Romans 1:5,6;11,12- Through Him (Christ) we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for His name’s sake; Among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ: For I long to see you, in order that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established; That is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith of both yours and mine.
Romans 16:25-27- Now to Him that is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since before time, but now is made manifest by the prophetic scriptures, according to the commandment of the eternal God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: To the only wise God, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.
The purpose of “Apostolic Teaching Fathers” is to equip, empower, and establish many sons to come to glory in Christ Jesus! (Heb. 2:10) The key to equipping and empowering is to ESTABLISH; To Establish means:
1) To set up.
2) To bring about; generate.
3) To place or settle in a secure position or condition; to install.
4) To make firm or secure.
5) To cause to be recognized and accepted.
6) To introduce or put a law into force.
7) To prove the validity or truth of something.
These seven things are vital to establish and rebuild the foundation of Jesus Christ today. Apostle Paul said in I. Co. 3:10- According to the grace of God given to me, I laid a foundation as a wise masterbuilder (expert-builder/architect) and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds on it.
To establish the apostolic foundation of Jesus Christ as a MISSION and on PURPOSE, we must follow the order of God. Prov. 24:3 says, “Through wisdom (apostles) a house is built, and by understanding (prophets) it is established; By knowledge (teaching) the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.” (See also I. Co. 12:28)
As ATF shifts into a new dimension of fulfilling the purposes and vision of the Father, we must allow the flow of 1) revelation of the mystery, and 2) foundational grace and truth, bring us to a fresh encounter with HIM! Fathers and sons must be established as “kings and priests” or a Kingdom of priests unto our Father…The revelation of the mystery is found in the “preaching of Jesus Christ”, His kingdom, His power, and His glory!
As we now grow and stretched into more understanding, we shall be established in the foundation of Jesus Christ, as the PATTERN SON, so that the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end! This is the “fellowship (stewardship/administration) of the mystery (Eph. 3:8) and the “manifestation of the mystery” (riches of the glory of His grace) among us all: which is Christ in YOU, the HOPE of GLORY! (Col. 1:26,27, my emphasis)
2 Peter 1:16-21- For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made know unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” And this voice which came from heaven we have heard, when we were with him in the holy mountain. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto you do well that you take heed, as unto a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the daystar arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy of old came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.