Recognizing A True Apostle

From:
Restoration & the Apostolic Reformation by Vic and Toni Reichenbach

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Jesus, in Matthew 24, mentioned deception as the first sign of the end times and went on to talk about it three more times in the same chapter. A false movement of apostles takes two forms:

1. Apostles who function under a satanic anointing. They may be able to fool even the elect because of their personal charisma and false miracles. However, they will lack godly character.

2. Those who are true pastors, evangelists, prophets, or teachers, yet function as a false apostle by presuming to function in a place before they have been commissioned by the Lord.

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Matthew 7:21-27 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ 

The Wise and Foolish Builders 

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
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A true apostle will be marked by:

• Patience (2 Corinthians 12:12). True apostles are marked by extraordinary perseverance. They carry an anointing to endure and stand when the norm would be to quit and give up. They are steady, dependable, and reliable.

• Revelation of the calling by independent witnesses (Acts 13:1-3). God uses prophetic ministries to identify and confirm the apostolic calling.

• Christ-like character (Matthew 10:24-25). They are true and accurate followers of Jesus Christ. “True apostles have extraordinary character”

• They walk in great humility (Matthew 20:25-28 ) . The greatest in God’s kingdom are those who are the servant of all. The law of divine order goes something like this: The more one is promoted, the more they must lay down their life and serve. Apostles go through years of trials so they always know, “I am nothing. Jesus is everything.”

• Not lording over the flock (2 Corinthians 1:24;1 Peter 5:3). They have the John the Baptist mentality. (I must decrease, Jesus must increase.) Their motive is not to take advantage of the church, but to prepare the bride for the Bridegroom. {On the other hand, self-appointed apostles are dictatorial, and throw their authority around.}

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