of the Holy Spirit 2
The Ministry of
Pastor John Hamel
“Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is
given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion
of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; OR HE THAT EXHORTETH, ON
EXHORTATION: he that giveth, let him do it with
simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he
that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.” (Romans
We are studying the Ministries of the Holy Spirit.
To date we have used Ephesians and First
Corinthians 12:28 as teaching texts.
We will now change Scripture texts and use Paul’s listing to
the Romans. This is because he lists Ministries here that are
not mentioned in his other listings to the Ephesians and the Corinthians.
Here in Paul’s letter to the Romans he mentions
“prophecy.” This is clearly a reference to the Office of the Prophet
as well as the simple Gift of Prophecy.
In verse seven Paul refers to “ministry.” This is clearly
a reference to all Ministry offices. The words “minister” and
“ministry” are used in a general sense throughout the New Testament.
We have previously covered all Five-Fold Ministry Offices, so
we will not take further time here, other than to say that all Ministers
should “wait” on their Ministry. This means to slow down, take the
time to prepare yourself through the written Word of God and to be sure to
get the Holy Spirit’s plan and purpose for your particular calling.
There are many full
time Ministers who are doing their own thing for Jesus and are completely
out of God’s perfect will for their lives. This means that all who follow and support them are out of God’s perfect
will as well. (Romans 12:2)
Paul also makes specific reference to the “teaching” office in
verse seven of our text. This is because Teachers must be ever so
watchful to present accurate doctrine to those who receive from them.
In verse eight Paul refers to “he that exhorteth.”
The Ministry of Exhortation will be the subject of this entire lesson.
Paul also refers to “he that giveth”
in verse eight. The Ministry of Giving
will be the subject of our next lesson.
Paul then moves on to “he that ruleth.”
Ruling, of course, is synonymous with the Apostle and the Pastor who rule,
govern and steer the Body. We have seen this in previous lessons.
Finally Paul refers to “he that showeth
mercy.” The Ministry of Mercy would come under the Ministry of Helps.
We will not have a separate lesson on this but we will say that those who
are involved in the Ministry of Mercy would be those who visit the sick,
the infirmed, the elderly, the confined, etc. These individuals have
a special grace to be cheerful, sympathetic and knowledgeable of God’s
compassionate love nature, His Word and His will.
There are actually two different Greek words being used to
describe the Exhorter in our text Scripture. One is the Greek word
for “exhorteth,” which is “parakaleo.” It means
“to call near, to invite, to invoke, imploration, consolation, beseech and
The other is the Greek word for “exhortation,” which is “paraklesis.”
It means “imploration, consolation and entreaty.” I believe that this
is because the Exhorter has two primary jobs to perform. Let us look
at them separately.
Exhorter Calls the Lost to Salvation in Christ
There is a burning in the heart of the Exhorter to call, to
invite and to invoke (summon) the lost to Jesus. Granted, this desire
is in the heart of every Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and
However, the Apostle Paul makes it clear that the Ministry
of the Exhorter is an actual office that stands apart from these other
Five-Fold Ministry Offices. One can be an Exhorter who stands in a
Five-Fold Ministry Office, while another can be an Exhorter who does
Either way, the Greek word “parakaleo” describes the
Exhorter best. This is because they so strongly desire to plead with
the lost to come to Jesus and to come to Jesus now.
Although Evangelists can be Exhorters, an Exhorter is not an
Evangelist unless the Power Gifts accompany their Ministry. This is clearly
explained in our study on “The Evangelist.”
In that lesson I refer to a great man of God who has led untold millions to
Jesus in recent decades. Yet, the Power Gifts, the Gift of Faith, Gifts of Healings and the Working of Miracles, do not follow this
wonderful Brother’s preaching. Although this individual is known
worldwide as an “Evangelist,” I respectfully submit to you, according to
the written Word of God, that he is not an Evangelist because miracles and healings do not
accompany his preaching.
Let me reiterate, this individual is a wonderful man of
God. I would consider myself fortunate to stand before the Judgment
Seat of Christ and be rewarded for bringing as many souls into the Kingdom
as he has. He is a true man of God, an example of a true Christian
and a tremendously powerful Exhorter.
However, he is not a New Testament
Evangelist because Gifts of Healings and the Working of Miracles (Power
Gifts) do not accompany his preaching.
God is a God of love and a God of mercy. He understands that some individuals do not
believe that miracles and supernatural healings are still for today.
(Hebrews 13:8) He understands people’s skepticism and fear of the
So, in His great love and mercy, rather than allowing
people who are afraid of the signs that follow the Evangelist to go to
Hell, He has designed an office specifically to reach them. This is
the office of the Exhorter.
Jesus died for people who are skeptical of the supernatural,
too. Jesus died for people who have no faith for miracles, too.
Jesus wants them saved at all costs, too. (2Peter 3:9)
This is why
the Bible does not say, “Whoever shall believe that miracles and healings
are still for today and calls upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Rather, the Bible says, “Whoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans
You miss out on God’s best when you reject miracles and
healings. But just because unregenerate human beings reject miracles
does not mean that Creator God will reject them.
No one ever went to Hell for rejecting miracles and healings. People go
to Hell for rejecting Jesus. (John 3:15-17; )
The office of the Exhorter is unique because the Exhorter can
go where Evangelists cannot go. Traditional Churches reject the
Evangelist’s miracles but welcome with open arms the office of the
Exhorter. What does it matter if traditional people call the
“Exhorter” an “Evangelist”? They are mistaken and the Word of God
proves that out.
Let us just cooperate with getting as many people into Heaven as we can and let the Holy Spirit correct everyone
when we get there. Exhorters can go into traditional Churches and get
multitudes of people saved without anyone coming away complaining that
The world cannot be saved without the Office of the Evangelist
but neither can it be saved without the Ministry of the Exhorter. How
wonderful that our God is not so firm fisted that He would reject
individuals who reject His miracles. He just makes a special way to
bring them in as well. That’s our loving Father!
