Apostolic Fellowship by Ricardo Butler

Apostolic Fellowship


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“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine [Gk: ‘teaching, instruction’] and [the apostles’] fellowship.” (Acts 2:42).


Now before I go on I want people to know the reason why I put the word “apostles’” before the word “fellowship.” Do not get the impression that I put that there to “add unto God’s words” because that is totally not the reason at all. If you look between “apostles’ doctrine” and the word “fellowship” you have this little three letter word “and.”


What does the word “and” mean? I am glad that you asked me! Here’s what it simply means, “used to connect words of the same part of speech, clauses, or sentences that are to be taken jointly.”


It’s not just the apostles’ doctrine it is also apostolic fellowship as well. They are “connected” they are “of the same part of speech”, and they are also “to be taken jointly.” They go hand and hand. They are not separate from one another. Unity in the Body of Christ is a by-product of the WHOLE Church submitting to apostolic teaching (the Doctrine of Christ called the Gospel of the Kingdom of God—the New Covenant), which was given to PURIFY and cleanse the Bride of Christ that she might look white and glorious; prepared from her wedding (the Second Coming of Christ). The Words [Truth (Jesus Christ), doctrine, teaching] that Jesus gave to the Apostles are what they were to use to lay as a spiritual foundation (Christ being that Foundation) that the church was to be founded on (1 Cor. 3:11). The Apostle Paul said,


“But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house [Family] of God, which is the church of the living God, the [the Church is the …] pillar [support] and ground [foundation] of the Truth [Jesus is the Truth—John 14:6].” (1st Timothy 3:15).


The Apostle John says,


“But whoso keepeth [Gk: ‘to guard (from loss or injury, properly, by keeping the eye upon), i.e. to note (a prophecy; figuratively, to fulfill a command); by implication, to detain (in custody; figuratively, to maintain):–hold fast, keep, preserve, watch’] His [GOD’S] Word [His doctrine, Gospel, teachings (the Great Commandments & the Great Commission) Words are TRUTH], in him [IN that Christian] verily [TRUTHFULLY] IS THE LOVE OF GOS IS PERFECTED [Gk: ‘to complete, i.e. (literally) accomplish, or (figuratively) consummate (in character):–consecrate, finish, fulfill, make) perfect (SPIRITUALLY MATURE, bearing FRUIT–LOVE)’]: hereby know we [This is HOW we know …] that we ARE IN HIM [IN CHRIST]. He that saith he abideth in Him [IN CHRIST] ought himself also so to walk [Gk: ‘to live, deport oneself, follow (as a companion or votary):–go, be occupied with, walk’], even as he walked [Gk: ‘to lived, deport oneself (led of the Spirit), follow (as a companion) {follow Christ as Christ followed GOD}:–go, be occupied with, walk’].” (1st John 2:5-6).


Having the right doctrine, the right Gospel, the right Covenant, the right teachings and truths of God coming down from the Father to the Son, then to the Apostolic anointing to the rest of the Five Fold Ministry (what the Bible actually calls Elders) and finally down to the Body (just like when Jesus broke bread—the Word of God—and gave it to the APOSTLES and they gave it to the heads {eldersProphets, Teachers, Evangelists, Pastors, Bishops, Deacons} of the family {churches—kingly/priesthood of EVERY believer}). THIS IS THE ORDER! This is how Kingdom structure works. That’s why the apostles are so important to the Body of Christ. The real issue today is not so much should the apostles exist in today’s church, but do they (all the apostles) all agree on the same ONE—unified—TRUTH? Now that’s the real question! I am not going to cover that in this book, but what I will say is this: If you are a sheep YOU WILL hear The Good Shepherd’s voice in the face of those humbly leading (BY EXAMPLE, not by being lords over) the Body of Christ. For the apostles (or any other leader) has not dominion over the faith says 2nd Corinthians 1:24.


