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Apostolic Networks And The God-Family
God is connecting His scattered people through the Holy Spirit into
close spiritual families and extended families. All are to be part of
heaven’’s God-family of Father, Son and Holy Spirit preparing a
Bride/Wife/Mother raising up children to become mature sons of the
The current worldwide shift among God’’s people toward the original plan
and model of Christ Jesus and the first century disciples has two
(1) The leadership of man-made religious church systems and
organizations are giving way to Holy Spirit led relationally based
family style groups under the direct headship of Christ Jesus by the
Spirit. The ekklesia was birthed on the day of Pentecost when about 120
men and women disciples received the initial return of the life-giving
Spirit of Christ Jesus. The life of Christ began to flow in and through
them empowering them to do the works of Christ drawing thousand to
Christ as they preached and demonstrated the kingdom of God in the Holy
(2) The worldwide shift of today is characterized by the return to the
preaching of the gospel of the kingdom of God instead of the man-focused
gospel of only being saved to go to heaven when we die and all the
man-focused church that developed around it. The reign of Christ Jesus
as King on earth by His Spirit living in His Body is the focus of the
gospel of the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God is righteousness, peace
and joy IN THE HOLY SPIRIT. It is a spiritual Kingdom ruled by God, Who
is Spirit, living in redeemed mankind who is spiritual and natural
(heavenly and earthly).
Our natural minds can limit our ability to discern and participate in the realities of the Spirit and the spiritual realm.
God’s design for mankind includes man’s mind serving under the Spirit
of God as a tool for functioning in the physical world to bring forth
the plans and purposes of Spirit God on earth from heaven. From the time
of Adam’’s partaking of the tree of knowledge man’’s fallen mind has
attempted to overrule God’’s will and desires.
1 Cor 2:14: But the natural man does not receive the things of the
Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them,
because they are spiritually discerned.
The tension between living in the ways of the natural as opposed
to the spiritual continues to be a factor for all seeking to function
as sons of God in the natural world.
The religious church
system with its many denominations and hierarchical ruling structures is
the product of natural thinking overtaking and replacing life in the
Spirit. The ekklesia of God began in the Spirit and eventually it will
finish in the Spirit even though many centuries of walking in the
natural have brought devastation to the real kingdom of God from heaven
on earth. Life in the Spirit has been eroded by the continued practice
of walking in the natural mind or the flesh portion of the
natural/spiritual makeup of man.
Gal 3:3: Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?
God’s people are the interface between the Spirit realm of God from
heaven and the natural or physical world. The design of creation is to
reflect the glory of God revealing His glorious character and nature of
unchanging love, righteousness, wisdom and power far beyond human
understanding. Only as mankind walks in the Spirit can he fulfill his
place of bringing forth the will and plans of God from the spiritual
into the natural.
Walking in the Spirit means our minds, will and emotions are
saturated by the Spirit of God and functioning by the empowerment of the
Spirit of Christ.
The great overall God-family consists of Heavenly Father, Son Christ
Jesus and Bride/Wife/Mother on earth. Spiritual babies are born that
must be nourished and trained to grow into mature sons of God. In the
spiritual Body of Christ on earth, there are spiritually mature (elder),
younger or less mature, small children and babies. It is the design of
God that the Spirit of Christ impart tools to the mature (elder) to
bring the whole family to spiritual maturity. The mature ones are known
as elders and serve like fathers or more accurately as elder brothers to
lead the families into spiritual maturity. The spiritually mature are
those who have been seasoned through the experiences of walking in the
Spirit. Their spiritual discernment has grown keen by way of exercise.
Heb 5:14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that
is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern
both good and evil.
It is by the Spirit of Christ that the people of God are being built up
into mature sons unified in love to fulfill God’s purpose of returning
the kingdoms of this world to the kingdom of our Father.
The Spirit of Christ imparts special servant gifts of Himself to some for the job of building up the saints into mature sons.
