Offices of the Holy Spirit 2

The Apostle

by Pastor John Hamel


“And he gave some, APOSTLES; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;” (Ephesians 4:11)


Paul started with the Apostle so we will, too.  This office is still in operation because it is for the perfecting, edifying, unifying and maturing of the saints. (Ephesians 4:12-14)  We are not yet all of the above.  Not completely.  So the Apostle’s office and all other offices are still in the Earth, plowing and planting!


The Greek word for Apostle is “apostolos.”  It means, “One who is sent forth.  A delegate.  One who has power of attorney to speak on behalf of another, the sender remaining behind to back up the one who is sent.”  Now, that’s a happy mouthful!


Jesus stood in this office more powerfully than anyone ever will again. (John 3:34) He alone stands in this first Apostolic class. The Bible calls Him, “The Apostle and High Priest of our Profession.” (Hebrews 3:1)  He stands in a class of His own because He is actually God the Apostle!  Heaven’s Sent One!  There is no need for another Redeemer so this will never happen again.


Jesus’ original disciples are called “…the 12 Apostles of the Lamb.” (Revelation 21:14)  This is the second class of the Apostolic office. To be an “Apostle of the Lamb” one had to walk with Jesus while He was here and to witness His resurrection. (Acts 1:21-22, 25-26)  This class of Apostle has passed away.  


Even the Apostle Paul lacked these qualifications.  He didn’t walk with Jesus, neither did he witness His resurrection. 


There is another class of Apostle, which is referred to as “Foundational Apostles.”  This is the third class of the Apostolic Office. Foundational Apostles shared in the founding, or the writing, of the New Testament.  Some, not all, of the Apostles of the Lamb were also Foundational Apostles. 


“…ye are…fellow citizens…and are built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets …” (Ephesians 2:19,20) 


Paul was indeed a Foundational Apostle.  He wrote somewhere around two-thirds or three-quarters of the New Testament.  It all depends upon whether you believe he wrote the Book of Hebrews or not.  I believe he did.  


There are no more Foundational Apostles, either.  We don’t need them because the Book is complete. However, we do still have “Non-foundational” Apostles in existence today.  


As a matter of fact, there are no less than eleven individuals of this fourth Apostolic class mentioned in the New Testament.  These men and women did not and do not write Scripture.  However, they do have outstanding credentials that show us who they are. (Acts 14:14; Romans 16:7; 1Corinthians 4:4-9; 2Corinthians 8:23; Philippians 2:25; 1Thessalonians 1:1; 2:6)


In order to qualify for Non-foundational Apostleship today one must have had a dramatic, supernatural conversion experience, even as the Apostle Paul did. (Acts 9:1-19) 


One must also have had at least one personal visitation of Christ. (1Corinthians 9:1) 


The Apostle must also be an excellent Bible Preacher or a Teacher or both, first and foremost. (1Timothy 2:7; 2Timothy 1:11


Signs, wonders and miracles also confirm the Apostle’s preaching and teaching. (Romans 15:19; 1Corinthians 2:4,5)  You cannot properly establish Churches if you cannot draw people to Christ through signs, wonders and miracles.  Even if you were able to draw 10,000 people without signs, wonders and miracles, you would have been able to draw 100,000 or more with them.  All true New Testament Apostles have a consistent operation of the Power Gifts of the Spirit in operation when they preach and teach.  


You are at the JHM Online Bible Training Centre of this website.  You are reading under the topic of “Holy Spirit: 5-Fold Ministry Offices.”  You will also find ten messages under the topic of "Holy Spirit: 9 Spiritual Gifts."  There you will read of the Gift of Faith, the Working of Miracles and the Gifts of Healings.  These three Gifts are commonly referred to as the Power Gifts.  These Gifts must accompany the Office of the Apostle on a consistent basis.


Apostles are also anointed to go where the Gospel has not been, to preach, to teach and to establish Churches. (Romans 15:20; Hebrews 6:1-3)  This takes special skills. (1Corinthians 12:28)  Once the Apostle establishes people in the faith, he or she will hand the work over to an anointed Pastor.  The Pastor will continue the Apostle’s work from there. (1Corinthians 3:10)  Without the power to establish and organize Churches, it is absolutely impossible to be a New Testament Apostle.  


If one has not had a dramatic, supernatural conversion experience, at least one personal visitation of Jesus Christ, is unable to preach or teach on the Foundational Doctrines of Christ and Major Bible Doctrines, lacks a consistent operation of the Power Gifts and is unable to establish and organize local churches, one is simply not a New Testament, non-foundational Apostle of the highest degree. 


One may be a "sent one" with a very specific message to the Body of Christ  but without these New Testament criteria it is highly doubtful one is a New Testament, Five-fold Ministry Apostle. ( Ephesians 4:11)  


This does not mean you should stop preaching or teaching if you have been billing yourself as an Apostle and have discovered that you lack the proper criteria.  You should continue preaching and teaching, for that is always right. You should simply stop referring to yourself as an "Apostle." 


Also, Apostles have NO authority in Churches they did not establish.  No Pastor should ever be afraid of withstanding an “Apostle” who attempts to usurp authority in his Church, if that Apostle did not establish that Church. (1Corinthians 9:1,2,11,12)


It is not unusual for an Apostle to stand in all Five-fold Ministry Offices.  This is because it takes the anointings of an Evangelist, Teacher, Prophet and Pastor to get things up and running supernaturally.  Therefore, any or all of these anointings can rest upon the true Apostle of God. The Apostle Paul is a perfect example of this truth.


So, we have seen from the Word of the Living God that it is wrong to say, "There are no more Apostles today."  


It is wrong to say, "The only Apostles were the original 12 Apostles and those they personally appointed to an Apostleship."  That is fiction, not fact. There are many more Apostles in Scripture then first meets the untrained eye.


As previously stated, the Apostle Paul was never set apart as an Apostle by any of the original twelve, neither did he walk with Jesus. Nor did he witness His resurrection and ascension as the original twelve did. (Acts 1:22, 25, 26) 


Yet, this man who authored three quarters of the New Testament continued to refer to himself an an "Apostle" sent of God throughout his epistles. (1 Timothy 2:7; 2 Timothy 1:1; Titus 1:1, etc.)


It is also wrong to lay claim to the title "Apostle" when one does not have the New Testament criteria.


Are the Saints of God perfected yet? Of course not! 


The Apostle Paul said all five Ministry Offices, the Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor & Teacher are given for "...the perfection of the Saints."  (Ephesians 4:12) 


As long as we are in need of perfection and maturity all five of these Offices will be in operation.  


That's the inspired Word of God, not the misinformed Word of man.


For more in-depth teaching on the Offices of the Apostle and Pastor see the book, "He Gave Gifts Unto Men" by Dr. Kenneth E. Hagin.


Be Blessed … John and Barbara Hamel



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