Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Qualifications of an Apostle
Certain things are made quite plain in the New Testament Scriptures with regard to the office of an apostle. An apostle was a man of whom the following things had to be true. First and foremost, he must have seen the risen Lord, he must have been a witness of the resurrected Christ. We cannot deal with all the scriptural proofs, but one of the most important is 1 Corinthians 9:1 where Paul writes, “Am I not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord?” Likewise in 1 Corinthians 15, in giving a list of the people buh whom the risen Lord had been seen, he mentions the fact that “Last of all he was seen of me also, as one born out of due time. For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle.” A man could not be an apostle unless he could be a witness to the Lord’s resurrection, unless he could say that he had seen the risen Christ. We shall see the importance of emphasizing that.
The second essential is that he must have been called and commissioned to do his work by the risen Lord Himself in person; not by the Church, not by any delegation. This, again, is seen in Galatians chapter 1. …
Thirdly, an apostle was a man who had been given a supernatural revelation of the Truth. The apostle has already death with this in the third chapter of this Epistle where he says, “If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: how that by revelation he made know unto me the mystery” (vv.2-3). He had received “by revelation” the knowledge of the truth he was to preach. …
Fourthly, the next desideratum follows logically from the third, namely, that an apostle is a man who has been given power to speak not only with authority but with infallibility. The apostles were ambassadors for Christ, and a unique authority was granted to them. The early Church recognized this authority. …
The fifth and last test which must be emphasized is that an apostle was a man who had the power to work miracles. This is stated in Hebrews 2:4, where we are told that the word was first spoken by the Lord, and them by them who heard Him, “The Lord also bearing them witness with signs and wonders and diverse miracles.”
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, “Christian Unity: An Exposition of Ephesians 4:1-16,” pp.183-185
Some additional passages to buttress Lloyd-Jones’ argument as to qualifications for an apostle:
Seen the risen Christ: Acts 1:21-23
Were personally taught by Christ: Luke 24:45; John 14:26; John 16:13-14; John 17:7-8, 14, 26; Acts 1:2; 1 Cor. 15:3; Gal. 1:11-12.
Divinely inspired: 1 Cor. 2:10-13, 14:37; 1 Thes. 2:13; 1 Tim 1:11; 1 John 4:6.
Signs of: Acts 5:12, 14:3; Rom. 15:18-19; 2 Cor. 12:12
Signs confirmed them: Mark 16:20; Acts 2:42-47
They were the foundation of the church (i.e., no new foundation to be had): Eph. 2:20.
All this is to prove that the false apostles of the New Apostolic Reformation are nothing but self-appointed leaders who are liars leading people astray. DO NOT LISTEN TO THEM!