Apostle Grace Lubega
Ephesians 4:11-12(KJV); And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
I have heard a fallacy in Christian circles to the effect that an apostle can only grow under an apostle, a prophet under a prophet and a pastor under a pastor.
This is not true, beloved saint.
I have known apostles who have grown under prophets and prophets who have grown under apostles. On the other hand, there are prophets who have failed to grow under prophets and pastors who have failed to grow in pastoral ministries.
In the New Testament, apostles were raised by prophets and prophets were raised by apostles. In Acts 13:1-3(MSG), we see prophet teachers commissioning the apostle Paul and Barnabas. Agabus, the prophet, was raised by apostles. Phillip did not claim the prophetic office but his daughters were prophets( Acts 21:9).
We cannot use Old Testament teachings where prophets sat under prophets to define the New Testament church. Spiritual identity is not tagged to the offices under which men sit; it is in the person of the Holy Spirit.
No man makes you an apostle, a prophet or pastor. Only the Spirit does. You are CALLED as an apostle, a prophet or a pastor. It is not the design of the man under whom you sit.
Get rid of the mentality that an apostle should sit under an apostle or a pastor should sit under a pastor. These spiritual offices were meant for the body and not for individual callings.
God did not make you an apostle so that you can grow apostles. He called you an apostle, prophet or pastor so that you EDIFY THE BODY OF CHRIST.
His name be praised!
FURTHER STUDY: Acts 13:1-3(MSG), Acts 21:9
GOLDEN NUGGET: Spiritual identity is not tagged to the offices under which men sit; it is in the person of the Holy Spirit.
PRAYER: Father, I thank You for this wisdom. I receive it with humility and walk in its understanding. The calling upon my life benefits the entire body of Christ. I build, I edify and I grow those you have trusted me with, to the glory of Your name, Amen.