Pastoral Ed

Course on the Message and the Messenger

The above course is very comprehensive for Pastoral Ministry.

Jesus Christ told His followers that He is the good shepherd, and that those that comes before Him aren’t the shepherd of the sheep. While we will limit ourselves to Christ’s comprehensive message, we will compare His message with others. We will examine the connection between environment, experience, character and what we are.

Power Inherent in Ones Thought and Word:

The Major instruments that are used to create everything that are in existence in the heavens and on earth are the spoken Word of God and His mind-thoughts. The Word is spoken as God thought in His mind. In the law of faith, there must be undivided agreement between the thoughts of your mind and the Words that come out of your mouth before the image of what you say can be created:

Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law” (Romans 3:27-28NKJV).

For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, “The man who does those things shall live by them.”[b] But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’”[c] (that is, to bring Christ down from above) or, “‘Who will descend into the abyss?’”[d] (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”[e] (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame” (Romans 10:5-11NKJV).

Notice that the law of faith that is referenced in Roman chapter three above is comprehensively given as underlined in Romans chapter ten. God worked miracles by the hand of Moses in order to change the thoughts of the minds of His chosen nation towards Him. Sometimes folks will be praying for healing, they will be exalting sickness in their minds, there is no agreement between the thoughts of their mind and their confessed word.

Assignment: Read Genesis Chapters one and two and explain in details ten characters of God.

The Master (The Lord Jesus Christ) and His Messengers Source of Creative Power is From God the Father

In the creative events, God must have thought before speaking by command, “Let there be…”

Thus, He speaks out whatever that was in His Mind. And, they are all physically created. Here, you will notice that the spoken Word cannot be physically seen and the thought of God’s mind cannot be physically seen also. In other word, they are both in the physical realm. But when both of them (God’s thoughts and Word) agree, they bring into existence whatever that they agree on. You can summarily conclude that these SPIRITUAL REALM created all that can be seen today in the PHYSICAL REALM as referenced in Jesus Christ statement, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63). Since it take spiritual power of the thoughts and word to create and sustain life in the physical realm, if you can discard negative  thoughts and words from your life and replace them with the living thoughts and words as written in the bible, you will prosper in all sections of your life. I submit to you, my fellow ambassadors that if you exalt the living Word at all times, miracles and holistic healings will take place. Think on the following narratives:

 Number 14:1-25–While Caleb and Joshua’s thoughts and Word enable them to enter the promised land, the remaining ten spies’ thoughts and words destroyed them.

Joshua 1:8-9–The God of Israel commanded Joshua that the only instruments that will enable Him to be successful are his thoughts and Words, He commanded Joshua to meditate in His Word so that His Word will be the only thoughts that will come out of his mind always. Joshua obeyed God’s commandments to the extent that he violated the natural law of God by commanding the sun to stand still, and there was no darkness on earth for 24 hours. Read Joshua 10.

Jeremiah 31:31-34–“Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah— 32 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them,[a] says the Lord. 33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34 No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more” Jeremiah 31:31-34).

As referenced above, if you as God messenger meditate in God’s word and you permit your five senses to operate as commanded by the wisdom writer in Proverb 4:20-24, your will prosper in all your ways, since, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit” (Proverb 18:21 NKJV).

As you continue to read the book of Genesis chapter one, you will observe that mankind are created with God’s characters. The original purpose of God for man is to be like Him and to use his thoughts and Words to create and operate on the face of the earth:

“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all[b] the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth” (Genesis 1:26-28).

As referenced above, God is the controller of the universe (the heavens and the earth). He created human beings and placed them to govern the planet earth by their thoughts and words. But, they must permit the Spirit of the living God to dwell in them as He  breathed into Adam at creation. If Adam retain God to be his only source of operation, he will be able to create whatever that his thoughts and words agree with (you will know more about this when we study spiritual gifts). Since the living God relinquished  the control of the planet earth on human beings and gave them the two major instruments to operation (Mind thoughts and spoken word), Satan in his jealous state corrupted Adams mind and deposited in it spirit of pride, rebellion and deception). All other instruments that have being used by Satan fall under these three sinful spirits. 

Assignment: Read pages 426 to 430 of the book entitled: Absolute Faith In Jesus Christ authored by me, Dr. John S.O. Famodimu and explain in details your understanding of “SPIRITUAL FORMATION” and how to become one with biblical references.

Before studying the different characteristics of the Master, The Lord Jesus Christ, it is important for us to study The Holy Spirit and Spiritual Gifts because since God is Spirit, the true messenger of God must be Spirit for him or her to be able to be effective in ministry.

Holy Spirit and Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Each Christian has God’s gift of Holy Spirit. Therefore, each Christian has spiritual “power” and should be exercising that power. Remember that Jesus said that when The Holy Spirit came, believers would have power.

Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit [holy spirit] comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Holy Spirit’s power or gifts are housed by Him. Notice that Genesis 1:1-3 revealed that Holy Spirit was hovering on the face of water doing nothing until The LORD spoke His mind out, then creation took place.

What is the power Jesus was speaking of? It is the power to hear from God, to speak in tongues, prophesy, do signs, miracles, and wonders, and much more. In short, we can bring into evidence, into manifestation, the gift of Holy Spirit inside us. The gift of Holy Spirit, the divine nature, that is sealed in each Christian, cannot be detected by the five senses. No one can see, hear, smell, taste, or touch it. However, Holy Spirit inside can be manifested, brought forth into evidence, in the nine ways set forth in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10.