These gifts cause certain elder sons to function in specific areas to
equip others to build up the Body of Christ - the whole connected
organism of sons under the one Head of His Body, Christ Jesus.
Eph 4:11-12: "And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some
prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the
equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of
the body of Christ,"
Elder (mature) sons of God function in the Spirit of Christ to provide
the specific functions needed to equip the Body to buildup itself in the
love and oneness of God. The functional service gifts to the Body are
apostle, prophet, evangelist, shepherd and teacher. Not all elders
function in these service gifts. But all who function in them are elders
- mature sons who lead the families toward their heavenly Father
through Christ Jesus by the Holy Spirit.
1 Pet 5:1-3: The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder
and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the
glory that will be revealed: Shepherd the flock of God which is among
you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for
dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to
you, but being examples to the flock.
This is truly organic spiritual reality that develops as love
relationships and does not require the confines of organizational
structure devised by natural man. It is spiritual networking and flows
from the spiritual realm of heaven which is beginning to imprint its
patterns for life on earth as it is in heaven. It is the New Jerusalem
living patterns coming down from heaven, the beginnings of the
manifesting of the purified holy Bride city - the New Jerusalem / Bride
of Christ lifestyle.
Rev 21:2-3: Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold,
the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and
they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their
Evidence of the spiritual family of God is seen in the reality of the
spiritual networking of close spiritual families with connections to
extended families. The servant gifts of shepherd, teacher and evangelist
are functioning within the families. The special gifts of apostle and
prophet are especially emphasized and needed in the season of major
shift from the religious past to the family of God relational reality of
the future. True apostolic and prophetic works are being expressed to
make the deep and sometimes difficult changes required to move from
religion to relationship.
The demise of the family of God reality in the ekklesia came
about as men established a human structural framework to govern the
spiritual reality of the God-family on earth.
The original God-family ekklesia was birthed at Pentecost as Christ
Jesus returned in the Spirit to abide in His people and express the
special gifts and power to establish the Kingdom of God on earth. There
was only Christ Jesus as head directing the birthing of the kingdom
within the ekklesia through the Holy Spirit.
In a similar way the rebirth of Pentecostal reality poured out in the
20th century began to bring forth the God-family on a broad scale again
for the first time since the takeover by man’s ways around the 3rd
century. This is the great shift and transition of this time in history.
The same natural fallen-world concepts that brought the demise of the
ekklesia of the early centuries is hard at work seeking to again replace
the headship of Christ Jesus with man-made structural framework.
Multitudes are seeking a greater reality of spiritual relationship with
God outside the man-made structural frameworks of religion. Often a
season of isolation which is sometimes referred to as a wilderness
experience is used of God as part of the process of removing ingrained
patterns of the past religious framework prior to being reconnected in
close spiritual family groups as the ekklesia of God.
I believe Father wants to enlighten us regarding two major snares the
enemy is attempting to use to entrap fledgling family style groups. They
both stem from the same error of substituting man-made structural
frameworks for the real headship of Christ Jesus by the Holy Spirit.
The first snare is allowing the focus of the family group to become purely human fellowship.
There is a vast difference in Christians fellowshipping in the natural
and real spiritual fellowship with Christ Jesus and the Father through
the Holy Spirit.
There can be a good and refreshing time in a group that is only bringing
forth their natural human personalities and natural gifts without any
real spiritual fellowship with God taking place. A group like this is
easily led into deception and can fall into fallen-world practices.
Spiritual fellowship takes place as each person brings forth the Spirit
of Christ from within to the group. Christ Jesus truly becomes evident
among the group as real spiritual fellowship brings adoration, worship
and thanksgiving to the glory of God in the Holy Spirit. Love and
powerful spiritual ministry may flow life from Christ by the Holy
Spirit. As each joint flows to the group, the Holy Spirit brings forth
the ministry of Jesus to cleanse, heal, strengthen, empower and
spiritually refresh the group.
The second snare is to reestablish man-made structure as a framework to order the release of the Spirit among the group.
