I am well aware that many people would disagree with my conclusion that apostles and prophets are still much needed amongst the body of Christ. I believe one main reason they are given is to help God’s people continue to be fully equipped and prepared for works of service in the world today. At least that is what Paul indicates in Eph 4:11-16. And, interestingly enough, he says that these gifts were given ‘until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ’.
I think we would all agree we are not there yet, hence my strong belief in the continuing need of these ministries to help us move towards that goal of unity and maturity. And with Jesus being the greatest one to ever function in all five of these ministries, and with him sending the Spirit to continue in all five of these ministries, then I would only, could only, expect that he would desire his body to continue functioning in all five of these ministries.
Of course, many would say, ‘It’s not that simple, Scott.’ Well, I lean towards it being that simple. But I am willing to walk down the well-worn path of biblically and theologically considering all things necessary. Continue reading