Ephesians 5:25-27

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.  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.


A beekeeper has to insure one thing and manage the hive to obtain one objective: to get honey. He has to make sure the hive is working correctly. He has to insure that the worker bees are working right, the queen bee is producing right, and insure all aspects of the hive are in perfect coherence. He cares for the bees, and the bees know how the keeper smells, how he acts and  they know they don’t have anything to worry about around him.


Brother Branham explains that the Church of the living God is just such an operation. Gifts and callings working just in perfect coherence, abiding by the Keeper, the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit needs preeminence in His Bride to keep the people in perfect order and working correctly. He uses the pastor to bring the people in the right direction, uses evangelists to get the people living right, and uses missionaries to spread the gospel. The Church of the living God is a beautiful thing.


The Apostle Paul wrote the word endoxos to describe the Church of the living God. It means a church of honor. “Glorious” means “wonderful, highly esteemed, and splendid.”  You are His church. You are a glorious Church, because Christ dwells in you.


Seek to find your place in Christ and there abide. Do just what God has given you the gift to do and let the Lord work  His glorious work through you.


Don’t ever think you are insignificant to Christ. You are a vital part of the Church of God. You are more precious than anything to Christ.


58-0223 - “Jesus Christ The Same Yesterday Today And Forever”

Now, as a preacher, I'm not very much of a preacher. But the Lord has given a gift, a Divine gift. Which in the Scriptures we're taught that gifts and callings are without repentance. That's church gifts, not the church, the gifts in the local church which we're to pray for, like First Corinthians 12. But there's five ministering gifts which are--are the foreknowledge of God. And the first of those are apostles, prophets, teachers, evangelists, and pastors. Those are Gods sent gifts to the church.

Apostles or missionaries... We call them "missionary" today. In the early day they called them "apostle." Now, any one knows--knows that the word "apostle" means "one sent." And the word "missionary" means "one sent." So it's both the same thing. Missionaries, prophets, teachers, evangelists, pastors.

Then in every local church there's nine spiritual gifts should be operating in that church, if they're a good praying congregation. And then the pastor who should be the head of the church with the wisdom of God to have that church set in order so no fanaticism, no nothing takes place wrong, just everything proven purely the Spirit of the Holy Ghost working among the people, then you got a real church that's an example church to all the regions around about. It's like a--a hive where the bees come, a lovely church.


Read the Bible in 1 year:

Ezekiel 28-30