Friday, August 13, 2010

So What Do You Mean By Apostolic?

Define and Explain, What is Apostolic and its Characteristics?

By Abraham Israel

Define Apostolic in One Sentence?

"It is the legitimate Govermental means for birthing babies in to the kingdom and then bringing them to maturity as Sons" - Jubal Johnson

What is Apostolic?

Apostolic : "Pertaining to an apostle, or to the apostles, their times, or their peculiar spirit, pioneers of a new move of God." 

Apostolic is an adjective of the word 'apostle'. It is usually used in the way a group of people draw the grace of God that is given to an apostle.

1) Apostolic is God's ordained and a legitimate governmental means of God on earth through which He builds his Church family and dwells among them in His glory (Luke 11:49; Eph 4:11; 1 Thess 1:1; 2:3-4, 6; Matt 16:18; 18:20).

2) It is the means through which babies are birthed in to God's Kingdom (1 Cor 3:1-2; 1 Cor 4:15; Gal 4:19).

3) It is the process in which the spiritual babies are trained to become as a sons and daughters of God in His kingdom (Gal 3:26; Rom 8:15; Eph 4:12-16; Heb 5:12-14).

4) The Bible says, "Behold, the Man whose name is the BRANCH! From His place He shall branch out, and He shall build the temple of the LORD;" (Zech 6:12). So from the preceding Scripture we can see and understand that Jesus is the chief apostle who is the ultimate example of all apsotolics and from Him we derive an apostolic anointing to build the temple of the Lord which is our body [i.e. spirit, soul and body (1 Thess 5:23-24)] (Heb 3:1; Matt 10:25).

5) Jesus is the "cheif cornerstone" and the only foundation (1 Peter 2:6-8; 1 Cor 3:11) on which the twelve apostles were the foundations who later built themselves on Jesus through all the Old Testament prophets who acted as a cement mortar to build "New Jerusalem Temple" higher and higher for His glory (Rev 21:22; Eph 2:20; Matt 7:24-29). The Lord Jesus is building the New Jerusalem not with a material stone like the temple Solomon built in Israel, but with "living stones" of believers lives. They are all "being built up [together] as a spiritual house" (1 Peter 2:5).

The Characteristics of an Apostolic

1) The Apostolic believers live beyond religion in a day to day intimate relationship of joyful intimacy and ecstasy with GOD THROUGH CHRIST in a NEW and LIVING WAY (Heb 4:14-16; 10:20; James 4:8; 1 John 1:3-4).

2) The Apostlic believers do not care much about tradition and dead letter of doctrines which always is with out the breath of the Spirit present in it (Mark 7:13-16; 2 Cor 3:6), instead the law of God will be written inside their hearts which the Holy Spirit will consistently bring in to their mind according to the need of the situation they are in (2 Cor 3:2; Heb 10:15-18; 1 Cor 9:2; Matt 4:1, 4, 7, 10).

3) The Apostolics have a passion not only to live a godly apostolic lifestyle but also a intense desire to see the kingdom of God spread in all the world like a wild fire and turn the world upside down by the power of God (2 Tim 4:7; 1 Tim 4:6-7; Acts 17:6; Rom 15:18-20). The apsotolics deal the fire of persecution from Satan and his minions with the fire of God's persistence, sovereign protection, and a spirit of rejoicing and praise for the opportunity that God has given them to go through hardship in this only life and as a result of it receive His superabundant and satisfying grace in exchange (2 Tim 3:12; Acts 4:19; 5:18, 29, 40-41; 16:25; 1 Peter 4:14; 2 Cor 12:9-10).

4) Apostolics are partakers of God's grace given to the apostles by a relational family bonding of sharing and caring for each other (Phil 1:7; 2 Cor 12:14-15; 1 Thess 2:7, 11; 1 Tim 1:2).

5) Apostolics are also those who are in touch and connection with a person who has a calling of an apostle (2 Tim 1:1; Eph 4:11), and follow the ways that they teach to receive an apostolic grace to come upon their lives (Acts 2:42). God gives much grace to all the real apostles whom he chooses to mainly bring a restructuring in faith that will always establish a believer in Christ (1 Cor 3:10; 15:10; Rom 12:3; Eph 3:2, 7-8; Gal 4:19; 1 Cor 4:15). Then once the grace is received, each one is expected to walk in it and be blessed like the apostles are blessed in their lives (1 Cor 4:15, 17; Eph 3:17; Phil 3:17; 4:13).

6) The apostolic believers who are sent in to the world [i.e. apostolic] by Jesus as his disciples (Mark 16:15; Matt 28:19-20; John 20:21), learn to live in it but not of it (John 17:11, 16). The power of God's abundant apostolic grace will move a apostolic believer to make an impact in the part of the world where they live, not just by the message they preach in these end of end times, but by their lifestyle [i.e. just like Jesus] (Acts 1:1, 8; 8:1, 4).

Of course these cycles never end in the life of an apostolic because it is not an event but a process that leads to the fulfillment of their GLORIOUS DESTINY, unfolding bit by bit even as they walk ahead in it with Jesus daily (Mark 16:20). Amen!!!

Apostolic Blessings......

Abraham Israel


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