This is a continuation of our series about apostles from David Devenish's book Fathering Leaders, Motivating Mission.
Those who justify the continuation of apostles today often see three different ways in which the term is used in the New Testament - three categories of apostle, if you like:
- Jesus Christ himself is described as "the apostle and high priest whom we confess". He was the Messiah, the one supremely sent to accomplish our redemption from sin and the restoration of everything lost through the fall and its effect on the whole of creation.
- The twelve - the apostles of the resurrection and foundational to the whole church throughout history, whose names are symbolically on the foundations of the eschatological New Jerusalem.
- The apostles of the ascended Christ, according to Ephesians 4:11, given (alongside other leadership gifts) to equip the church until it comes to maturity and unity..."They were not witnesses of His resurrection but gifts of His ascension" (quote Terry Virgo).'
From David Devenish, Fathering Leaders, Motivating Mission (p27)