Jesus said,


“He that receiveth YOU [the Apostolic ANOINTING on the Apostles who show signs, seals, and FRUIT of the Apostolic Office] receiveth Me [the ONLY Chief Apostle of the Faith], and he that receiveth Me [the Chief Apostle, Saviour of the Body & world and LORD of ALL] receiveth Him [GOD, the TRUE and ONLY APOSTOLIC FATHER] that sent [Gk: ‘set apart, i.e. (by implication) to send out (properly, on a mission):–send out, set, apostolically sent’] Me.” (Matthew 10:40).


“Verily, verily [Truthfully, truthfully], I [Jesus] say unto YOU [the Apostles], He that receiveth whomsoever I SEND receiveth Me [Jesus]; and he that receiveth Me [Jesus through the messenger] receiveth Him [God the Father] that sent Me [Jesus Christ].” (John 13:20).


Now don’t think that because I’m promoting the apostles here that they are some kind of super humans or that they are special. They are not special in the sense that God loves them more than you or they are more important than you, because they are not. My goal here is that I want you to see how God’s order, structure, government, CHAIN OF COMMAND (in his ‘army’ or ‘company’) works and how “orders” are communicated throughout the Body of Christ from the Father and the Head—Christ Jesus to the Body, just like He was teaching the apostles with the Feed of the Five Thousand (when He took the bread–truth–gave it to the Apostles and they gave it to the people, symbolic for the church).  Apostles are here as servants of God to serve you and wash your dirty feet so that you can become all that God wants you to be. This principle of order was in the dwell together in unity Scripture of Psalms 133. It’s all over the Word.


I’m not here to promote myself as an apostle either so you can get that out of your head. I’m coming down off my holy hip-hop (I hate that term) high horse every day to wash your feet. I call it dying daily. So just give me a holler!


I know there are more apostles out there called to the hip-hop ministry, industry, and culture. God, Christ, or someone in the body (usually an another apostles or prophet) has not made that known to them (or YOU) out there. The people of God, even in the hip-hop ministry community need to either find some apostles (those with an apostolic anointing), or let the those who are or are called to be apostolic hip-hoppers to do what the Lord wants, namely be involved in the fellowship with you brothers and sisters. The Apostle Paul talked about this when He said,


“But now are they MANY members, yet but ONE body. And the eye CANNOT say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head [JESUS IS THE HEAD and even Christ CANNOT say …] to the feet [THE APOSTLES ARE THE FEET OR ‘FOUNDATION’], I HAVE NO NEED OF THEE. Nay, MUCH MORE those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, ARE NECESSARY: and those members of the body, which we think [Yes indeed ‘THINK’] to be LESS honorable, upon THESE we bestow MORE ABUNDANT honor; and our uncomely [Gk: ‘shapeless, i.e. (figuratively) inelegant:–uncomely’] [body] parts have MORE ABUNDANT comeliness. For our comely parts have no need: BUT GOD HATH tempered [Gk: ‘to commingle, i.e. (figuratively) to combine or assimilate:–mix with, temper together’] the body together, having given MORE ABUNDANT honor to that [LIKE THE UGLY FEET that Jesus WASHED called the Apostles] part which lacked: [And WHY did God do this? Answer … ] that there should be NO SCHISM [Gk: ‘NO DIVISION’] in the body [because God uses the Apostles to UNITE the Body to the HEAD—Jesus]; but that the members SHOULD HAVE the same care one for another. And whether ONE member suffer [LIKE the lack of not accepting the Apostles (and prophets) as members of the body for all these years, which resulted in DIVISION and the DARK AGES under the rule of the POPE and the Catholic Church (Mystery Babylon)], ALL the members [THE WHOLE CHURCH] suffer with it [for NOT have apostles and prophets in the body]; or ONE member [like the PASTOR] be honored, ALL the members [even the Apostles and Prophets SHOULD HAVE …] rejoice with it. Now ye [Gk: ‘ALL OF YOU’] ARE the body of Christ [the Church of the Living God], and members in particular. And GOD HATH SET [Gk: ‘to place:–appoint, bow, commit, conceive, give, lay (aside, down {like a FOUNDATION}, up), make, ordain, purpose, put, set (forth), settle, sink down’] some in the church, FIRST [Gk: ‘firstly (in TIME, PLACE, {KINGDOM} ORDER, or IMPORTANCE):–before, at the beginning, chiefly (at, at the) first (of all)’] APOSTLES, secondarily [Gk: ‘(ordinal) second (in TIME, PLACE, or RANK; also adverb):–afterward’] PROPHETS, thirdly TEACHERS, after that miracles [which are done by EVANGELISTS.—‘Philip (the Evangelist) … the MIRACLES and signs which were done.’ (Acts 8:13], then gifts of healings [which the PASTORS are there to HEAL the sheep! ‘Is any sick among you (among you BELIEVERS)? Let him call for THE ELDERS (PASTORS) of the Church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.’ (James 5:14)], helps [Gk: ‘relief:–help.’—This is a function of the DEACONS], governments [Gk: ‘(to steer); pilotage, i.e. (figuratively) directorship (in the church):–government’—This would be the function of THE LOCAL BISHOPS], diversities of tongues [This actually means ‘NATIONALITIES OF LANGUAGES or KNOWN dialects’, also known as the REST OF THE MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH WHEREVER THEY ARE LOCATED IN THE WORLD].(1st Corinthians 12:20-28).


