The Proof Of Being Apostolic

The Proof Of Being Apostolic

Posted on 04. Jun, 2009 by in Empowering, Kingdom Authority

Previously, we have defined that apostolic means being sent as the representative of Jesus Christ to reveal His kingdom. The definition of being “sent” includes four components, the fourth being the completion or manifestation of the duty is proof of the sending. This truth was even stated by Jesus himself in John 5:36: “But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent (apostello) me.” Jesus was saying the works I am doing, proves that I have been sent.

In Mark chapter 6, this process of sending is revealed as Jesus begins to send out the disciples. Beginning at verse seven, Jesus calls the twelve and commissions them. His instructions include an empowering, preparation and mode of operation. Then they were sent (apostello vs 7) out. These disciples had watched Jesus perform the miraculous. Now He has authorized and sent them to do the same. Can you imagine the excitement in their lives? They have been chosen by the Lord to go and act as His representative – to do what Jesus had been doing – WOW!

Lets Stop Here For A Moment – Fast forward 2000 plus years to 2007, the modern church era. We have been given the same commission as His first disciples. Jesus emphatically states that all power has been given to Him (Matthew 28:18). Following this statement He commissions the first church to GO and make disciples (Matthew 28:19). This is our commission for today. To accomplish this mission we are told that: He will go with us (Matthew 28:20), that signs would follow us (Mark 16:17-19), that we would do greater works (John 14:12), that we have already been blessed with all we need (Ephesians 1:3), that we are seated in a place of authority with Him (Ephesians 2:6) and that we have all been gifted to perform this commission (Ephesians 4:7, for further explanation see the book Apostolic Authority pg 38-40).

Such a place of privilege – we have been chosen to be His representatives.
Yet how do we prove to the world we are sent?

Back to the disciples of Mark 6. – After they had been called, empowered and instructed, they went! The fourth component of being apostello or sent is the completion or manifestation of the duty as proof of the sending. Verse 30 states “And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught.” Now this is significant to me; in verse 7 he called the twelve and sent them. It was in verse 30 AFTER they had completed or manifested their duty that they are called apostles! It was when they went and did what they were empowered to do that they became apostles. In their obedience to the sending, they were not just called apostles as a title of position – they were being apostolic.

The same applies for the modern church today. In my opinion, the proof of being apostolic is not in our structure or doctrine alone. It is if we are obeying the One who has sent us. This means WE MUST GO and DO what we have been sent to do; which is preaching and demonstrating the Gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven.

Many yeas ago, I read an article about a talk show host who interviewed some professional bodybuilders. In the conversation the host asked: “What do you do with all those muscles?” One of the bodybuilders responded by striking a particular pose. The talk show host responded: “No, I mean what do you do with all those muscles?” To which the bodybuilder changed to a different pose. This time the host stated: “You do not understand, What do you DO with all those muscles?” The bodybuilder struck yet another pose.

There is application of this story to the church today. We talk about who we are in Christ or what He wants to do with us. We speak of the authority or power that is available in the life of a believer. There is talk of the restoration of the ascension gift ministries. You can attend workshops and seminars on how to operate in spiritual gifts, authority or power. But the question needs to be asked of us: “What are we doing with all this authority?” In other words, are we GOING and DOING what we are sent to do? The proof of being Apostolic is in DOING what we are sent to do.

As I study and the Word speaks to me, I must evaluate my life. Will you join with me in this study and self evaluation to determine, are we talking or are we going? What must we do to fulfill His sending in our individual lives?

7 Responses to “The Proof Of Being Apostolic”

  1. Embowawlemawn

    05. Jun, 2009

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  2. PaulB Thomas

    08. Jun, 2009

    Thanks Martin, ‘what are we doing with this authority?’ A great question! May I suggest a ‘missions conference’ be conducted on ‘blogging and the use of the web as a tool for ‘the new global evangelism.’

    Church folks need a new and fresh stimulus to evangelise again. Many have stopped door to door and house to house but can restart it again through blogging.

    Blogging is the new ‘house to house evangelism’ and enables a person to access mega thousands (to say the least) of houses simultaneously.

