According to the KJV New Testament Greek Lexicon, the name Junia is defined as follows:
Junia = "youthful"
She was a Christian woman at Rome, mentioned by Paul as one of his kinsfolk and fellow prisoners.
Lastly, the Greek word for apostle, as defined in Romans 16:7, means one sent forth. Strong's Complete Bible Dictionary defines the word apostle as follows:
an abassador of the Gospel; officially a commissioner of Christ, messenger.
Therefore, we conclude then that Junia was a youthful Christian woman who was an apostle, an ambassador of the Gospel, a commissioner of Christ, a messenger.
In some modern translations, an "s" has been added (Junias) because the translators were so sure a woman could not be an apostle, that they wrongly assumed a copyist has accidentally dropped the "s." However the proper male ending would have been "ius," not "ias." No church commentator before the Middle Ages ever questioned that Junia was both a woman and an apostle.
We have Priscilla -Acts 18:26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.
Priscilla and her husband Aquila are often mentioned with great respect by Paul. Together they were pastors of a church in Ephesus, and were responsible for teaching the full gospel to Apollos. We are informed that they both taught Apollos, and pastored the church together.
Then we have Euodia and Syntyche in Philippians 4:2-3
2I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord.
3And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.
Here are two women who were "true yokefellow" and who labored with Paul for the advancement of the gospel to help bring some heaven to earth.
If you study the Bible you will find women in positions of leadership all through it, there were women who the Lord made leaders, prophetesses, evangelists, judges, etc.,
If Paul expected women not to speak in the church, why did the Lord cause him to give us
1 Corinthians 11:5, "But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven."
You see how religious programming has been brought into our churches. There are no contradictions in the Bible if you don’t understand something keep studying until the Holy Spirit teaches you.
When Paul wrote to Timothy about this sort of thing, Again, it is important to understand the context in which the letter was written. In I Timothy, we find that many heresies and false teachings were running about.
I think it be safe to draw the conclusion here that many of the proponents and victims of the false teachings may have been women.
Timothy was a pastor in Ephesus, where goddess worship played a large part in Paul dealing so severely with the women there. Ephesus was a primary center of the worship of Diana or Artemis if you recall. It was filled with witchcraft and occultism. The heresies being taught might have suggested that women were authoritative over men and had higher access to spiritual knowledge than men did. Because that same spirit is doing that today in places where witches gather, its part of that false movement the feminist are trying to feed us, its on TV shows. In the 50 and 60’s father knew best. Now fathers are portrayed as lower then grasshoppers on TV.
Please keep in mind that many of Paul's epistles dealt with local problems because they still are applicable today or the Lord would not have put them in the Bible for us to have.
In the early church the Lord Jesus would call and ordain anyone He chose, Believer did not question it because if Jesus said it, He meant it—and that settled it!
The Bible mentions a prophetess named Anna who was in the Temple when Jesus was brought there as a baby. In (Luke 2:25-35), and she was one of two people who recognized Jesus as the Messiah there because she must have been sensitive to the Holy Spirit leading her as we should be.
It seems that Paul's writings are sometimes misunderstood today because some theologians and others simply did not understand some thing’s. So they made something up to compensate for their lack of knowledge the way some church teach the gifts have past away to make up for the fact nothing much is happening with them. Well the Bible says you must believe for something to happen. Mark 16.15-20
The Holy Spirit is the one who is suppose to be teaching us what we need to know. Luke 12: 12 For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.
John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
How does this effect my salvation? If your name is written in the Lambs book of life, you continue to be a doer of the Word. Better to listen to the Word of God and read your Bible then trust in the ideas some one has about it. That is why we use so many Scriptures when we teach and preach here. My opinion does not much matter, What the Lord said is life or death.
So we must rely on the Holy Spirit, that comes to teach us and we also have the testimony of the Scripture to interpret how we are to apply these things to our everyday lives.
Scripture should always be compared with other Scripture, out of the mouth of more then one witness, that is why the Lord gave us the 4 Gospel of Matthew, Luke, Mark and John. So we can keep it all in context as we consider and mediate on the Word.
In Paul's day just like today, there were those who tried to twist the meaning his words. Because some of his letter’s contain things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people tend to distort, as they do other Scriptures. We need to pray the find the truth.
2 Peter 3:16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
Many people try and twist the Scriptures, seeking a way to make them fit some opinion they hold, hoping somehow to give it some Biblical authority to their peculiar prejudices, instead of allowing the Lord to say what He means.
Such distortion of Scripture has generated a plethora of cults and heresies yesterday and today. Which helps explain the mess we the church find ourselves in today.
