Miracles signs and wonders did not end with the apostles as cessationists might tell us. Neither did apostleship end with the so called apostolic age. Rather, apostolic persons waned in number as what was meant to be Christ our life - the incarnation - was denuded of power and replaced by the burocratic institution that we call the church. Jesus did not come to multiply religious institutions. He came to multiply life by incarnating the fullness of God into all who believe.
SEPARATION NULL AND VOID
The separation and compartmentalisation between God and man illustrated by the Jewish Temple was undone when Jesus cried, ‘It is finished!’ No longer would the separated life begun by Adam apply. The compartmentalised life of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was no more. The union with God that Jesus has with His Father became ours. Our living out of Christ our life makes us not only one with God but one with the creation. No dualism here. But oneness with God and the creation. In Christ we have the adventure of a holy life - not of religiosity or false piety but of Christ in all we are and all we do.
An obsession with sin is neither holiness or life.
All who embrace our union with God can become apostolic but not necessarily apostles. Joined to Christ and one with His being you become an expression of Christ. It follows that in the law, which is a separated state of being from God, we cannot be apostolic in the Jesus sense. We can be false apostles however.# Old covenant mindsets in this age are not the gospel of the Kingdom.
ROOTED IN THE TRINITY
Apostolic people, namely scholarly apostolic teachers and preachers live from this union with God – never from religion. While old covenant Christian leaders may generate a large following they are not Kingdom Leaders in the tradition of Jesus. There’s a difference between having a following and being a Kingdom Leader. I know of no law-based Christian who is a significant life-giving leader in the Body of Christ. From the old covenant we can generate drops of life but nor rivers of living water. One can generate paddocks of tares while tied to the law but not fields of wheat – namely sons of God.
The foundation of the Kingdom of God in the post cross age is the incarnation – Christ in you and Christ in us all. This is believing people living out the fruit of the atonement. The incarnation and not the gifts of the Spirit is the foundation of Kingdom life. The healing power of Christ is important but it is a function of the fact that we and Father are one; an effect of the fact that the trinity is alive in all who believe and step into this reality.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
“In the modern church Christ’s miracles and supernatural ministry are highlighted to the relative neglect of his sense of justice, peace, and single-minded devotion to the Father’s will. This is true despite the now passé WWJD? (“What Would Jesus Do?”) phenomenon, which, despite its intent to retrieve a robust imitatio Christi, ended up throwing youth back upon themselves due to an almost complete ignorance of the actual life of Christ.* In its almost total concentration on the cross, classical Christology has lost sight of the true humanity of Christ, lived out through his relationship with the Father in the empowering presence of the Spirit.” (1)
We live in Father’s will and express His heart by living in the ‘oneness’ with Himself that He has given us in Jesus. A ‘Jesus life’ is never an effete living of religion. It’s the adventure of life to the full as an expression of the trinity.
# An apostle is not someone with a big church or a famous ministry. An apostle is one who is a manifestation of Christ because she/he is one in being with Christ. An apostle is never rooted in the law or in religion.
* ‘What would Jesus do?’ is a redundant question as is the self-effort of ‘keeping close to Jesus.’ Due to the incarnation Jesus is in you and part of you meaning that you will know what He is doing because HE IS YOU. By not living in the reality of the incarnation we must invent rules and methods of ‘keeping close to Jesus, which is to re-instate the law and a subtle kind of works.
(1) Habets, Myk. The Anointed Son: A Trinitarian Spirit Christology (Princeton Theological Monograph Series Book 129) (p. 13). Pickwick Publications, an Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers. Kindle Edition.