church. He teaches all the things and he will remind us of the teachings of the Lord, Jesus Christ (John 14-16,17, 26). Also, he bears witness with our spirit that we belong to God (Romans 8: 16)
- Witness Jesus Christ: Holy Spirit gives witness about the Lord Jesus Christ.(John 15: 26, 27).
- Reprover: If we study the word, the Holy Spirit reproves mainly in the 3 areas.(John 16: 8-11).
- Sin: Because the world did not believe in Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit reproves or rebukes the world. So they may believe before the time is over.
- Righteousness: Because the Lord Jesus Christ went to be with the Father and the church will not see him anymore, the Holy Spirit reproves or rebukes the believer regarding the righteousness through the faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
- Judgment: Because the prince of this world is judged, the Holy Spirit reproves or rebukes the world regarding the judgment to be followed for those who walk after the prince of this world.
- Guiding force: Holy Spirit guides the church to the perfect truth by hearing from the Father and speaking to the church. He also shows the church, the things to come. Always glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ and enables the church to glorify the head of the church (John 16: 13-15).
- Empowers the church: The Holy Spirit empowers the church (Luke 24:49 and Acts 1:8). How he is empowering the church? By granting the required gifts and resources. We will list them now
- Helps the believers to pray: the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered (Romans 8:26)
- Intercession for the believers: he makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God (Romans 8:27)
- Helps to mortify the deeds of the flesh (Romans 8: 13)
- Gives us confidence to call the heavenly Father as our own Abba, father (Romans 8: 15)
- Gives assurance that we belong to God (Romans 8:16)
- Distributing the Spiritual gifts to the believers (1 Corinthians 12:4 – 11)
- Enables the believers to bear the fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:22,23)
And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth – Acts 1: 4, 5, 8
- The teaching of the doctrine (The word ministry)
- The breaking of the bread (The communion)
- Selling of the individual assets and living together(Acts 2:45)
- Gathering in the temple and in the houses, for the edification of their spirits
- Adding up of the new believers
- The church takes care of the needs of the believers (Acts 4:35 and Acts 6:1,2)
- Healing (Acts 3:7, Acts 4:22, Acts 5:15, 16)
Holy Spirit structures the church
- Spiritual Structure
- Administration Structure
- Apostles (Apostolos Gr. G652): The meaning is someone that is sent forth with orders. (Mathew 28:19, Mark 16:15, Mathew 10:1). In the current church men of God who initiates any ministry or a church by the vision they receive from God, are entitled Apostles. But if we see, any ministry is a continuation of the ministry that was initiated on the day of Pentecost, with the initial 3000 believers. So, we can also think that the office of the Apostles is fulfilled with the 12 apostles and the Paul. Because, Paul received the command of God to preach the gospel unto the gentiles. So he was called by the Lord himself. Also few think that the church planting is the apostolic ministry. If we see the reason and pattern of the church plantation, initially the church was in the Jerusalem only. When the tribulation started then they scattered. So, it was not part of an apostolic mission but scattered due to the circumstances. Also, Lord himself gave the commandment to make the disciple everywhere in the whole world. So, church planting can be seen as a common ministry of reaching out new people.
- Prophets (Prophetes Gr. G4396): A prophet is someone by the inspiration of the Spirit of God, declares the future events particularly relating to the kingdom of God and salvation). Many people think of use the prophetic office as the future telling for the materialistic things also. But if we see the scripture, from the beginning God used prophets to convey the decisions, warnings and encouragements from God to His people mainly on the spiritual relationship with Him.
- Evangelists (euggelistes Gr. G2099): The bringer of good tidings. The heralds of the message of salvation through Christ. The evangelism ministry is to spread the gospel to the unbelievers.
- Pastors (Poimen Gr. G4166): Shepherds. These are the overseers of the local assemblies. These are the people who are responsible and accountable for the flock whom the Lord assigned to their shepherdship.
- Teachers (didaskalos Gr. G1320): These are the teachers of the message of the Lord and the doctrine under the supervision and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
- Word Ministry: We see in Acts 2, Peter could preach with wisdom and knowledge.
- Healing: We see them, throughout the ministry of Jesus and through the ministry of the church in the book of Acts.
- Miracles: This ministry also can be seen, throughout the ministry of the church in the book of Acts.
- Prophecy: God uses prophetic ministry to encourage, admonish and direct people according to His will. Like in the case of Peter and Cornelius, he directed them. In the vision, God directed Peter to understand that the gentiles are part of the church. Peter could understand that Ananias and Saphira deceived the Spirit of God etc.
- Discerning Spirits: Paul rebuking Bar-Jesus the magician and rebuking the girl with divination spirit, comes to this category.
- Speaking in tongues: We can see this on the day of Pentecost and in the house of Cornelius and with the disciples of John in Corinth and also from the letters of Paul.
- Interpretation of tongues: We can see in the letter of Paul to the Corinthians regarding this ministry.
- Bishops (Episkope Gr. G1984): Overseer or a presiding officer fo the activities of the church, in all the offices.
- Elders (Presbyteros Gr. G4245): Elder in age and in experience to guide the people. Mainly to guide the deacons of an office to which the elder is responsible.
- Deacons (diakonos Gr. G1249): Who executes the commands of another. Mainly within the office in which he is placed.