Ephesians 4:11-12 (KJV)
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.The God we serve is a God of plan, purpose, designs and objectivity. When he gave us the fivefold ministry 2000 years ago, he had a purpose. Ephesian 4:11 is showing us the original intent of God for the fivefold ministry.

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The fivefold ministry is not given for the elevation of the saints but for the equipping of the saints.
There is a whole world of difference between elevating the saints and equipping the saints.
God doesn't want the saints elevated, they are already by virtue of redemption. There is something called redemption lift, it happens to you when you are in CHRIST but The whole burden of a fivefold ministry is not to see the saints promoted at job, family, career or at any institution but the main core is equipping!
Equipping the saints is higher than elevating them, It is a higher realm! But so sad, the concentration of the church has been around elevating the saints than equipping the saints.
The Nigerian charismatic move has largely focused its energy on seeing the saints elevated at the expense of seeing the saints equipped. Most meetings across the land have been centred on promotion, financial and material status change but after the elevation, we realised that the Saints are not equipped....they are only elevated. They have our blessing but our ministry is not reproduced in them. The future of our ministry is not in the hands of those we have elevated but in the hands of those we have equipped.
The days we are entering are crucial to the father; they are the days of perfection.
We are the third-day church and the third day is the day of perfection.

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Luke 13:32 (KJV)
32 And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cure today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.
We need to be like the Issachars who had the understanding of the times and seasons.
1 Chronicles 12:32 (KJV)
32 And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred, and all their brethren were at their commandment.
The days leading up to the coming of the Lord are the days of perfection; not the days of elevation! Please don't get me wrong, I am not against the Saints being elevated but it is a lower purpose than bringing the saints into perfection. For us, perfection is not a state of absolute sinlessness, perfection is a person.
Ephesians 4:13 (KJV)
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
The time of His coming draws so close, the window is getting narrower, He is coming to rapture a glorious church without spot and wrinkle.
Ephesians 5:27 (KJV)
27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
If His coming is so close, and He must meet this on the ground, then a lot of spiritual  laundries will have to be done within a short window of time!
When you step beyond elevating the saints into the realm of equipping the saints, you step into a strong area of ministry.
Refocus your energy this hour and step into the mainstream of the fivefold ministry which is equipping the saints!
The last great assignment of the Holy Spirit on earth is perfecting the saints.  Join this chariot!
Shalom .

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Richard Femi Bolaji is an endtime prophet /teacher and a vessel of real Holy Ghost revival privileged to have ministered across major denominations of the body of Christ in Africa and other parts of the globe .
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