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Apostles Equip with Government

  • 2 Thessalonians 3:4 tells us that the apostles have authority to command and the members of the church has a duty to do what they were commanded to do. The authority of the apostles went beyond establishing doctrines to government.
  • Isaiah 9:6 Foretells that the government shall be upon His shoulder. The shoulder is part of the body.
  • Daniel 7:27 The Kingdom and Dominion is given to the saints of the Most High.
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:14 tells us that disobedience to the apostles' commands resulted in putting the offender out of fellowship.
  • The letters of Paul are either exercises of government over local elders and deacons or traveling deacons.
  • The letters of James and John are letters to local churches.
  • 1 Corinthians 4:18-21 and 3 John 1:9-10 show that the apostles have authority to deal with troublesome members in local churches.
  • Acts 24:17 shows us that the apostles also equipped the saints by caring for their material needs.
  • 1 Corinthians 11:2 tells of Paul commending the Corinthian church for keeping the orders, the ordinances, in the same way that he had delivered those orders to them. They gave themselves over to Paul's instruction.
  • 1 Thessalonians 2:15 establishes the authority of the apostles over the local churches.
  • 1 Peter 5:1 tells us that the apostles are elders, and, taken in the context of all the other scriptures describing their authority, they are set over the entire church with universal authority.
  • 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12 shows us that apostles take the same role as a father has to his own children, but to the whole church. As the father governs the home, the apostles govern the entire church, each apostle being in submission to every other apostle in government.
  • 1 Corinthians 4:15-17 tells of Paul's fatherly relationship to the church.
  • 1 Corinthians 7:17 demonstrates Paul's apostolic authority.
  • 2 Peter 3:1-3 warns that in the last days there will be some who scoff at the authority and sound doctrine of the apostles.
  • Jude 17 shows that the safety of the church is in following the teachings and the government of the apostles.
  • 1 Corinthians 3:10 shows that members, the ministries in the local churches, build on the foundation that was laid by the apostles.

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