by Elexio Baillou
Founder of PAGA
Author of "The ABC's of Prophecy"
Itinerant Conference Speaker
Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas
Because of the Lord's intention to bring the administration of the Apostle to the forefront both within His Church and in society at large, I considered it incumbent upon us to both ascertain and appreciate the distinctions that set Apostles aside form the other 5-fold ministers, the Church at large, as well as the World in which we live. Doing so is paramount if in fact we are to galvanize ourselves in support and strength around their diverse commissions and glean from the breadth of wisdom and revelation they possess.
Additionally, it has and will ensure that we do not grant honor and support to usurpers, the immature, the confused, and the false. Doing so in my opinion has perhaps been at the forefront for part of the confusion and mystery that surrounds those who carry the title and claim to possess such an Administration and Gifting in their lives.
Authentic Apostles though diverse in operations, perspectives, temperaments, and assignments all will and do possess certain traits that are consistent within them. This is because the Lord's overarching PURPOSE for His apostles is simple and has and will always remain the same. His intention for Apostles are that they disciple NATIONS. (Matthew 28:19)
This Post-Crucifixion commission by the Lord Jesus Christ is one that still extends to all whom He has, is, and will mobilize to accomplish this strenuous, challenging, and life consuming commission. Additionally, such a mandate in and of itself provides us with insight into the kind of individuals whom the Lord will mobilize as His Apostles.
The first characteristic that we can and should consider is that individuals called by the Lord both possess the POTENTIAL and VISION to DISCIPLE and entire NATION. This means that any individual called by the Lord will have the level of physical, psychological, and pneumatic capabilities that can literally be utilized to serve and influence entire people groups.
Do understand that Jesus was very intentional with utilizing the word "NATIONS" rather than simply stating that Apostles are called to disciple the MASSES. Infiltrating and influencing the trajectory of nations require more than simply the capacity to preach well and plant churches. It demands that an individual (the Apostle) be able to undertake ventures and produce the kinds of works that literally disrupts the culture of a certain region. It means that they must and do exert the kind of influence that has the ability to disrupt the multi-generational thinking, lifestyles and systems of operations that has kept the social, financial, political, educational engines functioning as is.
It is because Apostles are Nation-builders and possess the kind of ingenious mentality and strength to literally go against the per-established culture and change it. Whether inadvertently or not, Apostles make war with how things have been on a national scale and DARE to change it. They go against entire kingdoms time and time again until the masses are liberated from the powers the Apostle met in operation, and then proselytize that entire region with their doctrine and thinking so that the lifestyles of such a people conform to the message and mandate of that Apostle.
Authentic Apostles have the capacity and wherewithal to do this. They may not as yet manifest the fullness of their Apostleship or draw to themselves the tangible and intangible resources necessary to do so. However, it is within them to function in this manner and if needed it will be made accessible to that Apostle.
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