"The Work of the Apostle"
By Cleve Sharp
Every one of the Apostles were first called to be disciples of the Lord. They were radically committed to the service of the Lord. They left all and followed Him. When the Lord asked them in
Apostle - Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries G652 ἀπόστολος apostolos ap-os'-tol-os From G649; a delegate; specifically an ambassador of the Gospel; officially a commissioner of
1) A delegate, messenger, one sent forth with orders
Jesusis the Chief Apostle
a. Ephesians 2:20 (KJV) 20And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets,
b. Hebrews 3:1 (KJV) 1Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession,
- Two types of Apostles
a. Apostles of the Lamb
i. Matthew 10:2 - 4 (KJV) 2Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; 3Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; 4Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.
b. Other Apostles
ii. Appointment of Paul and Barnabas
Acts 13:2 - 3 (KJV) 2As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me
Romans 11:13 (KJV) 13For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:
iii. James the Brother of Jesus
Acts 21:18 (KJV) 18And the day following
1 Corinthians 15:7 (KJV) 7After that, he was seen of
iv. Apollos – The Church viewed Apollos alongside
1 Corinthians (KJV) 12Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of
1 Corinthians 3:4 - 6 (KJV) 4For while one saith, I am of
Philippians 2:25 (KJV) 25Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants.
Because of the restoration of the gift of Apostle there are many that have become self appointed, mama called, and daddy sent “apostles”. The following words should sober the minds of those that aspire to this office apart from the will of God.
- Appointed for Death and to be a Spectacle to the World, fools for
a. 1 Corinthians 4:9 - 10 (KJV) 9For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men. 10We are fools for
- True apostles do not serve themselves – they serve only the interests of
b. Philippians 2:20 - 21 (KJV) 20For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state. 21For all seek their own, not the things which are
- Understand and teach the “Mystery of the Church”
a. Rom Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of
b. Eph 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: 10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known By The Church The Manifold Wisdom Of God, 11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:(KJV)
- Perform miracles
a. 2 Corinthians (KJV) 12Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.
b. Hebrews 2:3 - 4 (KJV) 3How 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; 4God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
- Set the Church in order by Spiritual authority
a. 1 Cor And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come. (KJV)
- Collect and distribute funds for the relief of the saints
a. 1 Cor 16:1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of
b. 2 Corinthians 9:1 - 2 (KJV) 1For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you: 2For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many.
2 Corinthians (KJV) 12For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;
- Addresses areas that are wanting, lacking, coming behind
b. 1Thes 3:9 For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God; 10 Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith? (KJV)
c. 1 Cor 1:4 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; 5 That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; 6 Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: 7 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: (KJV)
- Solves disputes
a. Acts 6:2 - Acts 6:4 KJV 1And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. 2Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. 3Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. 4But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.
- Address Structure/Government in the Church
a. 1 Cor 12:27 - 1 Cor 12:28 KJV 28And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
b. Heb - Heb KJV 17Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
- Sets in Elders, ordains them
- Sets a life pattern before the people
a. Acts 20:17 - 21 (KJV) 17And from
b. 1 Thessalonians 1:5 - 6 (KJV) 5For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake. 6And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:
c. 1 Corinthians 4:17 (KJV) 17For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church.
- Plants, Waters
a. 1 Corinthians 3:6 - 9 (KJV) 6I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 7So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. 8Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. 9For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.
- Establishes doctrine, and by relationship
b. Romans 6:17 (KJV) 17But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
c. Romans 16:17 (KJV) 17Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
e. Titus 1:9 (KJV) 9Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
- The authority of an apostle is by relationship and spiritual life impact, not by organizational hierarchical structure
a. 1 Corinthians (KJV) 15For though ye have ten thousand instructors in
b. 1 Corinthians 9:1 - 2 (KJV) 1Am I not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen
- They instruct and correct
a. 1 Corinthians - 21 (KJV) 19But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power. 20For the
- Make disciples
a. Matthew 28:19 - 20 (KJV) 19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
b. Mark 16:15 (KJV) 15And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
- Bring accountability to the word
a. 2 Thessalonians 3:14 - 15 (KJV) 14And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. 15Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
b. James 1:18 (KJV) 18Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
c. James 1:23 - 25 (KJV) 23For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
d. Titus 1:9 - 11 (KJV) 9Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. 10For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: 11Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.
- Apostles are people of prayer
a. Luke 6:12 (KJV) 12And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.
b. Acts 1:14 - 15 (KJV) 14These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and
c. Acts 6:4 (KJV) 4But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.
d. Philippians 1:3 - 6 (KJV) 3I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, 5For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; 6Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
- Carry the care of the church in their hearts
a. 2 Corinthians (KJV) 28Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.
b. Colosians 2: 1 (LB) I want you to know how much I have agonized for you and for the church at
- Confront false apostles
a. 2 Corinthians 11:12 - 15 (KJV) 12But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we. 13For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of
b. Revelation 2:2 (KJV) 2I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
- Attack the paradigms that take us from the Lord, his purpose, his ways, and his word