Scripture Reading: Acts 1:21-26
Quoting from the writings of a well-known Bible teacher concerning our portion of Scripture, he writes, "If we had time to go on and examine this chapter we would see that the disciples elected another apostle, who wasn't an apostle. Matthias never was intended to be an apostle, even thoug they prayed over it as if to sanctify the whole activity. The twelfth apostle was Paul." Still another writes, "This 'blunder' was all an 'invention' and 'engineered' by Peter and the other apostles in a vain attempt to install Matthias, instead of Paul, in the place of Judas." How sad that men will go to such
lengths to discredit Peter and the others in order to defend their own position of beginning the Body of Christ on the day of Pentecost.
Were the Eleven out of the will of God? Note what the Scriptures say. In Acts 1:26 we read, "And the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles." In Acts 2:14 it is stated, "But Peter standing up with the eleven .... " We read Paul's own testimony on this matter in I Corinthians 15:5, concerning the risen Lord, "And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the Twelve." In verse 8 Paul declares, "Last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time." God's Word is very clear on the matter. Matthias and not Paul was the twelfth apostle.
Why was it needful for the number twelve to be completed again? In Matthew 19:26-30, we note that there will be TWELVE THRONES in the regeneration. In Revelation 21:14 it is stated, "And the wall of the city had TWELVE FOUNDATIONS, and in them the names of the TWELVE APOSTLES 0 F THE LAM B." It is Matthias who will be a part of God's future program for Israel and not Paul. Paulbelongs to the HEAVENLIES!
How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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