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received the truth of the gospel were   will faithfully reward all such service in
        indebted to those who had shared the   a coming day. The writer of the epistle to
        blessed message with them. “It hath   the Hebrews assures us of this truth: “For
        pleased them verily; and their debtors   God is not unrighteous to forget your
        they are. For if the Gentiles have been   work and labour of love, which ye have
        made partakers of their spiritual things,   shewed toward his name, in that ye have
        their duty is also to minister unto them
        in carnal things” (Rom 15:27).        ministered to the saints, and do minister”
                                              (Heb 6:10).
        The Duty of Ministering

          In the Old Testament, the Lord      The Devotion of Ministering
        instructed Moses to take out from among   The motive of our fellowship with one
        the children of Israel to minister, or   another in these practical areas ought to
        serve,  in  the  priest’s  office  (Exo  28:1).   be our love for one another. Paul wrote to
        Specifically, the Lord instructed, “Anoint   the Galatians, “By love serve one another”
        them, and consecrate them, and sanctify   (Gal 5:13). The writer of the epistle to the
        them, that they may minister unto me in
        the priest's office” (28:41).         Hebrews exhorts us, “And let us consider
          Similarly, the Lord has taken believers   one another to provoke unto love and to
        out from among the world to minister,   good works” (Heb 10:24).
        or serve, Him. The area of service for   If we are going to have practical
        the priests of the Old Testament was the   fellowship with our brothers and sisters
        tabernacle. The primary area of service   in Christ, as is our responsibility, let us
        for believers today is the local church,   do it in the spirit and attitude that Paul
        but we shall see later that our sphere of   encouraged: “with all lowliness and
        ministering fellowship extends far beyond   meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing
        the local church.
          We have been anointed, that is, indwelt   one another in love” (Eph 4:2).
        and empowered by the Holy Spirit. We   The Degree of Ministering
        have been consecrated, that is, our hands
        have been filled with a work for the Lord.    A final thought on the subject of the
        We have also been sanctified, that is, set   Expression of Fellowship is that, in
        apart from the world unto the Lord to   ministering to the material and financial
        minister to our fellow believers in our   needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ,
        service to Him.                       we are actually serving Him. He assures
          Paul reminded the believers in Corinth   us, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one
        that they should be aware of their duty   of the least of these my brethren, ye have
        of service and practical fellowship to   done it unto me” (Mat 25:40).
        their brothers and sisters in Christ. He
        wrote, “For as touching the ministering   Paul encourages us, “And whatsoever
        to the saints, it is superfluous [not really   ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and
        necessary] for me to write to you” (2Co 9:1).  not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye
          The Lord is well aware of service   shall receive the reward of the inheritance:
        rendered in His name to the saints and   for ye serve the Lord Christ” (Col 3:23-24).

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