& Exhorters Alike Must Develop a Prayer Life
"Who hath heard such a thing? who
hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? FOR AS SOON AS ZION TRAVAILED, SHE
BROUGHT FORTH HER CHILDREN." (Isaiah 66:8)
Zion has two meanings in
this verse, a physical meaning and a spiritual meaning. Isaiah is
referring to the remnant of physical Israel that will remain
in the Earth after the Tribulation period. (Zechariah 12:10-13:1; Matthew
He is also referring spiritually to the New Testament
Church. We know this because the Apostle Paul called the New
Testament Church, “MountSion” (actually Zion). (Hebrews
So, we see from Isaiah’s prophecy that spiritual babies will
not be brought into the Kingdom of God unless the Church
travails in prayer.
Evangelists and Exhorters, in particular, can increase or decrease their
effectiveness in bringing people to Christ through prayer or the lack
thereof. They will have rewards given or taken away when they stand
before the Judgment Seat of Christ based upon how
effectively they fulfilled their calling during their probationary period on the Earth. (Romans 14:10-12;
1Corinthians 3:9-15; 2Corinthians 5:9-11)
Prayer, consecrated, believing prayer determines how many or
how few the Exhorter or the Evangelist are able to persuade to come to
Christ. Prayer increases the Anointing. Lack of prayer
decreases the Anointing.
The wise and powerful Exhorter and Evangelist
make much of both prayer and Holy Spirit led fasting.
Exhorter Comforts & Encourages the Body
"And Joses, who by the apostles
was surnamed BARNABAS, (WHICH IS, BEING INTERPRETED, THE SON OF
CONSOLATION,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus, Having land, sold it,
and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles' feet." (Acts
Joses was given the surname “Barnabas”
which means “the son of consolation.”
The Greek word for
“consolation” used here is “paraklesis.” This is the second definition of the
word “exhortation” that I referred to earlier. “Paraklesis” differs from “parakaleo”
(to call near, invite, invoke) in that “paraklesis” means “to bring
solace, comfort and consolation”. This is the second job of the
The Exhorter not only invites individuals to come to Christ,
the Exhorter also brings encouragement and comfort to the Body of
Apparently Barnabas was so recognized for his anointing in
this area that it rendered his name being changed to “the Son of
Consolation” which is actually “the Son of Exhortation.”
Barnabas is another classic New Testament example of an
individual being so faithful in one area that he was promoted to the
highest of all offices. Barnabas actually became both a Prophet and
an Apostle. (Acts 13:1; )
was so effective as an encourager and comforter
that he was actually able to cause the Apostles to accept Saul of Tarsus
after his conversion when they were so completely skeptical of him. (Acts
Although Barnabas and Paul did have their differences, they
managed to form a Ministry partnership producing tremendous results. (Acts ; ; 13:1-15:35)
They locked horns over some issues to where they became temporarily separated
from one another. (Acts 15:36-41) That's not all that unusual.
When God makes Apostles and Prophets, He doesn't unmake human beings.
They remained friends and were ultimately reconciled. (1Corinthians
It's possible to disagree without being a disagreeable ... well,
you get my point.
You do not have to be perfect to stand in the Ministry of the
Exhorter, or the Offices of Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor or
Teacher. You just have to be willing to admit when you are wrong and keep
moving forward, yielding to your Gifts.
As I said, when God makes a
Minister, He does not unmake a man or a woman. Ministers must learn
to live with their humanity, repent and apologize when wrong and move
forward constantly. (Romans 11:29)
Exhorters are wonderfully gifted of the Holy Spirit to stir up
the faith of Believers, to encourage and
to bring great comfort to them. Exhorters can minister to local congregations
as well as to individuals.
Some Exhorters are gifted of the Holy Spirit to minister to the
Body through music and the Word of God. These individuals must take
extra care to never attempt to stand in the Office of the Pastor through
pride. Just because you are gifted in one area, does not mean you are
gifted in all areas.
Just because carnal people have a tendency to
exalt individuals with musical gifts that is no reason to believe that you
can Pastor your own congregation. You might be able to draw a few
dozen deceived individuals, put a building up and pave a parking lot with
the help of those who exalt you, but this does not make you a Pastor.
You could die prematurely for pulling such a prideful, carnal, unscriptural
stunt. Many have.
Pastors are called and anointed of the Holy
Spirit, not of man. If this happens to be you, you would do well to
read “The Ministry of Helps”
in this series of web studies. It could save your very life or the
life of someone you love.
Other Exhorters are able to stir up the Body without music but
the end result is always the same. Believers are edified, encouraged,
comforted and stirred to faith. Musical and non-musical Exhorters can
also have Utterance and/or Revelation Gifts following their Ministry to
the Body. These Gifts are covered in detail under “Holy Spirit: 9
Spiritual Gifts ” at our JHM Online Bible Training Centre.
Although the actual Ministry of the “Exhorter” or the “Ministry
of Exhortation” is only listed as a Ministry Gift in Romans 12:8, it is of
no less importance than any of the other Ministry Gifts that are listed
more frequently elsewhere. It is different, yes, but it is a
powerful, unique and necessary Ministry that easily adapts to its
environment and is well able to stand on its own two feet.
If you are called to this Ministry, you are a blessed
individual, indeed. We have a dear friend who is called to the
Ministry of the Exhorter. Words cannot express how the Lord has
supernaturally used her in our lives and always at just the right time.
The actual Ministry
of the “Exhorter” may only be listed once in the New Testament, but the
word “exhortation” is used approximately two dozen times in the New