When looking at the ministry of an apostle the things that he accomplishes in the Name of the Lord should bear witness that they truly are called, have been commissioned, and are sent.
Jesus said, “But I have a greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father has given me to finish, the same works that I do, BEAR WITNESS of me, that the FATHER HAS SENT ME.” John 5:36
Anyone can stand up and say, “I am an apostle; I have been sent by God.” And many are doing just that today. But, as Jesus warned us, there are many false apostles out there deceiving many believers. Paul even talks about false apostles in his letters to the Corinthian church and mentions (tongue in cheek) that some are “super apostles.” (2 Corinthians 11:5, 13)
True apostles have works that bear witness to the fact they have been sent. These can be called apostolic works. These works arise out of a tried and tested ministry of a man who has been called by God and then discipled, trained, eqipped, and mentored by apostles. This calling and maturity (especially the man’s character) is then recognized by the elders of a local church and, with the help of other five-fold ministers, the man is then commissioned and released into his calling.
So, as an apostle ministers others really do have a right to examine the fruit of his life and ministry … Looking at how many churches have been planted, how many sons and daughters have been birthed and mentored, and how many miracles have been seen in their ministry.
In other words, the works will speak for an apostle. The works will testify that this one has been sent. The purpose of apostleship is to accomplish and do “greater works” (John 14:12) in the earth, not to walk around with titles. Jesus pointed to His works as verification that He was sent and He is the Chief Apostle (Hebrews 3:1). Apostles are “sent ones” and their works will bear witness to this fact.