Spirit Ordained

Ron Ash THE SPIRIT of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed and qualified me to preach the Gospel of good tidings to the meek, the poor, and afflicted; He has sent me to bind up and heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the [physical and spiritual] captives and the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are bound,
Isaiah 61:1 (Amplified Bible)

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10 thoughts on “Spirit Ordained”

  1. Jesus of course cites this very passage in reading from a scroll of Isaiah while in synagogue service at Nazareth (Luke 4:18f), and with these very words, Luke argues, His public ministry is officially inaugurated … following His baptism, Spirit reception, and a more successful test in the wilderness than the nation following the exodus.

    Jesus clearly alludes to these words from Isaiah in recounting His ministry progress to John the Baptist (through John’s representatives, Luke 7:22), but arguably in the one work Luke-Acts, the words are more reminiscent of the ministry of Jesus in the work of His disciple/apostles, particularly following Pentecost when the Spirit was poured out on all His followers.

    As you rightly point out, here is a ministry empowered by the Holy Spirit.

    1. This is where many Christians get lost. They tend to look for ordination via a hierarchy in place of an Ordination by Spirit. In most cases many leaders attempt to discount Spiritual Ordination in favor of securing their positions amongst an imaginary hierarchy. Many times I have witnessed pastor worship within many churches.

      Pastoral worship makes me very uncomfortable. It seems to be one of the greatest factors in the holding back of the advancement of the kingdom. The illusion of Divine Intervention through only upper leadership echoes the disease that plagues Jesus’ ministry. Perhaps this is why He chose regular people to lead God’s children out of their spiritual bondage. Moreover, it reeks of idol worship as opposed to God worship.

      I love the phrase “The Spirit was poured out on all His followers.” This is exactly what happens as we move closer to “Christ Consciousness” and our connectivity to God, over this wireless network, is infinitely increased. Some fail to understand this connection and assume that it is impossible to feel or experience such a connection. Guess what? If we don’t believe we will not receive.

  2. I read the Bible before but it seems to me just a collection of good stories.
    When I have accepted Jesus in my life that’s when I understood. The holy spirit is in me. I now view the scripture in a whole new light.

  3. I assume that with good reason John exhorted his readers to keep themselves from idols, as the last words of 1 John record. Arguably the Corinthian church’s divisive “I am of Paul, I am of Apollos” penchant illustrated excess in regard for leaders (not to mention pride).

    Interestingly, one of my favorite missionaries was, in my opinion, balanced in theology, articulate, brave, energetic, generous, loving, willing to suffer for the gospel. After some years, extensive research uncovered the missionary’s deceit regarding his military record, his ordination, and various claimed facts about his missionary work.

    I don’t believe I worshiped this particular missionary, but I certainly respected him and was hurt by the revelation of his betrayal. Unfortunately too, he was unwilling to submit to church discipline, by which means he could have been restored to fellowship. The Cause was too important to bother with repentance.

    There are also those I have known and respected who have dropped out of the faith or migrated into what I consider to be problematic areas. These and the lying missionary have left me a little more skeptical of leadership in the church … and perhaps more ready to recognize good in flawed brothers and sisters.

    Take the apostle Peter, for example.

    Apparently, my experience with leader worship is less extensive or personal than yours, but I have at least some vague memories of troubling reliance on “the pastor said” more than on the plain text of Scripture. On the other hand, I must also recognize that I rely on the theological and practical efforts of centuries of church leaders. I stand on the shoulders of my spiritual forebears probably more than I realize. And the Scriptures themselves urge respect for church leadership, not least for their work.

    As to ordination, certainly the people of God have demonstrated a capacity for negligence in consulting God. That can hardly be disputed. On the other hand again, God decrees means as well as ends. Elder or deacon ordination by hierarchical verdict is not necessarily a sign that the Holy Spirit disapproved the verdict. He may even have instigated it, as arguably in the case of the disciples “put[ting] forward two” when Matthias was chosen by lot to replace Judas Iscariot (Acts 1).

    And the danger of claims to the effect that “The Holy Spirit told me” regarding the ordination of a given person is that the person making the claim of Spirit inspiration is mistaken or lying. It is not that the Spirit never speaks directly to us, but that claims exist which are either demonstrably false or simply debatable.

    There is, in other words, no easy answer, no fail safe procedure for ensuring that the will of Providence in ordination will be done. Nonetheless, if your point is that we tend to rely too heavily on institutional tradition (or political favoritism or popularity or education, etc.) rather than on the word of God through which the Holy Spirit speaks to us, then I agree.

    And may God help me to listen carefully to Jesus who was empowered by the Spirit and spoke always what His Father told Him.

  4. Ron–A fried forwarded me a Word Net Daily article in which the author Steve Deace wondered among other things, “Some of our ‘pastors’ have become such huge stars it’s hard to tell if the people are worshipping them or Christ.” I couldn’t help thinking of your post here when I read it. For the full text, see http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?pageId=100143.

    “The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule at their direction; my people love to have it so, but what will you do when the end comes” (Jeremiah 5:31). Jeremiah witnessed the conquest of his native Jerusalem and exile of survivors to Babylon.

    1. This is very true William. Often I experience leadership hindering the advancement of the Kingdom while protecting their ego. They fear losing their position in their imaginary hierachy. In this they sin (worry) and exhibit a misunderstanding of their connection to God. We are all equal in God’s kingdom. We all have different jobs and gifts that are equally important. Jesus taught thin humility.

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