Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Ministry of An Apostle

 Scripture: Ephesians 4 v 11 - 15: "And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

12  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13  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 fulness of Christ: 
14  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:"

An Apostle is a "sent one" i.e. one who is sent by God and chosen before the foundation of the world.  Ephesians 1 v 1 and 4: "Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:  4  According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:"

In fact we are all chosen to serve God in whatever capacity He chooses for us, but we need to discover our spiritual talent and use it for His Kingdom.  We must grow past the place where only ordained ministers are spiritually endowed.

An Apostle is one who knows Jesus Christ and has unshakable faith in Him.  Jesus was the Great Apostle and those He appoints will be just like Him, healing the sick, casting out demons, raising the dead, bringing revelations to the Church.  They must be able to fulfil all the callings of God - evangelist, prophet, pastor, teacher whenever needed.

They must live a life above reproach and be ready to deal with error in the churches they visit.  They are church planters and have oversight of all the churches they have started.  They are responsible for the spiritual health of the members.

In Paul's letters he is seen correcting the mistakes churches get themselves into.  He told the Corinthians that it was good they had the gift of tongues but that the whole meeting should not exclusively be in tongues.  The meetings should have proper structure, and messages in tongues should be allowed three times as long as there was one present who had the gift of interpreting tongues so that all would be edified.  

Paul told the Galatians that they were accursed because they had left their spiritual life in Christ to return to the Jewish law by keeping Sabbaths and Feasts, circumcision, and other traditions.  He explained fully that they had departed from truth back into error.  

Galatians 2 v 14 - 16: "But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?
15  We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles,
16  Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified."

There are many thousands of Christians who need this rebuke today who have departed from the true gospel back to following the Jewish law.  One man I tried hard to return to the faith he once had in Jesus, informed me that only those who were truly enlightened would understand salvation under the law.  He did not think I was enlightened enough to grasp it.

This man and his wife had been on a spiritual retreat with me for 21 days and during one of our times of prayer Jesus had appeared in our midst.  He did not speak but gave us such peace and blessing.  A few weeks later this couple were confronted by hijackers and he took five bullets in his upper body, and lived by the grace of God.  Now they live under the Jewish law, carry guns for protection and have bodyguards.  

An Apostle has thorough knowledge of the whole Bible. He is able to strengthen the Church through ministry of the Word and should also be flowing in the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  Paul had extraordinary abilities to be able to discern and judge improper conduct in far off places.  1 Corinthians 5 v 3: "For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed."

God knew His people, both Jews and Christians would need helpers with supernatural powers to guide them through the minefield of sin on this planet.  He sent people like Abraham, Moses, Samuel, David, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Daniel, the Apostles, and Jesus Himself to deliver us and lead us back to safety.  These were hand-picked and anointed with godly power to achieve what they were sent to do.

As the end of this world system under Antichrist draws to a close, the Lord will raise up many in the full power of the Holy Spirit to fuel the last world revival in which at least half the people alive today will be saved.  God will pour out the Holy Spirit on all flesh and we will see mighty miracles of healing, deliverance and conversion.  

There will be Apostles working among us, but beware of false apostles and false prophets, who the enemy will send in to bring disruption and confusion.  He knows he has just a short time before he is cast into the abyss and he will work at furious speed to maliciously deceive whoever he can.

There are false prophets and false apostles, wolves in sheep's clothing, already sowing false teachings in the churches.  Most people cannot believe that these well known leaders are not what they seem.  Check everything with Jesus and ask Him to show you who are His and who are not.  

Do not follow the broad way that leads to destruction, rather choose the narrow way that leads to life.  Jesus said that only a few people find it. 

Matthew 7 v 13 - 15: "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 
14  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
15  Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves."

Jesus and the Apostles knew we would have a rough time before the end comes and gave us all these wise guidelines and instructions.  If we are not following them by now we need to make changes to ensure we are bringing forth truth, and living that truth ourselves.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Jesus and all those who have been a great blessing to the Church since the beginning.  Pour out the Holy Spirit upon us and upon those appointed to be Apostles, and let the wolves in sheep's clothing be revealed.  We are longing for the sound of the trumpet to start the revival, the heavenly rain filled with spiritual blessings, which will be the final great harvest.  In Jesus' name. Amen.