An apostle is a special messenger that is sent to the churches. In fact, the word apostle actually means messenger. There are a few reasons that they are considered special.
1. They have a special message. The apostle is given a revelation that no other gifting receives. They receive a total revelation of the mystery of Christ. The prophet also receives this mystery but only in part. (Ephesians 3:1-5, Matthew 13:11). It is this revelation that establishes the boundaries of the Christian Faith. (Acts 2:42).
2. They are given a special anointing of authority. They have power to ensure that the word of God is installed appropriately and that the Body of Christ stays true to the commandment of Jesus Christ.
(See 2 Corinthians 13: 1-3 & 10, Acts 5:1-12, 1 Corinthians 5:3-5, 2 Corinthians 10:1-11, 3 John 1:9-10, Galationas 1:8-9)
3. The anointing of signs and wonders to vindicate their message.
(See 2 Corinthians 12:12, Acts 2:43, Acts 4:33)
4. They walk in a measure of all the gifts. This gives them the ability to raise all the gifts in the body of Christ through word and demonstration. (See 1 Corinthians 3:10)
5. They are given the revelation on how the church should function. Thus, it was the apostle that answered questions and dealt with issues that were beyond a Pastor’s wisdom.
(See 1 Corinthians, Acts 4:35, 1 Timothy 5:3-16)
6. They must demonstrate in a great way the suffering that the life of a saint entails for righteousness sake, so that by their suffering the saints may have boldness in their sufferings. (See 1 Corinthians 4:9-13, 2 Corinthians 11:23-29, 2 Corinthians 7:4, Philippians 1:14)
The apostles of the scripture went from place to place installing churches, raising up gifts and setting them over those churches. They protected Christ’s intent for the Body of Christ. Do you see the need for apostles today? I certainly do.
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