Stewardship Of Government Part 1
Apostolic Voice of Reformation
God's Spiritual GovernmentTeaching by Apostle Rina Bekker
If you are a Christian and find yourself asking, “What is a cult?” you are not alone. Thousands of Christians are in the same boat of uncertainty about their faith. Did you know that Jesus promised, “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Truth is easy to find, it is found through Apostolic Stewardship. The problem is that believers are trying out spiritual discernment models invented by people who are not appointed by God to teach the church. They openly admit that they do not have all the truth. And this means that their doctrine is mixed with error.
Today, more than ever, believers desire to defend the faith with the true sword of the Spirit. Two things are necessary for that to happen: (1) Stewardship and (2) Government. The moment of truth for the church is also the hour of temptation. While Satan continues to offer many truths and ways to interpret the Bible, God offers Apostolic Stewardship and Government. In this lesson we will learn why God put so much emphasis upon correct apostolic function.
- The person who receives the pattern is the steward.
- The steward is called of God.
- God selects one individual for stewardship.
- God appoints leadership to assist the steward.
- The chain of government, truth, and Spirit must remain unbroken.
- The person who receives the pattern is the steward.
Lesson Quote: “Many claiming the office of apostle, believing that the act of restoring the calling to the church would produce a God appointed, anointed, and empowered leadership. But it did not.”
Lesson Quote: “The steward is the place of refuge. Knowledge alone will not deliver you—it’s faith that pleases God. Our communion with the steward must not be cast aside.”
Lesson Quote: “God desires to establish a testimony of His presence in this dimension by our faith and also desires to establish a testimony of Himself in your heart by faith. God put the testimony of faith in the heart that faith may rule over us in place of sin.”
Lesson Quote: “Speaking to today’s church, God did not appoint the church to lead herself out of bondage and into the fulness of Christ, God appointed a steward to lead her. The steward oversees doctrine and function.”
Lesson Quote: ”Don’t break the link of stewardship to seek a faith independent of it, for God’s care is in it, God’s testimony is in it, and God’s clemency is in it. God is with the steward.”
Lesson Quote: “A seducing spirit is concealed in ones logic and carries a conviction in the equity of logic rather than faith, and this is all one sees: a confirmation of one’s own imagination.”
Lesson Quote: “Remember, the flesh follows the spirit of the kingdom it is tethered to and the temperament of each kingdom is manifested: for the virtue of the kingdom is the tool you use. To the righteous, the virtue of their tool is Christ: Grace carries the image of Christ.”
LessonIt is evident that Jesus oversees His church through the stewardship of apostles. Jesus appointed 12 apostles to begin His work and then called additional apostles, such as Paul, after His resurrection.
As the 21st century church awakened to the fact that she has wandered far from her first love and has strayed from her first works, she went through a period of deep soul searching. The church did not like what she saw in herself and realized that a time of cleansing and change was ahead, for she was grossly inadequate to carry the gospel to the world.
As the church sought the face of God for revival and restoration many tried to step in and fulfill the vision by taking what they saw in the gospels and the book of Acts and using that as a model to recreate the church.
Some thought that a return to small meetings in homes would return the church to Jesus original sanctified design: some thought the return to healing clothes, oils, and mighty signs and wonders would return the church to the original pattern: and some thought that God would call another group of apostles (as Jesus did the 12) and that would return the church to the original pattern.But the pattern is not in doing these things, the sanctified design is in Jesus Christ. God is transitioning the church back to Christ, not back to an outline found in the book of Acts.
To transition of the church back to Christ, God is following the pattern of covenant. Christ is foreshadowed in the First Covenant and revealed in the Second Covenant.
There is a pattern in the First Covenant that the Lord wants the church to observe and pay attention to today in the Second Covenant:
1) The person who receives the pattern is the stewardFACT: The First Covenant began with a single steward, Moses. Moses was identified as the steward of God's house because God gave him the pattern.
Deuteronomy 29:1, "These are the WORDS of the covenant which the Lord commanded MOSES."Moses was the knowledge steward of the First Covenant. God gave Moses the commandments (words) of the First Covenant and Moses gave these commandments to the people. The pattern of the covenant came through Moses and that made him the chief steward of Gods house (Heb.3:2). Everything Moses shared in that pattern was to contribute to that house, and not taken for ones own use.
By this God established this testimony: The person who receives the revelation of the pattern is Gods steward.
Moses not only received the revelation of the pattern from God, but God entrusted to him the task of overseeing the work, the building of the tabernacle, the cleansing of the Levites, and the direction of the church in the wilderness. All the prophets and judges built from that and confirmed and conformed to that. As God transitions the 21st century church back to Jesus Christ, the church must again identify the steward of Gods house.
What did we learn: The person who receives the revelation of the pattern is God's steward.
2) The steward is called of God.Exodus 3:4,10, "And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him [Moses] out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I."
Moses did not call himself into the position of stewardship, God called him. Therefore the children of Israel honored God by submitting to Moses. The man is not being exalted or honored, but God.
Some may ask, “But why are we trying to find the pattern of Christ in Moses? We are not in that covenant now, so nothing of Moses applies to us today.”
Let’ s untie a few things here: The portions of Christ that are seen in Moses are fulfilled in Jesus Christ and therefore our worship of God follows the law of Christ’s fulness rather than the law of Moses’portions.
When we talk about the pattern of Christ in the First Covenant that is fulfilled in the Second Covenant we are not preaching the portions, but preaching Christ’s fulness.
As the 21st century church attempted to bring herself back to Christ we saw many claiming the office of apostle, believing that the act of restoring the calling to the church would produce a God appointed, anointed, and empowered leadership. But it did not. The church remained without the Headship of Jesus Christ, following many independent truths that did not restore the church to her first love.
Many apostles tried to fulfill the vision and step into the shoes of apostleship, but did not restore Christ to the church, nor restore the church to her first works. Many apostles came forth, but none were prepared of God as the steward of His house, none had the pattern of the record of Christ. The foundation of truth was not restored, the priesthood was not restored: they were busy trying to set order to carnal ordinances by the precept and as a result wandered around by Satan’s promises.
What did we learn: The church cannot bring herself back to Christ, she needs God's selected steward.
3) God selects one individual for stewardship.It is the biblical pattern for God to call out one man and use that one man as a steward. We saw this in Noah, Abraham, and Moses. It does not mean that others were not qualified, but that God made a selection. And the Spirit works by God’s selection. The man (not men) to whom the Lord gives the pattern is the steward through whom He will work.
Note that God did not appoint the people to lead themselves out of the bondage of Egypt, but called a servant to lead them. God called Moses and appointed him to a specific task. As we read further in the book of Exodus we
- understand that God also appointed Moses to
- give the people the words of the covenant,
- oversee the construction of the tabernacle, tools, and articles according to the revelation God showed him,
- oversee the priesthood, and
- bring the people into the Promised Land.
What did we learn: The Spirit works by God's selection. The man (not men) to whom the Lord gives the divine design is the steward through whom He will work.
"The crown of ignorance is death. Those that put on the knowledge of God put on the crown of truth and life."
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