The men whom Jesus ordained as apostles, along with Matthias, who replaced Judas, were gifted by God with an apostleship which wasn’t for the early church only. The scope of their ministry continues today as true Christians continue to labor in the Kingdom of Christ building up the body us Christ upon the foundation of Jesus and their testimony about Jesus.
Many who claim the title “apostle” are building on some other foundation than the one established by the apostles who were ordained by Jesus. A true apostle will continue to spread the the gospel in accordance to the testimony of Jesus given to us by the first apostles.
Just prior to the destruction of the temple, the writer of Hebrews said the following:
Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward; how shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us BY THEM THAT HEARD HIM; God also bearing THEM witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will? ~ Hebrews 2:1-4
Those who heard the Lord, to whom he bore witness with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, should be correctly understood as the apostles who were ordained by Jesus.
The authentic ministry of the apostles who gave us the Word of God (the New Testament) is being undermined by so much of what goes on in the name of “the apostolic”. Many of them wouldn’t even qualify as “knock offs” because there is no resemblance to the ministry of the original apostles. They have completely perverted the ministry of apostleship.
The ministry of the original apostles has not ended. It continues through the preaching of the gospel that they gave us. In John 17 Jesus prayed the following on behalf of the original apostles.
I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word… ~ John 17:6-20
Jesus ordained these men as apostles and their ministry did not end when they died. Their ministry continues as the truth about Jesus, which they gave us, is preached and taught to all nations.
In 2 Peter, Peter (who was one of the apostles) says the following:
This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: ~ 2 Peter 3:1-2
Notice that Peter makes mention of the holy prophets and the apostles. This is a reference to the Old Testament prophets and the apostles who were commissioned by Jesus. It is also who Paul is referring to in Ephesians 2 when he says that the church is built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone.
The church is not built on the foundation of modern day apostles and prophets. The church is built on the testimony of Jesus which the Biblical prophets declared and the apostles chosen by Jesus affirmed!
Jude also makes reference to the authoritative calling of apostles when he says, “But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. ~ Jude 1:17-18
Ironically, the original apostles warned against the very things that some modern day apostles are preaching and doing.
The ministry of apostleship is alive and well, but not in many who call themselves apostles. It is alive and well in those who through the Holy Spirit obey the gospel which was given to us by the men Jesus ordained to establish his Kingdom.
Today’s “so-called apostles” who are constantly preaching about Jezebel, new levels, shifts in the atmosphere, portals, etc. are at best, frauds! They are not authentic apostles. Their message about Jesus and his Kingdom is apostate and not the truth.