Church of the Living Word

The Importance of the Apostolic Word
By Matt Walkoe   June 6th, 2018

What is the apostolic word? The foundation of our faith is in the Scriptures, but the anointing of the Holy Spirit on an apostolic ministry is also necessary to interpret the Scriptures in a way that illuminates the Word for us in our day. An example of this is Peter’s sermon on the Day of Pentecost. In the midst of much speculation and confusion about what was happening at that time, Peter reached into a prophecy from the Book of Joel that spoke about God pouring out His Spirit on all flesh. He said, “But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel.”

Much of Christianity has lost its sense of connection with the Hebrew Scriptures. There are churches that teach that the Old Testament has no current application to Christianity today; that is absolutely false. Without revelation understanding of the Old Testament, the foundation upon which our Christian faith is built is faulty, and the entire building will collapse. If we do not understand God’s plan to establish His messianic reign through the line of King David, we will never understand how He is bringing forth His Kingdom to the earth.

The Church is built on the foundation of apostles and prophets, with Jesus Christ as the chief cornerstone. Christ gave apostolic ministries to the Church as the channel and agency which would bring it into maturity. Apostles are stewards of the mysteries of God (1 Corinthians 4:1). God used the apostle Paul to reveal His hidden plan to include the Gentiles in the promises that He had given to Israel. Likewise, we have been privileged to sit under an apostolic word that has revealed what God is doing in this age, and in our generation.

What happened to the early Church after the death of the original apostles? After that first divine order disappeared, it went into a false order. The Church claimed to be the authority, rather than the Scriptures. Then along came the Protestant Reformation, and they decided that the authority was to be in the Scriptures. However, false order gave way to disorder, because every Protestant church interpreted the Scriptures for itself. Actually their doctrines were not really based on the Scriptures, because the Scriptures are not truly the foundation of the Church without an apostolic revelation of what the Scriptures teach.

The power of Christ is manifested in a living word which comes with the foundation of apostolic ministries who expound the Scriptures by revelation. With the restoration of divine order, we do not have to try to figure things out for ourselves. Neither do we need to go back to the Church being the sole authority. Instead, God reveals His current will to us as we sit under apostolic revelation teaching, as the early Church did.

In this fellowship, we have been blessed with an anointed apostolic word that has given us insight and understanding that not many people have in this day. However, this gift cannot be limited to only a handful of vessels. God wants this apostolic anointing perpetuated in the earth by its release in a people that become the seal of the apostles that ministered to them. So today we say, “Do it again Lord; do it in us!”

Scriptures: Acts 2:1-4, 12-18; Matthew 16:13-18; Ephesians 2:20; 4:11-13; 1 Corinthians 4:1; 2 Peter 1:19; Hebrews 13:7-8.

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