Re: Matthias: the supposed 12th disciple
If Matthias wasn't chosen by God, why then did Luke use the title "the Twelve" after the lot fell to him (Acts 6:2)? Or why did Paul say that the risen Christ appeared to "the Twelve" (1 Cor. 15:5)? It wouldn't have made any sense for Paul to say that Jesus appeared first to the Twelve and last to him if he was one of the Twelve. (Note: There's only one place where the apostles of the Lamb are called "the Twelve" in between Judas' death and Matthias' replacement, when there was truly only eleven (see John 20:24), but even that was a parenthetical description to clarify the previous verses. Compare Matt. 28:16; Luke 24:9, 33; Acts 1:26; 2:14; and the contested Mark 16:14.)
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