The modern apostle is not in line with what the Bible says, but is more of a trend. I say that because more and more pastors or preachers are using the title of apostle. Let’s explore the Bible to get a better understanding.
The Modern Apostle, Trending Now: Did Jesus Send Them?
STM Bible Lesson
Lesson focus: 1 Corinthians 9:1-2. Bible lesson background 1 Corinthians 9:1-18 (1-2): Bible Exposition Commentary – The word apostle means “one sent under commission,” and refers primarily to the 12 Apostles and Paul. These men had a special commission, along with the New Testament prophets, to lay the foundation of the church (Ephesians 2:20).
One of the qualifications for being an apostle was a personal experience of seeing the resurrected Christ (Acts 1:21-22). Paul saw the Lord when he was traveling to Damascus to arrest Christians (Acts 9:1-9).
The Apostles were to be witnesses of Christ’s resurrection (Acts 2:32; 3:15; 5:32; 10:39-43).
The Apostles also were given the ability to perform special signs and wonders to attest the message that they preached (Hebrews 2:4).
Paul had performed such miracles during his ministry in Corinth (2 Corinthians 12:12). In fact, Paul considered the Corinthian church a very special “seal” of his ministry as an apostle.
Corinth was a difficult city to minister in, and yet Paul accomplished a great work because of the Lord’s enablement (see Acts 18:1-17).
Built the foundation of God’s house
The Twelve Apostles
AMP note on Matthew 10:2
In general usage, the word “apostle” (Greek: apostolos) means “sent one” or “messenger.” In this passage and others in reference to the “twelve,” the word “apostles” is used in a technical sense of the twelve disciples, and later Paul, whom Jesus chose. An apostle was one who witnessed Christ’s resurrection (Acts 1:21, 22; 1 Cor 9:1, 2). They validated their apostleship by performing “signs and wonders and miracles” (2 Cor 12:12), and were the foundation of the church.
Jesus, the apostle and high priest
Matthias, the 13th apostle
Paul and Barnabas, apostles
Silas and Timothy also
According to Barnes, the design of the office of “apostles” was to bear “witness” to the life, death, resurrection, doctrines, and miracles of Christ; compare Matthew 10; Acts 1:21, 26, and 22:15.
Another sign of an apostle
Jesus, seen by the 12, and later by all
A valid question
The Modern Apostle: But, The Office Ceased
The Defender’s Study Bible – It is important to remember that the apostolic era ended with the death of John, the last of the real apostles of Christ. Since that time, any man who has claimed to be an apostle, in some line of supposed “apostolic succession” has been a false apostle, and those who have followed him have been led astray.
McClintock and Strong Encyclopedia
It must be obvious, from this scriptural account of the apostolical office, that the apostles had; in the strict sense of the term, no successors.
Final point: The modern apostle differs from those in the Bible in that they previously held another office (title such as “pastor”) before becoming an apostle. Thank you for taking the time to read this Bible lesson. I urge you to make full use of it. Blessings to you and your loved ones—♥ Tim. ☺
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