Togetherness and Assignment
06.06.2019, Daniel Glimm
There are different assignments of saints among God's people.
I would like to share this word dealing with the significance of togetherness with regard to assignment.
The Assignment of Togetherness and the Task of the Fire of God
The assignment of togetherness is mentioned many times in the Word of God, as, for example, Jesus sent out His disciples by two. We can also find this principle of commissioning by the sending of the 300 foxes by Samson (see Mark 6:7 i.c.w. Judges 15:4-5).
7 Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits.
4 So he went out and caught three hundred foxes and tied them tail to tail in pairs. He then fastened a torch to every pair of tails, 5 lit the torches and let the foxes loose in the standing grain of the Philistines. He burned up the shocks and standing grain, together with the vineyards and olive groves.
The commissioning of the 300 foxes by Samson reveals that it is important to move forward in the covenant of God and in the fire of the Holy Spirit (see Revelation 4:5).
5 From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. In front of the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God.
It is the task of the fire of God among other things to split in order to bring forth greater revelation and destruction to the field of the enemy by the wisdom of God (see Acts 2:1-4).
1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.
2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.
3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.
4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
The arrangement of Jesus resulted in the twelve disciples becoming six apostolic teams who delivered men from darkness (note: circumstance of oppression).
The assignment of the 300 foxes by Samson implied the separation of 300 foxes into 150 fiery teams.
The Number “2” and Solitude
In this context, the number “2” has a special meaning because it evokes “togetherness” from “solitude”. Furthermore, the number “2” is connected with the firmament that reveals heaven (see Genesis 1:6-8).
6 And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.”
7 So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so.
8 God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning – the second day.
The divine ‘solitude’ in the form of diversity is transformed by the power of God's assignment into the measure of heavenly ‘togetherness’, which is illustrated by the numbers ‘6’ (note: six apostolic teams) and ‘150’ (note: 150 pairs of fiery foxes).
The number 6 is connected with the creation of mankind and the number 150 is related to the increase of the righteousness of God (see Genesis 1:27.31; Genesis 7:24).
27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. …
31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning – the sixth day.
24 The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.
Therefore, this arrangement means the movement of the one new man in the righteousness of God (see Ephesians 2:15).
Ephesians 2:15 (New Jewish Testament):
… 15 by destroying in his own body the enmity occasioned by the Torah, with its commands set forth in the form of ordinances. He did this in order to create in union with himself from the two groups (note: Jews and Gentiles) a single new humanity and thus make shalom, …
This is a paradox, for now two are united in one, just as the woman was hidden in the nature of the first man. Only through Christ Jesus can togetherness become oneness (see Ephesians 5:31-32).
31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”
32 This is a profound mystery – but I am talking about Christ and the church.
The Importance of Assignment
According to the word of God assignments are important.
=> An assignment is a work project, task, or commitment that is first assigned to a person. The assignment may also be delegated for expediency and/or quality development reasons. (see 1 Chronicles 9:23; 1 Chronicles 16:4; 1 Chronicles 23:11).
An assignment serves as a boundary to protect the assigned person in his/her assignment and scope of duties.
Just as the ministry of angels comes only one after the other and has one task after the other, so it is with the assignment of saints.
If someone ignores God’s given assignment, the person gets into trouble that could have been avoided. <= (note: part excerpt from the “Prophet's Dictionary” by Paula A. Price, Ph. D.; page 68)
The Apostolic–Prophetic Coalition
In connection with the sending of the disciples and foxes as teams by Jesus Christ and Samson, we can also see a reference to the apostolic–prophetic coalition as mentioned in Acts 8:9-11.14-24.
Its purpose is to confront false influences in the regions and to eliminate them through the authority of the anointing, which is closely interwoven with the office of the apostle and prophet.
9 Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great, 10 and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, “This man is rightly called the Great Power of God.”
11 They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his sorcery. …
14 When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to Samaria.
15 When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit, 16 because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
17 Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
18 When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money 19 and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”
20 Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money!
21 You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God.
22 Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart.
