Purpose of this Session
Over the past decades there has been a phenomenal restoration that has taken place in the Body and ministry of Christ in the earth. Acts 3:21 speaks of how the heavens must receive Jesus until the times of restoration of all things:
“Whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.” (Acts 3:21 NKJV)
During the past four centuries this restoration has been unfolding with ever increasing pace and power. Critical truth and experiences lost to the church during the dark ages have been restored to the church in this time: Martin Luther received and declared the message of justification by faith; the Wesleyan revivals restored the revelation of holiness among other things; the twentieth century has witnessed the Pentecostal and charismatic doctrine and experience being restored. The 1950’s saw a flood of healing evangelists released on the world stage; the 60’s and 70’s pastors and teachers; the 80’s witnessed a remarkable move of the prophetic and the restoration of the prophetic office, and in the past two decades the ministry and gift of the apostle has been recognised, embraced and manifest in marvellous ways.
The Apostolic Spirit of Christ, and the Apostolic mandate are very much alive in the Body of Christ today, as we draw ever nearer to the revelation of Christ in the glory of His second coming.
What is an Apostle?
DEFINTION: Essentially the Greek word translated Apostle, apostolos, simply means “one who is sent forth”. An ‘apostle’ is a ‘sent one’.
In classical Greek usage the word referred to men who were naval officers responsible for a fleet of ships, and to the fleet of ships he captained, as well as any colony he and they founded. It was also used of an emissary or ambassador. Essentially it spoke of those who faithfully transmitted and reflected the intentions of the sender. A true sent one is a perfect representation of the one by whom they are sent.
In this way, Christ Himself was the perfect Sent one; faithfully re-presenting the Father (the Sender) in deed and Word. Jesus was able to confidently say; if you have seen me you have seen the Father, and that to hear His words is to hear the message sent by the Father Himself (John 14:9-10).
The apostle is equivalent to the one who sent Him. David Cannistraci in ‘The Gift of the Apostle’ says: “Apostles may most clearly be understood in terms of their roles as ambassadors from heaven. They are sent by the Holy Spirit as emissaries of the King bearing a message from the throne of God.”