“We profess to be strangers and pilgrims, seeking after a country of our own, yet we settle down in the most un-stranger-like fashion, exactly as if we were quite at home and meant to stay as long as we could. I don’t wonder apostolic miracles have died. Apostolic living certainly has.” — Amy Carmichael
August 18, 2015 at 11:56 pm
Apostollic Living died with John, on the Island of Patmos. Apostollic Succession was invented by the Roman Catholic Church, claiming their Popes were the continuation, of the Apostles. Followers of Christ, are a Special kind of person, but they are not Apostles! Man should not boast, of his Holiness…but, give God the Glory! ⛪️
August 20, 2015 at 12:29 am
Hi Cathy, thanks for your comment. I understand your point, however Amy Carmichael is not advocating for Apostolic succession in this quote. Her point is that many Christians have settled down in this world like its their home, when in fact we are just pilgrims passing through. Our true home is a heavenly one, as in Hebrews 11:
” These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. 15 And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.”
Amy Carmichael was a missionary in India for 55 years without a furlough and founded a Christian orphanage. Her life was exemplary as a Christian who knew that her true home was not in this world but in the one to come. When she talks about Apostolic living it is in the sense that the early apostles had a vision of eternity and lived it out. That is why they had so many miracles, because they were completely surrendered to Christ and the gospel. Nowadays that kind of surrender amongst Western Christians is rare.
I hope this clears it up for you. 🙂
August 19, 2015 at 10:40 pm
I had a very blessed experience earlier today which reminded me of you. I walked a few miles out of Boise, Idaho and got a ride with an older guy named Donald. He was a professor at Utah State University; he was originally from Melbourne, Australia; he was a Christian.
He drove me to Twin Falls, Idaho and took me out to a Subway to get a sandwich. We had some intense fellowship about the things of God. It was very edifying. He talked some on the difference between knowing God and knowing about God: the difference between a personal relationship with the Lord and head-knowledge about the Lord: it is the difference between Heaven and Hell or God and the Devil.
When the Holy Ghost is directing the conversation between two people, it really builds up your spirit. It is great how the Lord puts people in your path.
You may like to read this:
“Breaking off the Greek mindset”
August 20, 2015 at 12:32 am
Wow that is very close to home for me! As you say, Holy Ghost fellowship is wonderful, and relatively rare. It’s that knowing someone after the Spirit rather than the flesh. When it happens you suddenly can see the whole organic body of Christ really is one in Him. I am so glad that you were blessed by a fellow-Aussie.
thanks for sharing,
August 20, 2015 at 5:50 am
My name is Mi and I am 23 years old. I am excited to have found this blog. I was looking up “female street preachers” and “young street preachers” on Google to find role models and here I am. 🙂
I am a born again Christian since last year in May and I want to serve the Lord wherever I go. I have shared the Gospel with strangers and friends and family and preached on Facebook. I have always admired street preachers for their courage and for their fearlessness (I guess you can see fear of the Lord) as they share the word of God with the masses. I have a heart to tell people about God and Heaven and Hell and Salvation.. in fact, I have joined a street preaching family once at a wicked public event, which is why I believe that preaching is a great thing. When I was there, still a new Christian, I was so frightened being lost in the midst of lost wicked souls.. I was also grieving for all of them because they didn’t now know the God wants all of them to know Him and repent.
I am slightly afraid still, but I know I can do it if I put all of my trust in God. God’s hedge of protection will be around me for sure! Anyways, I stumbled across your blog and I skimmed through some of the materials (It’s getting late here and I’m typing quickly, so excuse any errors I have made along the way). I was wondering what your core beliefs are? Can you send me a “What I believe” sorta info-thing like churches have on their websites? Thank you!
PS What is your name?
August 24, 2015 at 12:46 am
Hi Mi, nice to hear from you.
Wow, it is exciting how God works, I am glad He has sent you here. It is so good to know that young people are being stirred by the Holy Ghost to share the gospel.
I am also a born again Christian.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
What I believe:
1. The Bible is the inspired and only infallible Word of God.
2.There is one true God, eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit.
3. In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His personal future return to the earth in power and glory to rule for a thousand years.
4. In the blessed hope, the imminent return of Christ for overcoming believers.
5. In the fall and sinfulness of man and that the only means of being cleansed from sin is through repentance and faith in the redeeming blood of Christ.
6. Regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential to personal salvation.
7. Divine healing is available through the redemptive work of Christ on the cross.
8. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit, according to Acts 2:4, is given to believers who ask for it. The Holy Spirit in a person’s life is evidenced by changes in his life, including a renewed love for God, and people, a commitment to the scriptures and holy living. The spirit filled believer has the capability of speaking with new tongues whether or not he or she chooses to exercise this gifting.
9. The Church of Jesus Christ is the universal, spiritual body of believers from every tribe, tongue, kindred and race of peoples, and is indwelt by God through the Holy Spirit and divinely empowered to fulfill ministry and her Great Commission on earth.
10.In the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a holy life.
11.In the resurrection and final judgment of both the saved and the lost, the saved to everlasting life and the lost to everlasting damnation.
12. In the new heavens and the new earth and the holy Jerusalem, the city of God, descending out of heaven and filled with the glory of God.
13.Christian growth can only be realized by faith in the promises of God.
14.Marriage is God-ordained. “The creator made them male and female, and said, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh” (Matthew 19:4-5). Marriage is to be an exclusive relationship, a lifelong faithful union between a man and a woman. This relationship between a husband and wife should parallel the relationship between Christ and the Church (Ephesians 5:23-30).
15. The two ordinances: (1) Water Baptism by immersion after repenting of one’s sins and receiving the gift of salvation. And (2) Holy Communion (the Lord’s Supper) as a symbolic remembrance of Christ’s suffering and death for our salvation.
I hope this answers your questions!