Re: A very serious major doctrinal change after the apostles
Originally Posted by Boo
Not exactly. Recall that Peter laid out the qualifications of the one who was to replace Judas. They were: of these men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John to that day when He was taken up from us, one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection. Given these so-called qualifications for an apostle, Paul is disqualified. However, if these are simply what was needed to restore the original number of 12 witnesses of Christ's resurrection, as the text says, and possibly to represent a 'complete' witness to the Jews, then the qualification for an apostle is found in Ephesians 4: they must be given to the church by Christ to equip the saints for the work of ministry.
Ephesians 4:11-13 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Acts 14:14 But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard this, they tore their clothes and ran in among the multitude, crying out…
1 Corinthians 4:6a, 9a Now, brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit…For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like those condemned to die in the arena.
1 Thessalonians 1:1;2:6 Paul, Silas and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace and peace to you…We were not looking for praise from people, not from you or anyone else, even though as apostles of Christ we could have asserted our authority.
Romans 16:7 Greet Andronicus and Junia, my fellow Jews who have been in prison with me. They are outstanding among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was.
Philippians 2:25 But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, co-worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger (Greek apostolos) , whom you sent to take care of my needs.
Galatians 1:19 I saw none of the other apostles—only James, the Lord’s brother.
Recall the underlined portion of Ephesians 4, above: until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. God isn't finished with us yet, neither has the work of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers been completed. These gifts were given to the church UNTIL then.
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