Let’s look today at the first part of “The Apostolic Manifestation”…
THE APOSTOLIC MANIFESTATION – An Apostolic Church
Prophets can lead churches to be prophetic. Evangelists can equip the church to be evangelistic. Pastors can prepare the church to be pastoral, and teachers can train the church to be teaching others also. The church will never be without spot or wrinkle, she will never be holy and blameless, without the apostolic impartation and ministry.
The apostle is not limited to tunnel vision. He sees the plan of God. He is the master builder, and his sphere includes the releasing of all five equipping ministries. The apostolic church is prophetic, evangelistic, pastoral and teaching. The apostolic church also has revelation of the mission and motivation to go forth extending the kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
Jesus is the Pattern Son, a prototype for many sons. The apostolic church is a prototype for the restoration of God’s kingdom dominion in every phase of life, in every place in the earth. Here are seven marks of a prototype people:
1. A GOVERNING PEOPLE
Governing people rule within their God-given sphere of authority and responsibility. Beginning with their own personal lives and extending to their families, their lifestyle is to become overcoming and victorious. They are to know their measure of rule and, under the discipline of the Holy Spirit, walk in the steps ordered for them by God. They glorify the Father within their earth realm by accomplishing the work He ordained before hand, that they should walk in (Ephesians 2:10). Some have been called to priestly roles, others to kingly roles within the kingdom of priests and kings. Whatever our role, whatever our sphere, we are to develop our dominion in faith, and by the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
2. A WARRING PEOPLE
“Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12)
Ruling spirits over principalities will be unseated as ruling elders are established in in each apostolic sphere. People will be set free from the powers of darkness, and the world system will be delivered from the spiritual forces of wickedness, as the sons of God extend their measures of rule. God’s kingdom is coming on the earth as it is in heaven through the intercessions and faithful obedience of the body of Christ. Equipped with authority over all the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19) and with the anointing to preach, the people of God will go forth saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:17)
3. A TRANS-GENERATIONAL PEOPLE
Children, young men and fathers (I John 2:12-14) are all parts of today’s church. Older women are exhorted to encourage the younger women (Titus 2:3-5). Paul, spiritual father to Timothy, reminds him, “Let no one look down on your youthfulness.” (I Timothy 4:12).
We are to:
Train up a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6).
Trained in the way of faith, there is no departing. You must be a part of something before you can depart. Children are part of the church of tomorrow, but foremost are parts of the church today. A widow indeed, who has been left alone, has fixed her hope on God, is cared for by the church (I Timothy 5:3-16).
All members of all ages are being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies (Ephesians 4:16).
The apostolic church is a trans-generational people, a chosen generation (I Peter 2:9), in service to this generation, and preparing for the next.