The following is excerpted from an article by Costi Hinn defining the New Testament office of Apostle, and making the assertion that this office no longer exists in the church.
This used to be an open and shut case. Few, if any, were arguing that the office of apostle was in operation today. However, this is now something preachers must be clear about time and time again.
Two distinctions should be made here.
First, in a sense, there is such a thing as being apóstolos (ἀπόστολος) today. This Greek word means “a delegate” and is synonymous with those who are commissioned to pioneer new gospel-work through planting, missionary work, or other frontier-like ministries. This is being a gospel-ambassador!
Second, there is no such thing as being an apostle in the sense of the New Testament office. This was restricted to a very specific group who met a specific criterion. When you survey the New Testament, you can gather that real apostles were:
- Commissioned and appointed personally by Christ (Mark 3:14; Luke 6:13 John 15:16; Romans 1:5; 1 Corinthians 15:7-9)
- Personally with Christ from baptism to ascension (Acts 1:21-22; Acts 10:38)
- Fulfilling prophecy when Mathias replaced Judas’ specific office (Acts 1:19)
- Performing undeniable and instantaneous signs and wonders (Acts 5:12; 2 Corinthians 12:12)
- Given direct revelation from God (John 16:13)
- Operating as the initial foundation for the Church (Ephesians 2:20; 4:11)
- Distinctly gifted for their uniquely foundational office (1 Corinthians 12:29)
While many people will be “apostolic” in their ministry in the sense that they are sent forth to do gospel work, based on what the Bible teaches about the requirements for being an apostle, it’s impossible for there to be any more apostles today.
You can read the complete article, which critiques the New Apostolic Reformation, here.