An Apostolic Understanding – Part Thirty-three

The apostles in the New Testament were not limited to the twelve Jesus first chose as leaders

The original twelve apostles formed the prototype of this gift, but as the Church expanded, more apostles were added. Jesus called others to this role in the Church He was building. The New Testament identifies a number of additional apostles

Acts 1:26 Matthias is added to replace Judas

Acts 14:14 Paul and Barnabas are both identified as apostles

Apollos – 1 Corinthians 4:6, 9
Andronicus and Junia – Romans 16:7 // Junia was a woman
James – the half brother of Jesus – Galatians 1:19
Silvanus and Timothy – 1 Thessalonians 1:1 and 2:6
Epaphroditus – Philippians 2:25

The gift of apostle was not intended to die out with the passing of the original twelve. God was continually adding new apostles. God is continuing to add apostles to His Church in every nation today.

As you come to understand the function of an apostle, you will see that apostles are always needed of the Church is to operate as God intended

Personal comment and observation:

Something people have noted recently is that my preaching / teaching has changed. Not the content as that has always been seriously biblical. But the way I am preaching. Something has changed in these specific places and yet apparently not in other churches or locations

I have also noticed that in these specific places I sense and experience a freedom that is not there in many other locations where I minister regularly

Yet, the content of the teaching is the same
It is the delivery and the results that are different
The moving of the Spirit is very different and more powerful
The anointing on the words is more powerful
The way people are changing is amazing

I have also discovered that the places where this is happening are the places I am drawn to and where I seriously enjoy ministering. I leave these places enriched, more alive, full … not drained and empty. I sense more life and enthusiasm within myself as a result of having ministered. I am experiencing “spirit and life” (John 6:63) and come away from them more alive and “full.”

It has taken me six months to figure out why this has happened and continues to happen. These places see me as an apostle and accept me as one – thus they allow the apostolic call and anointing to be released. Other places simply see me as a ‘pastor’ or ‘teacher’ or as “Ralph’ and thus release what they receive…

Matthew 10:41 “The one who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and the one who receives a righteous person because he is a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward.”

They receive me as an apostle to their work and ministry, their church and region (area) and thus receive an apostle’s anointing. And this frees me to be me … an apostle. I am, of course, drawn to give more time and effort to where my gifts and calling are welcomed, received, and released.