What Jesus Has Done To Us
Shortly before His arrest and terrible crucifixion, Jesus assembled His disciples together (even Judas Iscariot was there) and the Master girded Himself with a towel, bent low and washed the feet of each one of them. Upon finishing, Jesus asked them a poignant question, “Know ye what I have done to you?” (John 13:12) Surely they had seen the humility displayed by the Kings of kings, but also surely, they had not fully comprehended what He had done. It would be much later, and after a powerful infusion of His Spirit that they would come to know the depth of commitment and the humility necessary to truly be “ministers.”
What about today? People are receiving the Holy Ghost all around the globe now. We are happy to make our reports of hundreds or thousands that have been filled with this precious gift of God. But do they really know what He has done to them? Do they understand why He has done it?
According to Paul the apostle, we have received the Spirit of adoption, by which we can declare God to be our Father (Romans 8:15.) He also tells us in Ephesians 1:13 that we are “sealed” by the Holy Spirit. It stands as a seal of our faith, and therefore testifies that we have become partakers of His divine nature and righteousness. But there is more to it than that. We must not forget the simple words of the Saviour when He told His disciples to go to Jerusalem and wait for the promise of the Father. He said it this way, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses…” (Acts 1:8) We shall receive, and we shall be witnesses. It is not even optional here. Again, we shall receive and we shall be witnesses; one is the result of the other.
Paul told the Romans that he was a debtor to the Greeks and to the barbarians. Why? God had reached down and saved him, and now the apostle felt the intense desire to share the experience with others. He must have felt that, if he could be saved, anyone could be reached. Jude put it like this; “Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference (most versions translate this as “have compassion on those that waver”): And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.” (Verses 21-23) We can certainly hate the sin of the world, but the Spirit that lives in us loves the sinners in the world! One reason that we exist is to save others from the fire.
This chapter and the second principle of revival is concerned with seven aspects of equipping. They speak of the necessity of equipping the saints for the work of their ministry, and they also serve as a kind of checklist, helping senior church leadership to know whether or not equipping is rightly taking place.
Whether the context is a local assembly or a national or regional work, the principle of equipping remains true. At whatever level of leadership we find ourselves, we should feel the desire and burden to equip those we serve. Every member, and certainly every leader, should be trying to help someone under them to rise to a higher level of ministry. In this chapter we will especially focus on the equipping of the saints that should be taking place in the local church. Members should be equipped in evangelism principles with regards to the following seven aspects:
- 4 Criteria For The Nucleus - May 17, 2017
- The Nucleus Concept - May 10, 2017
- Seven Points Of Equipping - April 26, 2017
- What Jesus Has Done To Us - April 19, 2017
- Equipping The Saints - April 12, 2017
- Burden, Vision, And Reality - April 5, 2017
- Simpler Than We Think - April 3, 2017
- Receiving The vision - March 24, 2017
- Maintaining The Vision - March 24, 2017
- Taking Ownership Of the Vision - March 17, 2017