The Apostolic Call and Career…

I. Tim. 1:18- This charge, I commit son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may “wage the good warfare…” (Apostle Paul) warfare- strateia- The apostolic career, military warfare, “to contend with carnal inclinations; one of hardship and danger…” “fight the good fight.”

2 Co. 1:1-2 (Message)

And now a personal but most urgent matter; I write in the gentle but firm spirit of Christ. I hear that I’m being painted as cringing and wishy-washy when I’m with you, but harsh and demanding when at a safe distance, writing letter.

Please don’t force me to take a hard line when I’m present with you. Don’t think that I’ll hesitate a single minute to stand up to those who say I’m an unprincipled opportunist. Then they’ll have to eat their words. (Love that) ūüôā

2 Co. 10:3-8 (Message)

The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way–never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.



Ephesians 3:9- ¬†…and to MAKE ALL SEE what is the fellowship (stewardship/administration) of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ;

What a statement made by Apostle Paul! ¬†This is the same apostle who wrote in Philippians 3:10- ¬†THAT I MAY KNOW HIM and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,…

This goes far beyond the thought of just having a personal relationship with Jesus so I can go to heaven someday! ¬†He came that we 1) may KNOW Him, and 2) that all May see what is His eternal purpose to be accomplished in the earth. ¬†He came from heaven to earth that we might manifest heaven “in” earth! ¬† His eternal purpose brings His future and hope (destiny) in us!

Romans 8:29-  For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Romans 16:25-27- ¬†Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began but now made manifest, and by the prophetic scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith–to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. ¬†Amen.

Colossians 1:26-29-  the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints.  To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles:  which is Christ in YOU, the hope of glory.  Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, THAT WE MAY PRESENT EVERY MAN PERFECT (mature and complete) IN CHRIST JESUS.  To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.


True and False Apostles (Apostolic Confrontation)

