“Apologetics”- a case for the Apostleship

 I find it ironic how the “Apologetic Movement” has really “made the case” for a restoration of the apostleship. The very idea that there is much wrong in the Body of Christ as far as error filled teachings and false doctrines, just substantiates the need for TRUE apostles in the governmental body of Christ. Just look at where we are 1500 years later without the type of leadership that was set in place by Father God and our Lord Jesus.

Part of the argument that “apologetics” uses is found in Jude. Let’s look at it:

Jude 1

 1Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:

 2Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.

 3Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

 4For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

 5I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.

I have heard “contend for the Faith” from the “apologetics” folks, and yes I agree we should contend for the Faith, but Jude is speaking in verse 4:

 4For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

Notice that Jude refers to “men of old”, “ungodly men”,men who “turned the grace of God into lasciviousness” and finally, men who “deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ”.

Jude goes on to say in verse 5:

 5I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.

Notice again Jude is referring to those who don’t believe!

The argument about “contending for the faith” should be about those who are NOT believers, not with your Brothers and Sisters who are in Christ Jesus already. All this does is sow discord and doesn’t promote unity within the Body of Christ.

The Apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:

  16And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

 17And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.

 18For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

 19Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

 20And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and the prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

 21In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:

 22In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

Paul is recognizing and declaring that The Lord Jesus has done all the work needed to bring God’s people into unity with the Father. He states that such unity brings about “An habitation of God through the Spirit” [v22]

This unity is “built upon the foundation of the apostles and the prophets” [v20] with “Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone”.[v20]

Such unity is needed and declared in verse 21 when Paul states “All the building fitly framed together  with the results being “groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord”.

Unless the entire building is built in accordance with Jesus’ “building codes” it won’t pass the final inspection. It will have a good foundation in Christ , but without the apostle and the prophet there to oversee the final construction phase, you could end up with something that has “A form of Godliness, but denying the power thereof “.

No one is arguing the point that there is need for correct teaching and accountability in The Body. The argument is, why not use that which Christ Jesus himself gave us to keep order and decency in The Body with?

Ephesians 4:11-13  states that “He [Jesus Christ] is the one who gave these gifts to the church : the apostles, the prophets, the evangelist, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ, until we come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature and full grown in the Lord, measuring up to the full stature of Christ”.

The results for following the “building plan” of Jesus is found in verse 14&15 “Then we will no longer be like children, forever changing our minds about what we believe because someone has told us something different or because someone has cleverly lied to us and made the lie sound like the truth. Instead, we will hold to the truth in love, becoming more and more in every way like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church”

Now finally listen to this in verse 16 “Under his direction [Jesus’ building plan], The whole body is fitted together perfectly. As each part [that includes apostles and prophets] does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love”.

WOW! What more do you need! If any part of The Body is missing, then “The whole body”  can’t be “Fitted together perfectly”.

 So why do we need Apostles and Prophets today? Just look around and ask yourself, ” How healthy is the body of Christ?” The very point that ” Apologetics” state they are needed confirms the need for True Apostles and True Prophets today, just as much as ever in the body of Christ, to accomplish that which was started 2000 years ago!! 

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4 responses to ““Apologetics”- a case for the Apostleship

  1. “The argument about “contending for the faith” should be about those who are NOT believers, not with your Brothers and Sisters who are in Christ Jesus already. All this does is sow discord and doesn’t promote unity within the Body of Christ.”

    It depends on the spirit it’s given in. Done right, even though harsh and confrontational, it can be the very thing that changes a life and a community. Think on Paul’s confronting of Peter “in front of them all” because “he was clearly in the wrong”. That was a hardcore deal there, nevermind how many times Paul named names of false brethren/teachers and told Timothy and others to take note of them and not allow the things they teach to continue. Paul said that such folks such be publicly corrected so that all would fear.

    So this is where jerks take license to be jerks….which makes it harder for the true men of God to do what they must, when they must.

    The balancing act here is tense and very requiring. You have to do what’s good for the Body, yet you have to have love in your center, motivating you….even though you know it won’t be taken as “love”.

    I do have to agree with the overall sweep of your post here. True apostles and true prophets MUST arise…..we’ve had a generation of false and bogus for so long though….when they do start doing their job, they’ll be hated by many.

    So what can we expect to see happen when they show up? What will they say to the current “movements”? Will folks repent or will they drag these “Pauls” outside the city and stone them to death? I wonder…

    I guess that’s all for now…
    mark jr.

  2. lbolm

    Amen Mark Jr,
    That’s right on with how I try to approach some of these issues myself. It don’t always go that way though.
    Be Blessed and thanks for coming by!

    Love in Christ Jesus
    Jake

  3. The author and readers of this post may wish to review http://anonapostle.blogspot.com/ since it addresses this issue and gives solutions for the problem. Thank you.

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