Apostolic blessing is a type of blessing that is needed and important. This blessing comes from apostles and comes with power as a result of apostolic authority and anointing. It is for the blessing, enriching, strengthening, and protecting of the saints.
In the Old Testament, the Lord commanded Moses to give a certain form of words to Aaron the High Priest and his sons. They were to command these words over Israel every day.
“The Lord said to Moses, ‘Tell Aaron and his sons, “This is how you are to bless the Israelites, Say to them: ‘The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.’”’ So they will put my name on the Israelites and I will bless them.” (Numbers 6:22-27)
You could ask why this blessing was needed. Israel had the covenants, the promises, the priesthood, the tabernacle, the offerings and sacrifices, the ark of the covenant, and the cloud of glory. The presence of God was in the camp. Yet this blessing was commanded to be spoken daily.
The Lord said this was a placing of His name upon His people, and as a result, He would bless His people. It is very clear. God gives responsibility and power to anointed leaders to place God’s blessing upon God’s people.
Do you think we have less power and less grace under the new covenant that in the Old Testament? As you know, in the Gospel we have more power and a greater grace, as well as better and more precious promises. (Hebrews 8:6)
Seeing that under the Old Covenant specific words were given to be a source of life and blessing, are there any such words for us in the Church, under the New Covenant? Of course, and we find them recorded in book after book of the New Testament. They are at the beginning and end of nearly every single epistle. These words are grace and peace. There are a variety of ways in which the apostles expressed them, there was no set formula because the apostles had authority to command these blessings, and freedom of expression in doing so.
Paul ends the Ephesian letter with, “Peace to the brothers, and love with faith from God the Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.” (Ephesians 6:23-24) This is just one example.
There are probably no more powerful words in all the faith of Jesus Christ than these two, except for His name. Within peace (the word Shalom) are nearly every blessing imaginable including prosperity, health, and long life. In addition peace is tangible and can be felt. It is a real blessing. And grace is power and impartation and ability, given by God, not merited or earned but free to the humble to enable them to do everything. It’s no wonder that by combining peace and grace we have nearly every imaginable blessing possible.
Blessing is an apostolic duty, and the apostle has been given specific authority to bless. Apostolic blessing and life and power – there is nothing else quite like it in the church. This is the way God has designed it, and this is the way it has been from the beginning.
Every believer should seek the blessing of their fathers, both natural and spiritual. If you no longer have your natural father with you, then ask the pastor or apostle who is over you in the Lord to take the place of your father, lay hands up you, and give you the blessing you never received.
Every ministry should seek to receive the ministry and the blessings of apostles of Christ. Jesus said to His apostles, “He who receives you receives me.” (Matthew 10:40)