Sunday, August 28, 2016

THE TWELVE AND PAUL - By Joel Finck



Scripture Reading: Matthew 19:28; Romans 11:13

Can you name the twelve apostles? Most of us probably  cannot get past Peter, James, and John with perhaps a few  adding Matthew, Thomas and maybe Judas. While it doesn't  surprise us that many folks cannot name all twelve apostles,  it is amazing how many people think that Paul is one of them.  The truth of the matter is that Paul is not one of the twelve  apostles; and furthermore, his apostleship is of an entirely  different nature than that of the twelve.

The twelve apostles are the apostles ofIsrael. In Matthew  19:28, the Lord promised them, "Verily I say unto you, That  ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son  of man shall sit on the throne of His glory, ye also shall sit  upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel." Of  course, Judas was replaced by Matthias in Acts 1:15-26, but  nowhere is it said that Paul will sit upon one of those twelve  thrones. This is because the apostle Paul was the apostle of  the Gentiles: "For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am  the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office" (Romans  11:13). It is unfortunate, even tragic, that the church has for  many centuries minimized that office which God intended to  magnify.

In the Galatian epistle, Paul again emphasizes the clear  distinction between Peter's apostleship and his own: "For he  that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the  circumcision {Jews), the same was mighty in me toward the  Gentiles" (Galatians 2:8). Let us be careful to maintain the  distinct ministries of the twelve and Paul!




How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4


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