Apostles are Here Today
“Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” ~ Ephesians 4:13
This verse clearly tells us that all five-fold ministry will be given until we advance and arrive at oneness of faith and mature manhood and stature in Christ. If we honestly look at the condition of the Church today, we can obviously see that we have not yet arrived.
Five-fold Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers are all needed today if we are to come to this place of maturity; and God, by His grace, is giving us these ministers to fulfill this purpose.
As stated previously, there is no substitute for the apostle. The prophet, evangelist, pastor or teacher cannot do what the apostle can do. Each gift is needed and has a unique purpose. They are
not optional. God gave them to us because we need them all.
In fact, we need them TODAY more than ever. We need a mature Church that is effective and efficient at fulfilling the mandate the Lord gave to us to “go into all the world and make disciples” (Matthew 28:19). So, today more than ever, we need the full five-fold ministry beginning with the apostles. If we plan to come “unto the measure of the stature of Christ” today, then we need apostles “today”.
We needed them yesterday, we need them TODAY, and we will need them TOMORROW until we “come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4)
Apostles are Given for the Perfecting of the Saints
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry… Ephesians 4:12
To perfect means to equip. The saints need apostolic ministry to be equipped for service. The saints cannot be perfected without the ministry of the apostle.
When and where apostolic ministry is lacking, the saints will be lacking in their ability to do the work of the ministry. The apostle, along with the prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher, Each have a part in this “perfecting” process. Following the death of the early apostles, the church went into apostasy and tradition because of the lack of mentoring the next generation of apostles and prophets who would then prepare the full five-fold ministry for the work they are to do was a team within the Kingdom. As a result, the ministry was relegated to the clergy.
God, in this hour, is releasing all believers to do the work of the ministry. This began with the restoration of the truth of “the priesthood of all believers” that came through the ministry of Martin Luther and the REFORMATION. All believers can do the works of Jesus (John 14:12).
Apostles help to perfect (equip) believers – true disciples – to move in the supernatural power and the gifts of the Holy Spirit so that they can be sent out to “seek and save the lost as Jesus did.” (Luke 19:10).
Ministries are birthed and disciples are raised up as effective and powerful ministers of the Gospel as a result of apostolic ministry. Believers are released to preach the gospel, heal the sick, raise the dead, and cast out demons through apostolic ministry (Matthew 10:1-8).
Apostles are key to the future effectiveness of the Church and the expansion of the Kingdom into every people group in every nation.