PART 4: THE CALL TO CHRIST

 

In the name of God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth

Greetings Brethren,

Peace be unto you. As we bring the Call of the Preacher up for review, we have noted the need also to define Call. Thus, we note Call in two respects in our assessment of the Preacher. First one is Called to Christ, and secondly one can be Called to perform special duties for God and God's people. Since all Preachers claim a Call from God, bringing more clarity to Call is important.

Therefore, what is Call to Christ? Also, why is it necessary to be converted before accepting special duties? Can one be Called with very little or no skills and knowledge of God? Can one Preach without knowledge of the Word of God? Also, how does one gain knowledge of God's Word? Here we would be remiss if we did not note that one does not have to be a trained theologian to Preach the Word of God. Thus, many Preachers have been Called that do not hold degrees and credentials from academic institutions.

However, we bear witness that the main and most important credential for a Preacher is that he follows God and not man. Therefore, God has made no mistakes. If God has Called an un-educated man to the Ministry, he will also through the Holy Spirit that spoke to him regarding his Call also speak to him regarding his preparation. Thus, simply those they say they were/are Called but did not hear the Call to prepare (come into the knowledge of Truth, God's Word) were not Called by God but by man, himself).

Many scriptures reveal the actions of a person Called to the Ministry. However before we review and make note of these prominent scriptures we will explore the first Call. The Call to Christian Discipleship is revealed in all that convert and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

We vividly see the Call to Christ in the Book of Hebrews. The Book of Hebrews reveals the leading theme of the New Covenant's superiority over the Old Covenant. Thus, Christ is superior to Moses and the Mosaic Law. The Hebrew people as the chosen people to reveal the message of God were born into this relationship.

However to be “Christ like" one has to accept Jesus Christ. To do so one must be old enough to understand the Truth and knowledge of God. Nevertheless, this Calling is open to all moved to believe and accept the Word of God. Therefore, the Call to Christian Discipleship is the first Calling and this Calling is open to all that are Called to convert to Christianity.

So all Christians are Called in the sense that they are members of the Christian family. Thus if one testifies that they are a Christian they have accepted the Call to Christ. As we now move to bring up for review another form of Call we note that God does not Call Apostles and Preachers today as he did during Old and New Testament times.

For example spiritual gifts like speaking in tongues and healing are no longer gifts given to God's people. Thus the miraculous gifts of prophecy, speaking in tongues will fail, cease and vanish away when that which is perfect comes. (See I Corinthians 13:8-10). Many theologians believe "that which is perfect come," describes the New Testament scriptures. Thus, at the completion of the writing of the New Testament, these gifts will no longer exist. The spiritual gifts of healing by Apostles are also added to this list. However, we still witness healing through God and prayer.

Here the FreedomJournal takes a Bold stand: All of the so-called Preachers, Prophets and Bishops that claim healing power challenge the Truth of the Bible.  Many also claim that they have numbers that will allow you to hit the Lottery. Think Black man, Black woman. Since they love money so much why don't they play the Lottery themselves, instead of selling numbers for a few dollars? Think again, Now, The Lottery is usually several Million Dollars. Wouldn't playing the Lottery yourself make sense if you have the winning numbers all the time?

NO ONE, THAT MEANS NO ONE, IS SUPPOSED TO "SELL" GOD'S BLESSINGS. Jesus never healed anyone the same way. God knew that man in his lust for money would try to sell this Divine gift once given to the great Prophets and Apostles. Thus, there is no formula in the Bible for Healing. The “Laying on Hands” by the False Prophets of today to render healing from them is a wicked Joke and not related to scripture. This is one of the worst acts of False Doctrine and False Teaching rendered by the False Prophets of today. We bear witness that Days are numbered and counted for that liveth.

Meanwhile during the time before the writing of the New Testament there was a need to confirm the power of God through certain spiritual gifts. Soon however, the written word (the New Testament) would be a confirmation of God's Word. God does not Call Preachers like he did Jeremiah, Samuel and Paul. These men were summoned and appointed by God for a special purpose and given special powers. Preachers today are Called for a special purpose but they are Called through the Holy Spirit.

We note the special duties and responsibilities of those Called by God in Matthew 10:1.

"And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease."

Many contemporary Preachers are Called today. Although they are not given special powers they are chosen by God. The difference in the Calling is further revealed when we review the Calling of Samuel, Jeremiah and Paul.

In I Samuel the third chapter, God calls Samuel to serve him. God spoke directly to Samuel and all of Israel knew he was a prophet of the Lord, God appointed Samuel to bring the message of God to Israel. This Calling also takes on a special meaning in verse 7:

"Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, neither was the word of the Lord yet revealed unto him."

In the first chapter of Jeremiah God calls Jeremiah. God called him to be a prophet to Judah. God knew Jeremiah before he was born or conceived. God also knows each of us. All Christians have a purpose in life. However, Jeremiah, Samson, Samuel, David, John the Baptist and Paul were appointed and anointed by God for special work.

In Galatians 1:11-24, Paul tells of his conversion. Paul reveals this to show that his message came directly from God. When God called Paul, he consulted with no one. Thus, he took Gods message of Good News directly to the Gentiles. In his special Calling just like the Call of Isaiah and Jeremiah, Paul knew that God had ordained him for special work before he was born.

Peace and Love, Carl Patton a willing slave of Almighty God writing for the FreedomJournal 24 June 2006 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus. Updated 9 June 2009.

Cont. Part 5: How Do You Know You Are Called?

 

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