“Wherefore He (God) saith (in the Old Testament), “When he ascendeth up on high, he led captivity captive, and he gave gifts unto people.” (Eph 3:8) These words are fulfilled in the Mashiach’s death for our sins, His burial and His resurrection the third day – Yeshua of Nazareth is the Mashiach of God. “And he gave some gifts, apostles, and some gifts, prophets, and some gifts, euaggelistis, and some gifts, pastors and teachers.”
He gave some of those whom He has chosen gifts, not all, for all are not apostles. He gave these gifts to people. The gifts are not for themselves, but for others, for the chosen ones to continue in the gospel, God’s word’s of life, and those who do not believe, that they might hear the gospel, that they might be given grace to accept the one true gospel. For all people to not have faith, the faith of Yeshua, the steadfastness of Yeshua.
The gift of apostle, in the Greek apostolos, which literally means “one who standfast apart” in the gospel. The gift of apostolos allow a man to standfast apart in the one true gospel despite the thoughts and deeds that continually contradict the one true gospel. This gift allows the gospel to continue to be preached in all circumstances.
Now we might think that this gift upon a man would bring honor, quite the contrary. ” For I think that God has set forth us the apostles, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to messengers and to people, We are fools for the Mashiach’s sake, but you are wise in the Mashiach; we are weak, but you are strong; you are honorable, but we are despised. Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwelling place; and labor, working with our own hands; being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure it; being defamed, we entreat: we are made as the filth of the world, the offscouring of all things unto this day. I write these things not to shame you, but as beloved children I warn you. For as though you have ten thousand instructors in the Mashiach, you have not many fathers: for in the Mashiach Yeshua I have begotten you through the gospel. Follow me as I follow the Mashiach!”
And in another place, “But God has set the members every one of them in the body, as it has pleased him. And if they were all one member, where is the body? But now there are many members, yet one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee; not again the head to the feet, I have no need of thee. No, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary. And those members of the body, which we think to be less honorable, upon these we bestow more abundant honor, and are uncomely, not beautiful parts have more abundant beauty. For our beautiful parts have no need, but God has tempered the body together, having given more abundant honor to the part that lacked, that there should be no schism, division in the body, but that the members should have the same care for another. And whether one member suffers, and the members suffer with them, or one member be honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are the body of the Mashiach and members in particular. And God has set some gifts in the assembly, first apostolos, second, prophets, third, teachers, after than miracles, the gifts of healing, helps, authority, diversity of tongues. Are all apostolos? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? But covert earnestly the best gifts, and yet I show you a more excellent way – LOVE!
May the Lord give all his children understanding to hold the truth in righteousness. Love covers a multitude of sins. And all understanding comes from the scriptures of the prophets (Old Testament) in light of the Mashiach, Yeshua, death for our sins, His burial and His resurrection the third day. This is the one true gospel, the words of life of God!