Let’s return today to the considerations about Jesus’ ministry as an Apostle. We said previously that He was no ordinary son of God and had excellent credentials and is in authority. The following truths emerge in Hebrews 1: 4-14 :

1. He has a more excellent name than the angels
2. He is the only begotten Son
3. They worshipped Him when He was born into the earth – v 6. This was seen in Luk 2:13, 14 when a multitude of angels appeared to the shepherds  saying, “glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

4. They were created as spirits and are His ministers. They are sent to minister to the heirs of salvation – v 7, 14
5. Jesus has been given an everlasting throne and He rules with a rod of righteousness – v 8. He was anointed with great joy as a reward.
6. He is seated at the Father’s right hand in a position of authority.

RELEVANCE TO THE APOSTOLIC MINISTRY

Angels are the heavenly ministers to those who believe and the word that they speak is steadfast (Heb 2: 2). I believe that they are God’s heavenly prophets. The word spoken by angels was confirmed by signs, wonders and mighty deeds. For example, Chief Prince Gabriel told Zacharias that he would be dumb until the birth of John the Baptist because he failed to believe (Lk 1: 20). The angel that appeared to Cornelius gave precise information on Peter’s location (Acts 10).

More specifically, angels are sent to minister to Apostles as in the case of Jesus. Angels ministered to Him after the temptation in the wilderness and in the Garden of Gethsemane. I believe that angels are sent specifically to minister comfort and other forms of help to the Apostles in time of need.

Apostles can enlist the help of angels. Jesus told Simon at His arrest that he could “… pray to my (his) Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?” (Mat 26:53). I believe that the apostle is greatly beloved in the heavens and has a special relationship with the angels who are always ready to come to his/her assistance. Daniel was one such example.

The apostle has a love for righteousness and hates iniquity. Like Jesus, Paul and others, they are passionate for right living in the church (Heb 1:8).

Because of his/her love for righteousness, the apostles will be anointed with a great degree of joy as a reward and will manifest the spirit of joyfulness above his peers (Heb 1: 9). Because of this anointing, he/she is able to manifest great joy in suffering. Jesus told the disciples to “leap for joy” when they are persecuted (Lk 6: 23).

Hebrews 1 talks about Apostle Jesus seated at the right hand of the Father. I believe that the Apostle will experience spiritual encounters in heavenly places that are a manifestation of his/her spiritual authority, sonship and relationship with the Lord. For example, Paul talked about visions and revelations of the Lord in which he was translated into Paradise (2 Cor 12: 1). John the Beloved said that he was “in the spirit” (Rev 1: 10). He received an invitation from God to “come up hither” (Rev 3:22). Later in Rev 4: 1, 2 and said that he immediately went into the spirit realm. These experiences are the normal experiences of the apostle.

Blessings.

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