Ephesians 2:20-22 “And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone: In whom all the building fitly framed together growth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are build together for an habitation of God through the Spirit .”
The word apostolic is not a theological perspective or a doctrinal viewpoint. It is a functional word. It is the function of those who are walking within the confines of apostolicity. The apostolic ministry is probably the key to opening the secret of the kingdom of God in this particular hour. It consists of the five-fold ministry: teaching, pastoring, evangelistic work, prophecy and apostle.
During the nineties, the apostolic thrust gave rise to ministry of reconciliation which is order, because an apostle’s role is to bring order. The apostolic thrust also brought inner healing, tremendous deliverance to people and the anointing of the power of the Holy Spirit to bring government order, structure, vision, and strategy.
These are just some of the things that have been restored to the body of Christ. The Holy Spirit not only brought these things to the body through the apostolic release, but it also brought the breaking down of denominational walls. Many apostles will be developed and raised up all over the world in the coming seasons to articulate and establish this move in their regions and nations.
Who is an Apostle?
The word apostle comes from several Greek terms and roots. Its broadest meaning, the one most commonly given, is “a sent one, a specially commissioned messenger of Jesus Christ.” Its prefix “apo” means “away from,” to describe a separation where a sharp severing has taken place. “Apo” infers consecration from the masses to fulfill a commission. The word apostle comes from the Greek apostello that means, “set apart to send out on a mission by liberating from previous obligations.”
In the strictest sense of the word, Ezra and Nehemiah, under King Cyrus, exemplify this. They were both occupying other positions. Yet when the king was inspired by God to restore Judaism, they were formally relieved of their duties to set out on the commission he ordained. Apostles, like all of the five-fold, are a set aside group ordained for the purpose of setting forth the new covenant kingdom of Jesus Christ.