Apostolic & Prophetic 5 Fold Government (Divine Government)

(Ephesians 4:11 - 16:11And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.


Eph 4:11 The Gifts Christ Gives, SPIRITUAL GIFTS. Distinguishing among the gifts of Rom. 12:6-8 (from the Father), the gifts of 1 Cor. 12:8-10 (from the Holy Spirit), and those here, which are explicitly given by Christ the Son (v. 8), is pivotal in comprehending the whole scope of spiritual gifts. An elaboration of this and related themes appears in the study article on page 2018, "Holy Spirit Gifts and Power."


Eph 4:12 equipping, katartismos (kat-ar-tis-moss); Strong’s #2677: A making fit, preparing, training, perfecting, making fully qualified for service. In classical language the word is used for setting a bone during surgery. The Great Physician is now making all the necessary adjustments so the church will not be "out of joint."

Eph 4:12 The Greek word for equipping implies: 1) a recovered wholeness as when a broken limb is set and mends; 2) a discovered function, as when a physical member is properly operating. The work of ministry is the enterprise of each member of the body of Christ and not the exclusive charge of select leaders. Taken together, vv. 11, 12 reveal that the task of the gifted leader is to cultivate the individual and corporate ministries of those he or she leads.

Eph 4:13 A progress in maturity (v. 13), stability (v. 14), and integrity (v. 15), taking place in every individual member’s experience, results in the whole body’s growth (numerical expansion) and edifying (internal strengthening).

and 1 Corinthians 12:28 - 31:28And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. 29Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? 30Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 31But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.


1 Cor 12:28 apostles, apostolos (ap-os-tol-oss); Strong’s #652: A special messenger, a delegate, one commissioned for a particular task or role, one who is sent forth with a message. In the NT the word denotes both the original twelve disciples and prominent leaders outside the Twelve. Marvin Vincent records three features of an apostle: 1) one who has had a visible encounter with the resurrected Christ; 2) one who plants churches; 3) one who functions in the ministry with signs, wonders, and miracles.


1 Cor 12:28 The Administrative Leader, LEADER TRAITS. The NT seems to recognize three basic types of administrative leadership: 1) The Servant Leader or Deacon: Greek diakonia means "service or ministry" (2 Cor. 8:19, 20; 9:1, 12). These "deacons" were patterned after the men set apart in Acts 6:1-6 to serve the widows in Jerusalem. 2) The Steward Leader or Manager: Greek oikonomos or oikonomis means "steward," such as today’s pastor. The word literally means "household manager," a slot often held by a slave in the first century. It refers to those who "manage" the church (1 Cor. 4:1, 2; 2 Tim. 1:7). 3) The Steersman Leader or Overseer is found in the office of apostle or bishop. Kybernesis is a Greek term borrowed from seafaring, and is used to designate the steersman or pilot who holds the ship on course. The word is rendered "governments" (1 Cor. 12:28) where Paul speaks of the spiritual gift of administration.

and Acts 15:6Now the apostles and elders came together to consider this matter. 7And when there had been much dispute, Peter rose up and said to them: "Men and brethren, you know that a good while ago God chose among us, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe. 8"So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us, 9"and made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. 10"Now therefore, why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? 11"But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved in the same manner as they." 12Then all the multitude kept silent and listened to Barnabas and Paul declaring how many miracles and wonders God had worked through them among the Gentiles. 13And after they had become silent, James answered, saying, "Men and brethren, listen to me: 14"Simon has declared how God at the first visited the Gentiles to take out of them a people for His name. 15"And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written:

16 ‘After this I will return

And will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down;

I will rebuild its ruins,

And I will set it up;

17 So that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord,

Even all the Gentiles who are called by My name,

Says the Lord who does all these things.’

18"Known to God from eternity are all His works. 19"Therefore I judge that we should not trouble those from among the Gentiles who are turning to God, 20"but that we write to them to abstain from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from things strangled, and from blood. 21"For Moses has had throughout many generations those who preach him in every city, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath."

22Then it pleased the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas, namely, Judas who was also named Barsabas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren. 23They wrote this letter by them: The apostles, the elders, and the brethren, To the brethren who are of the Gentiles in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia: Greetings. 24Since we have heard that some who went out from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your souls, saying, "You must be circumcised and keep the law"—to whom we gave no such commandment— 25it seemed good to us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, 26men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27We have therefore sent Judas and Silas, who will also report the same things by word of mouth. 28For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things: 29that you abstain from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well.

Acts 15:22 The Spirit of God brought harmonious agreement among strong-willed leaders in the face of "no small dissension" (v. 2) and "much dispute" (v. 7).

15:23 The salutation of the letter affirms the unity of the leadership of the church.

15:28 It seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us: An earnest and common desire to know the mind of God leads to unanimity. A church possessing an awareness of the guidance of the Holy Spirit (see 10:19, 20; 13:2, 3) need not be unassisted in pursuing its decisions.

All scriptures (NKJV) and notes (Spirit - Filled Life Bible) are from the Hayford Spirit - Filled Life Electronic Bible.