Christ’s Apostles, Prophets…Until We Come Into The Fullness Of Christ (W/Video)
“Christ’s Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers” (Until We All Come Into The Unity Of The Faith And The Fullness Of Christ)
Many of us wait for a “(1)Spiritual Explosion” on earth, and wonder why God delays in this manifestation. When I recently asked God about this, He reminded me of His prior statement(s). God repeated the following for me: “My physical church(es) will suffer and decline until My own Will and foundational structure is embraced; but My Spiritual Church and Wife will now thrive.” This is not the first time that God has said this, or something very similar to it; He has both said and shown me this in various ways, throughout several years.
I believe that we all want to see God’s victory over satan: his darkness, evil, and death. For most of us, including myself: “The sooner the better.” I also believe that we all agree that this must be done by God in His own time; His Will and plan is perfect. It is the only one that leads us into mankind’s true salvation. His reality and Will must now become ours.
I take all of God’s comments and Word seriously, but without a doubt this is one of the most revealing statements He has made through me in a long time with regards to His eternal Church and Wife. Therefore, I am sharing His thoughts as they were given to me.
Will God’s physical church(es) suffer financially? Perhaps, but this is not what God meant when He said, “My physical church(es) will suffer and decline until My own Will and foundational structure is embraced; but My Spiritual Church and Wife will now thrive.” For me, the verse that best explains, though there are several, what He means and why He said the above, follows:
He [Jesus Christ] who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things. And HE HIMSELF GAVE [His Church/Wife; see Eph. 5:23] some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the [one] body of Christ [see Rom. 12:4-5; 1 Cor. 12:12-20], until we all come to the unity of the [one] faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a PERFECT MAN, to the measure of the stature of the FULLNESS OF CHRIST; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men [and women], in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, SPEAKING THE TRUTH IN LOVE, MAY GROW UP IN ALL THINGS into Him who is the head — CHRIST — from whom the whole [one] body, joined and knit together by what every joint [you and me] supplies, according to the effective working by which EVERY PART [all of God’s Children] DOES IT’S SHARE [according to, and by God’s Will and gifts], CAUSES GROWTH OF THE [Christ’s] BODY FOR THE EDIFYING OF ITSELF IN LOVE.
The New Man
This I [Apostle Paul] say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, BECAUSE OF THE IGNORANCE THAT IS IN THEM, BECAUSE OF THE BLINDNESS OF THEIR HEART; who, being past feeling [love, compassion…], have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness WITH GREEDINESS.
But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have HEARD HIM [this includes within your hearts thru His Holy Spirit] and HAVE BEEN TAUGHT BY HIM, as the TRUTH IS IN CHRIST: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and BE RENEWED in the SPIRIT OF YOUR MIND [Christ’s mind in your spirit-man/woman; see 1 Cor 2:16], and that you put on the new man WHICH WAS CREATED ACCORDING TO GOD, IN TRUE RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HOLINESS. (Ephesians 4:10-24; NKJV)
I am, as we all are, so blessed that God said this through Paul. Please notice that Christ HIMSELF gave us, and continues to give us, His one Congregation/Church/Wife, “some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers for the equipping of the saints [you and me] for the work of [Christ’s] ministry both in and through us, for the edifying of the [one] Body of Christ [His own Body: Church and Wife], till we all come to the unity of the [one] faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect [one] man, to the measure of the stature of the FULLNESS OF CHRIST…”
Have we on earth come into the unity of the Christ’s one faith [opinions, and teachings] as taught by Christ and His original Apostles (as they knew it and wrote it in the Bible)? Have all personally “heard Him and been taught by Him, or have we taken the opinions and teachings (assumptions and religious beliefs) of others as our own? Do we personally hear Him and receive His Spiritual confirmation of His truth within our hearts; and is this confirmation based on His spoken and written words (beginning in His Word/Bible)?
In Ephesians 4:10-24, above, we see that all things are completed in Christ, and that He is our perfected love. It is obvious to me, and I am sure to many, that Christ’s Beloved Children are not yet perfected nor walking and functioning in the fullness of Christ while on earth. We are not yet “the perfect man”
In this scripture we are given very simple instructions from our Savior, Christ Jesus (through the Apostle Paul). These instructions, in some cases, call for self-sacrifice on our parts; but they also bring our salvation, transformation, and the glory of God upon, and within all of God’s Beloved Children: which is to be the true goal of all within Christ, whether in heaven or on earth.
