Message from the General Superintendent
My Fellow Apostolics:
The Lord Jesus Christ told Paul that the reason why He gave the church the Leadership of the 5-fold ministry (of the apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher) is for the perfecting [Greek, “katartismos” – complete furnishing; perfecting] of the saints . . . unto a perfect [Greek, “teleios” – complete; completeness: of full age, man, perfect] man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-13). Every leader must have this realization that he is an instrument in the hands of God to create an environment for the saints to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).
Under the anointing or empowerment of the Holy Ghost, the leadership is designed to complete or lead the saints to maturity in the things of God. Writing to the Hebrews, Paul urged the believers to . . . go on unto perfection [Greek, “teleiotes” – the state of completeness mentally or morally: perfection] . . . (Hebrews 6:1). Every saint of God should look to their leaders toward the upbuilding of the body or the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. He also has the responsibility to move forward and to go unto spiritual maturity.
When leaders miss the will of God in their lives, perversion and neglect of God’s law prevail (Proverbs 31:4-5). And it is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness (Proverbs 16:12). “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34). David’s example, however, in dealing with wickedness of his father-in-law, King Saul, is worthy of emulation. In 1 Samuel 24 and 26, David declared, “Who can stretch forth his hand against the LORD”S anointed and be guiltless? . . . The LORD forbid that I should stretch forth mine hand against the LORD’S anointed . . .” (26:9,11). This should be our attitude regarding the leaders God placed over us.
In Numbers 12 & 16, we read of people missing the will of God and the right attitude displayed by the leaders He placed over them. These two chapters are a must read for leaders to maintain the right attitudes of gentleness and meekness at all times even when opposition comes from our near relations and religious friends. God will not only clear His leaders but will go a step further by praising them as they display the Christ-like stature they were designed to exemplify.
The leadership of the Holy Spirit in both the pulpit and the pew should make us more like Christ especially in the closing days of this present age.
Alfredo S. Bodegas
UPCPI General Superintendent