an “apostle” is someone who is sent out with a message or mission.
The words “disciple” and “apostle” are sometimes used interchangeably. This is in error born of ignorance.
A “disciple” is, literally, one who has taken upon himself the responsibility and task of becoming *disciplined* in his thoughts, emotions, actions, and interactions with others. Often, one so inclined finds another who has “mastered” this (to some degree or another). A disciple can, therefore, be seen as one who comes to or toward and follows another. A true “disciple of Christ” “hungers and thirsts,” not for the food, acclaims, and desires of the world, but for that which will simply and correctly sustain his or her life.
The task of a “disciple” is to make absolutely certain their chosen “master” has TRULY MASTERED or overcome all trials and temptations of materialism and mortal life.
An apostle can be termed an “adept,” or one who has become adept and achieved a high degree of self-discipline and, as such, is sent as an emissary for the “master.” An apostle has found and accepted his inner cleansing and the JOY and powers available at that level. An apostle desires to be of correct service to humanity. At that point he can be trusted to be a light or witness to the world by letting his “light shine before men” and going out with that message of hope.
Man has always sought to bring God down to his own level, defining and interpreting him according to his own aptitudes and propensities… or he dismisses “God” altogether. As such, man makes God in his own imagination. Because of this, many believe that miracles have ceased. Those still willing to believe in a higher power than what is common will gravitate to the level of sociality where they feel most comfortable. Thus, the current “need” for a plethora of churches, mostly filling a largely social function.
True power can only be safely entrusted to those who have grown into their use by proper degrees as they master the laws which govern them. The great powers of heaven must be earned by one’s living the higher laws until those laws become a very part of his being. (For these “higher laws” or “True Ten Commandments,” please see the link at the right.) A True Apostle of Christ must reach the point where NOTHING can influence him to use the “powers of heaven” amiss. Only one with complete control of their emotions and a pure heart, one not swayed by the honors of the world or materialism is eligible to be “called” as an apostle. Anyone prepared will be acknowledged and given his assignment of service.
The powers of heaven can only be handled by those who, through the overcoming of themselves and the perfecting of love, are prepared to use these powers correctly or “righteously.”
Again, a “disciple” comes to the “Master” to be fed. An “apostle” leaves the “Master” to feed others.
There are churches today which believe and claim to have the “powers” and “keys” of Christ. Yet they say and believe this vainly and erroneously. They even send out missionaries (apostles) who have far from overcome the snares of worldliness and, like them, aspire to the honors and successes perpetrated by fallen men and their organized religion. These churches, like all organized religions, are dying and on their way out.
As the one known as “Jesus” hinted. If your leader “falls into the ditch” (or rather, DIES and is buried in the ground), that is your greatest clue that you are following the wrong leader! 😉 (Hint, hint, hint LDS.)
May You, and we Each, truly come unto the True and Pure “words” and “name of Christ.”
In my pursuit of Real Truth, I have given up everything. Crawling through the “eye of the needle,” I have learned the *mysteries* and am now giving my life to assist YOU to dis-cover Who *YOU* really are, along with your unique gift to offer humanity. As you learn to seek (in the right place and with purified intent), you WILL find treasures of lasting value, along with every promised reward. Together, we will establish a society of humane beings and live life ALIVE, on PURPOSE, and with a sociality unequaled… because we will each BE and view each other as equally and profoundly DIVINE! Please… catch this Hope and Vision and join with me.