Apostolic Nature – Advancing the Kingdom of God

Posted: July 14, 2012 in Advancing The Kingdom, Foundation on Apostle/ Apostolic, The 5 fold Ministries, The Kingdom of God

The Apostolic Nature itself is Advancing the Kingdom of God, and for especially the Apostles, it is the heart and the nature to Advance God Kingdom, and it is also one of the main purpose of an Apostle and Apostolic.

Being First Alone does not make Apostleship:

If being the FIRST and STARTING SOMETHING NEW ALONE MADE SOMEONE AN APOSTLE, my wife would be an Apostle, she was the First to pioneer full time works of Seva Bharat Ministry in the whole of Mizoram state in India. But, that does not make her an Apostle, even though she was the First person who pioneered the First Seva Bharat Ministries in the whole state of Mizoram in India, as a Full Time Worker. She was actually looking for a job, so she finds a job, so her job assignment was to do the works of the Lord in Mizoram through Seva Bharat Ministries, she traveled all around Mizoram doing good works and networking with youths in different places and churches. But, they were jobs assigned for her for their job from their Boss from South India.

If being THE FIRST or STARTING SOMETHING NEW IN THE NAME OF CHRIST made somebody an Apostle, then we would be an Apostle with some of our friends when we started THE FIRST Guitar Training Class in the town of Bhuttabari and in those region in a little bit outskirt of Siliguri. We were the FIRST, but not only that, the Guitar Learning Class were also done as a Ministry in Christ Name. There were more than 10 who used to attend that Guitar Training Course. But, those things does not make us an Apostle. We were just doing some good works for the Lord, and we were the FIRST and THE ONLY PEOPLE who did those kind of ministries in those areas, and the ONLY Course ever existed in those region, especially in Christ Name.

Even though all those things may be part of the Apostolic, they didn’t make us an Apostle. But all those are good works for the Kingdom of God, and they are part of Advancing the Kingdom of God.

And while we were working in Discipleship Training School, we sometimes added New topics (New Subjects) in the Training courses, but those things too does not make anyone an Apostle, they are just New subjects Added for the learning, even though they are for the Kingdom of God. They could even be the First New subjects, but those things does not make anyone an Apostle.

Anybody can plant a Church, Pioneer New Ministries or any other things, and that is okay to plant a Church, and those are good for the Kingdom of God, but anyone can plant a Church as well. We often have a thought that Apostleship is about planting a Church, but if we look at the Bible, the main purpose of Jesus sending the Apostles was not to plant a Church itself, but because planting church was sorely needed where they were sent, and where they were serving the Lord, so they plant a Church. But, planting Church alone does not make anyone an Apostle, anyone can plant a Church, a Pastor can plant a Church, Evangelist can plant a Church, Teachers, Prophets, people with any types of gifts and talents, businessmen, and missionaries, any servants of God can plant a Church, and all those are part of Apostolic and Advancing the Kingdom of God. All those might be good, but that does not make them an Apostle. Many people have a traditional believe that Apostleship is about planting a Church, but Apostle means “A sent one”, an “Ambassadors of Christ”. Of Course we need many more people around the world who would plant Churches, and advance the Kingdom of God. And if we Advance the Kingdom of God, we also need to establish the Kingdom of God.

Pioneering: Pioneering too can be done by any believers of Jesus Christ, although that is part of Apostolic, but everyone who pioneered does not mean an “Apostle”, even though pioneering may be a good thing for the Kingdom of God. One of the example I have shared in the first paragraph from my wife would bring descriptions in some ways.

Having a Sent Mentalities:
Apostles are not only “the sent”, anybody can be sent, missionaries can be sent, Prophets can be sent, Evangelist can be sent. Even though Apostles mean “A Sent One”, God can sent anyone that does not make them an Apostle either, but a sent mentalities itself are all part of an Apostolic. And all those works for the Kingdom of God are good things. In fact, all believers of Jesus Christ are sent and must have a sent mentality to transform their regions, cities, towns, areas or the nations. And all those “sent mentalities” are part of an Apostolic.

Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” John 20:21

Apostles are sent with a heart of transformation on this earth as they advance the Kingdom of God. Apostles carry the Authority of the one who sent them, the Authority of Christ. Beside Whatever visions and hearts of transformations they might be given, there is also the mindsets of an Apostle. The mindset of an Apostolic and Apostles, one of the verse we can quote –

Phil 2:5-11

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

The Apostolic mindset knows that a believers of Jesus Christ is to live a life of death and Resurrection, a resurrected life, as Christ was resurrected. We are to be Resurrected and Glorified with Christ.

The Apostolic knows the death of Christ, and they knows that they must die on the cross, and live a life of death. We must be able to say, “I live a life of death”. They also knows the Authority of Christ as they Advance the Kingdom of God on this earth, as the verse said, “Every knee should bow IN THE NAME OF JESUS, IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH AND UNDER THE EARTH“.

There are different graces given in the Body of Christ, let us look at from the 5 fold Ministries : – Ephesians 4:11-13

Teachers – They have the ability to give a detail instructions on the word of God, the Bible. Bringing REVELATIONS OF GOD’S WORDS.
Pastors – They cares for the sheep, families, counseling, etc.
Evangelist – Lost souls, they have a desire to see that all people be saved, get to Heaven and not Hell.
Prophets – Pointing out the will of God, especially the specific will of God on this earth, and also prophesy.
Apostles – They can touch all the other 4, and one of the other main point is The nature of Advancing the Kingdom of God. Apostles also carry a blueprint in their hearts concerning the Church (the Body of Christ), the Kingdom of God, and God’s purposes on the earth.

Apostles also bring “Present Truth” Teachings and Revelations to the Body of Christ. (“Present Truth” taken from 2Peter 1:12 -“Be Established in the Present Truth”).

When we learn to receive from these graces, we will come into maturity in our lives and the Body of Christ. And EVERY SINGLE PARTS of the Body of Christ are IMPORTANT. In the Bible we find that James wrote through revelations he received:-
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights. – James 1:17

And the heartbeat and purpose of an Apostle is to Advance the Kingdom of God and to see the Kingdom of God coming on this earth. The nature of an Apostle and Apostolic itself is Advancing the Kingdom of God. Everybody can start something new for the Kingdom of God, and that is good and important, and the Kingdom of God must be advancing. But the nature of an Apostle itself is a nature of Advancing the Kingdom of God. So, we must also learn to receive from these grace, Apostolic and the Apostle’s grace, the nature of Advancing the Kingdom of God.

Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so on earth (Matt 6:10)

By, David Chawngthu
Founder: Kingdom Apostolic Ministries

Aizawl, Mizoram, India.

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Comments
  1. Melinda wright says:

    Thank you so much for info!!keep advance the kingdom!!

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