Joseph was the first brother to be lost, and the last to be restored — in this there is a parallel to the apostolic office of the 5-fold ministry. Apostles were the first office lost to the Church, and the last to be restored and accepted.
Lies of the enemy are structures that harbor demonic spirits. We receive God’s Word by faith which washes us and removes the original lie — that of doubting God, and all of the other lies built upon it crumble. We speak the truth of God’s Word to combat falsehood. We overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.
But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.
The word fullness is pléróma. The image given is of a boat loaded with oarsmen, provision and soldiers to protect the supplies. It has everything it needs to reach it’s destination. Jesus came at the fullness of time, and the fullness of God dwells in Him bodily.
Our work has to do with the restoration of all things to the church and to the King of the Church Jesus Christ. Our work is spiritual.
When our work is done He will fetch us and we will meet Him in the air and be with him forever in the new heaven and the new earth where righteousness dwells.
We see it even though it seems afar off, we embrace it and we confess that we are strangers and pilgrims on this earth like our faith parents Abraham and Sarah and we will not be the last but the first to bring back the king by His grace through faith.
John 17 – Oh Holy Father maintain a watchful care over them in your name, which you have given me, in order that they may be one as we are one. When I was with them I constantly maintained a watchful care over them in your name, those whom you have given me. And I guided them and no one of them were lost except the son of perdition, in order that the scriptures might be fulfilled.
As an apostolic people, we need to understand the inner make-up of a true apostle, knowing that Christ Jesus is our main example as the Apostle and High Priest of our confession of faith (Heb 3:1). Paul’s defense of his Apostleship provides the spiritual technology for unveiling the inner workings of an apostolic mind-set and behavioral patterns for an apostolic reformation church.