Are there modern-day apostles?
Dr. Kluane Spake
Acts 3:21 assures us that before Jesus comes again, a reformation and restoration will happen.
This promised event will restore truths lost during the Dark Ages.
Over the years, we see how God has begun to restore major Scriptural truths. Several important truths that were lost have now been revealed. For example,
"justification by faith" was reinstated by Martin Luther. This idea was first met as heretical. Now, today, everyone accepts this truth without question.
Did God restore the office of the Apostle?
If so, what do they do? Who are they?
Ephesians 4:11-13 tells us that God gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers. During this last fifty years, a great restoration of some of
these Gift Offices has increased.
It was not difficult to embrace the evangelist, or the pastor/teacher. But, the prophet and the apostle have caused considerable debate. However, we can't just accept three of these
leadership offices without the others. Jesus Himself was the fullness of all these Gift Offices.
We may ask ourselves, "Why does God want to restore these Leadership offices?"
The following verse in Ephesians 4 tells us this reason: "to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up."
These five leadership gifts were not simply given to
do the work of the ministry, but to enable God's people to do the work of the ministry.
Many say this era is over -- however, verse 13 clearly shows us the required time frame for this kind of leadership: "UNTIL
we all reach UNITY in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and BECOME MATURE, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ."
Well, obviously this "UNTIL" has not yet
happened! The assignment of the Third Day Church is to bring forth the unity of faith or the knowledge of the Son. The Body MUST become mature. The Body Must attain the WHOLE measure of the fullness of Christ.
This leadership model did not end with the first century church! Scriptures never tell us that leaders were temporary or should end before this "UNTIL" was accomplished.
The apostle Paul spoke of
"pressing on" to full maturity in the faith (Phil. 3:12-14), and not remaining as "infants, tossed back and forth" by the waves of life (Eph. 4:14). Because God values all of our parts equally, He gives us
Apostolic leaders to bring growth and adulthood.
The Bible a never limits the number of Apostles to twelve! I Corinthians 15 (see also 15:5-7) states that after the resurrection, Jesus appeared to the twelve and then also to
all the apostles. This clearly shows us that that there were more apostles than the original twelve.
My soon to be released book on "Apostolic Authority" goes into detail here about these other apostles, such as
Timothy, Barnabas, Junia, Andronicus, Apollos, Epaphroditus, James the brother of Jesus, Matthias, Mary Magdalene, Paul, Silas, and others.
Yes. The original twelve were singled out because they learned directly from
Jesus and had on the spot training. They also saw Him as the Resurrected Lord. Others also saw Jesus Resurrected.
The Scriptures clearly warn us about "false apostles." But, it doesn't warn about subsequent
apostles. This is a huge study in itself.
- What is an apostle?
- Why are they important to us now?
- What is their responsibility?
- How do modern-day apostles function properly?
- What do they do today?
- How do they accomplish their assignment?
The NUMBER ONE problem in the church today is this issue of proper leadership and government.
There is no subject in the church or the world more controversial than who (if anyone) should be in
authority - and what should they do!
Because of the controversy about authority, this subject is usually avoided. But now, because of escalating times, there is a hastening necessity for us to think Biblically and to
redefine the church in Biblical terms.
For the most part, proper Godly leadership seems to be missing from most churches. Statistically, there is a decline:
- In church attendance.
- In fervor and dedication.
- In overall morality
- And a decline in the miraculous.
Effective apostles must emerge in this hour to recognize the issues, solve the problems, and discover God GENUINELY wants to develop His Church in this century.
The Lord waits for apostolic leaders to establish
our authority IN HIM and restore His INTENTION and plan upon this earth. He waits for the BODY:
1. To come into unity (Jn. 17).
2. To have the knowledge of the Son
3. To speak forth the truth in love.
4. To be no longer children but mature (teleios) unto the Perfect Man.
5. To become the Holy temple where God can rest and dwell.
6. To come to the measure and stature of Christ.
7. To expand His Kingdom until the earth fills with His Glory.