Some Fundamental Topics
Existence and Value of the Ministry Called and Chosen by God
Paul the apostle addressed the Church to speak about it and to highlight the importance and value of the foundation established by God through the apostles and prophets, and the way in which the Lord through them edified His Church. This can be see in Ephesians chapter 2.
19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone,
Another verse found later on—in chapter 4—highlights this by using the following terms:
11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.
These verses not only highlight the existence of these ministries, but also how transcendent and important they are for the congregation itself.
There are countless examples that we find in the Old Testament to show the way in which God the Creator—through Abraham, Isaac or Joseph—directed and manifested Himself to the people.
The days that came afterward were no different. Instead, those who came later on were Moses, Joshua, Gideon, Samson, Deborah and many other judges, prophets or kings, who undertook the mission of ruling over, leading or directing the chosen ones by God.
In the New Testament, we also find that things were the same because the Lord our God chose Peter to preside over the Ministry before the Jews, while at the same time, He did exactly just that with Paul, so he would perform the same work before the Gentiles.
With regard to this, Paul the apostle shared to following in 1 Timothy chapter 2:
7 for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle—I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying—a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
And delving into this matter even further, chapter 2 of Galatians teaches:
7 But on the contrary, when they saw that the gospel for the uncircumcised had been committed to me, as the gospel for the circumcised was to Peter 8 (for He who worked effectively in Peter for the apostleship to the circumcised also worked effectively in me toward the Gentiles)
The existence of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers is clear, as in effect there were at that time. So much so that in churches like the one in Corinth, the Scripture states that they didn’t come short in no spiritual gift. Nonetheless, there was a always person who stood out, someone to whom God had called to lead the people.
The same happens in our days. God’s manifestation is complete in Church. The Holy Spirit leads it. We believe and live the same foundation of the apostles, the prophets and other ministries. But among them all—just as He has done since the beginning—God chose someone. He did so Himself. He chose the heart of someone to lead or direct the destination of the Church. This calling was entrusted by the Most High God to Sister Maria Luisa Piraquive, the Servant of the Lord.
There are many examples of God’s calling. For example, when the Lord told Abraham to leave his home, to leave his parent’s land behind, and to walk the path that He would show him. Genesis 12 bears account of this experience and the way in which the patriarch did not doubt Him for a second and obeyed the voice of God.
1 Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. 2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” 4 So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.
Later on, in 1 Samuel 3, we see the wonderful and persisting way in which God made a calling Samuel the prophet.
4 That the Lord called Samuel. And he answered, “Here I am!” 5 So he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” And he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” And he went and lay down. 6 Then the Lord called yet again, “Samuel!” So Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” He answered, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” 7 (Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, nor was the word of the Lord yet revealed to him.) 8 And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. So he arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you did call me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord had called the boy. 9 Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and it shall be, if He calls you, that you must say, ‘Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10 Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.” 11 Then the Lord said to Samuel: “Behold, I will do something in Israel at which both ears of everyone who hears it will tingle.
Or just as the word of God was revealed to Jeremiah the prophet, according to the book that bears his name, in chapter 1:
4 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
In fact, when Paul the apostle was telling king Agrippa the experience he had during his first encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ, he stated that he was not disobedient to the vision through which he was called, and he paid immediate heed by responding to God, “What do You want me to do?” He rendered an account of these events in Acts 26:
19 Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, 20 but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance.
Therefore, thanks to the existence of that calling of the Most High God; thanks to the fact that the powerful God chooses His Manservant or Maidservant is that God supports that person, and therefore, God’s prosperity, blessings and as well as the growth of the Church become indubitable.
The Existence of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit
The Bible as the Written Word of God
Existence and Value of the Ministry Called and Chosen by God
The Role of Women in the Church
A Universal Church for All
Baptism in Water
Baptism with the Holy Spirit
Spiritual Gifts and Laying on of Hands
The Gift of Prophecy
Change of Life
Resurrection, not Reincarnation
The Blessing of Eternal Life