"And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. 2 The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him."
Jesus picked twelve men to be apostles to train and be founders of the Church (Mark 3:14; Ephesians 2:20). Those Jesus called He gave the capacity to do what they were called to do. The apostles were and are called to start churches. They have the capacity to cast out unclean spirits (demons), to heal every disease and affliction (weakness).
The Apostle Paul tells us that the signs of a true apostle are signs, wonders and mighty works. He instructs us that the apostle uses his gift for the sake of the believers' faith and knowledge of the truth (2 Corinthians 12:12; Titus 1:1). The true apostle preaches the true gospel. Signs and wonders without the true gospel reveal a false apostle (Deuteronomy 13:1-3; Revelation 2:2; Galatians 1:1:8). We know that the original twelve are not the only apostles, but that God gives apostles as gifts to build the Body of Christ as He desires (1 Corinthians 12:11, 28-29, Acts 14:14; Galatians 1:19). Those who call themselves apostles must be tested by the local church (Revelation 2:2).
We can learn a principle of how God works among us from this passage of Scripture. God first calls us to our assigned work and then equips us to do it. He calls His servants by name. Each of us who have become believers have been given gifts of grace to be used to build the Body of Christ (Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 1 Peter 4:10; Ephesians 4:8b,11).
Are you using your gifts to build the Body of Christ? Do you know the work God has called and gifted you to do?
Ask God. If we ask anything according to His will, we know that we have what we ask (1 John 5:14-15). By the way, age has nothing to do with doing God's work. He assigns each of us work to do no matter what our age.
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