The Twelve Days of Christmas – Day Eight

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, eight maids a’milking…
Because the Church is feminine – the Bride of Christ - the eight maids can be understood to represent the Body of Christ in the Unity of the Spirit, as described in Ephesians chapter 4:
I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men” (Ephesians 4:1-8 NKJV).
There is:
  • One Body of Christ
  • One Spirit
  • One Hope of your calling
  • One Lord
  • One Faith
  • One Baptism
  • One God and Father of all
  • One Gift of Grace
And in this light, the activity of the eight maids a’milking represents the working of the five-fold ministry of the church, plus the three-fold benefit for the Body of Christ through the ministry:
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,  for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-13 NKJV).
 The five-fold gifts of ministry are:
  • Apostolic
  • Prophetic
  • Evangelical
  • Pastoral
  • Teaching
The three-fold benefits for the Church are:
  • Equipping for ministry
  • Edifying of the Body of Christ
  • The Unity of the Faith and Knowledge of the Son of God
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