In other words, it is God’s Will that all of Christ’s apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers be established; and continue to work for God for the edification of ALL members within Christ’s one Body (of members) UNTIL all Saints:
(1) Are equipped for the work of Christ’s ministry in them and through them. (All saints, including Christ’s apostles, prophets etc. are given in all generations so that Christ’s one Body is edified).
(2) Come into unity and Christ’s one faith.
(3) Come into the knowledge [and REALITY] of the Son of God.
(4) [Are gathered into] the one perfect man: Christ: within His nature and love for Him and each other.
(5) Come into the measure and stature of Christ Himself: within His nature and love for Him and each other.
(6) Come into the FULLNESS of Christ: within His nature and love for Him and each other.
(7) Are no longer children tossed to and fro because some are carried about by every wind of doctrine (false teaching): through the trickery and deceitful plotting of men [and women] for their own gratification. (The fivefold ministry of Christ balances, nurtures, and often protects all members of Christ’s one Body as God speaks through them.
(8) Speak God’s truth in and through His love within us.
(9) Grow up in all things into Him, Christ Himself: His image and nature (because we speak God’s truth within His love from our heart).
(10) Are knit and joined together as Christ’s ONE Body; and we all, every member within His one Body of members, does it’s share for all other members: thus, through love, EACH of us causes growth in Christ’s one Body (for the edification of this Body and all its members).
(11) Are no longer like the unbelievers: ignorant and blind in our hearts; we no longer lack compassion and love…; we are no longer greedy and thus unclean.
(12) Have learned who Christ is: His reality is clear to us and within us because we HEAR HIM and have been TAUGHT by Him.
(13) Have put off our old man, and put on our new man, Christ: in that we have been renewed in our spirit/spirit(’s) mind, which is and was created according to God in true righteousness and holiness.
Until all of the above is established within all of God’s Children and Christ’s one Body, it is clearly God’s Will that His foundational structure (apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers) is/are to be embraced within Christ’s/God’s love that lives within each who knows and loves Him. Again, Christ Himself, with the Wisdom and Knowledge of God and our natures, has GIVEN these members, along with ALL members, as gifts to His one Body, His one Church and Wife (for our perfection and edification). Christ Himself has determined that each of these callings is necessary; therefore, we go against God’s will if we determine in our hearts and minds that these are to be eliminated from Christ’s own Body and His one Church/Wife.
Either all of these callings (apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers) are still necessary today, or none of them is necessary! According to Christ, through His Apostle Paul, all are necessary.
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, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
(1 Corinthians 12:27-31)
Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues [languages (both of men and angels)]. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way [to love as Christ loves].
[God said through the Apostle John] “They threw dust on their heads and cried out, weeping and wailing, and saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city, in which all who had ships on the sea became rich by her wealth! For in one hour she is made desolate.’ “Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you holy apostles and prophets, for God has avenged you on her [Babylon]!”
Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, “Thus with violence the great city Babylon shall be thrown down, and shall not be found anymore. The sound of harpists, musicians, flutists, and trumpeters shall not be heard in you anymore. No craftsman of any craft shall be found in you anymore, and the sound of a millstone shall not be heard in you anymore. The light of a lamp shall not shine in you anymore, and the voice of bridegroom and bride shall not be heard in you anymore. For your merchants were the great men of the earth, for by your sorcery all the nations were deceived. And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on the earth.”
The New Testament Greek word that has been translated as “apostle” in the English is defined as:
“Messenger; he/she who is sent (Strong’s Concordance)”
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Below, I have added just a couple of the scriptures showing us a few titles that God our Father assigned to Jesus Christ; Christ Himself was the embodiment of these:
“Consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession”
“The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet [Jesus Christ] like me [Moses] from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear, according to all you desired of the LORD your God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, nor let me see this great fire anymore, lest I die.’
“So the multitudes said, ‘This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.’”
The First Twelve Apostles:
Now it came to pass in those days that He [Jesus] went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles: Simon, whom He also named Peter, and Andrew his brother; James and John; Philip and Bartholomew; Matthew and Thomas; James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called the Zealot; Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot who also became a traitor.
