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The diversity of God’s calling to the work of the ministry – 3 categories of gifts

This is a follow up to the message I did on “God called me but why are the doors of ministry closed for me?” – you may watch it here:

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In response, someone sent me the following comments:
“The Lord is not a respecter of persons and does not discriminate against anyone. He has given to everyone the same anointing and has predestined us all for great works on equal basis. …”

God is neither a respecter of persons nor does He discriminate; I fully agree with that. Moreover, every believer has received a general call of God which is one and universal, same for all. To all of us was granted the authority to be called children of the living God and become citizens of the Kingdom of God.

There is an additional perspective; that is, the members of the Body are different amongst themselves. Each member is unique and is called to play a different and unique role. That means that there is a different calling in that regard, and therefore a different anointing is given to each person to carry out the specific calling of the Lord which is for that member.

This specific anointing for the work of the ministry is a part of the same general, universal Anointing that rests upon the entire Body. The Anointing is the same overall, while at the same time, the different and specific anointing given to each person serves the purpose of empowering that person to carry out the particular work of that member of the Body.

1 Corinthians 12:27 Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. 28 And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. 29 [Are] all apostles? [Are] all prophets? [Are] all teachers? [Are] all workers of miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?

Clearly, every believer has a different calling to a different work, therefore a different anointing to carry out that calling.

There are 3 categories of “gifts”, based on the source – God, Jesus, or, the Holy Spirit:

1 Corinthians 12:4 There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are diversities of ministries, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.

diversities of gifts, by the Spirit
diversities of ministries, by the Lord
diversities of activities [works], by God

These are the ministries that Ap. Paul speaks about in:

Ephesians 4:10 He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.) 11 And He Himself gave

some [to be] apostles,
some prophets,
some evangelists,
some pastors
and teachers,

12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,

These ministries are not only diverse but also unique and exclusive to the specific people that God called. These are ministries within the Church; it is a work that is done from an appointed position/office of leadership which requires delegated authority and carries great responsibility.

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