An Apostle

Filed Under An Apostle

  1. Biblically, an apostle was a “sent one,” i.e., a messenger.
  2. More than twelve apostles existed in the first century church (e.g., Barnabas and Paul were apostles in addition to Jesus’ disciples, cf. Acts 14:14).
  3. No apostles existed beyond the first century because the one-time gift of apostleship was only for setting the church’s foundation (cf. Eph. 4:11; 1 Cor. 3:10).
  4. As a messenger, an apostle was a “transmitter” of information and not the “source” of the information.  The source was God Himself (Gal. 1:1).
  5. An apostle was not an editor, modifier, redactor, or commentator upon God’s information.  Actions like these with God’s information are unthinkable.
  6. A few times, Paul did give a personal comment but always called his comment to his reader’s attention (e.g., 1 Cor. 13:3).
  7. The primary information of an apostle was the two-part gospel: forgiveness of sins and freedom from slavery to sin.
  8. The gospel is the unique and greatest information in all human history.
  9. The gospel is important because an individual bases his/her life and destiny on the gospel.
  10. As an apostle, Paul is key because his information makes Paul a second and independent witness to the truth of the gospel (Gal. 2:6; cf. Deut. 17:6 for the two-witness requirement).
  11. Paul’s gospel was communicated by his Lord Jesus through His bond-servant apostle (Gal. 1:1; cf. Rom. 1:1 for Paul’s status as a bond-servant, and 2 Cor. 13:3 for Christ speaking through Paul).
  12. Jesus was “The Prophet” of Deut. 18:18.
  13. As The Prophet, Jesus was the Father’s “sent one” (John 17:3).
  14. Jesus was a true transmitter of the Father’s information (John 14:10; Deut. 18:18).
  15. Jesus never corrected any part of the Old Testament thereby indirectly validating its contents as from the Father.
  16. A genuine prophet was also a legitimate transmitter of information from God.
  17. The test of a genuine prophet was predicting a miracle which occurred within a hearers’ sight (e.g., turning water into wine, John 2:9).  Without this God-ordained validation, the prophet was a false prophet.


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