I often hear the question: Do we still have the five-fold Ministry today? Well, to answer that, we should go to God’s Word! Ephesians 4:11-13 says:
(11) So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, (12) to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up (13) until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. (NIV)
The key to the answer is in the first word of verse 13, “until.” Christ gave that ministry until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God. Has that “until” been fulfilled?
Is there unity in faith in this world?
There are an estimated 4,200 religions in this world all with different beliefs and faiths. That is not unity! But what if we just look at the Christian faith? Is there unity just within the Christian Faith?
Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_denomination) divides Christianity into five main groups: the Church of the East, Oriental Orthodoxy, Eastern Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism, and Protestantism. Then, just within the last group, the Protestants, there are many different groups.
So, I think it’s safe to say that there is not a unity of faith within the Christian faith much less with in the world. Therefore, according to Ephesians 4, there is still the need for the five-fold ministry.
In looking at the same verses that we looked at to answer the question, Do we still have the five-fold Ministry today?, we get the purpose for the five-fold ministry. Ephesians 4:11-13 tells us that the five-fold ministry is “to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ, until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.” (NLT)
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Yours In Christ,
Shiloh Mandi Griffin, M.Ed.
Founder of PrayingProphet.net