The Biblical Signs of an Apostle – Part Seven
Another sign of a genuine apostle is that he is a Master Builder of the Kingdom of God. Paul writes: “According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation and another builds upon it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it.” (1 Corinthians 3:10)
A master builder is one who is who is well trained, experienced, capable, and equipped in a science or an art; he designs the plans for buildings to be constructed. In the Kingdom of God, apostles are the designers or architects. They are passionate when it comes to building powerful ministries, churches, and networks (unions) according to biblical standards. Apostles are not satisfied with simply building a church or ministry; their greatest satisfaction comes when they build and extend the Kingdom of God and the Church. They know how to do it because God shows them the master plan and equips them in special ways to carry it out.
The Lord uses apostolic ministry to lay foundations and help govern the proper construction of His building — the Church. The Builder is the Lord, and the apostles are the architects He uses to construct the building. He reveals the plans for the local church to the master builder / apostle and so builds His Church upon revelation (Matthew 16:18) Wise master builders have the wisdom to lay a proper foundation and build upon it correctly. They have supernatural wisdom through the anointing to know when a house is constructed correctly or incorrectly. This ability is by grace.
They have grace from the Lord to be wise master builders. This is the apostles area of grace. How desperately the churches need this grace! The wise master builder knows the importance of the FOUNDATION. They know the strength of the house is determined by the foundation of the home.They minister foundational truths concerning salvation,holiness, deliverance, prayer, the Holy Spirit and many other foundational or basic apostolic truths and doctrines. They are the spiritual father (see the blog before this one) of the work and of many of those on the team helping him to build the Church in that location.
Paul writes: (Ephesians 2:20) “…[the Church is] built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone.” He writes as well, “I have laid the foundation, and another builds upon it“. (1 Corinthians 3:10) The “foundation” is a basis (as a tenet, principle, or axiom) upon which something stands or is supported. Apostolic ministry is first (1 Corinthians 12:28) because it lays foundation. You cannot build a building without first laying the foundation.
The Church is built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets (Ephesians 2:20). The correct foundation will determine whether the building will stand over a period of time. Attacks from the enemy, represented by rains, winds and floods (Matthew 7:27) will beat upon every house.The house without a proper foundation will not be able to stand. A house is a type of the church. A church without apostolic ministry as a part of its foundation will not stand under the attacks of the enemy. This is why there are so many weak, tottering churches that are coming apart at the seams; churches that are simply another form of religion. They are not founded upon the rock of revelation and are not blessed with an apostolic foundation and apostolic oversight.