The Qualifications of a Modern Apostle
All apostles in the New Covenant Church are called, by revelation, by the Presiding Patriarch of the Holy Order following nomination of candidates by the whole Church membership at General Conference and after confirmation has been obtained by the whole Apostolate. Apostles undergo intensive training in the Holy Order, serving first as Deacons and then Elders in a local colony over many years, and usually then serving as traveling Evangelists. They must also receive a personal call from the Lord themselves and be sustained by the people in General Conference. The prospective apostle must have "seen" the resurrected Lord with his own eyes, meaning primarily that he must be able to commune with Him (Mt.13:14), as the apostle Paul did, receiving His teaching personally through the Spirit and the Word. Seeing a vision, or having a prophetic dream, of the Lord is not enough as the devil is easily able to counterfeit the visions of those who are not firmly grounded in the true apostolic doctrine of Christ. Such a witness, when genuine is, however, important. Apostles must come in at the gate and bring forth the fruits of the Gospel [Oppsal, Oslo, Norway].
Called of God
1. An apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ who hath arisen into his apostleship inwardly and outwardly must be called of Me, saith the Lord, by he who standeth at the head of My Church on earth as My representitive1.
2. And he must have seen Me with his own eyes, that he might bear affirmative testimony that I live, and am Lord of all, the glorified Son of God.
3. I am the Lord of the Resurrection, and he who hath not seen Me with his eyes cannot bear witness that I live, that I am glorified of My Father in Heaven, and am a God of form and susbtance.
4. The Spirit beareth witness of the Son inwardly, [but the Son] must bear witness of Himself outwardly, even as I bore witness unto the Jews (Jn.5:31). And I and the Father are one.
5. What is outward to the inner Church is inward to the outer [Church], for the two realities are not the same.
The Apostles and the Firstborn are One
6. And the spirit of the Apostolate belongeth unto all those who cross into the Firstborn.
7. Verily, verily, I shall call My own apostles, saith the Lord, and shall appear unto them one by one, that they may behold Me as I AM, and bear witness of Me unto all peoples.
Many are Called but Few Chosen
8. Many are called to be apostles but few will arise into that holy office because they are unwilling to discipline them- selves or to sacrifice what they have forthe Light which hath been held in reserve for them.
9. I am the Gospel, and he who would bear witness of My Gospel shalt bear witness of Me, for the Son and the Word are one, and cannot be divided.
Believing without Physical Sight
10. Blessed are those who have not seen Me but believed, for their faith shall be made perfect if they endure.
The True Door and the False
11. And a true apostle must come in through the door of faith in such a manner, for I will not reveal Myself unto he who is faithless or [he] who seeketh [for] a sign, or he who seeketh to prove his worthiness unto the children of men because He hath seen Me.
12. Such a one can never be an apostle for he shall be unstable and continually doubting, having beheld Me only with carnal eyes and not the eyes of faith.
13. It is not sufficient to see visions, saith the Lord, for many who say they have seen Me remain as they were before in their unredeemed and selfish natures;
14. And what they have seen is a vision of their own imaginings, being of no real substance, but rather an image of their own thoughts and expectations.
Many False Apostles
15. Be ye in no wise deceived for just as there are many false prophets in the world, so also are there many false apostles.
16. By their unredeemed natures and works ye shall know them, if ye are wiseand pure, for I, the Lord, choose none who are carnal, sensual and devilish.
The Pure in Heart
17. The pure in heart are filled with love always, never seeking after their own interests but always [the interests of] those round about them.
18. They are gentle and kind and in them is found no guile.
19. They love truth for truth's sake, knowing that I am the Truth, and that in none other can they find their joy and rest. Amen.
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