The veracity of our apostleship rests on the foundation of our gospel. Is it Christ’s Gospel or is it a variation that robs Christ of substance in the name of zeal? Jesus warned us of paddocks of tares and Paul wrote of ‘other gospels’ that attract a curse. ROOTEDNESS IS MANDATE The apostolic nature of the church is the the Body of Christ acting out the mandate of given to the first apostles. This is the realisation and activation of the Divine Enterprise that saw the son of God manifest as Jesus of Nazareth and following His resurrection, it saw the Christ of God manifest as you and I and as the church. We are talking the incarnation – Christ come in our flesh, the bread and the wine of the Lord’s Table, being the Lord Himself, lived out in our flesh and blood. We are talking the being of God, the trinity, lived out in the sons and daughters of God.
This is the gospel of the Kingdom. This is the apostles doctrine. This is the Body of Christ as the manifestation of the Christ of God and this is the apostolic and universal church. Jesus did not come to deliver a new way of keeping the law. Jesus has not installed Himself as the Fixer-Upper of Adam’s deviant way. He is the new and living way and this way is Himself manifesting as the church of God who are the Body of Christ. Given the above - the law is irrelevant. Irrelevant because it is replaced by the mystery and reality of the fullness of God manifest as the individual and as the church. Thomas Torrance writes,
“In its simplest sense the apostolicity of the Church refers back to the original foundation of the Church once for all laid by Christ upon the apostles, but it also refers to the interpenetration of the existence and mission of the Church in its unswerving fidelity to that apostolic foundation. As the incarnate Son of the Father Jesus regarded himself as having been anointed by the Spirit and clothed with his power for the fulfilment of his unique evangelical mission.
With its completion in the cross and resurrection, he commissioned his disciples as apostles to act in his name, thereby linking their subordinate mission with his own supreme mission: ‘As the Father has sent me, so I send you’. At the same time he breathed his Spirit upon them, thereby constituting their sending by him as the empirical counterpart to the sending of the Holy Spirit by the Father in the name of the Son, which took place as Jesus had promised on the day of Pentecost.” (1)
The apostolic foundation is the incarnation of the Christ – God with us in Palestine, God in us following Pentecost and the trinity in us every day.
(1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Trinitarian Faith: The Evangelical Theology of the Ancient Catholic Church (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (pp. 285-286). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.