What Is Apostolic?

What Is Apostolic?

Posted on 19. Mar, 2009 by in Kingdom Authority

Much is being said today about “the apostolic.” There are those who believe a restoration of “the apostolic” is necessary. Various views of what apostolic means  include: a succession of leadership traceable back to Peter, a particular doctrine instructed by the apostles or a particular church organizational structure with an individual in leadership, calling themselves an apostle. Many of these may contain some elements of truth or they may be man’s attempt to apply the principles of
apostolic, but they often can fall far short of God’s original intentions. In this Ezine I would like to present a view of apostolic for us to consider.

To begin with, the word apostolic is not contained in the scriptures. This word is a creation of man. So what is this word based on? In my personal experience, apostolic is used as an adjective to describe the type of ministry first demonstrated by Jesus, as The Apostle, then His apostles. The Greek for apostle is apostolos. According to Vine’s it is“one sent forth.” Holman Bible Dictionary says it is“a person sent to accomplish a mission. An apostle represents the one sending and has authority to represent the sender in business, political or educational situations.”An apostle is one who has been specifically sent by another to deliver a message or conduct business according to the one doing the sending.

Scripture shows us that the word apostle and sent are similar. According to Thayer’s, send or sent is apostello; “properly, to send off, send away.” Furthermore, Thayer’s tells us there are four components to being sent.

  • First, they are ordered to go.
  • Secondly, they are sent with a commission or something intended for another.
  • Thirdly, the place of their sending is specific.
  • Fourth, the completion or manifestation of the duty is proof of the sending.

In the literal sense of the word, anyone who has been given a job to perform then sent (apostello) to do this duty for the one sending is an apostle (apostolos). In Matthew chapter 2, those that Herod “sent forth” to slay the children in Bethlehem were apostello. In John 1:19, the Jews“sent” or apostello as their apostolos, priests and Levite’s to question the identity of John. If you are part of an organization or business and you delegate someone to go and relay a message, represent you or conduct business for you, they have been sent (apostello) by you and are your apostle (apostolos).

The major significance of biblical apostolic is WHO is DOING the sending.

And What are we being sent to accomplish.

Being apostolic is being sent as a representative of Jesus Christ. It is from Him we are to get our orders. Jesus stated that all power had been given to Him. When He sent out his disciples in Mark 6:7-13, they were given specific commands of where, who and what to say. When they operated as He commanded is when they saw the miraculous happen. In Acts 19, we see the sons of Sceve attempting to operate under their own initiative. They were attempting to accomplish something of benefit, yet they were not effective. Their problem was they were not sent. I can desire to do good things for the kingdom, yet find frustration and limited results IF what I am attempting is not what He has sent me to do.

This is significant for us to grasp because if we desire to see His kingdom manifest or reach the lost of this world with His miraculous delivering power we MUST make sure we are operating as His representatives in the manner that He has determined. We must make sure we are not perpetuating man’s traditions, values or structure. In my personal life and ministry, I must be sure that I am operating in a manner that He has authorized. Our churches must carefully evaluate and make sure we are performing His mandate and not our programs. The power to impact our worlds only comes when we are operating in accordance with His commission.

Food For Thought –
Am I operating according to my plans or His sending?

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One Response to “What Is Apostolic?”

  1. Tanna Reid

    03. Aug, 2010

    This is awesome teaching that i personally feel blessed to get. It is so plain, so true, so needed, and so powerful. I do believe that it needs to be broadcasted to every person that is hungry for GOd and his purpose in their life. It would help avoid the confusion that is in the church world today. If God sent us, who could be against us. We would be unstoppable and the churches would be overflowing. We are seeing way to many “Sceva”Christians that do not operate in the power of Jesus or with a real understanding and has caused a mockery of the churches. The scripture that says in Matt 5:13 “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” The church is truely being walked on and stripped of so much because of people not having this simple understanding. It seems as though we were loosing our voice but i do believe that God has a great outporing on the horizon. As you stated in this article “When He sent out his disciples in Mark 6:7-13, they were given specific commands of where, who, and what to say” we need to wait on God because its truely HIS ministry we are performing not our own. We in and of ourselves have no idea what another really needs or is facing but our omniscient Father does. We may even give the right message but in its wrong timing it means much less than if we had waited on God and his anointing. There are only 8 words quoted in scriptures from Jonah when he preached to Ninevah and a whole city was saved. I believe it is because it was on time and had the anointing power all over it. He was being sent (apostello) and it doesn’t take much when its mixed with the power of GOd. I love this teaching and am trying to digest every ounce of it. Thank you Bro Schmaltz for being obedient to our God and operating as His apostle. With much love and respect, your servant in Christ -Tanna

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