1 Corinthians 12:7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit [spirit] is given for the common good.

The word “manifestation” is a good translation of the Greek word phanerosis, which means “a manifestation, a making visible or observable.” [1] A manifestation is detectable by the five senses. We experience manifestations all the time. Electric energy in a light bulb is manifested in the form of light and heat. A manifestation of the chicken pox disease is a rash with small pimple-like sores. We cannot see the virus that causes the chicken pox, but we can see the manifestation of the disease. The virus may be seen with microscope.

The multipurpose “Swiss Army” knife is a good example of the difference between a gift and a manifestation. The traditional knives have red handles, and many come with two blades (big and little), two screwdrivers (flathead and Phillips), a can opener, an awl, scissors, a file, and a pair of tweezers (nine manifestations!). If you receive one multipurpose knife as a gift, you can use (bring into manifestation) any or all of its implements, and cut, snip, tweeze, etc. The one gift has many manifestations. Similarly, the one gift God gives each believer is Holy Spirit, which can be manifested in nine ways.

The examples of the light bulb, chicken pox, and Swiss Army knife, are intended to show the difference between a gift and a manifestation, and every example has limitations. The examples are intended to make the point that there can be one gift with many manifestations, and when a person has the gift, he has the capacity to manifest it.

The gift of Holy Spirit is not observable or detectable by our five senses. Its presence inside the Christian becomes known when it is manifested, made obvious, in the senses world. [2] It may be obvious only to the one with Holy Spirit, such as when God gives a message of knowledge to someone, and that message is known only by the one receiving it, but it is obvious in the senses world nonetheless.

The Bible says that to “each one” (1 Cor. 12:7) is given the manifestation of the Spirit. Each and every Christian can manifest Holy Spirit because each Christian has Holy Spirit. We know there are many Christians who have never manifested the gift of Holy Spirit in a way that they themselves recognize, and this has caused them to doubt that they can. What are the manifestations of holy spirit? The Bible tells us:

1 Corinthians 12:8-10 (8) For to one is given through the spirit a message of wisdom; and to another [allos] a message of knowledge because of the same spirit; [3] (9) to a different one [heteros] faith by the same spirit; and to another [allos] gifts of healings by the one spirit; (10) and to another [allos] working of miracles; to another [allos] prophecy; to another [allos] discerning of spirits; to a different one [heteros] various kinds of tongues; and to another [allos] the.

we must take note that God has placed the manifestations into three groups, or categories. In the above verses most versions read “to another” eight times. However, there are actually two different Greek words, allos and heteros, translated “to another.” In Greek, allos was generally used to express a numerical difference and denotes “another of the same sort,” while heteros means a qualitative difference and denotes “another of a different sort.” When a list is put together, and the items are said to be allos, they are of the same kind or nature. When they are said to be heteros, they are different in nature. Thus what we see in this section is God separating the manifestations into three groups, separated by the word heteros, which we showed in brackets when we quoted the verses. [5] In our translation, we used “another” when the Greek word was allos, and “different one” when it was heteros.

As we study the groupings of the manifestations, it is clear that two of them are revelation (hearing from God), five are related to the power of God, and two are worship oriented.

Revelation Power Worship
  • A message of knowledge
  • A message of wisdom
  • Faith
  • Gifts of healings
  • Miracles
  • Prophecy
  • Discerning of spirits
  • Speaking in tongues
  • Interpretation of tongues

We will start our study of the manifestations by giving a basic definition for each of them, and then examining them in more detail:

1. A message of knowledge is God or the Lord Jesus Christ providing to you information, insight, and understanding about something. [7]

2. A message of wisdom is God or the Lord Jesus Christ providing to you direction, or how to apply the knowledge you have about something.

3. The manifestation of faith is your having the confidence or trust that what God or the Lord Jesus Christ has revealed to you by a message of knowledge or a message of wisdom will come to pass at your command.

4. The manifestation of gifts of healings is you exercising your God-given spiritual ability to heal by the power of God, according to what God or the Lord Jesus Christ has revealed to you by a message of knowledge or a message of wisdom.

5. The manifestation of working of miracles is you exercising your God-given spiritual ability to do miracles by the power of God, according to what God or the Lord Jesus Christ has revealed to you by a message of knowledge or a message of wisdom.

6. Discerning of spirits is God or the Lord Jesus Christ revealing to you information about the presence or non-presence of spirits (including both holy spirit or demons), and sometimes including the identity of demons present, whether or not you may cast them out, and providing the power to do it.

7. Prophecy is speaking, writing, or otherwise communicating a message from God to a person or persons.

8. Speaking in tongues is speaking a language of men or angels that you do not understand, which is given to you by the Lord Jesus Christ.

9. Interpretation of tongues is giving the sum and substance, in your own language, of what you have just spoken in tongues.

As we study these manifestations  in the class and understand what they are and how they enable each Christian to walk in spiritual power, it will be clear that every Christian can utilize all of them. The prophets of old utilized all of them but the two that God hid in Himself for the Administration of Grace—are speaking in tongues and the interpretation of tongues. If the prophets who had Holy Spirit upon them by measure utilized seven manifestations to walk powerfully before God, then surely God has not done less for us who have been filled and sealed with the gift of Holy Spirit.