KEY SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 4:8, 11 ” Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;”
In 1st Corinthians 12, we learnt about the nine a supernatural gifts of the Holy Ghost. We see in our key scripture another kind of gift. This time it is ministerial gifts.
A ministerial gift is a man or woman, who is divinely endued with abilities to function as an apostle, a prophet, an evangelist, a pastor and a teacher. Each office has its unique supernatural gifts that go with it.
The Bible says such men are gifts to the body of Christ that is the church. We would consider the office of an apostle into detail.
An apostle ranks first in the order of authority and impact of operation. The word apostle means one who has been sent with full power of attorney to act on behalf of another. He is sent to act on behalf of the Lord Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Ghost. An apostle is not called by man or made by man. No one also makes himself or herself an apostle. It is purely divinely appointed Galatians 1:1 Paul,an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)He is sent to do a work for the Lord and therefore must be fully submitted and subjected to the Lord Jesus.
Some people also claim there are no apostles in our times, and rather it ended with the apostles in the bible.God still raises apostles in our days. The apostle is different from the other four offices because he has the ability to function fully in any of the other offices. This is the reason the apostle is ranked first in the ministerial offices and not the prophet. Any person,whether a man or woman with an apostolic calling has the ability, the authority and the anointing to raise up a church without any outside help. He could also stay there establish a school and send them forth to go and play various roles in the body of Christ. He can also set up a governing board for the church.Titus 1:5 “For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee”:
In our day the title apostle has become common with one not having the gifts and divine authority that go with it. 2 Corinthians 12:12 ” Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds”.
I pray the church of God would be circumspect in the way we go about giving these titles or appointing ourselves into such offices.
I pray that in these last days the Spirit of God would raise more men and women with an apostolic grace to speedup the end time work of the church of God, in Jesus name I have prayed.
Acts 4:33 ” And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all”.
Acts 9:27. “But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus”.