x330......The "hidden" apostolic command

In our day and age it seems as if we do not have apostles in the church. Many would argue that we do not live in the "apostolic age". But the Bible strongly disagrees with his idea. Gods plan to build the Body of Christ has always worked thorough people who functioned under the apostolic anointing--always has and always will.

One of the keys to understanding this is to realize that the word "apostle" is not a title for someone to bear--but rather a function--an action for someone to do. The word "apostle" (along with 4 of the 5 ministry gifts) was left in the Greek language--because the Bible was originally translated in an era when titles were important to people. In the same way that the word "Christ" was left as Jesus "title" We find it very important and helpful to translate this into the anointing --the anointed One--since this the is the English meaning.

The same can be said of the words used the describe the ministry actions.


this is the definition of the word "apostle"

 

apostolov apostolos {ap-os'-tol-os} n m

------ apostle 78, messenger 2, he that is sent 1; 81

1) a delegate, messenger, one sent forth with orders

1a) specifically applied to the twelve apostles of Christ

1b) in a broader sense applied to other eminent Christian teachers

1b1) of Barnabas 1b2) of Timothy and Silvanus


It probably would best be translated as a "messenger" in English.

However, the root word of "apostle" is found in he Bible many more times--and is most often translated as "send" or "sent". Below is the meaning of this world--


apostellw apostello {ap-os-tel'-lo} v

------send 110, send forth 15, send away 4, send out 2, misc 2; 133

1) to order (one) to go to a place appointed

2) to send away, dismiss

2a) to allow one to depart, that he may be in a state of liberty

2b) to order one to depart, send off

2c) to drive away


The word "send" is used 84 times in the new testament, and is quite often the word "apostello" in Greek. When we study these scriptures you will see that Jesus clearly called all believers to be "sent forth" to do the work of apostles in the earth--not just the believers of His day but us too!! (see entry)

Jesus called Himself an apostle.........

Mt 11:10 For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.

so does the Bible text--

Heb 3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;

Mr 3:14 And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach,

Mr 6:7 And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;

Mr 11:3 And if any man say unto you, Why do ye this? say ye that the Lord hath need of him; and straightway he will send him hither.

Mr 13:27 And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.

Lu 10:3 Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.

Lu 24:49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

Joh 11:42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.

Joh 13:20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

Joh 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

Joh 17:8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

Joh 17:18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.

Joh 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

Joh 17:23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

Joh 17:25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.

Joh 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

Ac 3:20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:


We see that the early church sent (apostelo) many men to do the work of apostles.......

Ac 11:13 And he shewed us how he had seen an angel in his house, which stood and said unto him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter;

Ac 15:22 Then pleased it the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren:

Ac 22:21 And he said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles.

Ac 26:17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,

Php 2:25 Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants.

When we see this repeated throughout the new testament we can clearly see there is a strong "apostolic" calling--John 17 is the chapter of the Bible in which Jesus said clearly that all those who believe are called to do the work of apostles. Whether or not we realize this--God has always worked this way--of course when we come to realize this --perhaps we will be able to function and operate the church in the way that the Bible tells us.

What we are always saying through this minstry is simply this: The Christian church is not far into error--we are very very close to the fullness and glory that the Lord desires. All Christian churches go forth and witness the Gospel, feed the poor, pray for the sick and needy--BUT ONLY TO A DEGREE! We are tied to church tradition which tells us that most of us are disqualified from "real ministry". That most of us need endless teaching from our leaders--and the most we can do is support them with our money. This keeps apostleship as a far away title that the "saints" of the church attained to in the past--and not the operational day-to-day plan of the church (as it was in the Bible). We are simply urging the church to a higher calling--to a greater degree of ministry--to a greater degree of functioning in God---for all. To change the church from it's dark ages tradition of man's authority and submission to man--to freedom and release and real operation--apostleship is what it's all about.