You want to get rid of and nail to the cross (or the coffin) division and discord in your hip-hop ministry or record label? Let the apostolic anointing come and fix it. They are graced and called for that very purpose.


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Now some of you are probably questioning and saying to yourself, “How are the apostles the less honorable in the verses above? How did you come to that conclusion? This could be your own private interpretation.”


I can say they are because Paul says the apostles are.


“Now ye [the WHOLE church] are full, now ye [the WHOLE church] are rich, ye [the WHOLE Church] have reigned as kings WITHOUT US [‘US’ WHO? We are going to find out who ‘us’ is in a few sentences]: and I would [wish, desire] to God ye [the WHOLE Church] did reign, that WE [‘WE’ WHO? Again we will find out who ‘us’ and ‘we’ are] also might reign with you [the WHOLE Church]. For I think [Paul ‘thought’ he didn’t know for a fact, but God revealed to him why the apostles are ‘less honorable’ and are NOT welcomed in the fellowship of the church. Here’s the answer to who ‘US’ and ‘WE’ are] that GOD HATH set forth [Gk: ‘to show off, i.e. exhibit; figuratively, to demonstrate, i.e. accredit:–approve, prove, set forth, show’] US [and ‘WE’] THE APOSTLES LAST [in the church to be ‘full’, ‘rich’, and to ‘reign as kings’], as it were appointed [Gk: ‘DOOMED’] to death: for WE [the Apostles] are made a spectacle [Gk: ‘a place for public show (“theatre”), i.e. general audience-room; by implication, a show itself (figuratively):–spectacle, theatre’] unto the world [all creation], and to angels [including the demons], and to men [both believers and non-believers]. WE [the Apostles] are fools for Christ’s sake, but ye [the WHOLE Church] are wise in Christ; WE [the Apostles] are weak, but ye [the WHOLE Church] are strong; ye [the WHOLE Church] are honorable, but WE [the Apostles] ARE DESPISED [WHAT does this word mean. I will tell you what it means. It means, ‘(negatively) UNHONORED or (positively) DISHONORED:–despised, WITHOUT HONOR, LESS HONORABLE (comparative degree {compared to the rest of the Body of Christ, among the members of the Body of Christ})’]. Even unto this PRESENT [God is the same always] hour [even in 2012] WE [the Apostles] both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted [beat up physically, spiritually, emotionally, financially, socially, intellectually], and have NO certain dwelling place [WE have NO church home]; and labor, working with our own hands [Many of us have to pay our own way, start our own businesses, or work for some ungodly company because the Church does not support us]: being reviled, WE [the Apostles] bless; being persecuted, WE [the Apostles] suffer it: being defamed, WE [the Apostles] intreat: WE [the Apostles] are made as the filth [Gk: ‘SOMETHING CLEANED OFF ALL AROUND (like when Jesus washed the apostles feet, i.e. REFUSE (DECLINED, REJECTED, SAID NO TO, SNUBBED, REBUFFED, TURNED DOWN, REPUDIATED) (figuratively):–FILTH’] of the world, and are the off scouring [Gk: ‘(TO RUB), SOMETHING BRUSHED ALL AROUND, i.e. OFF-SCRAPINGS (figuratively; SCUM):–OFFSCOURING’] of all things unto this day [even in 2012.” (1st Corinthians 4:8-13).


