Others such as James the brother of Jesus (Gal.1:19) and others mentioned in Romans
16:7 are all foundational apostles. These are the third class of apostles, the class that Paul
was in. A characteristic of apostles in this class is that they also helped lay the doctrinal
foundation of the New Testament as God inspired them. Paul said he was a master
builder that laid the foundation that others build on.
“According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 3:10-11 (NKJV
There are no foundational apostles today there are no apostle today on the same level or
authority or in the same rank or with the same degree of anointing as the apostles of the
early church. 1Although there are no apostles and prophets of the second and third rank in
the Body of Christ today, there is a fourth class of apostles. There are those in the church
today who stand in the apostolic office in a measure. They are sent ones, but they are in a
lesser class than those in the Early Church. They are in this fourth class of apostles.
The primary function of the apostles in the early church is to witness to Christ. The
twelve have knowledge of his life, and a wider group had been witnesses to his
resurrection. They were commissioned by the risen Lord to worldwide witnessing of Him
( Ac 1:8 ).The fourth class apostles of today do not have the same level of anointing as
the second and third class apostles of the early church. However they have the same
commission of worldwide wit...
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...re here states that a pastor is a
shepherd of God’s flock who is to instruct, teach, and protect the people under his charge.
God said to Israel “And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall
feed you with knowledge and understanding.” Jeremiah 3:15 (KJV) Pastors play a very
important role in the kingdom of God. Here in this scripture God did not promised
Israel kings or judges as part of their restoration process, He promised them
Pastors who will not only love them, but they will also love and fear Him.
1They will have leaders who fear and love the Lord. Pastors (shepherds), civil
and spiritual leaders who will be obedient to God.
1Quote from The King James Bible Commentary- Commentary from Edward G Dobson, Charles L
Feinberg, Edward E. Hindson and Woodrow Michael Kroll –page 877
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