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The Apostle is God’s special messenger; the apostolic is the spirit or the attitude possessed by he who recognises that he/she is sent by God whether in a specific (as an apostle) or general sense (as a member of Christ’s body).
The apostolic and the prophetic has always a been a part of God’s interaction with mankind, these two offices and experiences are divine platforms upon which God has always built the house of his mercy among men The prophet is God’s voice, his mouthpiece, while the prophetic is the whole gamut of receiving and acting under the inspiration of God’s Spirit.
In a nutshell, the Apostle or Prophet are people, while the apostolic and prophetic are attitudes or spirits, a person may be apostolic or prophetic without being a prophet or apostle.

In this vein you can see why the Church is built on the apostolic and prophetic foundation Jesus Christ being the Chief Cornerstone, from the very beginning God has had apostles and prophets even before the establishment of the Old Testament priesthood and the emergence of the five fold offices in the New Testament. Adam, Methuselah, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Moses. Joshua etc were all examples of people who were either prophets, apostles or even both.

In these last days Jesus is restoring the offices of the Apostle and the Prophet to their proper place in the Church, as a result of this these ministries will become more prominent, and consequently the Church will also begin to recover her apostolic and prophetic nature in an ever increasing manner.
One of the issues that will emerge with this restoration is that initially there will be a lot of confusion, error and a general muddying of the water as regards the operations of these two ministries, this is natural because for a long time the Church has been largely ignorant of how this two ministries are designed to operate, but with time, increasing maturity and sound teaching the waters will clear and the Church will receive the full benefit of these two ministries.
Another thing we will see is that we will find quite a number of people jump unto the bandwagon and appropriate to themselves titles and positions to which they are not called by the Lord, some of them will be sincere but misguided believers while others will be agents of darkness masquerading as agents of light. It is our responsibility to discern by the help of the Holy Spirit whom we are dealing with and react accordingly.
All the foregoing has been a foundation for what I think is important for us as an apostolic people to know if we are going to fulfil the mind of God for our lives.
Fulfilling your apostolic mandate
Whether you are believer just trying to live out the will of God for your life as a part of God’s sent people or you are called to the fivefold ministry as an apostle, there are a few things you need to realise in order to be successful.
1. You need an experience
Every apostolic person is a person with an experience, an experience with God through Jesus Christ, it may not be a spectacular experience but it must be supernatural and definite.
Moses met God in the burning bush, Abraham had a vision, Paul met Jesus on the way to Damascus, Peter, Matthew James and John all heard Jesus say to them ‘follow me’.
When you heard the gospel and answered the call to follow Christ , that was your own experience, my fear is that many people today never came to Christ, they came to church, to some doctrine or some other thing, this is why many people are left unchanged after they say they ‘gave their lives to Christ’.
The preaching of the gospel is Christ calling you to follow him, it is the beginning of a walk with God through Jesus, I was fortunate to have been blessed with this understanding in my early years, I knew it was not a doctrine that saved me, it was a man, I understood I was called to follow a man. It is quite easy to replace Jesus with doctrines, laws, rules and rituals. We need to return to preaching Christ and him crucified, People need to begin to hear the voice of Jesus calling them to obedience and faith.
Did you notice that the believers were first called disciples then later apostles, this is so today, you must learn to follow before you are sent. The apostolic spirit has its strength in a personal experience of salvation through faith in Jesus, this experience is so powerful that it literally changes the course of your life, you literally become born again.(John 3: 1-5)
This experience delivers you from a religious life and brings you into an experience of a relationship with God.
Did you notice how that in the Old Testament God introduced himself to Moses saying, ‘I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob’ (Ex. 2) suddenly the God whose knowledge had been passed down from generation to generation of Hebrews suddenly became a real God to Moses, a living personality, hear what Andrew had to say to Peter his brother about Jesus, He said we have found the messiah, you see they had read about the messiah in the law but now they could say ‘we have found him’. John 1:40-41
Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of these men who heard what John said and then followed Jesus. Andrew went to find his brother, Simon, and told him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means “Christ”).
This is what always happens at the beginning of your experience, you are immersed in a reality, God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit become real, you may not be able to explain or even understand everything, but you know that where you were once in darkness, light has come. This is the effect of a personal encounter with Jesus.

That what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be brought to pass:
The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, in the way to the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles [of the peoples who are not of Israel]
The people who sat(dwelt enveloped) in darkness have seen a great Light, and for those who sat in the land and shadow of death Light has dawned.
Matt 4:14-16 AMP
The woman with the issue of blood had a dramatic encounter with Jesus, yours need not be so dramatic but it can be as real, right where you are you can have such an encounter that will be the beginning of your new journey with the Lord.
But what does it say? The Word (God’s message in Christ) is near you, on your lips and in your heart; that is, the Word (the message, the basis and object) of faith which we preach,
Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms [his] salvation.

