Guest Thursday, Feb 17, 2022 @ 8:09 am
We teach that God has no such thing, today, as an Apostle.
From the Elder: The Old Church of God of the New Covenant that church people one can read about in the scriptures, 1 Cor. i:2- Gal. 1:13 the one Paul was placed in - we as a people of God are today built upon the foundation of those Apostles as we are told about in the scriptures Eph. 2:15-21- this church people is that people that God sent the New Covenant to as we read about in Jer. 31:31- Heb. 8:1-13. Why would anyone claim to be an apostle who was not? In the Early Church, it seems there were many individuals who deliberately claimed to be apostles because they understood the weight and influence that accompanied this title. Now is a good time to ask the so-called apostles where were you in this time of Covid- 19, Why did you not stop it? Death did come, in this very real time of trouble, where you were, and why did you not love like Jesus told us to and why did you not step up for the human race? If a person was an apostle — today they could give new scriptures, so we teach that we have all the scriptures we need for the salvation and work of Jesus in theat the Bible is completed as it is. the Greek word apostolos — they knew that this position held enormous authority and that those who carried this title could obtain leverage in the Church. Therefore, they coveted this title and intentionally claimed it as a way to gain control and exert power over God’s people. Men want power and men want money. This is why God told us all to begin under the all Christian all New Covenant at home with what He bless us with as 1 Timothy 5:5-8 tells us to. This would stop men from taking over the church people, because if you take away the money the false preacher will go somewhere else. “The church which is His Body” (Eph. 1:22, 23) is “built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets” (Eph. 2:20), referring to the grace of apostles and prophets (I Cor. 12:28, 29). This means that the work of an apostle was foundational in nature. If 2000 years later we are still laying the foundation of the Church, there is something seriously wrong! But we have no such thing as a Pope. There is no such person as Paul, Matthew, John, Luke, Mark or Peter or any of those who are the head of the Church today because Jesus is that Head, today, so we will not have anyone but Jesus as the Lord, Him as the only police over our salvation. The Bible has been completed. We should always beware of this. Pretentious self-promotion is a key disqualifier for the kind of leadership God blesses. In fact, the Lord Himself will resist the proud and self-seeking while giving grace, favor, and peace to those who humble themselves beneath His hand. Let’s do all we can to make sure our motives are in line with the characteristics that qualify the authentic and not disqualify the counterfeit ministers who never passed their tests in God’s scriptures of integrity. This we teach and preach as God’s people. (1) The Apostle refers to the Lord Jesus Christ (Hebrews 3:1). Jesus was sent from God the Father into the world to provide redemption for mankind. (2) Apostle refers to the twelve men who were chosen by Christ to lay the foundation of the church (Luke. 6:13-16; Ephesians 2:20). After Judas betrayed the Lord and hung himself, the eleven remaining Apostles selected a man to replace him (Acts 1:15-26). Later we find that Paul was selected directly by Christ to be an apostle (1 Corinthians 15:7-9; 2 Corinthians 12:11-12; Galatians 1:1). (3) Apostle refers to Christian workers in general (2 Co. 8:23; Ac. 14:14; Ph. 2:25). The Greek word translated “apostle” (apostolos) is also translated “messenger” and “minister, ” and is used to refer to Christian workers other than the Twelve. Christian workers were sent by the Lord from the churches to particular ministries. So, if you think you have apostolic authority today? Think again You just may want to check out the marks of Christ’s Twelve Apostles: Qualifications of the Twelve Apostles: (1) They were chosen personally by Christ (Luke. 6:13-16; Galatians 1:1). (2) There were only twelve of them, and their office, apart from the exception of Judas, was never passed on to others at their death (Luke 6:13-16; Acts 1:15-26; Revelation 21:14). When Judas committed suicide after betraying Jesus, the eleven remaining Apostles chose a replacement, bringing the number again to twelve. This reveals their understanding of the significance of that exact number. Later Paul was called by the Lord Jesus to be an Apostle (1 Corinthians 15:7-9), and it is possible that it was then that the matter of the replacement of Judas was settled from God’s viewpoint for all eternity. (3) They had literally, physically seen the resurrected Christ (Acts 1:22; 1 Corinthians 9:1; 15:7-9). (4) They received their message by direct revelation from God rather than being taught by men (Galatians 1:11- 12). (5) They had special signs to authenticate their message (2 Corinthians 12:12; Acts 2:43; 4:33; 5:12). They could also impart spiritual power and gifts to others (Acts 8:17-19; 2 Timothy 1:6). (6) They had the same authority as the Old Testament prophets (2 Peter 3:2). (7) They wrote Scripture (2 Peter 3:15, 16). One should ask oneself, Are there apostles in this special sense today? For the following reasons we know there are no Apostles today in the same sense as the twelve chosen by Christ in the early churches: did complete the scriptures. (1) No one today qualifies to be such an Apostle. We have seen the qualifications from the Scriptures, and no Christian today can meet all of those qualifications. (2) There were only twelve Apostles, and there will never be more than twelve throughout all eternity (Revelation 21:14). (3) The first Apostles were called to lay the foundation of the church (Ephesians 2:20). The foundation has been firmly laid, and those men, with their special authority, calling, and sign gifts, have passed off the scene. (4) No New Testament passage instructs churches to select or ordain Apostles–only pastors and deacons (1 Timothy 3; Titus 1). Is there a need for the office of Apostle today? Quite frankly, we do not need it, because we have the complete Word of God – The Bible! The Bible has everything we need for life and Godliness. Those who claim to be Apostles, with new authority are in violation of God’s Word. If you are one of those, please repent and trust in the finished work of Christ. Instead of looking to your own power, look to Jesus Christ instead. We believe that the Bible is the inerrant, inspired, infallible, and only authoritative Word of God. We believe that God cleanses His people (John 15:3), heals them (Ps. 107:20), creates new life in them (Isa. 55:10, 11), and brings them encouragement and hope through the ministry of His Word. That is why ours is a ministry of preaching and teaching the Scriptures. