The Eight Appointments of God, Part I
And God has appointed (set or placed) these in the church: first apostles. I Corinthians 12:28
The formation of the New Testament church began when Jesus chose twelve men to become apostles, who would eventually become master builders. He didn't choose twelve pastors, he chose twelve apostles and planted within their hearts His divine design, the very blueprint of His supernatural body in the earth. In order for the body of Christ to be powerful and able to bear fruit it must be planted by apostles according to the specific design given by the Holy Spirit.
First of all the number twelve is the number of divine government and is seen throughout the word of God beginning with the twelve tribes, twelve disciples, twelve hours that govern the day and twelve hours that govern the night and twelve months that govern the year and so on. The Bible states that if one can put to flight a thousand of the enemies of God and two, ten thousand, then twelve can put to flight one hundred trillion! This is why Jesus chose twelve apostles to provide spiritual warfare and intersession for the soon to come body of believers that were filled with the Holy Spirit at Pentecost!
If you were going to build a house you would first hire an architect to draw up your plans and then you would have a team of trained carpenters, electricians, plumbers etc. construct your home, you would never give your plan to a mechanic or a Dentist or salesperson because your home wouldn't be built to your specifications. This is why today's church has no power because it was not built according to the divine design, it is built for the most part by pastors who although they have good intent they don't have the blueprint and the church ends up like the old priesthood with a high priest, a temple and a dead ritualistic form of service in which there is no life and ends up being in competition with the church down the street.
According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. I Corinthians 3:10,11
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin