WHAT IS THE APOSTOLIC LIFE?
Let me begin by laying a foundation that will support the walls of this life. The walls of a house will not stand unless a solid foundation is laid.
We know the church, the house, the Body of Christ ( may I add, the bones, that in itself is such a divine revelation for not one of His bones were broken.), must be laid on He who is the Foundation, the Cornerstone and the Capstone. All things are summed up in Him, Christ. If not laid on this, God the Father will not bless, as His divine favour can not be upon any other foundation except His Son, Jesus Christ.
The resurrected life of Christ must be the governing factor in any building, gift, calling, ministry, denomination, fellowship even all teaching, prophetic utterance, pastoring apostleship, evangelism, prayer, deliverance, bible reading. Only He is THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. The progressive journey of the individuals' life in Christ as they be built into the temple by the Holy Spirit, to contain the Presence cannot stand unless Christ be all. Unless the Lord builds the house they labour in vain who build it. Set apart for the purpose of being filled with the glory Who is none other than Christ. This being evident when all that is put in place will have the breath, the Spirit of God upon it for only through and upon Him will the building stand.
All He was and is and is to come, the Church must be. He was the Sent One and before He was sent, He received the Spirit and was empowered to go forth under the Apostolic mandate bestowed on Him by the Father. He breathed Himself, the essence of who He was, His authority and His power into twelve chosen men and they in turn became those sent to also carry out the mandate to change the world, not for themselves, may I add, not even for those saved from hell, but to give glory to the Creator of all things good and righteous, that the earth will once again be as it was destined before its' foundations were laid.
God, in the beginning, took out of the sin filled world, a nation, out of which He chose a twelve tribes. To the chosen generation, He lay down, ordinances, laws, precepts, commandments, statutes, testimonies and judgments. Psalm 119. He left nothing to chance when He signified seven requirements to be necessary to the survival of His Old Testament church in the wilderness. Words passed down, spoken through the mouths of His holy prophets. Many deaths and rebirths in each generation until That Day when many would see these truths, resurrected in the form of His Anointed One, His divine Word. These seven requirements represent God Himself for in these is built the essence of who He is. THE LORD IS THE LAW. He came to fulfill Himself, a mystery hidden, yet to be revealed.
HIS DIVINE GOVERNMENT, HIS DIVINE WORD CAME IN THE FORM OF HIS SENT SON.
Many biblical truths and revelations become apparant when we explore the apostolic number twelve, the Apostolic number revealing Gods' government as opposed to mans. Among other divine attributes, this number sums up all God requires of His people and speaks of divine Apostolic Government in all that would embrace. The life of His Sent ones, in all aspects must under this governmental anointing. Those He chooses will be ineffective if they do not embrace this with submissive hearts in their lives personally and seek to allow Him to establish it without turning away from all He asks.
The significance of this Apostolic number runs as a divine thread throughout the word of God. Moses was commisioned to build a sanctuary for God and yes it was a literal building, built under the direct instruction of the Spirit of God using a predestined people who would comprise men and women from the twelve tribes of the nation of Israel.
This would be the pattern for the future church that also would be birthed from the foundation of the twelve men who had been witnesses and the receivers of the Divine Pattern Himself who stood before them.
They were to be the means by which the spiritual sanctuary for the presence of God, was to be built, but this time not made with human hands but by God through the instruction of the Spirit Of Christ.
To be Apostolic means to be an apostle for God. Not necesarily to have the 5 fold ministry call of an apostle, although true apostles must seek to embrace all Jesus Christ, the Great Apostle was. To be one who was breathed upon by the Lord Jesus Christ and to be commissioned to go forth in all that entails. To live out of that commissioning is not to become great in the eyes of man but to be great in obedience to His desires.
To be truly Apostolic is not about membership to a specific denomination but carries with it the D. N. A. of God. His people worldwide will have heard the voice of His Spirit in this last days move of His holy power. Many have expresssed their lack of understanding of what the term " Apostolic" means, some have never heard the term and there are some who have shied away from anything to do with what they believe to be a new thing.
May I take the liberty of sharing with you that which the Spirit of Christ has revealed to me of what the true Apostolic Life means. For a lifestyle it is, but like Paul, not that I have attained to the fullness of all this means, but pressing forward to the hope to the high call of God on my life.
It may be as you read this you have already been living this life for many years and perhaps not very interested in being given an explanation, but please read on as you may be encouraged to press on as the end of the age draws near and the battle intensifies.
The Apostolic life is lived by Apostolic people. Who are these ones?
A resurrected people who live in the now time, for there is no past, present or future for these ones.
Resurrection is the transcending of time and space, all is now. Moses asked of God " What is Your Name?" He answered, "I AM WHO I AM."
These Apostolic ones have been called and sent by the great I AM. Moses was a sent one who lived in the Presence and the present, truly the sign of an apostolic heart.
As the I AM always is, therefore as He is, so are we. In the blinking of an eye, the present becomes the past and the future at one and the same time.
The Voice that spoke from the midst of the burning bush is the same Voice that rested on the twelve in the upper room and that voice came in answer to the cry of Moses' heart in his desert time thousands of years before. This same Presence waited for these twelve who also waited to be indued, a coming together in one accord in a room, hidden from the eyes of the world for the power that would be their life and their light. The could not leave that place until the Presence rested upon them as holy fire and so we must also wait for this fire from heaven. We each have an upper room, the heart, the sancturary, the secret, hidden place where we welcome the manifested Presence to burn within, the zeal, the passion, the Apostolic fire. We remember Jeremiahs' words " But His word was in my heart like a burning fire, shut up in my bones. I was weary of holding it back, and I could not"
God took His people out of the deserts of Egypt and He found that this dry and barren place was still in their hearts and He used one broken and dedicated man to lead these hungry and thirst ones to a place of abundance.
Many years later, He chose a small, seemingly, insignificant bunch of ordinary men and women and imparted His Presence to them. They waited as Moses had, knowing they could not leave that place unless His Presence went with them. The goodness He promised Moses now found its way into the hearts of those appointed and anointed to carry in the form of mercy and forgiveness to impact a dying world.
THE HOLY SPIRIT REJOICED
The voice of God to Moses found its holy utterance and so once again, this same Spirit poured Himself upon those destined to carry within them this same holy utterance. A now time, a now Christ. Now for healing, salvation, signs and wonders. He was in the beginning the Word that spoke everything into being. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. If then He is always speaking, the breath of life cannot be separated from His Word, the Spirit and the Word always agree. And so these Apostolic people have an agreement within, no debate, no argument, no boubt, The do not have to touch Him in the natural, for they touch Him continually in their spirit, Their inner life acknowledges Him without ceasing. There is no need to look for outward signs and wonders as the Pharisees did and still do, the Sign and the Wonder lives in them enabling them to live the Apostolic life without consciously being aware of that power. That is as it should be, we know, to be aware of our own power would be a snare of the enemy, causing us to use it for our own glory.
If we are seeking to be truly Apostolic people, we will never forget how the history of man changed forever when two innocent ones who walked with God decided to do it their own way.
Judges 13:16- 25 gives a powerful revelation to the fact that once the truth of His name being WONDERFUL becomes the life of the Apostolic one then the Spirit of the Lord moves upon and in and all sense of time becomes now time.
APOSTOLIC, RESURRECTION POWER, PROPHETICALLY DECLARING BY THE VERY ACT OF BEING, THE PRESENCE ON EARTH HIDDEN WITHIN MORTAL MEN AND WOMEN THE ETERNAL RESURRECTED CHRIST. A SENT PEOPLE PEOPLE WHO DEMONSTRATE THE APOSTOLIC LIFE WITHOUT LIMITATIONS. IN HIS FLESH CHRIST WAS LIMITED TO HIS IMMEDIATE TIME AND SPACE. HE REVEALED TO HIS DISCIPLES AFTER HIS DEATH, HIS BREATH OR THE ESSENCE OF WHO HE WAS, WOULD BE THEIR ONGOING CONNECTION WITH THE SPIRIT REALM AND THERE AND ONLY THERE WAS THEIR SOURCE OF POWER.
AFTER HIS DEATH AND RESURRECTION HE DEFEATED TIME AND SPACE AND RELEASED HIS ETERNAL BREATH AND RESURRECTION POWER INTO HIS DISCIPLES AND THEY BECAME APOSTOLIC OR SENT ONES, RECEIVING THE MANDATE TO CARRY TO THE FOUR CORNERS OF THE EARTH THE EVER PRESENT, NOW MERCY OF THE FATHER.THEY BECAME THE CONTAINERS OF THAT MERCY.
To hear and see beyond what can be seen in the natural can take many years of training by the Spirit of God. But should this be so. There have been many sent ones over the centuries who have come to this truth by divine light, the flash of knowing that rises out of the unseen world deep within. Those who have seen and heard, some used for a very short time and some still hidden and waiting. The word of the Lord says
" You have anointing within and you know all things and you have that no man teach but by the revelation of the Spirit who always abides." 1 Jn. 2:27. . Why do they wait to give out of the abundance of their hearts, that which is divine food for the many who wait for heavens' Bread.
They have not missed the time of His visitation. My hearts cry is that those of you who long for Him, do not miss His second cleansing of the temple and His second visitation.
The greater works are about to come forth by a people who have embraced this holy life in all its forms. A hidden generation, an overcoming army, trained and ignited by a desire to go forth wearing His colours and His armour.