Apostolic Doctrine Comes From Heaven
The Jews therefore marveled, saying, ‘How is it that this man has learning, when he has never studied?’ So Jesus answered them, ‘My teaching is not mine, but His who sent me.” John 7:15-16 ESV
The Taylor translation says, “How can He know so much when He’s never been to our schools?”
The Jews were astonished at Jesus’ ability to teach seeing He had never received a theological education. Jesus replied that His doctrine came from His Father who sent Him. A true “sent one” is taught by the Sender. Apostles teach by revelation (see yesterday’s blog).
The apostle Paul received his revelation directly from the Lord. He was not taught his gospel by man, but from the Lord. However, he did go up to Jerusalem to speak with the others called to be apostles and spoke with them about his revelations checking with others that his teachings would be in line with the “apostles’ doctrines.”
As a result, I believe that those who are called to this ministry must relate to others also called to be apostles and be constantly checking any and all teachings with them – especially any teaching of a “fresh revelation” from the Lord.
Apostles have the ability to preach and teach revelation from the Scriptures that cannot be learned in schools. I am not referring to extra-biblical revelation, but revelation from the written Word of God. Apostles have the ability to cause people to see things in the Scriptures by the Spirit of revelation (Ephesians 1:17). This ability comes with apostolic grace as a result of being called, mentored, commissioned and sent.