First Sign of an Apostle
The first sign of an apostle is patience. An apostles is giving from God great authority however, this authority is limited. Out of the five governmental gifts the apostle is one who is most limited to his authority. With much greater authority comes greater responsibility. He walks in spiritual authority, supernatural authority, influence authority, territorial authority and relationship authority. Apostles need to understand their own spheres of authority. Real apostles have real authority from God. Not only they have this authority, they have power to back it up. 2 Cor. 10:13-14.
This is the reason why apostles will become true persons of patience. Patience is walking with God, not ahead, not behind, not away from him. All true apostles we go through time and time of training, both natural and supernatural to be rise up in their holy calling. Heb. 6:12.
In addition, the signs of an apostle are patience, signs, wonders, and mighty deeds. Apostles will move in healings, special miracles, and deliverance. However, the first sign is patience. 2 Cor. 12:12.
Another major aspect of an apostle is apostolic doctrine through the teaching and preaching of an apostle. The apostle will teach and preach in agreement with the Word of God. Apostles hate false teaching. Apostolic doctrine is correct with the Word of God and they will oppose false teaching. An Apostle is committed to that which is Scriptural and biblical. Acts 2:42.
Apart from that, Apostles and the other governmental gifts are to equipping the saints for the work of the ministry. The Saints are the ones call to the work of the ministry. The five governmental gifts are called to equipped the saints for the work of the ministry. Every Christian has a ministry and has gifts from God. Every Christian can move in signs and wonders. The apostles are to lead in this move of God. This is why signs, wonders and mighty deeds are being restored to the apostles. The saint's movement is the workplace movement; it is a move that not only releases the saints in the four walls instead out side of the four walls. We have been missing the ministry outside of the four walls. Most of the work of the ministry is done outside of the four walls. Most of this move of God is in the everyday life of a common Christian. The greater works of Jesus is coming in this time and day we live in.Mk. 16:17-18, Jn. 14:12.
By contrast the common believer has to only believe and then these signs and wonders will follow. Instead the apostle has to do the first sign of an apostle that is the sign of patience, for the reason that the apostle is not only a person of signs and wonders also he or she is a leader and example in signs and wonders.
Furthermore, apostles are the last restoration of the five governmental gifts; the next is the saint's restoration, then the unity of the faith, and the glorious church. Eph. 4:11-16.