By the way the word “LAST” means, “(in the sense of contiguity); farthest, final (of place or time):–ends of, last, latter end, lowest, uttermost.” That’s funny that God would set us FIRST in the church, but then latter put us LAST. Well it’s not that we are, it’s just that in the Spirit we ARE first, but in the world (in the flesh) we are LAST. We are less honored among the fellowships of many ministries and churches, and even among the hip-hop artists of God community.


Jesus Himself said that the prophets along with the apostles ARE less honored as well.


“But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honor, but in his own country, and among his own kin [family], and in his own house [church]. (Mark 6:4).


“For Jesus Himself testified, that a prophet hath no honor in his own country.” (John 4:44).


The funny thing about all of this is that according to the Scriptures all the people of God who are involved in the music ministry are by default PROPHETIC! LOL! You are spokesmen and women for Him when you pick that microphone up; whether on a stage, in the booth, or wherever.


Then Jesus in this next verse lumped them both together and said that the Church would not want their counsel and fellowship. He even secretly threw in the Teachers too, for those who have the mind of Christ to get it.


“Therefore also said the [hidden, spiritual] wisdom of God, I will send [Gk: apostello’, which is the root word for ‘apostle’] them prophets and apostles, and SOME [not all but ‘some’] of them they shall SLAY and PERSECUTE.” (Luke 11:49).


“Wherefore, behold, I send [Gk: apostello’, which is the root word for ‘apostle’] unto you prophets, and wise [‘wise’ master building apostolic] men [AND women. I’m not going to leave you ladies out!], and scribes [TEACHERS of the Law of CHRIST, not Moses. This is not talking about the scribes of Old—see Matt. 13:52]: and SOME [Again, not all, but ‘some’ of them ye [ALL OF YOU—THE CHURCH] shall KILL and CRUCIFY; and SOME [NOT all, but ‘some’] of them [the Apostles, Prophets, and Teachers] shall ye [ALL of you—the Church] SCOURGE in your synagogues [Gk: ‘(spiritually, figuratively, by analogy) a CHRISTIAN Church’], and PERSECUTE them [the Apostles, Prophets, and Teachers as the are going all out into the world—see Matt. 28:18-20] from city to city.(Matthew 23:35).


My! My! My! These poor, poor apostles, prophets, and occasionally the teachers, in all target areas, industries, niches, and walks of life (in this case the Hip-hop ministry, industry, and culture); a break is just not part of their calling, huh?


The point is this: as God begins to raise up apostolic artists among the hip-hop people of God, let them in and among you. Or they will go out into the world and start new ministries, churches, record labels, music ministries that WILL succeed greatly and you WILL get left out and become jealous because God is blessing the new thing that He was trying to do with YOU! They will be taking the land, the kingdoms of this world and the wealth of the sinner and distributing it among the just who lived by faith.


Let me end this section with the verse that we started with concerning apostolic fellowship.


“That which we [the apostles] have seen and heard declare WE [the apostles] unto you, that ye [ALL of you—the disciples (the Church) and non-believers] also may have fellowship with US [the apostles]: and truly OUR [the apostle’s] fellowship is with the Father, AND with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things write WE [the apostles] unto you [the disciples (the Church) and the non-believers], that your [the disciple’s (the Church’s) and non-believer’s] JOY may be FULL.” (1st John 1:3-4).


Though no apostle is here to be a people pleaser (see Gal. 1:10), we are here because of the cry of the people (see Ex. 3:7) and to turn those tears from pain that you may exchange it for the joy of the Lord (see Ps. 126:5, 2 Tim. 1:4, & Isa. 61:1-3) and praise and please HIM (see Heb. 11:6)!

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