APOSTLE---[Special messenger] [1.]
Diversity flowing in complete and utter unity.
Obviously, then we are told by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, through Paul that the same pattern is wanted for us: -
Diversity flowing in complete and utter unity.
God has given gifts to men - the five-fold ministry to express that idea perfectly.
For the sake of clarity, let’s look at some definitions, which can be tested by checking in the Scriptures.
CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY WITH INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM/FUNCTION
INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM OF FUNCTION WITH CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY
Meets effectiveness needs
The seal of an Apostle is fathered sons [bringing the four ministries, and the believers of all descriptions to spiritual maturity]
.....For you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.
[1 Corinthians 9:2]
The signs of an Apostle are
I know a man who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven.
[2 Corinthians 12:12]
To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations
[2 Corinthians 12:7]
The Apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders among the people.
*What an Apostle does
 and appoint elders in every town [Titus 1:5]
 Can also be an elder
To the elders among you I appeal as a fellow elder
[1 Peter 5:1]
 Teaches Apostles doctrine
They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching
 Takes captive false doctrine .....so that you may command certain men not to teach false doctrines any longer nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies
[1 Timothy 1:3]
 Rebukes/corrects the rebellious
This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, so they will be sound in the faith.....
 Is gentle with the flock
We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labour prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ
[1 Thessalonians 1:7]
***An Apostle is only ever described as `special messenger'. [See Apostle definition in the Amplified Bible]. There is absolutely no mention of `I will set myself above'!
How do we define special messenger? We look at what the situation was with regard to the Apostles in Jesus time.
The function of special messenger is rooted in years of intimate knowledge, dearly bought experience, and intensive training. Implied in this function is the commission to witness by the Holy Spirit, whose witness it is, by word and sign, to the risen Jesus Christ and His completed Work. The essential quality displayed is the one `did not think that Glory was something to be grasped, but made Himself as nothing `to redeem mankind’.'
These qualities will be evident in the life of the Minister who is now called by the Holy Spirit to be an Apostle in a particular area. He will be called to be, and do these things in that area.
***[a] The motivation gift of the Apostle is to coordinate the activities of others for the achievement of common goals. A gift; which gives direction by working with and through others.
***[b] The Apostle has the gift of `maintaining' the church by making things easier for others.
***[c] The Apostle helps the body define, and carry out its goals, and tasks by enabling direction and support. A gift; which has the capability to see the overall picture, and to clarify long-range goals.
***[d] Has a drive to complete the task, and understands how to delegate, and who will do the job well. The Apostle has their fulfillment in seeing all the pieces coming together; and knowing that others enjoy the finished product.
***[e] The Apostle has a desire and call to move on to a new challenge when the last one is completed.
***[f] The Apostle is specially commissioned by God to:
Found churches through the preaching of the Gospel:
Bring revelation from God to His people:
Give decisions in matters pertaining to doctrine & government:
* Edify the saints & distribute the gifts.
* The Apostle has deep understanding of God’s Covenants and who is able to impart this understanding to believers.
* Spiritually & geographically the Apostle’s sphere is vast - being sent by God to exercise gifts of ministry in different places, wherever the Holy Spirit leads.
* The Apostle has a special zeal for the cause of God's people.
“When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before God in heaven.”
***The Apostle has the ability to sense the overall problems, and survey the needs of the people.
I set out during the night with a few men. I had not told anyone what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem. .....so I went up the valley by night, examining the wall. Finally I turned back and re-entered through the Valley Gate.
[Nehemiah 2:12, 15]
***The Apostle knows that he cannot do the work alone; and that he needs the other ministries to complete the work.
The officials did not know where I had gone or what I was doing, because as yet I had said nothing to the Jews or the priests or nobles or officials or any others who would be doing the work. Then I said to them, "You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace." I also told them about the gracious hand of my God upon me and what the king had said to me.
***The Apostle has a sense of timing, and knows the length of time required to achieve the completion of a project.
Then the king, with the queen sitting beside him, asked me, "How long will your journey take, and when will you get back?" It pleased the king to send me so I set a time.
***The Apostle has the ability to organize both human and material resources.
And may I have a letter to Asaph, keeper of the king's forest, so he will give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel by the temple and for the city wall and for the residence I will occupy?" And because the gracious hand of God was upon me, the king granted my requests
***The Apostle is able to handle and proceed under opposition.
When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews,..... After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, "Don't be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight.......
***The Apostle is strong enough spiritually to deal with disorder in the ministries.
When I heard their outcry and these charges, I was very angry. I pondered them in my mind and then accused the nobles and officials. I told them, "You are exacting usury from your own countrymen!" So I continued, "What you are doing is not right. Shouldn't you walk in fear of God........?
***The Apostle has the gift to lighten burdens for others, and is not a personal burden themselves.
.....But out of reverence for God I did not act like that. Instead, I devoted myself to the work on this wall.....
***The Apostle has the gift of delegating authority, and can sense the best person for a specific function.
After the wall had been rebuilt and I had set the doors in place, the gatekeepers and the singers and the Levites were appointed. I put in charge of Jerusalem my brother Hanani, along with Hananiah the commander of the citadel, because he was a man of integrity and feared God more than most men do.
***The Apostle has first function or input in the Church universal; and thus are a foundation ministry. An Apostle is a wise master builder who is called to lay a foundation that other ministries are able to build upon.
By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each should be careful how he builds.
[1 Corinthians 3:10].
[to be continued]
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August 17th 2016