    I think the blogging tool allows us to truly be ‘sent ones’ into a global community. Few realise its potential. I would be interested in finding out how many apostolics use the blog as a tool for sharing the gospel.

    To enlarge upon your point. It takes an apostle to pioneer this among apostolics. It’s a tool of evangelism that can empower us back to being evangelistic and as you say apostolic. But it takes pioneers like you who can use this tool and show the church its importance, benefit and capability.

    Maybe you could host such an event in your local church or state etc. What are your thoughts on this subject?

    Paul

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    • Martin Schmaltz

      08. Jun, 2009

      Paul – interesting thoughts. I agree the web is a very powerful tool, obviously why I am using it. I have another friend who is encouraging me to put something together in written format regarding similar ideas. Will give it more thought. Thanks.

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  3. an unknown DISCIPLE

    09. Jun, 2009

    we must first look @ who was qualified to be sent out… DISCIPLES… most in the Body of Christ today are NOT disciples, per the teaching of JESUS, in order to be called to GO and BE APOSTOLIC… every Word of God is important to DIVIDE, to get to the TRUTH… most today are CHURCH members, still babes… why? – the Apostles, the ones who were COMMISSIONED by JESUS personally, THEN and NOW, set doctrine in the church… NOT teachers; NOT pastors; NOT prophets and NOT evangelist… See Acts 2:42, with JESUS, the Lord Jesus CHRIST, being the Corner-Stone… Apostolic TEAMS were sent out – two of them… true Apostolic authority is always sent out togehter, as a WITNESS… not lone rangers… Selah… Apostle and Prophet teams usually… Paul was a prophet before being promoted to an Apostle… Apostles have a ministry to the Word of God, to set doctrine in the church… laying on of hands to impart the baptism of the Holy Spirit; DISTRIBUTING wealth, so all the body of Christ, doesn’t have any needs… many criteria to be an Apostle.. we can be apostolic people, but very few are Apostles… why, JESUS chose those to SUFFER the Most; be spectacles before Angels and men and to be the lowest among the believers… what do Apostles DO? – Train and Equip the normal belivers to DO the Work of the Ministery… CHURCH members, do not have any power, because they have REFUSED to become disciples… test all things given… WSC

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  4. Sid Grimes

    13. Jun, 2009

    Great article. A thought to the above comment. All Biblically born again believers should become disciples which simply put would say to become a follower/student. His will is not for all to become an “Apostle” but his will is for all to become “apostello”. I noticed something and maybe I am off here, but I see the 12 seemed to graduate from disciple to the Apostle. We are not all called into to an Apostle or Prophet gifting, but we are indeed all called to come into the “apostello” or simply said; “to be sent forth” Go ye into all the world. Hence the purpose for the fold giftings, for the equipping of the saints. If I own a business and I do, I can do all the work for myself and may have some success, but the wise leader equips and delegates to others, thus accomplishing more and covering more ground. IN the Kingdom it is meant to be similar. My Brother will come into contact with souls I will never meet and his Sister will meet many he will never meet. Every tree must bear forth “good” Fruit. It is a dangerous mentality to fall into that says; I have obeyed the Word and have been born again. I have heard many state; “I am saved.”. Not to be contentious, but I have been born again, but I am not saved. I will be saved when I get there. Obeying Acts 2:38 does not gaurentee salvation. Acts 2:38 is the beginning of the journey, not the end. The Word tells us “He that endureth to the end, the same shall be saved”. I must not only be a fruit bearing tree, but that fruit must be good, otherwise, that tree is hewn down and cast into the fire. Once born again, I must strive towards or be on a journey moving forward to becoming “apostello” (sent forth).
    I think I see the point in the above comment. There is a difference between a true disciple and a mere church member or better put, a pew warmer. Strong point and correct!
    If we never become true disciples, then we can never be equipped to be sent forth. Maybe this is where the religious mentality comes from the says; “it’s the Pastor’s job”, but I will not go down that road.
    Thanks for the great reads.
    Praise God!

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  5. claricedin

    16. Jun, 2009

    Many thanks for an explanation, now I will know.

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  6. Paula

    03. Jul, 2009

    If we love Him, we want to do more than sit on a pew…we want to produce results of our love…being sent to share…thanks again! 🙂

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