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Answers to some questions about Apostles
By John Chopores
Question: Did Apostles have to be disciples of Jesus from the time of His Baptism to His resurrection?
As far as I know; neither was Paul one of the seventy. Cf. Lu 10:1 ¶ After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go.
1Co 9:1 ¶ Am I not an apostle? Am I not free? Have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord? [NKJV].
Also, there were other apostles mentioned in the New Testament. Such as Barnabas. Cf. Ac But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard this, they tore their clothes and ran in among the multitude, crying out
Question: Were apostles only needed, in the first century AD?
Answer: No. They will be needed until the Church is perfect!
Also, the church universal has not come into perfect unity
considering that there are over 1,200 denominations in the
12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,
13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;