x117........Apostles--someone who is sent--not a title to bear

It is unfortunate that the word "apostle" has not been translated from the Greek. When we look at this unfamiliar word we tend to think that this means the word "apostle" signifies someone who has been given a title--rather than seeing the function and purpose of the word apostle. Whether we realize it or not, many of our ideas about church government and operation were developed by people who worshipped the saints--and believed firmly that ministry was a title of rulership from God.

this is the meaning of the word apostle-


apostolos {ap-os'-tol-os} n m

---- apostle 78, messenger 2, he that is sent 1; 81

1) a delegate, messenger, one sent forth with orders 1a) specifically applied to the twelve apostles of Christ 1b) in a broader sense applied to other eminent Christian teachers 1b1) of Barnabas 1b2) of Timothy and Silvanus


It simply means one who is sent forth--one who is a messenger--specifially with the message of Jesus Christ as Lord ans Savior-- for the world.

Someone named Epaphroditus was an apostle--but he never made it into the Bible as such--because the word apostle was translated as messenger in this instance--

24 But I trust in the Lord that I also myself shall come shortly. 25 Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants. (Phillipians 2:24-25)

Paul here said that Epaphroditus was their apostle--and he was not! The word "apostle" as we commonly refer to it (as a "ministry title") does not fit in this instance--as long as we are sure that only Paul and 12 others were apostles--right? The Bible translators, (who by that time had built giant cathedrals named after Paul)-were very conscious of this titling concept--Epaphroditus was not an "official saint" of the church!

Here is another use of the Greek word "apostle" which was translated into "someone how has been sent"--it's true meaning--

21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: 23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained. (John 20 21-23)

As we can see, Jesus called himself an apostle--a messenger--one how was sent of God--but as we can clearly see, if we translated those words in the above verses--"hath sent me" into "apostle"--it would sound too much as if Jesus called all of us to be apostles!--let's try it--

21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath-- [made me to be an apostle] --even so send I you. 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: 23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained. (John 20: 21-23)

Is an apostle "too high of a calling for all of us to attain to?"--Well , the Bible says we all ought to seek after greater gifts, if we are to mature as Christians--

1 ¶ Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. (1Co 14:1)

This simple verse of the Bible tells us Christians what we ought to be striving for--2 simple things--to love in a greater way--and to seek after greater spiritual gifts. In the 1Corinthians chapter 12, the word had said that apostle is the first and foremost caling to attain to.

I believe simply that God saves all of us to be used to His highest calling--to believe for His calling and to follow after His example. Jesus was an apostle--

Heb 3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;

WWJD? Be an apostle!!!