This was essentially Christ's view of the Pharisees. We find that in Matthew 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
So for those who have ears to hear and eyes to see let us come to the conclusion that the Bible plainly says women can be called and hold any positions of the five-fold offices of apostle, prophet, pastor, evangelist and teacher.
If you want to argue about take it before the Lord and let Him deal with you.
My job is to feed you with the Word of God. This is what the Bible says.
Has anyone ever wondered why those churches in certain denominations will go ahead and allow women to go to foreign mission fields and teach heathen men, but will not allow the "heathen" men here at home to be taught by the same women!
Reminds me of how I was treated when I first started playing in churches. The Leadership would say, we recognize your gift of music and evangelism, but your music attracts the wrong type of people to our church so go and be warm and prosper somewhere else.
You see how religious spirits can mess with the church, the bottom line just treat everyone with the same respect you would want to be treated with.
Those men from Churches that insist on excluding women from serving in the ministries are most often the ones who are not yet spirit- filled, they are not really walking in the Spirit and having any signs and wonders follow them. No one is getting healed in their churches by the Holy Spirit because they won’t welcome Him in. These are the same pastors who fall into pornography and yucky stuff like that, because they been programmed and taught to see women after the flesh just viewing her in a sexual way, not walking after the Spirit and seeing her heart and her calling.
The Lord tells us in His Word that we are not to look at one another with regard to our sex, race, class or culture, but rather we are to see one another through spiritual eyes as brothers and sister.
2 Corinthians 5:16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.
17Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
18And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
21For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
Papa God wants to use any person who will submit to His Holy Spirit, regardless of that person's sex or capabilities. We are a new creature in Christ and can do all things through Christ who gives us the strength and ability to do it.
Instead of seeing things as rules for our flesh or rules for our spirit, just come together here and discern when to apply the appropriate Scriptures and keep walking in Christ love.
2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
THE FIVE-FOLD MINISTRY
It is the Lord who calls men and women to His ministry. He does not call special people, because what He does for one He will do for another. Because He loves all His kids and we are all special to Him.
He does not want anyone to perish and end up in the wrong place and He does everything He can to help you make the right choices.
We are called to salvation; then as we start to walk in obedience to Him, He calls for us to be baptized in His Holy Spirit. As we continue to obey and follow Him, He then may choose us to serve Him in a full-time ministry. It is really His decision. He once told me when I tried to tell Him I was quite happy just being an artist and musician that I was part of the 5 fold ministry whether I liked it or not.
It seems Papa God chooses people for the ministry out of those who have walked in some obedience to His other calls. He desires that all follow, but it makes sense that He would only choose those who are obedient. Even when they goof up like Moses and King David, still they had a heart to obey.
The men and women who answer this call on their life are set in the ministry by the Lord Himself. Man's ordination from some cemetery of higher learning does not qualify them, only the ordination of Papa God does.
People are like sheep and they will recognize those who are truly called by the Lord. They will recognize those He empowers with His anointing and power which cannot be denied. Because we do not all operate in the same gifting’s and some of those gifts of the Holy Spirit are healing and miracles as Papa God decides.
Jeremiah 3:15 And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.
Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
This tell us the Lord will appoint and give you a gift of someone to be to be an apostles a (special messengers), some prophets (inspired preachers with words of knowledge and those who are able to explain the Bible to you and expound on it), some evangelists (preachers of the Gospel, like traveling missionaries), some pastors (shepherds of His flock) and teachers to help you get all the tools you need to maneuver through this world in this life.
Ephesians 4 :12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
It’s the Lord’s intention to do this is for the perfecting and the equipping of the saints for His consecrated people, so we can do the work of ministering and building up Christ's body (the church).
We are doing this until we all begin to attain oneness in the faith and in the comprehension of the full and accurate knowledge of the Son of God; That we finally one day realize how much the Lord really loves us.
1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
The Lord has some really big plans for you here, your job is just to submit to God.
So lets take on the harder questions now.
If Jesus wanted women to minister, how come all His disciples were men? Jesus had many women disciples which included people like Mary and Martha in John 11:1-4, you will find a number of references. Mary and Martha, along with their brother Lazarus were among Jesus' closest friends). Keeping in mind Jesus had many other women followers as well.
1And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him,
2And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,
3And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.
The Scripture makes it clear there were many women following Jesus.
In Matthew 12:49-50. Jesus motions to the crowds that followed him and said, "Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother" (Matthew 12:49-50).
In John 4:1-42, there is that Samaritan woman who leads a large population of her community to Jesus.
