An apostle is someone who is a messenger or has been sent on a mission. This word is only found in the New Testament. Jesus, was a disciple, sent by his Father to earth. Hebrews 3:1 says, think about Jesus, the one we call our apostle and high priest!
Jesus sent out twelve disciples or messengers during his ministry on earth. Matthew 10:1-7 tells us about them:
1 Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and every sickness. 2 These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James and his brother John, the sons of Zebedee; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew, the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Patriot, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus. 5 These twelve men were sent out by Jesus with the following instructions: “Do not go to any Gentile territory or any Samaritan towns. 6 Instead, you are to go to the lost sheep of the people of Israel. 7 Go and preach, ‘The Kingdom of heaven is near!’ 8 Heal the sick, bring the dead back to life, heal those who suffer from dreaded skin diseases, and drive out demons.
Jesus sent the Apostles out to tell the Israelites the good news that he was going to save them. When Judas betrayed Jesus, Matthias was chosen to replace him. You can read all about the twelve disciples in the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) and the book of Acts.
After Jesus returned to his father in heaven, God called Paul to be an apostle to the Gentiles (non-Israelites). Romans 1:1 says, God chose me to be an apostle and gave me the work of telling his Good News.
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