"A Vision of Jesus - Our Apostle and High Priest"
By Catherine Brownhttp://www.gatekeepers.org.uk/
A Vision of Apostolos
Apostolos is translated in Greek to mean "apostle." The Strong's Concordance states: a delegate; specially, an ambassador of the Gospel, officially a commissioner of Christ ("apostle") (with miraculous powers): apostle, messenger, he that is sent.
Apostles are authorised to preach (see 1 Corinthians 1:17); authorised to be ambassadors for Christ (see 2 Corinthians 5:20; Ephesians 6:20); to be witnesses to all nations (see Luke 24:48) and to make disciples of all peoples (see Matthew 28:19). Apostles are radical lovers of Jesus Christ who understand they have been entrusted with a precious, holy aspect of Christ's own nature and have been imputed with a measure of His grace to fulfil this high calling (see Ephesians 3:2).
The Lamb of God- the Burnt Offering
"Therefore, when Christ came into the world, He said: 'Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a body You prepared for Me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings You were not pleased.' Then I said, 'Here I am - it is written about Me in the scroll - I have come to do Your will, O God.'" Hebrews 10:5-7
The vision revealed the Lord in the role of High Priest and Apostle. Jesus carried the ministry of apostleship at the same time as being marked as an Apostle. The mantle of apostle was upon His back and speaks of the weight of authority of the office of apostle, thus the vision also reveals the kingly ambassadorial aspect of apostleship. The office of apostle is a high calling and one that is brought forth in a baptism of sacrifice and obedience to Father.
A Modern Day Movement of Apostles - Burning Signposts of God's Love
The office of apostle is current, consecrated and to be celebrated by the Church, Christ's Body. The Lord paid a high price for our salvation, and this embraces the five governmental aspects of His mantle imparted to the Church when Christ ascended to the Father's right hand (see Ephesians 4:11).
In the vision the word apostolos burned with holy fire which did not consume it. We understand from Scripture that God's fire consumes all that is unholy, and we note the office of apostle survived the baptism of fire and remained intact. This speaks volumes to us of the sanctified nature of apostolic calling, and the requirement to walk God-ward in tenacious humility and God-reliance for those who are called to walk in apostleship. Fire purifies, and apostles often undergo intense preparation in order to be made ready to carry and administrate the responsibilities entrusted with this mercy-endowed, consecrated office.
Whilst the Bible teaches us that the ministry of a bona fide apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ is marked with "signs, wonders and miracles" (2 Corinthians 12:12), the most poignant of all truths is that genuine Christ-appointed apostles are not concerned with putting on a "show" or seeking after signs, fame or the accolades of men, for their lives are hidden in Christ and they themselves are burning signposts of Christ's radical love to the world.
Alpha and Omega
Apostolic ministry has to be unflinching in its commitment to being ground-breaking so that Gospel seeds can be planted, nurtured and grown to maturity in the hearts of men, women and children throughout the world. In relation to the kingly, i.e. ruling, aspect of apostleship, it is important to note that apostles have a God-assigned sphere of influence, "We, however, will not boast beyond proper limits, but will confine our boasting to the field God has assigned to us, a field that reaches even to you" (2 Corinthians 10:13).
Notwithstanding, the apostolic mandate is unceasing in its desire to open up unchartered territory for the glory of God, "Neither do we go beyond our limits by boasting of work done by others. Our hope is that, as your faith continues to grow, our area of activity among you will greatly expand, so that we can preach the gospel in the regions beyond you. For we do not want to boast about work already done in another man's territory" (2 Corinthians 10:15-16).
Ephesians 4 reveals God's heart for the five-fold ministry offices to work in unity, "There is one body and one Spirit - just as you were called to one hope when you were called - one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all," so that the Church may attain the full measure of the stature of Christ. With the continued emergence of end-time apostles, the global Church will experience a paradigm shift in leadership models/trends and will become increasingly apostolic in function, ministry and nature.
The things that are placed in the Lord's hands are to be considered precious, and when God breathes upon them they are multiplied as manna for the nations. The gifts that flow from the hands of Christ are sanctified for works, witness, and worship and walking with Him. In this instance, the hands of our Saviour held the office of apostle.
Apostolic ministry is a gift to the Body of Christ, and when the Church receives apostles - there will be acceleration of Kingdom activity including church planting, building up the Body of Christ, receiving revelatory strategy and heavenly blueprints, along with an ability to wage spiritual warfare at a cross-continental level in apostolic intercession.
Ordained By God
As a forerunner ministry (another aspect of being "first"), apostleship is a gift of God's grace to the Church to enable her to reign/serve and mature in sonship. Apostolic authority is given by God to protect His sheep and provide fatherly instruction, covering and direction.
The Light of Apostleship
Jesus, the Light of the world, was sent by His Father and opened the eyes of a man who could not see. There is a divine connection between being sent and being able to bring fresh revelation of the Father heart of God, His wonder-working power and the things of the Kingdom into clear perception and accessibility.
Christ opened eyes that were both physically and spiritually blind. Yet Jesus spoke to the Pharisees of His day and said they were blinded to the truth. Apostolic ministry brings forth the light of revelation and speaks with authority to dismantle religious mindsets and demonic alliances that deny Christ's authority. It opens eyes to see both the God of all creation and the glorious gospel in a dynamic way.
In emulating the Master an apostle is called by lifestyle example and divine calling to be a light to the Church, and the Church likewise is called to be a light to the nations, just as Israel is called as light for the Gentiles.
Jesus tells us, "Let your light shine before men" (Matthew 5:16). The ministry of apostles was made to shine in the darkness so that God might move in creative power and realign destinies of individuals, communities, churches and nations in accordance with His will and His word.
"Father, in humble obedience I pray with apostolic authority for all those called as apostles to come forth in Jesus' name, that Your Church might enter into a fresh dispensation of apostolic grace and favour and all glory be ascribed to Your Name. For Jesus' sake. Amen."
Gatekeepers Global Ministries