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Is it correct to call someone Apostle?

I received this question, from a sister in Christ, recently and wanted to share it with you all:

"A question is it correct to call someone Apostle? Instead of how the Bible says it. Such as: 'Curtis the Apostle of Christ'. This has been plaguing me and I want scripture to go with it, if possible. Thank you brother Timothy. Your sister in Yahshua, Jennie."

My response:

It is better to be called servant than apostle; or servant than prophet, lest we fall into pride or be elevated by others for that gift received, of the same name, which is not of ourselves, but received from God in Messiah through the Spirit.

For if we are a servant of God and Yahshua then are we not also a servant of all those who seek Him and are in Him?

I am the Lord's prophet, yes, but I do not call myself that... it is His will that I deliver His message, and it is His Word, and His wisdom, and His knowledge... which make me nothing more than the "mailman"... and a servant of those I deliver it to, and of Him who sent me.
So, my gift received is of prophecy making me a prophet only when He calls on me to speak or write His Words. But, am I not also subject to His Word as those to whom the message was intended?

Therefore, let us wash each others feet and love one another, and work, and obey the Lord according to those gifts, received in Him, as parts of His body... never forgetting He is the Head of all, and we His members.

Yahshua is The All in All. He does His own work. Therefore, let us serve as we are called, but let us not be elevated to our own glory... for all glory belongs to Messiah.


Acts 10:34:
Then Kefa(Peter) addressed them: "I now understand that God does not play favorites,

1 Corinthians 3:5-10:
After all, what is Apollos? What is Sha'ul? Only servants through whom you came to trust. Indeed, it was the Lord who brought you to trust through one of us or through another.
I planted the seed, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow.
So neither the planter nor the waterer is anything, only God who makes things grow - planter and waterer are the same. However, each will be rewarded according to his work.
For we are God's co-workers; you are God's field, God's building. Using the grace God gave me, I laid a foundation, like a skilled master-builder; and another man is building on it. But let each one be careful how he builds.

John 13:5:
Then he poured some water into a basin and began to wash the feet of the talmidim(disciples) and wipe them off with the towel wrapped around him.

John 13:12:
After he had washed their feet, taken back his clothes and returned to the table, he said to them, "Do you understand what I have done to you?

John 13:14:
Now if I, the Lord and Rabbi, have washed your feet, you also should wash each other's feet.

John 13:35:
Everyone will know that you are my talmidim(disciples) by the fact that you have love for each other."

1 Corinthians 12:3-31:
Therefore, I want to make it clear to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says, "Yeshua is cursed!" and no one can say, "Yeshua is Lord," except by the Ruach HaKodesh(Holy Spirit). Now there are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit gives them. Also there are different ways of serving, but it is the same Lord being served. And there are different modes of working, but it is the same God working them all in everyone. Moreover, to each person is given the particular manifestation of the Spirit that will be for the common good. To one, through the Spirit, is given a word of wisdom; to another, a word of knowledge, in accordance with the same Spirit; to another, faith, by the same Spirit; and to another, gifts of healing, by the one Spirit; to another, the working of miracles; to another, prophecy; to another, the ability to judge between spirits; to another, the ability to speak in different kinds of tongues; and to yet another, the ability to interpret tongues. One and the same Spirit is at work in all these things, distributing to each person as he chooses.

For just as the body is one but has many parts; and all the parts of the body, though many, constitute one body; so it is with the Messiah. For it was by one Spirit that we were all immersed into one body, whether Jews or Gentiles, slaves or free; and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. For indeed the body is not one part but many. If the foot says, "I'm not a hand, so I'm not part of the body," that doesn't make it stop being part of the body. And if the ear says, "I'm not an eye, so I'm not part of the body," that doesn't make it stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, how could it hear? If it were all hearing, how could it smell? But as it is, God arranged each of the parts in the body exactly as he wanted them. Now if they were all just one part, where would the body be? But as it is, there are indeed many parts, yet just one body. So the eye cannot say to the hand, "I don't need you"; or the head to the feet, "I don't need you." On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be less important turn out to be all the more necessary; and upon body parts which we consider less dignified we bestow greater dignity; and the parts that aren't attractive are the ones we make as attractive as we can, while our attractive parts have no need for such treatment. Indeed, God has put the body together in such a way that he gives greater dignity to the parts that lack it, So that there will be no disagreements within the body, but rather all the parts will be equally concerned for all the others. Thus if one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; and if one part is honored, all the parts share its happiness.

Now you together constitute the body of the Messiah, and individually you are parts of it. And God has placed in the Messianic Community first, emissaries(apostles); second, prophets; third, teachers; then those who work miracles; then those with gifts of healing; those with ability to help; those skilled in administration; and those who speak in various tongues. Not all are emissaries, are they? Not all are prophets, are they? or teachers? or miracle-workers? Not all have gifts of healing, not all speak in tongues, not all interpret, do they? Eagerly seek the better gifts.



Now to those who call me hypocrite and other names, because of the rebuke, and that correction and discipline I have delivered to you by the mouth of God*... I forgive you and love you, though you act as though you are my enemy.
[*Click *here* and *here* for these Letters.]

You fear and lack understanding and will not believe, neither have you partaken of the whole of the Word in the Scriptures of Truth (OT and NT), neither do you have the Spirit which gives understanding. For if you had received, you would have recognized just Who's Word was in front of you and repented. Yet you scoff and name-call, becoming the very person you accuse me of being, displaying no fruit of the Spirit, only further revealing your heart and that Christ has not yet come to fully dwell in you.
Yet you are still **son's and daughters, if you would just humble yourselves and let go of all this pride and arrogance that blinds your eyes and stops your ears, even of all these doctrines of men you have accepted.

Have you not read these Scriptures?:

Job 5:17-18:
Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects; Therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty. For He bruises, but He binds up; He wounds, but His hands make whole.

Proverbs 3:11-12:
My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor detest His correction; For whom the Lord loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights.

Hebrews 12:5-11:
And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: "My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives." **If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

And so, understand this: It is the Lord that has corrected you, Not I. It is His Word I give you at His command... not my own, for He also corrects and disciplines me; and by this I know I am really His son and not illegitimate.

So repent of all your speaking against the Letters, for they are the Lord's own words. I am only the messenger.

As they say, "don't shoot the messenger". Rather take it up with the One Who sent him. For we all answer to Him.

Your servant in Christ,


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