This can happen entirely within the family group or by connecting the
group to a leadership organization that is not free of man-made
structure. The group could be a traditional church that is not yet
changed or it could be an apostolic or prophetic network that is
emerging but is also not yet fully free of man-made structure that
impedes the headship of Christ flowing through the Spirit.
Christ Jesus is today flowing His life as apostle through
prepared and selected elders who are apostles sent to oversee the
The supernatural wisdom of God flows from them to the
groups to help with foundational understanding and direction. The
discernment of the prophet is needed as well to clearly see and confirm
specific situations and encouragement. All of the gifts of the Spirit of
Christ are needed. Some will be resident within the group but others
will be transient. Several apostles or prophets may be sent from
time to time to impart to a family group or gathering of groups and
will relate as part of the God-family. All of this is to be ordered by the head of the ekklesia, Christ Jesus. The kingdom of God is in the Holy Spirit.
God is Spirit.
The apostolic headquarters is in heaven at the right hand of the Father.
The leadership of Christ flows by the Spirit through the sons of God on earth who walk in the Spirit. We need to remember that God is Spirit.
Jesus was Spirit in heaven with Father who is Spirit. The Spirit Christ
Jesus became a man on earth and eventually returned again to earth as
Sprit to abide in a many-membered Body. Yet, He remains at the throne in
heaven. There is no problem for Sprit God to be in all places at any
From Pentecost onward it is possible for God’s people to walk in the Spirit.
The first century apostles were examples of walking in the Spirit. The
power, wisdom, and sacrificial love of Christ Jesus lived within their
beings and did the works of Christ Jesus according to the will and way
of the Father. They are recorded examples of apostolic elders. Apostles today will move by the same power, in the same love and wisdom by the same Spirit.
Elders with the gifts of prophets, evangelist, shepherds and teachers
will operate from the same Spirit as those gifted as apostle. Only their
functions are different. All of these are simply the work of Christ
Jesus by the Holy Spirit leading, equipping and edifying the body into
love and oneness with God. They are NOT a separate class of believer.
Without the work of the Spirit of Christ we all can do nothing.
1 Cor 12:12-13: For as the body is one and has many members, but all
the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is
Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body; whether
Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free; and have all been made to drink
into one Spirit.
Rom 12:4: For as we have many members in one body, but all the
members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body
in Christ, and individually members of one another.
From the youngest to the oldest, all in the Body of Christ are
brethren one with another and with Christ Jesus in the God-Family.
All who have been added to the family are connected by the spiritual bloodline of our Father through Christ Jesus. In
the God-family there is no longer male or female, bond or free, Jew or
Gentile nor any other division that would cause one member to have
dominion over another. Yes, in the natural human existence
there are all these things and there are offices and men ruling over
men. But in the spiritual reality in which we live and move, as we walk
in the Spirit, these things do not exist. The only vertical distinction
is maturity and it is temporary. The heir of all is like a servant only
until he matures.
Mat 23:8-10: "But you, do not be called 'Rabbi'; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren. Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ."
Heb 2:11: "For both He who sanctifies and those who are being
sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call
God gave dominion on earth to mankind but God did not give man dominion over other men.
In the first century, there were those who called themselves apostles
and were not. There are those today who do the same. Beware of so called
apostolic networks that set up a hierarchy of rule and revert to the
same errors of man-made systems of government that brought the demise of
the spiritual ekklesia of the past. Walking in the Spirit and
God-family life was replaced with religious systems of men over men that
was called spiritual authority. The false two-class system of clergy
and laity is attempting to be implemented again in some man-made
apostolic networks. Even networks that begin functioning by the Sprit
can easily slip into human organization, rule and leadership while
claiming to be Spirit-led.
Rev 2:2 "I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars"
Apostolic connections are vital. We must depend on the Holy Spirit to
connect us into close family style groups and also with extended family.
We must receive the itinerant elders gifted as apostles, teachers and
prophets who will help the local elders bring oversight and connections
to the Body.
Keep on pursuing love.
It never fails.