The English transliteration of a Greek word meaning “one who is sent out.” In the NT Gospels, the term is commonly associated with the inner circle of Jesus’s twelve disciples. Apostolic lists appear in (Matt 10:2-4; Mark 3:16-19; Luke 6:13-16; and Acts 1:13). In (Acts 1:21-26), the qualifications for apostleship include being an eyewitness to Jesus. Paul the apostle regards himself as an eyewitness (1Cor 9:1), though only of the risen Jesus (1Cor 15:8). The designation of Barnabas (Acts 14:14) and Andronicus and Junias (Rom 16:7) as apostles seems to use the term in a more general sense (1Cor 12:28-29). In (Heb 3:1), Jesus is the “apostle,” the one sent by God.

Matt 10:2-4

2These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon, also known as Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John;3Philip and B ... View more

Mark 3:16-19

16So he appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter);17James son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, t ... View more

Luke 6:13-16

13And when day came, he called his disciples and chose twelve of them, whom he also named apostles:14Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, and Jam ... View more

Acts 1:13

13When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew ... View more

Acts 1:21-26

21So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,22beginning from the baptism of John until the day ... View more

1Cor 9:1

The Rights of an Apostle
1Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord?

1Cor 15:8

8Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.

Acts 14:14

14When the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of it, they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting,

Rom 16:7

7Greet Andronicus and Junia, my relatives who were in prison with me; they are prominent among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was.

1Cor 12:28-29

28And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of ... View more

Heb 3:1

Moses a Servant, Christ a Son
1Therefore, brothers and sisters, holy partners in a heavenly calling, consider that Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our con ... View more

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