x490......"we have received....apostleship"
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: (Romans 1: 1-6)
IN his salutation to the church at Rome, Paul makes the statement that "we have received grace and apostleship" WE understand what grace is in the church of our day an age--thank God. We understand that the grace of God is that Jesus died for our sins and purchased for us the free gift--the "grace" of eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord and our Savior. However, if you lived 500 years ago--and you went to church--the one and only "universal" church of that day and age--they would not teach you that you are saved by grace through faith and not by works (Ephesians 2)--rather they would teach you that you purchase your soul into purgatory by giving money to the churhc--and if you obeyed the authority of the church and attended regularly and lived a Godly life in devotion to your spiritual leadership, you perhaps might attain to the resurrection of the dead and you might make it through the day of judgment. In those days the organized church simply did not teach nor believe in the Gospel --they did not understand "grace".
But Paul states above that "we have received grace and apostleship" Well, we understand today what "grace" is--but do we understand what he is saying fully? Do we understand that we have also freely received ministry as well? Do we understand in our church of today that we have all received apostelship--"free release" through Jesus? do we understand that ministry is the "gift of Christ--which is a grace which is given "unto every one of us"--
7* But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. (Ephesians 4:7)
WE do understand that Jesus came to bring the Gospel--Jesus states this at the beginning of His ministry--in the book of Luke--
18* The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, (Luke 4:18)
Jesus is saying exactly how His ministry will work. Hew will preach the Gospel--He will heal the sick--He will bring deliverance--these things we fully understand. However, do we realize what His final statement means?-- "....to set at liberty them that are bruised...."
The words which are translated as "set at liberty" are the Greek word "apostello" and freedom. Jesus is clearly saying that along with the Gospel, and healing and deliverance, He is going to bring the free release of ministry. He is going to bring as a free gift of faith (just like the Gospel) a release to serve God--a ministry to all who beleive. He is going to "make apostles"--he is going to freely release the people that he saves and heals and delivers to serve God fully in their gifts and anointings. Of course when we think about it this is exactly how Jesus operated His ministry--He certainly brought the Gospel, He certainly healed and delivered those who had the need---and of course He also "made apostles" Jesus literally made thousands of apostles--Jesus brought to Israel an "apostolic revival" He literally went to every corner of the nation--bringing the Gospel of the coming kingdom, healing and bringing deliverance--and releasing those who were saved and believed to serve God freely. that is why Paul makes the simple statement--
"........By whom we have received grace and apostleship......"
We understand the grace--do we understand the apostleship?