And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ – Ephesians 4:11-12
Our theme scripture enumerates for us the fivefold ministry gifts, which the Lord gave to the Church. These are the offices of the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. The twelfth verse, however, tells us the purpose for which He gave these ministry gifts to the body of Christ: it’s for the “perfecting” of the saints.
The word “perfecting” comes from the Greek, “καταρτισμός (katartismos)”, which means to be fully dressed, furnished, or equipped to the point of lacking nothing. This means that God anoints men and women into any of these five ministries, to bring His people into a place of maturity in Christ, where they’re “fully dressed” and equipped to fulfill God’s plans.
Now, Ephesians 6:11 enjoins us to put on the whole armour of God, so that we may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. However, to put on the armour, you’d have to first know what it is. Also, you’d have to be taught from the Word how to put it on through faith. These are part of the responsibilities of the pastor or teacher or of any of the fivefold ministry gifts, to bring you the knowledge of God’s Word, so you can walk in the light of it.
Some Christians have never been adequately taught the Word of God; hence, they’re not “fully dressed” or equipped for life. Although they’re physically dressed, they’re exposed spiritually, making them vulnerable to the attacks of the enemy.
Now, the problem isn’t so much that Satan attacks them, but that they’re “injured” from his attacks, which shouldn’t have been, had they been fully dressed with the whole armour of God. When you have the armour on, Satan can attack you all he wants to, but you’re unperturbed, because you’re dress-ready for battle and fortified against him.
Salvation is your helmet, righteousness is your breastplate, faith is your shield and the Word is your sword to fight this fight (Please read Ephesians 6:10-17). Therefore, I urge you to receive your salvation (Romans 10:9-10), gift of righteousness (Romans 5:17) and faith (Romans 12:3) today and let the sword which is the Word (Hebrews 4:12) be in your heart and mouth and definitely, you’ll reign over all circumstances of life. Click here and receive the whole armour of God right now.
I’m strengthened, fortified, and energized for victory through the power of God’s Word, and the might of the Spirit. I maintain my victory and dominion over Satan and the forces of darkness today, and with my divine armoury, I extinguish all the fiery darts of the wicked, in the Name of the Lord Jesus. Amen.
Further Study/Reading: Ephesians 6:13-18