(Greek: … and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the full knowledge of the truth.
The apostle and the prophet’s anointing is to reveal the mysteries of God in the following fashion.
In accordance with the faith of God’s chosen out ones as a precise and full knowledge of the truth, which is in accordance with piety towards God.
The apostle leads them into the correct discernment, recognition and participation of the truth, which belongs to and harmonizes with and produces godliness. The apostle must live in that accurate recognition and participation of the truth.
Through this, the apostle stimulates and promotes the faith of God towards His chosen ones. The stimulation of this faith is to make others thirsty for the Son of God and not just simply for the blessings, prosperity and other things that come from God.
Romans1:5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:
The apostolic ministry promotes obedience to the gospel, and through it makes disciples among all the nations.
True apostleship can only begin with the revelation of the mysteries of God’s government as well as the Son of God. This is because for every person, the revelation of the Lord automatically carries with it the treasures, and riches of God residing in Christ as well as our callings, ministries, and giftings for each person. All resides in the Son of God.
Eph 3:8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;
9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
1 Corinthians 9:2 If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.
As the disciple begins to grasp whom he or she is IN CHRIST, the apostle introduces the fellowship of the mystery; assisting the disciple to discover his or her office, callings, and spiritual gifts so that the disciples in turn can do the work of the ministry, in accordance to the revelation of God’s mysteries.
True promotion of faith by the apostle is to reveal the Son of God, and give the saints the knowledge of what is their participation, ministries, and callings into the riches found in the Son of God whom the apostle has just revealed to them.
The revelation of the mystery of the gospel, as well as that of the Son of God by the apostle, must have enough richness so that believers within a local assembly can understand what is their participation and levels of involvement into the unsearchable riches of the Son of God, which are Jesus callings, giftings, and ministries to them; Hence the fellowship of the mystery.
As His representatives, apostles are called to be a portrait or a painting of God’s ways, will, and timing upon the earth. The Lord allows the apostle to go through the humiliating and frustrating circumstances of being last so that he is whittled away from all that does not represent the voice of the Lord, His ways, and His timing.
The apostle not only reveals the mystery of Christ, its dispositions and arrangements but also teaches others how to participate according to their calling into this mystery.
It comes to say that the apostle is used within church to bring the church into the comprehensive participation of what that it has been called into.
The seal of apostleship is defined in these two ways. The believer as mentored by the apostle, is first brought to a place of adequate spiritual freedom as he or she grasps the liberty brought to him or her by the revelation of the mystery of the gospel, as the apostle teaches it.