x124.......All In Rome Are Called to Apostleship---how About You?

13* For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 14* How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15* And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! (Rom 10:13-15)

This part of the book of Romans tells us very clearly how to be saved---but it is also very clearly telling us how to get everybody else in town saved.

How to be saved---??? simple---call upon the name of Jesus---as the Word just said--

9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (Romans 10:9, KJV).

But now it asks a series of questions--very clear simple questions. There are not too many places in the Bible that ask us questions. We should bear in mind that this was a letter that Paul was writing to the church of Rome--to all the Christians in the city of Rome--

1* ¶ Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, 2* (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) 3* Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; 4* And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: 5* By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: 6* Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ: 7* To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

If you look at his salutation you see that he says some things very clearly---He is an apostle--he says he is--

"called to be an apostle,"

Paul goes on to explain the Gospel that he has been called to be a messenger (apostle) of--but then he suddenly includes the people to whom he is writing --the Christians in Rome--all those who are saved---But not only saved--not only the recipients of "grace"---but also "apostleship"---

"By whom we have received grace and apostleship,

Paul now says that "we" have received grace (gift) and "apostleship"---not just him--but the people to whom he is writing to. What is "apostleship"?--


apostole {ap-os-tol-ay'} n f

---- apostleship 4; 4

1) a sending away 1a) of the sending off of a fleet 1b) of consuls with an army, i.e. of an expedition

2) a sending away, i.e. a dismissal, release

3) a thing sent, esp. of gifts

4) in the NT, the office and dignity of the apostles of Christ, apostleship


This is the version of the word "apostle" (one who is sent--to be sent--a messenger) which includes a group of people--Like the "sending out of a fleet of ships!

Now, remember- how Paul talked about his "calling"?

1* ¶ Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle,....

He refers to himself as a servant--a "minister" of Jesus Christ--whose "calling" is that of an apostle. Whose calling is to be "sent" into the world with the Gospel message. But now lets look at the completion of this thought---

6* Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:....

Paul says he is called to be an apostle--but he also says that "ye also"---are called. All of you have that same calling also.---Who is he talking to?--

7* To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints:

He is speaking to everyone in Rome--all the Christians all the "saints" in Rome--all those who are sanctified by the blood of Jesus. If you notice that the words "to be" are in italics. This means that these words are not in the original Greek text. Why were they added? Maybe because it seems a little crazy to say that everyone in Rome is called to be an apostle. If we read the last verse without the words "to be" it would look like this--

5* By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: 6* Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ: 7* To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called saints:

When we see this, it is clear the "call" he is talking about is "apostleship"----to be "sent" of God with the message of the Gospel.

But it is clear that Paul is saying that "all that be in Rome"--all the saints--all the Christians in Rome are called to be apostles--just like he is!

This is a concept we have a hard time dealing with--right? It goes against our experience--we don't hardly believe that there are any "really apostles" alive now in the earth. But the Bible says to look in the mirror honey--you are called to apostleship. If you are a Christian--if you are a "saint"--you are called --just like Paul was!


But why does the Bible say "Are all apostles?" in 1Corinthians 12:29? It seems to be saying in this verse, (taken out of context--the context is in the process of describing to gifts of all the body--and relating how that God gives differing gifts--yet gifts to "all men") that only some few of us Christians are apostles.

It's like this: there are 3 Greek words we are dealing with--all of which have the same basic meaning. They are "apostello"--"apostole"---and "apostollos". All of us are clearly called to be "apostello" and "apostole". These words refer to the free release that Christ gave us as a central part of His ministry. This is the gift of minstry itself--it is the "setting at liberty" (see Luke 4:18) that is as much a part of Christ's ministry as the Gospel--healing--or deliverance. "Apostollos" refers to the specific gift of carrying Christ's ministry, in a group, out to the world.

We are all apostello---we are all apostole---some of us are meant to work as apostollos.

In the church of today, we don't understand the apostleship that all are called to--we don't understand we are all meant to be free to serve God--and we don't seek real apostles---if only we did!!