Why does the Lord appoint apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers to the church? Ephesians 4:12 says they are bestowed for the perfecting of the saints, the work of the ministry, and to edify the body of Christ. However, these three objectives are best understood in the context of God's purpose. His purpose provides the "why" for understanding the five-fold ministry gifts or the gifts of Christ. From before the foundation of the world, the Father predetermined spiritual blessings in Christ for all humanity. In essence, His purpose is one of unity. The blessings outlined in Ephesians Chapter 1 says that He chose humanity to be His sons, who would share His very nature and be like Him. In short, the Father's simply wanted a family born of His nature, who would reflect His character, and on whom He could bestow an eternal inheritance. Therefore, the gifts of Christ exist in accordance with this purpose. Indeed, each gift has individual responsibilities but collectively, they serve to bring the entire body of Christ into maturity--a unified body that manifests the Father's glory or character. The gifts exist to fulfill the purpose that the Father predetermined from before the foundation of the world. This book discusses all these elements in detail and brings the Father's purpose for the church into perspective in relation to the gifts.
Clement C. Butler is an author and teacher who resides in Nassau, Bahamas. He is a graduate of The Principles of Life Bible College and has a bachelor's degree in Biblical Hermeneutics and Leadership. In 2016, he founded Approved Workman Ministries which is based on the principle of 2 Timothy 2:15. It is a teaching ministry dedicated to bringing the enlightenment of Scripture and knowledge of the kingdom of God. To accomplish this, he has written a collection of books that he calls The Teacher's Series.