Posted by: thaishin | October 7, 2016

What makes an Apostle?

Question: What makes an Apostle?

1 Corinthians 9

  1Am I am not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord? If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.  -kjv

Matthew 10

1And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.  -kjv

2 Corinthians 12

12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.  -kjv

Romans 16

Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellow-prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.  -kjv

Answer from Dr Michael Rydelnik:

If you look at what makes an Apostle? There is a couple of things: When they replaced Judas Iscariot, they needed someone who had been with them from the beginning and who had seen the resurrected Lord, that was the condition and he had to have a direct calling from God, that’s from Matthew 10, so that’s what they are looking for. Now, Paul says in 1 Corinthians 9, am I not free? am I not an Apostle? Then he says have I not seen Jesus our Lord. Now, Paul talks about his genuine Apostleship with a capital A, his was like one born out of time because he was not part of the original twelve and not only that, he saw the resurrected Lord in a very dramatic way on the road to Damascus, which that was a very unusual thing to happen. So, Paul is talking about having seen the resurrected Lord just as the other had seen the resurrected Lord. He didn’t see a vision of Jesus but he actually saw Jesus, the resurrected Messiah. It appears today, you would have to been a witness to the resurrection, which would then disqualify, there’s no one today who could say they saw the risen Lord the way the Apostles did. Then 2 Corinthians 12:12 gives the signs of an Apostle. The signs of an Apostle would perform among you with all endurance not only signs but also wonders and miracles. So the signs, wonders and miracles that Peter, James, John, Paul performed when you read through the book of Acts was because they were Apostles, not because they were ordinary believers. So, it does appear to me the kind of Apostle that we see in the New Testament, particularly in the book of Acts, that’s not there. We don’t have Apostles like that today. On the other hand, I believe it’s in Romans that there are apostles with a small A. What I mean is that it just means sent ones, that would be a gift of missionary. It seemed to me that there are people, it’s not those who testify of the resurrection but those who are missionaries, those who have cross cultural gift, that they are send by churches. In Romans 16:7, it appears that Andronicus and Junia are outstanding missionaries and they are also in Christ before me. So, they were early believers and that they were in Christ before Paul. It does not mean they were Apostles like Paul and Peter. It means they were missionaries or perhaps it just means they are well regarded among the apostles.


  1. Who appoints an apostle? Who makes or made an apostle. Must be GOD Himself.

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