Only The Twelve were specially ordained to Apostleship,
to be mouthpieces of Jesus to the Church. Their decision would bind on
Earth the things bound in Heaven, and loose on Earth things loosed in
God's sight. Even these did not receive the Heavenly Father's sanction
until Pentecost, when they received the Holy Spirit. Scripturally, no one
is authorized to preach or teach except he has received the Spirit of God.
And every one who has received that Spirit has Divine authority to preach,
wholly irrespective of earthly ordinations.--Isaiah 61:1.
This we are told is the import of the prophetic words
respecting Jesus the Head and the Church His Body: "The Spirit of the
Lord God is upon Me, for He hath ordained Me to preach good tidings to the
meek." All who have received that Divine anointing, have the Divine
commission to preach the good tidings. Whoever has not received that
Heavenly authority cannot be a Divine ambassador.
In fulfilment of Jesus' words, "I give unto you the
Keys of the Kingdom," St. Peter symbolically used two Keys in
connection with the Gospel: the first Key on the Day of Pentecost, to open
the door of invitation to all Jews to become members of the Body of
Christ, the Church, through begetting of the Holy Spirit. Three and a half
years later he used the other Key and threw open the door to the Gentiles.
Cornelius was the first Gentile admitted to membership in Christ.
Thousands of the holiest Jews by obedience to God's
command came yearly to Jerusalem to observe Pentecost. Thousands thus were
attracted to the Pentecostal preaching and carried their blessing and
enlightenment throughout the world.
There will yet be a second Pentecostal blessing. Only
the special servants and handmaids of the Lord share the first and attain
the Kingdom. Under Messiah's Kingdom God's Spirit will be poured out on
all flesh. They will see that of which their ancients prophesied.--Joel
2:28,29; Acts 2:16-18.
St. Peter Preaching