The apostolic message is focused on the “saints coming to maturity in Christ”. The job we have to do involving demolishing a massively corrupt culture cannot be done by “babes or teenagers” in Christ who don’t completely understand how to use the powerful weapons we have been given to accomplish our objective. But how do we reach the level of spiritual maturity necessary to fully represent Jesus Christ in work and word? The key word is “obedience”.
“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”, 2 Corinthians 10:4-6 MSG
“Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name,” Romans 1:5 NKJV
Biblical apostleship will bring about “obedience to the faith”, rather than obedience to “warped philosophies” because the apostolic anointing is a powerful tool of the Spirit that can demolish the lies of the enemy with a wisdom that cannot be disputed. This kind of wisdom is a mark of maturity among those who have lived a life of obedience to Christ as Lord.
Having been delivered from the “spirit of disobedience” inherited from Adam (Ephesians 2:1-4), the new believer in Christ should be taught the necessity of “learning obedience” (Hebrews 5:8) immediately upon conversion.
Our inherited blessings can be obtained thru faith that comes by hearing the Word of God, but “maturity” can only come thru obedience, the kind of maturity that can wield the apostolic tools of demolition that are needed for the challenge we face in a “crooked and perverse generation”.
Jesus as a young man entered the synagogue attempting to use the powerful tools of ministry among the sophisticated religious leaders of the day because he had obtained “knowledge” as a Jewish lad studying the Scriptures. However, as we can read from the passage in Luke 2:42-52, Jesus was not yet “mature” enough to enter the arena of battle where he was called to wage apostolic warfare.
After he returned with his parents to Nazareth and “became subject (obedient) to them, he increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men”, Luke 2:50-52. Jesus learned to obey from youth and developed the mature wisdom necessary as a result of that obedience.
Where are the apostolic people today that can carry the “tools of ministry” into the arena of battle being waged on the Seven Mountains of Culture? They come from the ranks of those who have learned obedience from the early stages of development and have the wisdom to wage a good warfare. Jesus manifested this wisdom on the Mount of Temptation when the devil left him looking for a better opportunity that never did appear. He manifested this wisdom when facing the bitter Pharisees who sought to trap him by twisting the Word of God to their own meaning. In every instance Jesus’ reply was, “The Wisdom of God has said....”As apostolic leaders in today’s Church, we must restore the message of “obedience” so that we can produce the kind of mature people that can be “sent forth” to “take the land”. It is vital to teach God’s people the Apostolic Faith Message so that they can receive all of their inheritance, but it is just as vital to teach Apostolic Obedience so that wisdom and maturity can be developed in our generation. Maturity only comes through obedience.
Dr. John Polis © 2011 Revival Fellowship International