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe that all we are and do flows out of our vision of God. We believe that God is sovereign in salvation (Eph. 1:3-6), in ministry (Job 42:1; 2 Cor. 3:4-6) and over the lives of His people (Gen. 50:18-21). That is why we seek to bring to His people an exalted view of God. We believe in the virgin birth and the death of our Lord Jesus Christ – that He is fully God and fully man – in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death on the cross, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory. We believe that the resources of Christ are all of our hope in life, in relationships and in ministry. (Col. 1:27; John 15:5). That is the reason for our Christ-centered teaching. We believe in the totally lost condition of man by nature and his need for the new birth by the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit. We believe that salvation is the result of God’s sovereign grace and not of man’s free will (John 1:10-11; John 6:44; Eph. 1:3-6). We also believe that in all of life and ministry we are dependent on His working in and through us. That is why we are committed to seeking direction through prayer as the power in ministry. We believe in justification by faith apart from the works of the law (Rom. 3:21-23), and that sanctification is also a work of God’s grace as we walk in obedience before Him (Rom. 6:11-23; 8:12-14). That is why ours is a grace-dependent message. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling presence (John 14:15-17) the Christian is enabled to live a godly life and serve the Lord. We believe it is through the gifts of the Holy Spirit that God’s people serve and build up one another (1 Cor. 12-14; Rom. 12:1-8). That is why the work of the Spirit is a focus of our teaching. We believe in the imminent and bodily return of Christ, in the resurrection of the saved and the lost (1 Cor. 15:12-28; Rev. 20: 11-15) – the saved unto eternal life and the lost to eternal judgment. That is why we call people to repentance in our teaching. We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ (John 17:20-23) and in the validity of local bodies of believers called churches (as evidenced in the book of Acts and the letters to the churches). God has ordained that it is in churches where believers are to worship and fellowship and through which they may serve the Lord. That is why our ministry is committed to building up local churches, training pastors, encouraging church leaders, and advancing the work of churches through missions. Once the Bible was complete, however, “that which is perfect” came, and the gift of prophecy ceased (I Cor. 13:8-10). Once the gift of prophecy ceased, of course, there were no more apostles and prophets. Within the pages of His Word, God has said all that He needed to say. This is why He closed the Book by pronouncing a curse on any who would add to what was written therein (Rev. 22:18). So Are there Apostles today? No. Ephesians 2:19-21 says: "... Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord... " Notice, the foundation has already been laid by the apostles and prophets. We today are not re-laying the foundation today. With this in mind, it is not just wrong to call a man an apostle today, it is dangerous. Today no man can demonstrate “the signs of an apostle” (II Cor. 12:12), and no man can speak with the same authority as the written Word of God. If anything, Christians are ambassadors, yet let us not seek to take up this title either. Instead let us be humble and do the work of proclaiming the need of men to be reconciled to God, and leave aside the titles and the accompanying trappings. 2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore on Christ’s behalf, "BE RECONCILED TO GOD! " Here are some scriptural requirements for the Apostolic office; Physical eyewitnesses to a resurrected Christ. Ref: Acts 1:22 where the replacement of Judas among the twelve, was sought: "... beginning from the baptism of John to that day when He was taken up from us, one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection. And they proposed two: Joseph... and Matthias... " (See also Acts 10:39-41 and 1 Corinthians 15:7-8) Personal appointment by Christ. Ref: Galatians 1:1 "... Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead)... " Acts 10:41 says: ".... not to all the people, but to witnesses chosen before by God, even to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead.... " (See also Acts 1:2, 24, Mark 3:14) Clear, unmistakable, verifiable, miracles, confirming the apostolic ministry. Ref: Hebrews 2:3-4 "... how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and distributions of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will... " (See also Acts 2;43, 5:12) Until next time The Elder. Let Jesus be what He is and that is He is the only Savior, He is Lord already, He did come in the flesh as a human, has already redeemed us from the sins of Adam and Eve, gave us the choice to come to Him as God says to us in the scripture because that redemption make all of the human kind have the way of who-so-ever of John 3:16, so that the sins we each have can be given forgiveness as Romans 10:9-13 tells us all we can and the He wants us to and that He wants the soul and the Body, at the end for all will come up when Jesus returns, the saved soul already in heaven at death, it will go to Him, and with Him that living soul will return and the saved body will go up to meet Him in the air, and no man knows when it will come, and all eyes will see it happen. Let No man be the police over your salvation, take all that you are to God, and remember this to keep the evil of this world away from you and yours tell the evil that after God forgives us we are what He says we are. 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