When you think about tools, like the old TV show, Home Improvement, and the show within the show called, Tool Time. It was all about building a life really. We often think it can be easy to build things. But, that's not always true.
You can't build anything without tools. A carpeneter, or someone who works with wood, knows that you must have tools. A carpenter needs to have a hammer, a tape measure, a square, nails, saw, the basics. Whatever the budget a carpenter must have tools in his toolbox in order to build things.
Jesus, we know, was the son of Mary, whose husband, Joseph was a carpenter. The Nazarenes considered him the son of a carpenter.
- Mark 6:3
A carpenter, from the Bible translates the word carpenter as a day laborer. This could mean, anything from ditch digging, to building a house. Jesus, then would have had some tools, to build whatever he needed to build.
Once he began His ministry he began building something different, a spiritual building, the church.
- Matthew 16:18
Of course, He needed some tools to lay out the foundation and the building of the church.
What was the tools that He used? Of course, it was His apostles.
Paul was a Tool in the Lord's Tool Chest
His tools for laying out of the foundation of the church was the apostles. And, their tool was the witness of the resurrection of Christ.
- Romans 1:1-5
Paul was a servant of Jesus Christ. He was a called apostle. Meaning, he was called out.
An apostle is one who was sent as a messenger under the authority of another. They were given the message and authority to bound and loose on earth. [Matthew 18:18]
- Acts 9:15-16
Ananias was told that Paul was a chosen vessel, a tool, an implement. Christ chose Paul to carry His gospel to the Gentile world.
- Acts 26:16-17
Paul became an apostle directly selected by the resurrected savior for a specific purpose. It was the same purpose that Christ came for.
- Luke 4:18-19
This was the purpose of all of the apostles, to spread the gospel through all the world.
- Acts 26:18
To open their eyes, to turn them from darkness to light. Paul and the rest of the apostles did their work, going out and establishing the church in the first century.
Once they completed their work, they were no longer needed.
Christians are Tools in the Lord's Tool Chest
Paul, in Romans 1, points out his function. In verse 7 we see that we too, are called to saints. Thus, Christians are tools in the Lord's tool chest.
- Romans 1:7
- Romans 1:6
They were called, by the gospel, to answer the call to be saints.
- 2 Thessalonians 2:14
Roman Christians, too were to be tools in the Lord's tool chest. And, as such, Christians today are also called to be tools, to spread the gospel to the world.
All Christians, are called, set apart, santified to be saints.
Different Types of Tools in the Lord's Tool Chest
There are different types of tools, different functions, in the Lord's tool chest.
Tools of Apostles, and Prophesy
All of these compose the body of Christ. The first two tools, are only for the apostolic age. The apostles, were to lay the foundation of the church. And, they were givent he aiblity to perform gifts. The apostles could pass the gift to others during that time. They didn't have the full complete revelation of God, they relied on the inspiration of God.
All the apostles could prophesy, but not all who were prophets were apostles.
We no longer need these two gifts.
- 1 Corinthians 13:8-10
Prophecies were to cease, tongues and knowledge, these spiritual gifts were given then, but they were to vanish away.
Once the Word of God, was fully revealed to them, and the Word was made known, those tools would no longer be needed.
Thus, today, we have the completed Word of God, the Bible. Today, we have those reveal the proclamation of the gospel, through the Word. All Christians are commanded to proclaim the gospel.
- Matthew 28:18-20
Tools of Evangelism
The apostles were sent to teach them, to baptize them, and to teach them more, so that they too can go forth teaching them to do the same. Therefore, the great commission is a command that Christians today must also follow.
We're all to be evangelist, preaching and proclaiming the gospel.
Tools of Teaching
- 2 Timothy 2:2
All Christians are responsible to be teachers. We can teach family and friends. Women can teach children, other women, and older women are to teach younger women.
- Titus 2:3-6
- Deuternomy 6:4-9
Tools of Deacons
- 1 Timothy 3:1-7
- 1 Timothy 3:8-11
All Christian men and women should strive to have the qualities of a deacon, and a deacon's wife.
Tools of Elders
- Acts 20:28
Christian men should strive to have the attributes of an elder.
All of these qualities should seek to possess these characteristics in their lives. And, while Timothy, and Titus deal with specific roles, other places in the New Testament bear out these characteristics for all Christians, in that the way we live our lives should be a reflection of Christ.
Three Conditions of the Lord's Tools
Useful - Christians can remain useful, by honing and lubricating our lives through study and application of our world.
- 2 Timothy 2:15
- 2 Timothy 2;15
- 2 Timothy 3:16-17
When we aren't allowing ourselves to be used for the Lord's tools, we become rusty, and we have to exercise our lives to remove the rust.
When tools get left laying around, they can get lost. When Christians are to be useful and productive tools in Christ's toolbox.
- Romans 1:6-7
- Luke 9:23
- Acts 20:28
We can only do that when we submit our lives completely to God's will. To be a tool in Christ's tool chest, we must follow Him.
We are called, by the gospel into Christ's church. We become a member of Christ's church when we are baptized, believing in JEsus, and confessing His name repending of His sins..
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