The Administration of Love
“But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet I show unto you a more excellent way.” Interlinear Translation says, “And yet according to excellence a way to you I show,” 1 Corinthians 12:31.
As we focus on the administration of the gift ministry, it seems so naive that our earthly eyes can see no reason to look for something greater. But as great as it is, the gift administration is not the coveted prize, but it is the guiding hand that leads us to the more excellent way administration.
I am sure Paul had no intentions of degrading the gift administration when he spoke of the more excellent way, no more than we are belittling our college days when we look forward to our day of graduation.
While the twelfth chapter of First Corinthians is dedicated to describing the gift administration, the thirteenth chapter is dedicated to describing the administration of this more excellent way ministry. Yet somehow we read it and often miss the full impact of this message. There is a reason for our lack, and the Spirit reveals it in Isaiah 55:8-9. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says Yahweh. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
For years, while the Church was in her early growing stage, the idea of a more excellent way administration seldom, if ever, stirred the heart of the believers. But we have now come to the time of awakening and our eyes have glimpsed the vision, our potential, even if our hearts have not conceived the full implications of it.
Some immature ones, who have heard the message with their natural ears and not through the wisdom of the Spirit, instantly decided to slay their Mother and do away with the gift ministry altogether, thinking that in doing so, they could leave their lack behind and grasp the fullness. How sad! Do they not know that it is the mother Church that gives birth to the sons? Could this misconception be the reason that most Christians who are calling themselves the “Manifested Sons” are encumbered with the same problems and afflictions that the world must bear? Could this be the reason there is no healing balm in Gilead these days?
Though there are different realms of growth, I cannot find but one Body spoken of in the Bible. Do we not understand that there is nothing for the Holy Spirit to operate upon and through other than the intellect of the creature, and that the intellect is spoken of in the Bible symbolically as the woman, the Church, or the womb of Christ, the bride?
When we come to Christ as babes, we are ridiculously ignorant but full of zeal. We make some small blunders now and then, the rest of the time we are making big ones. But this is the Church born-from-above creatures filled with energy and excitement trying to turn the world upside down while we lack the knowledge of why we should not cut our enemy’s ears off.
We are honored with gifts and with an awesome administration. We are excelling, growing, sliding up and down, loving and fighting and making little and big blunders. We often hurt each other like children do, but this is progress. This is the path that leads to the more excellent way.
Not comprehending the manifestation of Love, some are being deceived by the flesh. They are visualizing a ministry that will raise the sons to an exalted position that annihilates the law and gift realms completely. This is a ridiculous concept. The Church is being degraded as if it is something ugly and to be ashamed of. The Church is compiled of Yahweh’s growing children, and it will be as long as there are sinners on earth that needs the born-from-above experience.
I am not suggesting that we, as individuals, cannot attain to the third realm experience, but does our higher comprehension eliminate the law that the lawless so desperately needs to convict them of sin?
Does our new birth deprive others of the law that led us to the knowledge of sin—the law that was written in our hearts so that we would not trespass against Love?
Will we, as mature ones, deny others the higher Light that enabled us to understand our lack and to see ourselves as transgressors of the principle of Love, which gave us a bona fide offer to accept Yasha as our sacrifice?
Does one man’s maturing or Tabernacle experience eliminate the need for others to walk the same path by experiencing Passover and Pentecost (firstfruits)? How foolish. Of course it does not.
If our church leaders only beam in on their own positions and needs, forgetting the souls that are still in darkness and in need of the saving knowledge of Christ, and forget ting those in need of water baptism (one of the divine ordinances) and especially the gift administration, how can the son’s, without the mother, bring other children to birth? Who will breast-feed and nourish the babes? Those of you that have traveled with the Lord and have wept at the altar for the ones who are still in darkness, surely know the need is still there for those who are in that position to carry on and to experience the administration of body.
In the past, those who were truly reaching into spiritual maturity were those who became aware of their lack, confessed, repented, and accepted the born-from-above experience. They were submissive to the governing ordinances of the Mother (Church).
If we are truly mature, we will feel compassion, not rejection, resentment, or hatred for those who are in the growing stage: those who are yet experiencing lack. We will willingly offer our time, substance, energy, and support to their growth. If we are experiencing a condescending attitude toward the Church, it is a sure indication that we definitely are not nearly as mature as we think we are.
I thank Yahweh for the chapter and verse addition to the scriptures. They have given us an excellent aid in our study and research; however, they sometimes cause a bit of confusion by dividing a paragraph or even a sentence.
Many Christians do not know that the inserting of chapters and verses as well as punctuation are man’s additions to the Bible and carries with it the limited understanding of the men that gave us these splendid helps. We should use them, but at the same time we should not allow ourselves to be limited by them.
A demonstration of this lack is found in the division of chapters 12 and 13 of First Corinthians. Here the dividing of this particular subject did violence to its meaning.
1 Corinthians 12:1-31: “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. You know that you were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as you were led. Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of Yahweh calls Yasha accursed: and that no man can say that Yasha is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; to another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these works that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. For as the body is one, and has many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
“For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole body were hearing, where were the smelling? But now has Yahweh set the members every one of them in the body, as it has pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: And those members of the body, which we think to be less honorable, upon these we bestow more abundant honor; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. For our comely parts have no need: but Yahweh has tempered the body together, having given more abundant honor to that part which lacked: That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honored, all the members rejoice with it.
Now you are the body of Christ, and members in particular. And Yahweh has set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healing, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet show I unto you a more excellent way.”
Verse thirty-one of chapter twelve introduces the more excellent way and chapter thirteen explains that more excellent way. Therefore, chapters twelve and thirteen should not have been separated.
Paul wrote his revelation of Love in an attempt to introduce a strange and new administration that comes only through maturity.
We received our Passover and Feast of Firstfruit (Pentecost) through acceptance, or faith. Passover gave us a new awakening, and Pentecost gave us the “parakletos,” that is, our Advocate, Comforter, Intercessor, Consoler, to mature us. But Tabernacles is of the seventh, this number denotes fullness and speaks of the mind of Christ, the son placing, the time when a mature son was to be placed in the Fatherhood position to receive a double portion so that he might have substance to issue out to the clan that he was responsible for.
Tabernacles speak of the indwelling of the Father, which raised up the son out of the tomb of death. It speaks of the redemption of the body. Then tell me, you that are proclaiming you have experienced Tabernacles, where is the evidence?
The true Tabernacle experience is described in Revelation 21:3-7. Please allow me to change the personal pronoun and the time element of this chapter in an effort to bring the message home. “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of Yahweh is with me, and Yahweh dwells in me, and I am his person, and Yahweh himself dwells in me, and is my God.
“And Yahweh has wiped away all of the tears from my eyes; and there shall never be another tear stream down my cheek, for me there is no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither is there any more pain: for the former experience in these have passed away.
“And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
“And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, your beginning and perfection. I have given unto you that were athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
“Now that you have overcome you have inherited all these things; and I am your God, and you are my Son.”