Apostleship never died out with the apostles mentioned in the New Testament. Apostleship is still a functioning office in the Church today.
According to the Bible after Jesus’ ascension as described in book of Ephesian chapter 4 it is stated, “He gave some apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: …” (verses 11 -12).
I am going to stop right there because some churches and sects would have you
believe that we no longer have apostles today since the foundation of the church was already laid over 2000 years ago. Just because the foundation of the church was originally laid by the 12 Apostles including a few other apostles born out of due season does not mean that laying a foundation is a qualification for being an apostle that is a misunderstanding of 1 Corinthians 3: 10 -11.
Let me say this, if apostleship is over and they are no more than how is it that these offices are all named as all being needed for “perfecting”, “work of the ministry”, and “edifying of the body of Christ.
The words edifying, perfecting, and work of the ministry are all used in the present tense therefore still being utilized to build up the body of Christ.
If the office of apostleship were not being used than the tenses of the verbs would read “edified, worked, and perfected”, but they do not.
Furthermore, those who believe apostleship is no longer needed or expressed after the Bible was written pick and choose which offices are functioning in the body of Christ. These people will have pastors, teachers, evangelists, etc., but negate the first one in the list: that of apostles. You can’t pick and choose which offices function as all the offices function as they are given by God.
To emphasize this point, in 1 Corinthians 12: 28 -29 states, “And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. Are all apostles? [Note: this not to say there are no apostles at all] Are all workers of miracles?”
Paul the Apostle just got done saying God hath set some in the church, meaning He has put forth this office in the body of Christ.
If you read 1 Corinthians 12: 5 Paul states, “There are differences of administrations. “There are” is being utilized in the present tense. In reading of administrations in the Greek _ G1249 speaks of attendance as a servant, an aid, diaconate, and ministration.
So administrations is attendance of servitude towards the flock for ministering to them. Apostles minister as servants in their office.
Romans 12: 4 states not all members have the same office and then in verse 7 it talks of those who have a calling to minister “…let us wait on our ministering or he that teacheth on teaching; “.
Again the apostleship is ministry and if we are to “wait on our ministering” that denotes a tense of the future and for those called to that office to wait on it.
Ministering is something that is yet to be or that is happening and this includes apostleship and if you believe that Paul is speaking to the church through the inspirational Word of God (see 2 Timothy 3: 15) than believe in the functioning of all the offices he set for our ministering.
If we deny the apostleship you are denying what hath set forth. You cannot separate the working and administration from the Holy Ghost by doing so you are denying the “power thereof” because it is through the offices and gifts that the Spirit of the Lord works in us to change us, perfect us, and edify us so that we may be a holy people unto Him (2 Timothy 3:5).