23 For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.”
24 Then Simon answered, “Pray to the Lord for me so that nothing you have said may happen to me.”
The concept of an apostolic–prophetic coalition implies an agreement based on the understanding that apostles and prophets unite and collaborate to bring the fullness in terms of quality of God's strength, character and wisdom to the saints. Such cooperations usually evolve from the recognition and connection of leading prophets with apostles they are aligned with (note: by an inner testimony, guidance by the Holy Spirit).
As a matter of course, preceding prophets present the apostles for whom their mantles were sent by God to pave the way for them. From Abraham, the prophet who paved the way for Moses the Shaliach (note: type of apostle in the Tenakh – Hebrew Bible) up to John the Baptist, who was sent to prepare the way for Jesus (see Mark 1:3).
We can clearly see the pattern of the New Testament, after Philip the Evangelist had evangelized an area, the apostles and prophets stepped in to teach and consolidate new believers in God's truth (see Acts 8:4-24). The initial arrangement of ‘two apostles’ (see Mark 6:7) has been changed to finally form and send even more effective teams for this present time (note: apostle and prophet, after the resurrection of Jesus Christ).
The messages of the apostles and prophets are revelations which are supposed to be spread or continued by the three other ministers of the five-fold ministry (note: evangelist, shepherd, teacher) in the church.
The ministry of the apostle and the prophet are destined to distribute active revelation received by God and share it with the other three ministers of the five-fold ministry in the church in order to provide an imprint for the whole body of Christ.
Each of the three mentioned ministers (note: evangelist, shepherd, teacher) spreads part of the apostolic and prophetic revelations within the ministry according to their mantle and covering.
The evangelist uses revelation to convince souls to recognize Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
The shepherd uses revelation to encourage the flock for attending and being part of the church.
The teacher uses revelation to train saints and consolidate them in the kingdom culture of the Lord.
However, what all three of these last-mentioned ministers of the five-fold ministry are lacking is the legitimacy of the Lord's immediate consultation in the realm of authority to which apostles and prophets are entitled.
This is why they are the first-mentioned ministers, because they are assigned to release God's fresh revelations and instructions for an aligning of saints within the body of Christ.
Please note, that herein it is exclusively speaking of the prophet as the calling of a minister, not the general calling of every saint to be prophetic as to prophesy (see 1 Corinthians 14:1 ff.).
The Character Types of the Apostle Peter and John
It can be helpful to understand the characters of the apostles Peter and John.
Peter was called to serve the Jews – those who grew up in institutional religion. The Peter-type apostle seems to be a modern-day apostle who, among other things, is called to teach the body of Christ the biblical way of thinking implying a Jewish mindset, on the basis of Jesus' work of redemption (see Matthew 5:17).
17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
John was called differently. The John type apostle is a modern-day apostle who can be characterized as a ‘servant of love’. The greatest emphasis in the life of the apostle John was love. This quality of an apostolic father has great influence in the body of Christ. John was also the apostle who received great revelation and deep insight into God's realm of dominion and spiritual processes.
This means that Jesus as the head of His body is placing saints under this twofold apostolic fire to send them out with His spirit of wisdom. This enables them to do a dynamic ministry in the body of Christ, leading to unity through the fire of wisdom and love, so that the world recognizes that we are His disciples (see John 13:34-35).
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
In order to be assigned by Christ Jesus in togetherness in terms of a team, there is first the relationship with the Heavenly Father in His sonship important, so that the essence of personal learning from the relationship can be brought into the team determined by Jesus.
The assignment doesn't take place according to personal preference or opinion, but exclusively through the assignment of the Holy Spirit.
This principle is revealed by the election of the apostle Matthias, who was chosen by lot instead of Judas and who was required to have been a follower of Jesus and witness of His resurrection (see Acts 1:20-22.24-26).
20 “For,” said Peter, “it is written in the Book of Psalms (see Psalm 69:25; Psalm 109:8): “ ‘May his place be deserted; let there be no one to dwell in it,’ and, “ ‘May another take his place of leadership.’
21 Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus was living among us, 22 beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.” …
24 Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen 25 to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.”
26 Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.
Amen and Amen.
In His Wisdom,