Filed Under An Apostle
- Biblically, an apostle was a “sent one,” i.e., a messenger.
- 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).
- 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).
- 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).
- An apostle was not an editor, modifier, redactor, or commentator upon God’s information. Actions like these with God’s information are unthinkable.
- 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).
- The primary information of an apostle was the two-part gospel: forgiveness of sins and freedom from slavery to sin.
- The gospel is the unique and greatest information in all human history.
- The gospel is important because an individual bases his/her life and destiny on the gospel.
- 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).
- 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).
- Jesus was “The Prophet” of Deut. 18:18.
- As The Prophet, Jesus was the Father’s “sent one” (John 17:3).
- Jesus was a true transmitter of the Father’s information (John 14:10; Deut. 18:18).
- Jesus never corrected any part of the Old Testament thereby indirectly validating its contents as from the Father.
- A genuine prophet was also a legitimate transmitter of information from God.
- 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.