Below, we will read that Jesus continued to “give apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers …” after His death and resurrection.
We know that Judas, who was one of the original twelve Apostles, was replaced by Matthias (God’s choice) upon Judas’ death. Therefore, we know that Jesus continued to assign and establish others as Apostles after His own resurrection (and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit). The following occurred just before the Day of Pentecost:
Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey. And when they had entered, they went up into the upper room where they were staying: Peter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot; and Judas the son of James. These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.
And in those days [Apostle] Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples (altogether the number of names was about a hundred and twenty), and said, “Men and brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus; for he was numbered with us and obtained a part in this [Christ’s] ministry.”
(Now this man purchased a field with the wages of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his entrails gushed out. And it became known to all those dwelling in Jerusalem; so that field is called in their own language, Akel Dama, that is, Field of Blood.)
“For it is written in the Book of Psalms: ‘Let his dwelling place be desolate, and let no one live in it’; and, ‘Let another take his office.’ Therefore, of these men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 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 called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed and said, “You, O Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two YOU [GOD] HAVE CHOSEN to take part in this [Christ’s] ministry and apostleship from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.” And they cast their lots, and the lot fell on Matthias. And he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
As most of us probably know, the Apostle Paul, who both heard God and wrote much of the New Testament, was not one of the original twelve Apostles. Paul, of course, accepted that he had been chosen by Christ to be His apostle and tells us so in many scriptures; a few follow:
And he [Paul] said, “Who are You, Lord?”
Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” So he [Saul; Paul], trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one. Then Saul [also called Paul] arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.
Ananias Baptizes Saul
Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, “Ananias.” And he [Ananias] said, “Here I am, Lord.” So the Lord said to him, “Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying. And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight.” Then Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name.”
But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake [you, me, and all of God’s Saints/Children].”
Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect and the acknowledgment of the truth which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began, but has in due time manifested His word through preaching, which was committed to me according to the commandment of God our Savior.
Paul, an apostle (*)not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead), and all the brethren who are with me,
[(*) “not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father”: Just after God told me that I was called to be a prophet for Him, I was also told by God our Father, as I am sure many have been, that all prophets and apostles MUST be told personally by God that they are called to either or both of these positions: prophet and or apostle. He also said, at that time, that both of these appointments have to be confirmed at least one other time either by God Himself or another prophet or apostle.]
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God…
(1 Corinthians 1:1)
Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God…
Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the [one] faith [spoken and taught by Christ] among all nations for His name, among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ; to all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints…
Have you noticed that much of today’s Truth and Prophecy is actually revealed Knowledge; it is Biblical Word that is now being revealed in its fullness for our sake? God often adds new light to Biblical scriptures and teachings that were first taught and written through His original prophets and apostles.
Revelation Knowledge has always been one of God’s intentions. This is one of the ways in which we intimately know Him and remain in His presence. It helps establish and maintain our faith and trust in God through both His spoken and written Word. The above scripture, Romans 1:1-7, is an example of this through Paul. Notice, Paul shares with us that He was called to be an apostle and separated [by God] to the gospel of God: which God promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures.”
“For the Lord God does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets.
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, in WHOM YOU also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
Now to Him who is able to (*)establish you according to my [Paul’s] gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations…
(*) “establish”: (as used within the scripture Romans 16:25-26, above) is defined in Strong’s Concordance as: “to set fast, i.e. (literally) to turn resolutely in a certain direction, or (figuratively) to confirm…” (New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary…)
(1 Corinthians 2:10)
These things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.
“The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever…
The mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints.
But there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries…
… how that by revelation He made known to me [Paul] the mystery (as I have briefly written already, by which, when you read, [so] you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets: that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body [Christ’s one Body], and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel, of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me [Paul] by the effective working of His power.
(2 Peter 1:19-21)
And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men [or women] of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
(2 Timothy 3:1 thru 4:4)
But know this, that in the LAST DAYS perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!…
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
I [Paul] charge you [believers] therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth [of God, as God Himself speaks it], and be turned aside to fables [a tale: fiction, myths (Strong’s Concordance)].
(1) “Spiritual Explosion”:
August 1997; “Egypt/China Pushes The World Into The Deep”
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