Summary: God gave these particular spiritual gifts unto men only.
Good Day! This day you are going to hear the Word of the Living God and His Son Jesus Christ. The Word will set you free from any deception.
There are many qualifications of a Pastor. I will only cover one of them today.
First we must lay a foundation of the purpose of scripture in order to be sure that the truth of God’s Word will be effective in your life.
2 Tim. 3:16-17 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Scripture is designed to correct error in the believer’s life, home and the church. Every verse is designed to bring correction in every area of life.
If the church is not praying for the sick properly then we need to look at the Word of God so we can have instruction and correction as to proper prayer for the sick.
See James 5:14 as to how to pray for the sick.
If a church does not know how to enter into God’s presence to worship then we need the scriptures in order to this this correctly. See Psalms 100:2-3 on the correct approach for worship.
Scripture is not only devotional and nice reading but the main reason we read the scriptures is to change so we can become more like Christ to do good works.
God wrote all of scripture by the Holy Spirit and we are to receive it all or nothing. The same God Who wrote passages on love also wrote about hell. If we cannot accept the difficult passages as truth and receive all of scripture then how do we know that we are saved? If God lied about even one verse of scripture then the whole Bible is a lie. We do not pick and choose what we are going to believe. We either accept it all or nothing. Our salvation hangs on the fact that every verse of scripture is true and that God means what He says.
The Bible is not a book of culture, stories or fantasy. The Bible is the very Word of God and we are to live by every word (Deut. 8:3).
2 Peter 1:20-21 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
All scripture came by the Holy Spirit. All writers of the Bible were moved (influenced) by the Holy Spirit and they were not influenced by anything else. How does the Holy Spirit move upon men to do His will?
Read: Acts 4:20 “For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard“. When the Holy Spirit comes upon you to do something you cannot help but do His will.
Men did not influence the writing of scriptures, nor culture, nor angels, nor demons, nor the world, nor time, nor weather, nor food, nor creation, nor feelings, nor intelligence sway the writing of the Bible. The only influence upon the writing of the Bible is the Holy Spirit. If this is not true then we are all doomed because the Bible is a book separate from God Himself. If the Bible and every verse that it contains is not the very Word of God then we have no hope. The Bible is applicable for everyone throughout all generations. The Bible is to influence culture and the world not the world and culture influencing the believer and the church.
Today I’m going to give you a difficult verse of scripture to receive. If you receive it as the Word of the Living God then you will be free to live in the Spirit according to it’s truth.
First I’m going to give the main qualification of a Pastor and it is being a man. You must be a male in order to qualify to Pastor a church.
Ephesians 4:8 wherefore he says, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
God gave these particular spiritual gifts unto men only. The Greek word here is for male, man in the plural or men. There is a Greek word for women and for mankind meaning both male and female. God choose to use the Greek for men only because He wanted men to have these gifts and not women. The gifts are:
Ephesians 4:11 and he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
These gifts are authority gifts of holding a particular office within the church. Men have supreme authority here on earth under Christ if they are born again.