So Why didn't Jesus choose any women to be among His twelve original apostles? Probably for the same reason when I was traveling with my band it was all guys. Because it would not be wisdom for men and women to be travelling about together when many of them were single with the original twelve he picked. Also, I think it may have to do with the twelve apostles fulfilling a "type and shadow" of the twelve patriarchs, so they had to be men.
Revelation 21:1212And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
13On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.
14And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
But somewhere soon after the twelve Apostles came our sister Junia in a apostolic role which can not be denied.
The Lord Jesus always showed a great deal of respect for women and children so we need to as well. In the culture of Jesus' day, women and children were often considered a "lower class" so to speak, and not worth paying serious attention to. Like in many places in the Middle East today.
However, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the Revolutionary he was, repeatedly broke those goofy rules right in front of those who made them.
Which even surprised and annoyed those closest to Him like when he said let the little children come to me after the Apostles tried to prevent the children from bothering Jesus.
WOMAN, THOU ART LOOSED!
I pray that this teaching will encourage you that we are called to be like Jesus whether you are an Adam or Madam Adam, Male or female.
No matter who we are in the Lord, we will be held responsible and stand alone for how we treated others and how we either hindered or helped the cause of Christ on Earth.
Just because we have believed something our whole life, or because some denomination or culture taught us so, it doesn't mean it is correct.
The Bible is the final word and authority here. If you have a problem with seeing women in the pulpit, or in any position of leadership, we pray that you will prayerfully seek the Lord with an open heart on this issue.
In conclusion, let us read the following promise from the prophet Joel. This prophesy was initially fulfilled at Pentecost, and as we draw closer to the End, we can expect to see it fulfilled in even greater measures.
Acts 2:17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
18And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
19And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
20The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come:
21And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
In Hebrews 5:12-14 “For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil”.
This is our great need to discern good from evil, we need to recognize the lies and false programming we been fed over the years. Its time we exchange every lie for Papa God truth for the Bible is the final word.
These are unclean spirits of religion, control with is witchcraft and manipulation and deception, and if you want to be free please pray with along me.
Please repeat after me if you are ready to get rid of this evil spirit that has been holding you down and disturbing your life such a long time.
Papa God, I renounce in my generations all the way back to Adam and I repent and renounce in my life for fellowshipping with any spirits of religion, control and manipulation, and spirits of deception and witchcraft, For either trying to control others or feeling controlled and manipulated by others. I renounce and repent in my life for all involvement with any of these unclean spirit that tried to hinder the work of the Holy Spirit in my life or in my generations on both sides of my family all the way back to Adam.
I repent now, I turn away from all spirits of condemnation and gossip and murmuring; for any and all blame towards You my God, my self, and all others; for spirits of bitterness with all its underlings.
For any offense, rebellion, programming, and a personality of accusation.
For prefabricated personality, by comparing myself to others, and going into competition and the replaying of ungodly thoughts.
For Suspicion, judging others, misunderstanding, racism, envy and jealousy.
For any spirits of unworthiness, shame, guilt, feelings of isolation, division making, self-pity, fear, lying and perfectionism.
For all Torment thoughts I allowed in and entertained, I repent of all Luciferian Spirits and I command them all to go now in Jesus name.
I thank you Papa God for your forgiveness and I choose to receive it. I choose to walk in freedom this day In Jesus of Nazareth’s name. Amen
Just receive this now as I pray for you.
In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I take authority over all the works of the enemy and I bind and break its powers. I cancel the assignment of every stinking spirit of religion, control and manipulation, and spirits of deception and witchcraft.
I bind all judgment and criticism, all condemnation, all gossip and murmuring. I bind and break the powers of all spirits that would try and use you that would come against you through the mouths of other people. That would try and speak accusation and criticisms in your life.
It is written, “No weapon formed against you shall prosper and every tongue that rises against you in judgment you shall condemn for this is the heritage of the servants of the Lord! Their righteousness is of me saith the Lord.”
I take authority over self-accusation where we accuse ourselves, feeling we’ve not done enough, or not done it well enough. I command every stinking evil spirit of religion and control and manipulation, guilt, shame, condemnation, false burden bearing, false responsibility, people pleasing, and drivenness to go right now into the dry place in the all mighty and all powerful name of my Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
I have been given authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions and over all the powers of the enemy and nothing will by any means harm us. The word of God is clear that we have as children of God been given the fruit of the spirit which is love, joy, and peace in the Holy Ghost. And this is what we are willing to walk in from this day forward. Be released now in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Amen.
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