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Bible Q & A

Q. After Judas died, the remaining eleven apostles chose another to take his place. Was this Saul, later named Paul, or someone else? If it was someone else, why is Paul referred to as an apostle?
A. The Greek word translated “apostle” in the New Testament can mean “an ambassador,” “a messenger, ““one who is commissioned,” or “one who is sent.”

During His ministry, Christ personally chose twelve men whom He worked with, taught and trained to fulfill the commission of preaching the gospel of the Kingdom of God to the world. After Judas’ death, following his betrayal of Christ, the other eleven drew lots and chose Matthias to fill that vacant office (see Acts 1:15-26).Thus Matthias was included in the commission and rewards given the other original apostles (Matt. 19:28; Rev. 21:14).

While the apostle Paul was not counted among the original twelve, he also occupied the office of apostle (see. I Cor. 15:9-10; Rom. 1:1; I Cor. 1:1; Gal. 1:1, etc.).
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