Will a person be worthy to be called an Apostle by forsaking everything and being unmarried? Before we discuss that, please make sure that you had read the earlier articles of this series – The Magic of TPM Zion. Click here to read those.
Even though it tickles the ears and pleasures the mind, let me invite these believers to the next stage of the Bible study. Evaluate it as the Bereans did – Acts 17:11.
The Election of an Apostle
Let us start with a scripture portion.
One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. 13 When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles:Luke 6:12-13
From the above verses, and from Luke 10:1 it is undoubtedly clear that Jesus had many disciples including the group of 72. Out of that, he chose twelve and called them apostles. We also understand that the power of selection was solely bestowed on Jesus by God. In Luke 10:17, the scripture introduces those 72 people chosen by Jesus, and then Jesus calls them as disciples. They are not addressed as apostles.
According to Matthew 19:28 and Revelation 21:4, God limited the foundation of the bride of the lamb the New Jerusalem to 12. Only the names of 12 apostles are engraved in it. Is not that the plan of God? If not, what else? The 7 people chosen by the apostles – Stephen, Philip, James – the brother of Jesus and an elder in Jerusalem, Ananias who baptised Paul, Timothy, Titus, and Philemon and even Luke the author of the Gospel – are not identified as apostles of Christ in the scripture. If so, is it not heresy and spiritual pride when some present-day preachers identify or introduce themselves as “apostles of Christ”?
Timothy, Titus and Junia could be called apostles of Paul because Paul did send them to some places representing him. However, they are not the Apostles of Jesus Christ. The Apostles of Christ are ONLY the 12.
The Replacement of Judas Iscariot
Now there is a genuine question; How did Matthias and Paul become apostles? The statement given by Peter in Acts 1:20-26 gives the full answer for this question. One must be selected for the place vacated by “Judas”. That means, even though 2 equally competent people were available, only one can be selected. This is what Peter understood according to Psalms 109:8. Now dear readers please give me the answer, why did they ignore Barnabas also known as Joseph? There is only one answer; the apostleship in the plan of God is limited to “twelve” people only.
From there onwards, we must study many things together from scripture regarding the absence of a further history of Matthias and the selection of Paul. If we understand the fact that the selection of Matthias was before the arrival of the Holy Spirit, then it will be easy to understand the matter in depth.
When we read Acts 9:5, we can understand that the selection of Paul was done by Jesus. His calling and election were done by Jesus himself. For the fulfilment of the prophesies mentioned in Luke 2:10; 2:30; Isaiah 42:1 and in many other places, the selection of Paul was unavoidable. Also, read John 16:13; 21:2-3; Gal 2:11 for an in-depth understanding.
The Five-Fold Ministry Twist
Then what about the ministry of apostles among the five-fold ministries for the church as mentioned in Eph 4:11-13? If we understand the whole counsel of the word of God, we should evaluate it with other portions of scripture too. if we study it along with Phil 1:1 we can understand that there are two more ministries.
Secondly, when we study Eph 2:20 carefully, we can understand that we are BUILT upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, where Jesus Christ himself being the cornerstone. The usage of the term BUILT clearly signifies that the foundation is already Laid. Will anybody do the foolish work of laying the foundation again and again after starting the construction? If so will God do this kind of utter foolish thing? “We” including the Evangelists, do we become the Foundation Stones or Living stones? (Please read 1 Peter 2:5).
Be cautious with the Magic of TPM Zion where they self-proclaim themselves as apostles of Christ. They are Apostles of TPM and not Apostles of Christ. When a local minister claims himself to be an apostle, he is technically right. He is indeed the apostle of the Centre Pastor of TPM. However, he is NOT the apostle of Christ Jesus.
The TPM Twist
A Misrepresentation of the following scripture to their ignorant believers is the cause for their so-called apostolic ministry.
If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.Luke 14:26
There are people who teach this heresy to ignorant people by telling them again and again that by following the conditions mentioned in this verse, they will become an apostle. Whereas this scripture lays down the condition for “being a disciple”. We know that even though Jesus had many disciples, He had only 12 apostles.
In such a scenario, it is amusing that the modern-day white-clad ministers of an organization want to be known as apostles. Is not this spiritual pride? In the ministry of God, there are many other ministers apart from apostles? Apart from the builder of the house nobody has the authority to appoint Apostles or for that matter any other ministry? Do not be duped by the Magic of TPM Zion.
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