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Are there still apostles in the church today?

At the outset, we should note that by “apostles” we do not simply mean “sent ones” in the general sense. Rather, we are speaking of those select individuals directly appointed and authorized by Jesus Christ to be His immediate representatives on earth. In this sense, we are speaking of “capital A” apostles – such as the Twelve and the apostle Paul.

It is these type of “apostles” that Paul speaks of in Ephesians 2:20; 3:5; 4:11 and in 1 Corinthians 12:29–30. This is important because, especially in Ephesians 4 and in 1 Corinthians 12–14, Paul references apostleship within the context of the charismatic gifts. If “apostleship” has ceased, it gives us grounds to consider the possibility that other offices/gifts have ceased as well. If the apostles were unique, and the period in which they ministered was unique, then it follows that the gifts that characterized the apostolic age were also unique.

The question then is an important one, underscoring the basic principle of the cessationist paradigm – namely, the uniqueness of the apostolic age and the subsequent cessation of certain aspects of that age.

 

 

 

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  1. Truth2Freedom
    August 10, 2015 at 4:38 am

    Reblogged this on Truth2Freedom's Blog.

  2. spookchristian
    August 10, 2015 at 4:49 am

    As you probably know, the qualifications, for want of a better expression, for Apostleship, are given in Acts 1.
    The papal dogma/assumption, of apostolic succession is disqualified from being applicable,and is not consistent with sound biblical teaching.
    KJV / AV 1611

    • August 10, 2015 at 5:51 am

      Amen. No one can meet the qualifications today. This is one reason I reject, not only Roman Catholicism, but charismatic doctrine as well.

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