True and False Apostles
(Apostolic Confrontation)
Gal. 1:6-10-  I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel;  which is really not another;  only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.  But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!  As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!  (Nasb)
Rev. 2:1,2-¬† “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write:¬† The One who holds the seven stars in His right hand, the One who walks among the seven golden lampstands, says this:¬† ‘I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false;”
Paul, in writing to the ‘churches in Galatia’ said this:¬† “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins so that he might rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father…”¬† Today this is a fine line between good and evil, not because a line is being drawn in the sand by our Father to distinguish between, but because men are calling “evil, good” and “good, evil.”¬† We are, as the church, being called to come back to a righteous judgment, to discern between good and evil and true and false.¬† John, in writing to the seven churches of Asia, wrote to Ephesus commending them on their works, how they could not tolerate evil men, and to test those who way they are apostles and are not.
What are to do in this day?¬† Are we to sit back and just smile, not just at evil in the world, but evil in the church?¬† Anyone with any sense of discernment and morality, can see what is wrong in the world system.¬† But it takes real discernment and wisdom to tell the things that are different, even though they look similar.¬† This is where it involves true apostles coming together and confronting that which is not biblical and righteous!¬† You may ask, but how can we know the difference between the “true and the false!”¬† Well, that is what I want to look at with this articles.¬†The primary difference between true and false apostles is 1) who will confront when it is obvious that things are wrong, and 2) who is willing to receive correction.
This will probably take more than one article, but I want to use what is the safest way to interpret scripture:¬† That is, to compare scripture with scripture!¬† We will see that false apostles do not do this, they compare “themselves among themselves”, which is not wise.¬† They not only compare themselves, they “measure themselves by themselves! (2 Co. 10:12)¬† To be “false” doesn’t mean that one doesn’t know God, or has not been called with a “true” calling!¬† To be false means to try to “counterfeit” or take a shortcut to that which is true.¬† In fact, how could one be an apostle and not start out right?¬† False apostles have been given over to “iniquity” or lawlessness, that is, that which directly opposes God and is in rebellion to His governmental authority!¬† That brings us to the subject of the “mystery of godliness vs. the mystery of iniquity or lawlessness.¬† I. Tim. 3:15,16 (NKJV)-¬† but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house(hold) of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.¬† And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:¬† God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.¬† 2. Thess. 2:7-¬† For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work;¬† only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.¬† Who is this man of sin, this son of perdition?¬† It is more than just a man, but it is the “spirit of antichrist”, that denies that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh.¬†(I. John 4:3)¬† I. John 2:22,23-¬† Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ?¬† He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.¬† Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either;¬† he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.¬† The spirit of antichrist, or the lawless one, is the one who opposes and exalts himself all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.¬†(2 Thess. 2:4)¬† It sounds strangely like Lucifer, who exalted himself above God and kept referring to “I”!
One of the signs of a false apostle is that they will try to draw attention to themselves.¬† True apostles are 1) servants of Christ, and 2) stewards of the mysteries of God.¬† (I. Co. 4:1,2)¬† He went on to say that “it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.”¬† True apostles will be willing to suffer for Christ and endure hardships, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.¬† False apostles will look for an ‘easy’ way out, instead of being faithful to the vision, they will give in and begin to compromise their calling with greed, manipulation, and control.¬† Paul also said in I. Co. 4:9-¬† For I think that God has set us, the apostles, last, as men condemned to death;¬† for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men.¬† Because the order of God is “first things first”, false apostles will try to take advantage of the scripture found in I. Cor. 12:28-¬† And God has set these in the church;¬† first apostles, second prophets, third teachers…¬† First just simply means that which is in the beginning, that which is first in function and in order of importance…This does not imply an “hierarchy” which makes apostles more important than prophets or teachers, but only in the order of laying foundation and functioning in first things!¬† With the Corinthians we see that Paul is dealing with many false apostles, as well as those who are questioning his integrity and authority because of the false apostles.¬† We will now take a look at a list of scriptures concerning these very things in the book of 2 Corinthians.
2 Co. 1:21,24-¬† Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee…Not that we lord it over your faith, but are workers with you for you joy;¬† for in your faith you are standing firm.¬† (Nasb)
2 Co. 2:17-  For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God;  but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ.
2 Co. 3:5,6-  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit;  for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
2 Co. 4:1,2,5-¬† Therefore, since we have this ministry (the ministry of the Spirit), as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart.¬† But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of¬†God.¬† For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake.
2¬†Co. 6;1-4-¬† We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain.¬† For he says:¬† “In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.”¬† Behold, now is the acceptable time;¬† behold, now is the day of salvation.¬† We give no offense in anything, that our ministry be not blamed.¬†¬†But in all things¬†we commend ourselves as ministers of God;¬† in much patience, in¬†tribulations, in needs, in distresses…¬†
Then, in 2 Corinthians 10, Paul begins to target in on the persons of those who oppose his apostleship:¬†¬†2 Co. 10:1,2,10,11-¬† Now, I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of¬†Christ–who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you.¬† But I beg you that when I am present I may not be bold with that confidence by which I¬†intend to be bold against some, who think of us as if we walked according to the flesh…”For his letters,” they say, “are weighty and powerful, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.”¬† Let such a person consider this, that what are in word by letters when we are absent, such we will also be in deed when we are present.”
We will begin to close this article beginning¬†in 2 Co. 11:4 much¬†as what¬†Paul wrote in Gal. 1:8:¬†“For if he (spirit of antichrist, lawlessness, false apostle)¬†who comes preaches another Jesus, who we have not preached, of if you receive a different spirit which you¬†have not received, or a different gospel which you have not yet accepted–you may well put up with it!”¬†¬†(The message says, “you put up with him quite nicely.¬† But if you put up with these big-shot “apostles,” why can’t you put up with¬†simple me?¬† I’m as good as they are.¬† It’s¬†true I don’t have their voice, haven’t mastered that smooth eloquence that impresses¬†you so much.¬† But when I do open my mouth, I at least know what I’m talking about.¬† We haven’t kept anything back.¬† We let you in on everything.”)
2¬†Co. 11:12-15-¬† But what I do, I will also continue to do, that I may cut off the opportunity from those who desire an¬†opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the¬†things of which they boast.¬† For such are ‘false apostles’, deceitful workers, transforming¬†(disguising) themselves¬†into apostles of Christ.¬† An not wonder!¬† For¬†satan himself transforms himself unto an angel of light.¬† Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.
Paul finishes up His letter on a positive note in 2 Co. 12:12 and 13:9:
“Truly the signs of an apostle¬†(true apostle) were accomplished among you with all perseverance, in signs and wonders and mighty deeds.”
“For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong.¬† And this also we pray, that¬†you may be made complete.”
We pray that same thing for you today!  2 Co. 13:14-The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.  Amen!   


