Purpose of this Session
There are levels of the Apostolic and apostolic anointing. As Paul says in 1Cor 12:29, all are not apostles. However, all do partake of Christ’s apostolic anointing to some degree, and all are accountable to His apostolic mandate to obey and teach His commands wherever they are sent. What follows are some of the different apostles (sent ones) revealed in the New Testament.
1. The twelve Apostles of the Lamb
The twelve original apostles chosen and trained personally by Jesus are pre-eminent apostles. They hold a place of privilege that no other apostle can claim. Each was personally trained by Jesus (Mark 3:14-15), each witnessed the resurrected Christ and His ascension, and they will hold a place of privilege in the coming Kingdom (Matt 19:28; Rev 21:14)
2. The Seventy
Luke 10:1 speaks of seventy ‘sent ones’, sent by Jesus with an apostolic mandate to preach the gospel, heal the sick and establish the work of God.
3. Post Ascension Apostles
The New Testament mentions many apostles who ministered after the resurrection of Christ. Clearly the apostolic call and mandate did not cease with the death of the twelve, and the full intention of Christ is to continue to give apostles to the church until we come to the unity of the faith and the full measure of Christ’s stature (Eph 4:13).
Apostles mentioned include:
• Matthias (Acts 1:26)
• Paul (1 Cor 15:8)
• James the brother of Jesus (Gal 1:19)
• Barnabas (Acts 14:3,4,14)
• Apollos (1 Cor 4:6-9)
• Timothy (Acts 19:22;1 Thess 1:1;2:6)
• Titus (2 Cor 8:23 (messenger is ‘apostolos’))
• Silas and Silvanus (Acts 15:22; 1Thes 1:1;2:6)
• Tychius (2 Tim 4:12)
• Judas (Acts 15:22; 1Thes 2:6)
• Andronicus (Rom 16:7)
• Junia (Rom 16:7) – whose name indicates that this was a woman
• Epaphroditus (Phil 2:25)
• Arastus (Acts 19:22)
• other unnamed apostles (2 Cor 8:23)
In addition to these listed in the New Testament there are innumerable others who have been similarly called by Christ into active apostolic ministry in the subsequent centuries.
4. All of Christ’s Disciples
In one way every disciple of Christ, although not specifically an ‘apostle’, is part of an apostolic company, called and sent by Christ:
“As You sent (apostello) Me into the world, I also have sent (apostello) them into the world.” (John 17:18 NKJV)
Each member of Christ’s Body partakes of His apostolic anointing to differing degrees. We are an apostolic people.