The Corporate Armor: God's Design for the Victorious Church
Jacquie Tyre's latest book,
The Corporate Armor: God's Design for the Victorious Church
On a flight across the Pacific Ocean, I suddenly heard the Lord say, “I want to talk with you about the armor of God.” What I heard next from Holy Spirit was something I had never thought or heard before.
“Since the letter to the Ephesians is a corporate book to the church in Ephesus, why is the armor always taught as for individuals? Should it not be understood for the corporate body as well?”
Now that got my attention!
For the last several years, I have meditated, prayed, studied, researched, inquired, pondered and waited to get clear direction and confirmation that this was a valid and needful revelation.
The first time I taught this in our local kingdom center, something amazing happened. The corporate armor was activated and we moved into a new place of enjoying the corporate protection of the Lord as a body and as individuals. Let me share this with you!
I always find it encouraging to watch individuals mature in their walk with God and a revelation of His ways. It stretches and inspires me to do likewise, providing a reminder that when it comes to spiritual growth, one never “arrives.” Jacquie Tyre is striking this chord for me once again.
Ceci and I have known Jacquie for 20 or more years—we’ll just leave the number there so as not to hint at the true ages of our incredibly young-looking appearances. Our mutual involvement in the prayer movement of the past couple of decades produced many opportunities to interact and work together. This provided a front-row seat as Holy Spirit performed His maturation process in us. For years I knew Jacquie was a strong intercessor and passionate worshipper; then, I was able to hear her balanced, in-depth teaching. Even more recently,
I’ve watched her move in strong prophetic and apostolic graces. Jacquie is very well-rounded and diverse in her spiritual gifting.
And now, thankfully, she is writing.
When I first heard Jacquie relate a small portion of the revelation you’re about to read, I distinctly remember thinking, “Where did that come from? I’ve not heard those insights before. I actually stated that it needed to be in a book, to which she smiled and responded, “I’m working on it.”
And here it is.
Biblical truth, like many subjects, foods, and even the earth, exists in layers that must be uncovered and explored in order to discover all of its many facets. As an example, I recall my math-learning days. Just when I thought I had the subject mastered—I could add, subtract, multiply and divide with the best of them—torturous teachers cruelly introduced me to the “layers” of algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus. Actually “torture” is too nice a word to describe that process of discovery.
In the culinary world, the onion provides us with layer after layer of savory seasoning. Miners search for the strata of earth that hide the precious gems and metals they seek. I have no desire to revisit the different levels of math, but I love savoring a perfectly seasoned steak and enjoy the beauty of a sparkling diamond.
I also find it exciting and “delicious” when someone explores a familiar biblical truth, and seasons my life with another layer of its application and instruction. Jeremiah said, “Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of my heart,” (Jeremiah 15:16). Since God and His word are one, I’m sure we will never exhaust all of the Bible’s riches. Someone told me recently they were informed by a rabbi that every Hebrew word (the language of scripture) has layer after layer of meanings—dozens of them. That would mean we’d better keep digging!
The excitement I experience from fresh revelation of God’s word is precisely what Jacquie’s book, The Corporate Armor of God, has produced in me. Though I have been fully expecting Holy Spirit to shine more light on the five anointings of Christ in Ephesians 4:11 (Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, and Teacher), I am nonetheless thrilled to see it happening. We must mature in our understanding of these gifts to the church, and we are.
Jacquie’s revelation that these five functions and benefits are linked with our spiritual armor—and provide corporate armor—is beyond fascinating; it is profound. Read it. Peel off another layer and throw it in the stew. It’ll taste better!
As a young boy, I was always fascinated by the unique accents, expressions and idioms of America’s different regions. Unlike some, I never thought of the statements, many of which are grammatically incorrect, as being ignorant or inappropriate. I saw them as interesting, humorous and, at times, clever ways of expressing a region’s individuality and style. In the same way, I don’t see the tension in the five gifts of Ephesians 4:11 as competitive, nor one emphasis as being right and the others wrong. I see these anointings as different flavors of Christ, all of them important if we are to manifest the sweet savor of His knowledge to the world (2 Corinthians 2:14-15). We, the body of Christ, must be seasoned by all of them.
One of the humorous colloquialisms I heard as a kid that has stuck with me over the years was spoken by a hard-working, salt-of-the-earth man from the hills of Kentucky. He had invited my family to join his for a meal. Anyone familiar with Kentucky knows they have their own version of the English language! I’ve always loved the color and flavor it provides, even if at times I need an interpreter! This hard-working, generous man, after giving thanks for the food, looked at those of us around the table and said, “Dig in and go to takin’ out.”
And we ate. I mean, we ate! What a feast!
Though Jacquie has “proper” grammar—to her utter shame—the phrase is still appropriate for this feast of words: Dig in and go to takin’ out!
I promise ya’ll, you’ll want seconds.