Apostles – a Gift From Jesus

The Bible states that “He (Jesus) gave some to be apostles.” Ephesians 4:11

Jesus is the One who calls, commissions, constructs, and sends those who are called to be apostles. Jesus knows that they are the Master Builders and that they are needed to build His Church today. Jesus does not delegate this responsibility to anyone; He does it Himself. Today, they are many who call themselves apostles; they commissioned themselves, but the signs of a true apostle do not follow them. They take advantage of the people who are less knowledgeable and whose hearts are pure. Their actions shame the Gospel of the Kingdom. Because of this, many people are skeptical and even refuse to have anything to do with apostles and the apostolic movement.

Even true apostles often refuse to become known with the apostolic movement out of fear of being judged by the people and especially other leaders and compared or associated with those who are false apostles or, as Paul records, super-apostles. However, in spite of the problems inherent in introducing something new to the Church – there are still many true apostles who love God and His people and are working hard with little recognition so that the Kingdom continues to expand and grow. These apostles are genuinely sent by Jesus to build and edity the Body of Christ. These men are a blessing for God’s people because they do not follow their personal agendas – they are following the plan and purpose of God for His Church and their ministry and their agenda is simply to edidy the Kingdom and the Church.

The apostle’s call is a personal one in which God speaks directly into the spirit of the man through different means: His Word, the inner witness in his spirit; dreams, a personal visitation from Jesus; or any other way God might choose. This sense of his calling is then confirmed by prophetic words received through seasoned and mature prophetic voices – apostles and prophets who come into contact with the person. Afterwards, this calling is recognized and confirmed by spiritually mature men who know the man and are themselves leaders in the Church and connected to a local church. The call to be an apostle must also be confirmed by other men who are already functioning in the calling of an apostle. These men are sent by the Holy Spirit to validate the calling that is on the apostle and to encourage him during his time of training.

An example of this is Paul the apostle. Jesus separated and commissioned him to be an apostle. Paul received the revelation of his ministry in Damascus, and after 14 years, he went to Jerusalem where he found the other apostles who validated his ministry. He writes (Galatians 2:1-2): “Then after an interval of fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along also. It was because of a revelation that I went up; and I submitted to them the gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but [I did so] in private to those who were of reputation, for fear that I might be running, or had run, in vain.”

Paul was commissioned by Jesus, but he still waited for the other apostles to validate his ministry and the revelation he had received directly from God; he did this because he was in submission to the other apostles. Regretfully today, there are many ‘apostles’ who answer to no one; they do what they want, how they want it, and in the end, they abuse their position and the people.

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