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Word for the World - July 27

  • 2016 Jul 27

Word for the World devotionals from Dr. Randy White

Apostolic Requirements

Dr. Randy White

“Therefore it is necessary that of the men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us— beginning with the baptism of John until the day that He was taken up from us—one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection.” (Acts 1:21-22; NASB95)

After the death of Judas, the remaining 11 apostles determined that it was God’s will to appoint another in his place.  Through prayer and the casting of lots, Matthias was chosen from among a pool of two men.  To select this pool of candidates, the Apostles had a clear requirement:  only men who had witnessed the works of Jesus from His baptism through His resurrection were qualified.  Of their number, only two men met the requirements, and one was chosen.

This and the calling of Paul are the only instances of the selection and appointment of someone to fill the Apostolic office.  There is no Biblical record, nor reason to imply the practice of “Apostolic succession.”  Even Paul said he was as one “untimely born”, referring to the unlikely selection as an Apostle.  Others of Paul’s day continually held in suspect his role as an Apostle, causing him to bring a constant defense of his position.

What’s the point?  It is that today, “apostleship” seems to be something that men come across rather easily, even appointing themselves to this office.

You see, the only time the Biblical era church chose someone to become an Apostle, the church required that the candidate be an eye-witness of the Lord’s ministry.  Obviously, no one today qualifies.

This means that modern-day “apostles” are false apostles.

In His Grace,
Dr. Randy White

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