Caught part of an interview with a young man named “Daniel Kolenda” last night, the successor to¬† Reinhard Bonnke, the great evangelist to Africa and founder of ” Christ for all Nations.”¬† (CFAN)
He was sharing how he was called to be a spiritual son to Bonnke, and with no connection naturally such as a family member, beginning in the mail room at the ministry warehouse, Bonnke became his Father …in ministry!
I shared last week on the verse in I Co. 4:15 concerning YOU HAVE NOT MANY FATHERS!¬† The Father/Son order has been just as controversial or more than the so-called “hyper Grace” message.¬† I have been praying about writing on this, and felt confirmation to this last night.
I. Co 4:15-  For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers;  for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.  ( I became your father through the gospel.)
Was Paul saying, a ministry son can have more than one spiritual father, or was he saying there are not enough fathers in succession to build generationally?  In the text of the scriptures, Paul is addressing the church at Corinth as being birthed in Father/Son order because he was sending Timothy his son, who will remind them of his ways in Christ, as he teaches everywhere in every church.  (Vs. 17)
It seems that many do still not get this passage, you can have many instructors ( mentors/tutors) who can influence you in ministry, but if you are called as a “ministry son” to a spiritual father, you will be birthed, trained, equipped, and empowered through that father to fulfill your ministry!¬†
Today men change spiritual fathers like people change churches, getting upset over something the pastor does!¬† I have been impacted by “other” spiritual fathers, but I have “one” ministry father!¬† The reason we do not have “many fathers” is because we have not been built on the proper foundation of apostles and prophets, and we have not had fathers in succession because of the lack of synergy in fathers and sons to pass the generational blessing to the third, even the fourth generation.¬†
2 Tim. 2:2-  And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit (entrust) these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 
(I know there could be much discussion on this, please keep your comments positive, even if you disagree.  No debate desired by this post, but do feel free to share your thoughts or differences!)
Thanks,  JB.

Is there really a “GRACE CONTROVERSY?!?

Biblically, there is really no “GRACE CONTROVERSY!”¬† Paul, in Romans chapters 5-7, emphatically declares that “sin reigned in death, and the strength of sin is the Law!”¬†¬† It is through the ‘abundance of grace’ and of the ‘gift of righteousness’ that we will reign in life through the One, JESUS CHRIST. ( Romans 5:17)
Romans 6:1,2-¬† What shall we say then?¬† Shall we continue in sin that grace may …abound?¬† Certainly not!¬† How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?¬† Three questions here:¬† The are basically answered in Ro. 6:6-9-¬† Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.¬† For he who has died has been freed from sin.¬† Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more.¬† DEATH HAS NO LONGER DOMINION OVER HIM.
Romans 7:4-¬† Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another–to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.

¬†Since the “old man” ( old husband-the law) is dead, “the woman” (body of Christ) is freed from the Law, being married to Christ!¬† The only way to “Fall From Grace” is to attempt to be JUSTIFIED BY THE LAW.¬† (Gal. 5:4)¬† That is, to try through ‘physical’ requirements to please God, rather than what Gal 5:5 says, “For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.”

Then, the only way to be estranged from Christ, is to do what Jude spoke of in verse 4- For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the GRACE OF GOD INTO LEWDNESS and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.

To do this, you have to “intentionally and willfully” walk away from the “true grace” of God through Christ Jesus, who “teaches us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously and godly in this present age,…

So, seeing that the GRACE OF GOD is the “divine favor and empowerment” of the Lord Jesus Christ to overcome sin, there is really no “condemnation, compromising, and controversy” concerning this abundant grace in Christ!¬† You cannot separate the grace of God from the TRUTH!

John 1:16,17- And of His fullness we have all received, and GRACE UPON (for) GRACE.  For the law was given through Moses, but GRACE AND TRUTH came through Jesus Christ. 

Finally, if all true believers and sons of God, come not only to the cross but ‘through’ the cross, they will realize that they are delivered from sin and death, and no longer want to give it any place in their lives, living victoriously through Jesus Christ our Lord.

I. Timothy 3:16-  And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:  God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.


Church which is His Body vs. Institutional church

us-ships.jpgThe “Ecclesia” is the governing body of apostles and elders (prophets and teachers) in a given region or city to oversee and watch over the body of Christ; “Koinonia” is the ‘fellowship’ of the saints with the elders and deacons in a local fellowship, and it’s all brought about by the “energeia” or the energy of the Holy Spirit through the working of His mighty power! This “threefold cord” is a working together or “synergy” that breaks the old cycles of religious tradition and releases the generational blessing in the body of Christ!! @churchwhichisHisbody.

I Co. 12:27,28- Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. And God has set (appointed) in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments (administrations), varieties of tongues.