Indeed, the signs of an apostle were performed among you with great perseverance by signs and wonders and powerful deeds. 2 Cor. 12:12
Paul was seeking to defend the fact that He was an apostle. Some say that there were only 12 apostles and when the last one died this gift ceased to exist. I have a Greek word for that. HOGWASH!
If you study the signs that Paul talks about in defending His apostleship, you can come up with a list of the characteristics of an apostle. I won’t share them with you at this time, but it is definitely worth discovering. I will tell you this. It is not something you might want to aspire to.
Don’t get me wrong. It seems to be one of the more prominent gifts in the New Testament. Apostles seem to be a vital part of God’s plan. I believe we urgently need real apostles. So why do I say it might not be something you want to aspire to?
First of all I don’t believe that the gift is meant to be first in a hierarchical sense like some seem to think. They use it more as a positional title. I believe that greatly cheapens the real place of apostles. The more you know about what it means to be a biblical apostle, the more you realize that the servant is the greatest—so the hierarchy is reversed in God’s kingdom. Apostles gave more, suffered more, and did more for others than those who were blessed with any other gift.
It is worthy to aspire to, it is just not the top of the pecking order but the lowest. The good news is, apostles encounter Christ in the greatest way.