Apostles Appoint Elders of a Locality
18. Apostles work for a region of churches, directly commissioned by God to appoint Elders to take care of a chuch locality (city, town or rural area) of believers.
"So the apostles and church elders got together to decide this question"
"He was seen...then of the twelve" (1 Cor. 15.5); "after that, He was seen...then of all the apostles" (v.7) indicating there are Apostles every generation. Do you believe Apostles, working in a region of churches, are still directly commissioned by God to appoint Elders to take care of a church locality (city, town, remote locale or rural area) of believers, and Elders of a locality approve Elders of meeting places within the Scriptural city? (State and church remain separate.)
The Church will return to "thy first love" (Rev. 2.4) in this final church period before Christ, the Son of Man, appears with His overcomer believers who receive the reward of reigning for 1000 years over the nations as kings and priests (20.2-7). Apostles and elders though first need to be in agreement about deeper truths in the Word of God such as Biblocality.
Some other Apostles not among the Twelve: (a) Barnabas (Acts 14:14) — "the apostles Barnabas and Paul"; (b) Timothy (1 Thess. 1:1 with 2:6); (c) Ephesians 4:8,11 are relevant — 4:8 "Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.... [vs. 11] And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers." Various unnamed apostles (and the other three workers as gifts for the Church) were given after Jesus' ascension back to heaven; (d) "The Didache" contained instructions on how to distinguish between false and true apostles; (e) "Thou hast tried them which say they are apostles" (Rev. 2.2). This verse wouldn't make much sense if there were no longer any Apostles setting up the churches.
You may identify the Biblical locality as "Church in [city or remote locale] in the churches of [province or state or country]" depending on the size of the region. Acceptable designations for a Biblical locality: "of", "in", "at", "church which [is] in" (Acts 11.22), "which is at" (2 Cor. 1 .1), "of the" (1 Thess. 1.1), "which are in" (Col. 4.15). Appropriate identification for a region: "churches rest throughout all" (Acts 9.31), "of", "which are in" (Rev. 1.4).
"God hath set some in the church, first apostles...Are all apostles?" (1 Cor. 12.28,29)."And what I do I will continue to do, in order to undermine the claim of those who would like to claim that in their boasted mission they work on the same terms as we do. For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is not strange if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end shall be according to their deeds" (2 Cor. 11.12-15)."To the church, which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all...that you may be filled with all the fulness of God" (Eph. 1.23, 3.19). God's plan for the Church has not reached its pinnacle yet. Ever since the first century, the Church has lost its "first love" towards the Apostles (for a region of churches) who are directly commissioned by God to appoint Elders of a locality. Today we cannot find even 12 Apostles in agreement: "Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?" (Amos 3.3). "Have you tried them which say they are apostles" (Rev. 2.2)? We will bring together 12 Apostles, with more to follow in agreement, which God "hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation" (2 Cor. 5.18) by asking of ourselves a certain number of questions. This will establish harmony and strong foundation from which to do the Work of the Ministry (Eph. 4.11) "on behalf of Christ, as though God were entreating by us" (v.20) to beseech you to be reconciled to God. Therefore, we continue to wait and encourage brothers and sisters to listen to the leading of the Holy Spirit for when God reveals you are directly chosen for the regional work of Apostles and to make your presence known here on the forums and Meeting Place Finder for the body of Christ. This setup is needed for the last Revival-Elders of localities-before the return of Christ in Person with His overcomer believers to receive the reward of reigning over countries, provinces and cities in the millennial kingdom.
"I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels and to men. We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute. To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are ill-clad and buffeted and homeless, And we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become, and are now, as the refuse of the world, the offscouring of all things" (1 Cor. 4.9-13). Why is this happening? "For neither did I receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came to me through revelation of Jesus Christ" (Gal. 1.12).
The Church will return to "thy first love" (Rev. 2.4) in this final church period before Christ, the Son of Man, appears with His overcomer believers who receive the reward of reigning for 1000 years over the nations as kings and priests (20.2-7). Apostles and Elders though first need to be in agreement about deeper truths in the Word of God such as Biblocality. Apostles directly commissioned by God have asked 37 questions (and the first 19 questions for Elders) as a statement of faith so the Church can be confident in those who say they are Apostles. See the questions at registration.
"As they traveled from town to town, they delivered the decisions reached by the apostles and elders...for the people to obey. So the churches were strengthened...[they] traveled throughout the region...having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in [another] province. And when they had appointed for them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they had believed. But we will not glory beyond our measure, but according to the measure of the province which God apportioned to us as a measure, to reach even unto you. For this reason I left you in a region of churches, that you should set in order the things which remain, and appoint elders for every city as I directed you...without taking sides or showing special favor to anyone. Never be in a hurry about appointing an elder" (Acts 16.4-6; 14.23; 2 Cor. 10.13; Titus 1.5; 1 Tim. 5.22).This is not part of the outward appearance of the kingdom of heaven.