As we continue to look at the ministry of the apostle today in the Church that Jesus is building we see that Apostles are Ambassadors of Christ. Of course the Bible states that all born again believers and true disciples of Jesus are ambassadors of the Kingdom and the King.
Now then we are ambassadors for Christ,… 2 Corinthians 5:20
But, apostles are also seen as and minister as ambassadors to the nations as their name implies. The word “apostle” is taken from the Greek word apostolos meaning an ambassador of the Gospel, officially a commissioner of Christ. It literally means, “he that is sent.”
An ambassador is defined as an official envoy, a diplomatic agent of a foreign government or sovereign as the resident representative of his own government or sovereign (Webster).
This gives us an idea of the authority apostles carry as ambassadors of Christ. They have authority to speak and represent the Kingdom of heaven while ministering on the earth. An ambassador carries the rank necessary to carry out a commission with authority. This authority and rank is official.
The spirit realm must recognize this authority because it is official. To be official means legal, right, AUTHORITATIVE.
Demons don’t recognize unofficial authority. The apostle as an ambassador has official authority and rank to penetrate darkness and represent heaven on earth.
They have official license from heaven to preach and teach with authority the message committed to them by the Lord.
As a result, apostles are sent ones. The Bible states,
“And how can they preach, except they be sent?…” (Romans 10:15)
Again, all true disciples of the Lord are sent because the Great Commission states that we are “to go into all the world and make disciples…” (Matthew 28:19). But apostles are specifically chosen by God as the lead “sent ones;” the pioneers who lead the way into areas where the Gospel of the Kingdom has never been preached. In other words, all true disciples and all five-fold ministers are sent by God including prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers.
However, the word apostle by definition means a sent one.. They have the authority and power of the Sender.
Apostles are sent forth by the Holy Spirit (Acts 13:4). Jesus called His twelve disciples and gave them power (Matthew 10:1). After He sent the twelve, they were called “apostles” (Matthew 10:2). They were sent to preach the gospel, heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, and cast out devils (Matthew 10:8).
As sent ones, they have the ability to judge correctly (John 8:16). They preach the basic doctrines of the Christian faith laying foundations (John 7:15-17; Acts 2:42; Ephesians 2:20). Their works (planting churches, laying foundation, pioneering, etc.) bear witness that they are sent from the Father (John 5:36). They are sent into certain cities, regions and nations to pioneer the Gospel and raise up the Church that Jesus is building.
Because they are “first” and are planting the Gospel and raising up the Church these churches will be apostolic in nature and thus the people of these new works will be, right from the start, apostolic. These new works being planted will be filled with disciples who will take the Great Commission to “seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10) seriously and will be actively engaged in carrying the message of the Kingdom further into unreached territory. Apostles will raise up apostolic people who will then, in turn, be ambassadors. Sent ones!