Managers of the mysteries of God
1 Corinthians 4:1 -
Let a man so account [think] of us, as of the ministers [servants/subordinates] of Christ, and stewards [managers of household] of the mysteries of God.
Since many years I have tried explaining to many about our relationship with Jesus as regards to being a friend but very few have understood.
Our relationship with Jesus Christ other than He being our Savior, He is our Brother and Chief Associate. The Greek word 'philos',<5384> translated as 'friend' also means 'associate'.
Why should I take the term 'associate' and not 'friend'?
The term associate should be taken because the context John 15:13-16 speaks of business; the Father's business. A friend is not related to business but an associate is related. A person does not discuss business matters with friends but does so with associates.
Even when the Lord used the word translated as 'friend' for Abraham, it actually means 'love'. Abraham was most loved by the Lord and was also the first associate chosen by God and instrument to institute the first Church (congregation of believers).
If one really understands the relationship 'friend'; calling Jesus a friend means rejecting Him as a brother and associate.
A blood relationship is unbreakable, unlike a friend relationship. A friend relationship is of choice but our relationship not by choice but by birthright of being children of God. We did not choose God but were born children of God. It is because we were born children of God the Lord came to save us even before we knew Him.
A brother and a friend do not go along. A friend relationship is worldly acquaintance or compatibility of two people not related to one another. But since this world does not know true relationship of a brother, father, mother or sister; they give a friend relationship more value than a blood relationship.
Coming to the business of a servant or subordinate of Christ; the prime business of this association is to grow fruit(s) and to manage mysteries.
What fruit we grow is the Fruit(s) of the Holy Spirit and the mysteries we manage are those of the Kingdom of Heaven.
The land where we grow the Fruit is within ourselves and the people of God.
Concerning the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, it says to manage not to distribute recklessly. We are told to know with whom, how, when and where we should share the mysteries of the Kingdom of God. These mysteries of great value (like pearls) and therefore cannot be given to people who do not know the value of pearls (i.e. pigs).
I call on all the brother (including sisters) associates of Christ, working under Christ, carrying the Name and having authority in Christ, reaping a harvest for Christ and spreading this association all through this world, to concentrate mainly on the two most important aspects of the business Fruit(s) and Mysteries.
The real Fruit grower is the Holy Spirit and the Mystery revealer is also Him, so He is the one we need to closely work with.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You called us brothers and sisters because You build our relationship by your blood. You being the Head lead this association of which You make us a part of. Lord, we pray that your servants know the authority they carry as members of this association headed by their Brother. Help them know the profitability they harvest in Heaven in their account while working in this association. Lord we pray that more and more join and work dedicatedly for this association and spread it throughout this world, so that You come in glory...
We make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends[associate].
14 Ye are my friends [associate], if ye do whatsoever I command you.
15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends[associate]; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
8 But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend [ahab <0157> - love].
23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend [first associate] of God.
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