“Therefore it is necessary to choose one of he men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.” (Acts1:21-22)
The apostles were the eyewitnesses of what Jesus said and did and of His resurrection. The Spirit was given to them to help them remember what Jesus said. It is important to understand that the Spirit teaches disciples about Jesus and helps us recall His teaching. He does not take disciples away from Christ but reminds of of Christ.
Their chief function was to proclaim the gospel to others and to instruct the church in Christian truth. The New Testament is the end product of this apostolic witness.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, Jesus’ disciples were His eyewitnesses of His ministry from the beginning at Jesus’ baptism, to the end when He came back to them to prove He had in fact, been resurrected from the dead. He was fully alive and was finishing His preparation of His disciples, so that they could continue His ministry as He prepared to return to the Kingdom of God. Beloved, this is our daily goal, to continue to share Jesus ministry wherever we are and to prepare others for the day when we will all see Him return to this earth to restore this world to its original pristine state. All this we pray in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“God doesn’t call us to be successful—-only faithful!”
“Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born. For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostles, because I persecuted the church of God.” (1st Corinthians15:7–9)
The office of apostle was unique. Christ directly commissioned the apostles to bear witness to Him. They could not transfer this office to another and could not be replaced by another generation of apostles. Paul considered himself to be the last to receive this commission from the risen Lord. The literary fruit of their work is their witness to Jesus contained in the New Testament.
“Church Leaders, Apostles”: (2nd Corinthians13:10)
The authority of the apostle came directly form Christ Himself. It was conveyed as Christ spoke through the apostle and brought the community of faith into being. His conduct confirmed his apostleship, which was used only for the well-being of the community.
Second Thought of the Day:
“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. (Ephesians2:19-21)
The Greek word for cornerstone (akrogonialos), is used only here and in 1st Peter 2:6 in the New Testament. In ancient building the cornerstone supported the main weight of a structure. Christ commissioned the apostles directly as the first ministers of the church. They remain first in honor also because the church’s understanding and teaching is based on their trustworthy witness to Christ.
They possessed a special knowledge of the mystery of Christ and revealed it to the church. They laid the foundation. Hence, they come first in lists of church offices. Their preeminence is confirmed by the twelve foundations of the Holy City which bear their names, Reference Revelation 21:14 (The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.).