The Scripture says, No man who believes in Him [who adheres to, relies on, and trusts in Him] will [ever] be put to shame or be disappointed.
[No one] for there is no distinction between Jew and Greek. The same Lord is Lord over all [of us] and He generously bestows His riches upon all who call upon Him [in faith].
For everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord [invoking Him as Lord] will be saved.
Rom 10:8-13 AMP
Today through the ministry of the Holy Spirit the presence of Jesus is made real to us, he does this in so many ways, such as through the word of God or by supernatural prophetic experiences to name a couple.

2. Recognise your apostolic assignment
The Church is a people on assignment, Jesus was sent on an assignment from heaven, He has committed the same assignment to the Church- His body, for continuance.
He said,
Then Jesus said to them again, Peace to you! [Just] as the Father has sent Me forth, so I am sending you.
John 20:21 AMP
What was Jesus sent to do?
And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. 24 Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them.
Matt 4:23-24 NKJV
This is what Jesus came to do, to bring the kingdom of God to men and to destroy the works of the devil.
Every child of God has a part in this assignment; many never discover what it is, partly because of wrong teaching and understanding of what it is to be a part of the body of Christ, some others because they are willing to pay the price, to leave their comfort zone and follow Christ into uncharted waters.
Just as every child of God is sent in a general sense, so every one called by the Lord Jesus Christ to the office of an apostle is sent in a specific sense. For example Paul the apostle was known as the apostle to the gentiles, that was his field of assignment, Peter was sent to the Jews. When I meet one who says ‘I am an apostle’ my question is ‘to whom or for what were you sent’?
But on the contrary, when they [really] saw that I had been entrusted [to carry] the Gospel to the uncircumcised [Gentiles, just as definitely] as Peter had been entrusted [to proclaim] the Gospel to the circumcised [Jews, they were agreeable];
For He Who motivated and fitted Peter and worked effectively through him for the mission to the circumcised, motivated and fitted me and worked through me also for [the mission to] the Gentiles.
And when they knew (perceived, recognized, understood, and acknowledged) the grace (God’s unmerited favor and spiritual blessing) that had been bestowed upon me, James and Cephas (Peter) and John, who were reputed to be pillars of the Jerusalem church, gave to me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, with the understanding that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised (Jews).
Gal 2:7-9 AMP
But as I have stated often times, whether we are apostles or not we are a sent people. Jesus clearly emphasised the apostolic mandate of the Church, which was to
“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
Mark 16:15-18 NKJV
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Matt 28:18-20 NKJV

Every believer has a part in this mandate, it is our apostolic mandate, what a big difference it would make for world evangelism if every child of God were to discover and actively pursue this mandate in the different ‘worlds’ that they are sent to, every believer has a sphere of influence to which he or she is called, this is their world, someone identified 7 spheres of human activity that the Church needs to occupy for the kingdom

These are
Politics, sports, entertainment, religion, education, business or economics and family.
If our ministries and churches will train and disciple their membership along these lines, it will have a profound effect on the way the Church fulfills its ministry on the earth, for one thing, it will lead to greater cooperation between various ministries, it will lead us to recognise and lean on the strengths and graces present in other members of the body, there will be a more judicious use of the resources available to us as a people.
3. The apostolic and the will of God
Jesus who is our chief example of what it means to be apostolic gives us an idea of what it means to be sent. He said of himself
 “My food is to do the will of Him who sent me, and to finish His work.
John 4:34-35 NKJV
As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.
John 5:30 NKJV
I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.
John 9:4 NKJV
He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
Matt 26:39 NKJV
What we see in all these scriptures is that Jesus knew that not only was he sent he was sent to do the will of the One who sent him! We also are not sent to do our own thing but the will of Jesus.
This is extremely important because we are today in a situation where every man does what is right in his or her own eyes, this is not meant to be. We are called to submit to the Lordship of Jesus through obedience to the written word and to the direction of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus was obedient to the will of God even unto death, submission to the will of God is an act of our will, we choose to submit and obey and the Holy Spirit helps us. This is not something much taught today but it is the crux of the apostolic, a people sent by Jesus must be committed to the will of the Jesus who has sent them.
Jesus taught us to pray, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is done on earth as it is done in heaven.
If God’s kingdom must be manifest on earth in power it can only be through those who are totally committed to doing his will, are you one of them?
4. Recognise your apostolic authority
As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me.
John 6:57 NKJV
The one who is sent and the one who sends him must remain in a very intimate relationship, we are not alone neither are called to fulfil the will of God in our strength.
Jesus said of himself ‘I am come in my father’s name (John 5: 43), what did he mean, in my father’s name? I believe he was saying, I am come in my father’s authority or as his personal representative, having his power of attorney to act in his name and in his place. Somewhere else he said the works I do in my father’s name bear witness of me.
Jesus had the authority of the Father to do what he did, in examining the life of Jesus and the way he fulfilled his ministry we gain insight into how and what it means to act in the name of Jesus.
Remember Jesus sent us in the same way that the Father sent him; he is our prime example of what we must do with the authority available to us through his name.
The people recognised that Jesus had authority, very much unlike the scribes and Pharisees; likewise we must walk with confidence in the authority that has been vested in us through Jesus Christ.
God has never sent out any person in his name without transmitting his authority to that person to do what they were sent out to do on his behalf, God gave Moses a rod, which was a symbol of his authority.
In medieval Europe the kings messenger or emissary would bear the kings signet, in our local Nigerian customs, the bearer of the message of a king or chief would bear his staff, would the King of kings do less?
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Matt 28:18-20 NKJV
Jesus received all authority in heaven and on earth and transmitted same to the Church to act in his name or as his personal representatives or by his authority and by his power of attorney.

