I. Timothy 3:15- I write to you that you may know how to conduct yourself in the house (hold) of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
The only way for the household of God to be an ‘apostolic house’ is to consider and recognize Christ Jesus IS THE APOSTLE of the House!! And His authority is established and relational because He serves AS A SON over His own HOUSE, whose house we are… (He. 3:1-6)
How do we apply that today?
We are built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF being the chief cornerstone…(Eph. 2:20) And God has set in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers…(I. Co. 12:28) An apostolic house is not only gifted with apostles and prophets, these ministry gifts are relational, having been established in Sonship and serve the house as true sons!
Christ as a Son over His own house…WHY? Because He was obedient to the Father and all authority in heaven and on earth was given to Him to be Head of the body, which is the church… (Col. 1:18)
It is CHRIST HIMSELF who gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers… For these ministry gifts to be actual and authenic, they must first be disciples as sons, and that comes through the pattern of the “Father and the Son!” (John 5:19,20; 8:28,29)
The Son was sent by the Father as the “chief apostle”, Christ Jesus called 12 apostles unto Himself, and the Holy Spirit confirms and reveals the apostles and prophets today that have been called, chosen, and commissioned by the Lord Jesus Christ, head of the church, which is His body…
(Eph. 1:22,23, 2:20-22; 3:5; 4:11-13)
So, today, we have “apostolic fathers”, who are simply full-grown sons who have come to full maturity, know who they are, and serve as “fathers in the faith” or fathers to sons in ministry. When fathers serve as ‘elders’ and ‘overseers’ to the gifted ministries, it releases the five leadership gifts to the church to 1) Be who they are equipped to be, and 2) Do what they have been called to do.
(I. Co. 4:15-17; Phil. 2:20-22)