Apostles of today?
Greetings my friends and welcome to this new commentary!
As anyone knows who reads the Bible, there were apostles in the NT Bible and they were appointed personally by Christ as such, chosen from among His disciples. (Luke 6:12-13) However, do we have an apostle (or apostles) in the COG today?
Let me get right to the point of my commentary for today; we are in a world today where many are accepted to be something they are not! As you can see by the title above, I have a question that may resonate with many of you as well; are there apostles today? I have wondered many times and in various writings, (as there are many who claim authority such as an apostle, prophet or evangelist) if most all who claim to be in one of these office, are really not just fraudulent, having obtained the office on their own (perhaps just in their own mind—see below for more) and without proper ordination?
As an example of the above: one person who claims to be a prophet and seems to have a following; the leader of a COG group who was only anointed for a sickness according to James 5 and not ordained as a true prophet, set aside by the Holy Spirit, such as we see for both the apostles Barnabas and Paul, in Scripture. Never the less, because of the wording in the prayer, he has assumed the position of now being a prophet.
Christ Himself prophesied that many would make that claim of being “His servants” in some fashion and exert authority over others, but with the intent to deceive and led many astray—becoming the person’s followers.
(This being deceived can also occur unknowingly; and most of the time does, under evil influence and deception direct from Satan the devil, who is the unseen god of this world. 2Cor.4:4)
That has now become something to watch for, even in all these COG groups of today because a compromising and liberal desire that many ministers have succumb to. Laodicea is a liberal and compromising time, as the last letter to the COG shows. Let us read that prophetic passage here, from Christ’s own words and in the NKJ;
"Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, (claiming to be “Christian”/His servants) saying, 'I am (that Christ is) the Christ,' and will deceive many.” (Matt 24:4-5)
We in fact see that very thing in our world today, so what about apostles or even prophets? How can we really tell, of the many that make such a claim for authority, in a position to teach truth? In our time today and on beyond, Christ also tells the true converts of His Church that they are even in a danger from within; as we notice it in Matt 24:23-25. (NKJ)
"Then if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or 'There!' do not believe it. 24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand.”
Those who reside within the COG groups are far more in danger of those liberalized leaders/ministry within these groups rather than with those who are without. Think about that and all that it imposes! The majority of those without should be more easily determined. Can you determine who is a false prophet, even within the COG? Christ also said that we must discern their fruits and be able to discern the good from the bad. (Matt.7:15-20)
So what about those who are the called and chosen of the late 20th century up to our time today? HWA, as many of the older brethren know, was ordained as an apostle in the COG and worked to restore truth for nearly 60 years before he died in January of 1986 and the COG was started into this last era. That means all today are of the era of Laodicea but that does not mean that all are of a lukewarm spirit!
Have we been without an apostle since that time, as many people in independent groups seem to think, or have some of the COG members also lost sight of the truth for the COG today? Humanly speaking yes, but my friends let me tell you, as sure as the Bible is true, we have not ever been without an apostle in the COG—but some do not recognize the truth of that unless someone jostles their mind and points them back to it. I will close this commentary with a few verses of the Bible, for that reminder and also insert an older program link from 2017 for you to listen to at your convenience.
(Heb. 3:1-6—from the RSV) “Therefore, holy brethren, who share in a heavenly call, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession. 2 He was faithful to him who appointed him, (GOD) just as Moses also was faithful in God's house.
3 Yet Jesus has been counted worthy of as much more glory than Moses, as the builder of a house has more honor than the house. 4 (For every house is built by some one, but the builder of all things is God.) 5 Now Moses was faithful in all God's house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later,
6 but Christ was faithful over God's house as a son. And we are his house if we hold fast our confidence---(firm unto the end” as in the ASV).
(Apostles of the Bible—just click the link to listen.)
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