In Mark Chapter 16 we find further elaboration
“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
Mark 16:15-18 NKJV
You have been commissioned to act in the name of Jesus but only as you are committed to fulfilling the apostolic mandate on your life to GO, there is something interesting in this commission, Jesus said the proof of your effectiveness will be seen in the signs that follow your obedience, but to be effective you must remain in a faith connection with Jesus, this is what he meant when he said these signs shall follow them that believe.

We have seen this earlier, Jesus said he that
As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me.
Again he said
I am the vine and you are the branches, you cannot bear fruit except you abide in me, this is abiding in Christ and His words abiding in us.
Our apostolic connection is a faith connection; we feed off the Lord and bring forth fruit through Him. Somewhere else he said except you eat my flesh and drink my blood you have no life in you, while this alludes specifically to our covenant relationship it is also a description of how intimate with him we must be.
Before now I used to think that when Jesus said these signs shall follow them that believe , he was speaking about my believing that the signs will come forth but now I have come to realize that he in speaking about those who believe he was speaking about the nature of our relationship with him.

Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”
John 6:28-29 NKJV
The Church does not exist for the sake of its fine cathedrals, beautiful programs and even social work, the primary mandate of the Church is to preach the gospel and bring the reality of the kingdom to the earth.
I want to say something about the office of the apostle
Some people have said that there are no apostles today, that the office of the apostle ended with the apostles of Christ, the main thrust of their argument is that the bible says that the foundation of the Church is laid upon the apostles and the prophets and if there are apostles today it would mean that this foundation is still been laid today.
Has the office of the apostle ceased? No! If it has then all the other offices mentioned with it in the same breath in Ephesians 4: 11-14, have also passed away, if we have pastors, teachers and evangelists, then we must also have apostles and prophets as the evidence of scripture confirms.
In the first place it is clear from the scriptures that there were other apostles mentioned in the scriptures who were not included in the twelve that Jesus chose, for example Paul the apostle was not a part of the twelve neither was Barnabas

But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard this, they tore their clothes and ran in among the multitude, crying out
Acts 14:14-15 NKJV

Notice that Paul and Barnabas were described as Apostles, in my opinion if we can find one apostle who was not a part of the twelve it is a clear indication that the office of the apostle has not passed away, and we have just seen that above.
Other apostles mentioned in the scriptures include Apollos, Junia, Andronicus and quite a few others. I believe that there are different kinds of apostles, for example the apostles of Jesus would belong to a special category of apostles, Paul would belong to another category and apostles today would also belong to a different class.
We need to understand that the Acts of the Apostles showed that the ministry gifts were not set in the Church at the same time, that they developed over time and that beyond the ministry of Paul we have little information on the continuing development of the ministry offices in scripture, but we know so much more today by the revelation of the Holy Spirit, bearing in mind that this revelation is consistent with the principles of the word. The basic truth is that apostles are sent by Jesus the head of the Church.

This is fundamental, anyone claiming to be an apostle must be called to the office of an apostle and the proof of this apostolic calling must be evidenced in his or her life.
Paul called this proof the signs of an apostle

Truly the signs of an apostle were accomplished among you with all perseverance, in signs and wonders and mighty deeds.
2 Cor 12:12 NKJV

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