Any In The Office Of The Apostle Today?

Any In The Office Of The Apostle Today?

Any In The Office Of The Apostle Today?

It’s a good day that the Lord has made so we must rejoice and be glad in it. Father God in obedience to your word, I ask that you guide my thoughts to deliver only what will edify your people so all glory will go to you and remain yours in Jesus Name, Amen.

This is one of those very controversial topics amongst the people of God. But that does not mean the truth should not be told just because someone might get offended, ignorantly I must add.

The debate on if there are still Apostles in this day and age will never cease until the Lord Jesus shows up for His own. Yet, the truth is that anyone with a teachable spirit will easily discover the truth and realign himself to it if they were previously wrong.

The question is “Are there real Apostles alive Today?”

To answer that question we need to search the scriptures to find out who exactly is an Apostle.

There are those who claim to be apostles by their own word. Others claim it by showing their signs, wonders and miracles. This so-called signs and wonders movement is part of an effort to restore what they understand to be the five-fold ministry described in Ephesians 4:11. The proliferators of the movement claim that these dynamics are what is necessary for the church to have power. In actuality, those who lay claim to this ministry today are operating under a misunderstanding of apostles of the Bible. The Lord confirmed His signs to the Apostles’ words to show a transition of authority from Israel and its priesthood to the Apostles who were laying down the foundation for the church, a new entity. This unique anointing testified to Israel and to the gentiles a new order of leadership, the demonstration of spiritual authority was transferred to the church Christ body. Becoming aware of what the Bible says about this office in the early church can help us guard against misleading teachings in the church today.

The spiritual gift of apostleship is most times confused with the office of the Apostle.  I will first of all do a preamble then go deeper into the scriptures for answers. The office of the Apostle was held by a limited number of men chosen by Jesus including the twelve disciples “And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him. And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils:” Mark 3:13-15 and Paul “Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,” Romans 1:1 at least you now his story. His appointment to the Office of an Apostle was unique and unparalleled in that he was chosen for a specific first century task (Acts 9:15; 22:14-15; 26:16-18; 1 Corinthians 15:8-9; Galatians 1:11-12,15-16). The Lord Jesus Christ selected him to introduce the message of Christianity to the Gentile world (Romans 11:13; 15:16; Galatians 2:8; Ephesians 3:8). Paul was careful to document the fact that his apostleship was by divine appointment (e.g., Romans 1:5; 1 Corinthians 1:1; Galatians 1:1, 16).

The requirements for the office of an Apostle included being a faithful eyewitness of Jesus’ ministry and His resurrection (Acts 1:21-22; 1 Corinthians 9:1) and being personally called by Jesus (Galatians 1:1).  The Apostles were given authority by Jesus to do many different things to establish the church, including writing Scripture and performing miracles (John 14:26, 2 Peter 3:15-16, 2 Corinthians 12:12). All of these must be complete. If you claim to have been called by Jesus, did you see Him live, did you witness His ministry or did you write any part of the scriptures? The Apostles were largely responsible for making the New Testament available—first in oral form and, more specifically, in written form (1 Corinthians 14:37; Galatians 1:12; Ephesians 3:3-4; 1 Thessalonians 5:27; 2 Thessalonians 2:15; 3:14; 1 Peter 1:12; 2 Peter 1:12-21; 3:15-16).

 

You may regard this as mere semantics but the truth is there are no more people that occupy the Office of an Apostle today, for there is NO NEED for it, but the gift of Apostleship continues in a different sense.  I’ll explain. Jesus gave five gifts to the church, it was a gift meant to be utilized to build up the new born babe then called The Church. He gave Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers at His ascension (Ephesians 4:7-12), and these represent a distinct category of Apostles.  They do not have the authority to write Scripture as the original Apostles did.  They also have a different purpose in the sense of establishing the church – the foundation has already been set.

But look at Mark 3:13-14 “And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him. And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach” The scripture says that Jesus first “…calleth unto him whom he would…” then He “…ordained twelve…” the ones He called. These ones were already ordained Apostles while The Lord was still here physically. Even in Acts 1:21-22, it was the word ORDAIN that was used when they were looking for a replacement for Judas. There is a big difference in being ORDAINED and receiving a GIFT of Ephesians 4:7-12

 

I can never over emphasize this. Three qualifications were specific to the unique character of the Office of an Apostle.

  1. They were eyewitnesses of Jesus’ resurrection, having seen the risen Lord.
  2. They were called directly by Christ, personally, to that office
  3. They were directly and personally trained for their labor and office by the Lord Himself.

All the three elements were necessary.

The mission for those with the Gift of Apostleship Today is to plant new ministries and churches, go into places where the Gospel is not preached, reach across cultures to establish churches in challenging environments.

Missionaries, church planters, certain Christian scholars and institutional leaders, and those leading multiple ministries or churches often have the gift of apostleship.  See also I Corinthians 12:28, Acts 1:21-22, 1 Corinthians 9:1.

God Bless you

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