Apostle



Apostle The Greek word signifies 'a messenger,' 'one sent,' and is used in this sense for any messenger in 2 Cor. 8: 23; Phil. 2: 25; and as 'one sent' in John 13: 16. It is also used in a much higher and more emphatic sense, implying a Divine commission in the one sent, first of the Lord Himself and then of the Twelve disciples whom He chose to be with Him during the time of His ministry here. The Lord in His Prayer in John 17: 18 said, "As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world." He was the Sent One, and in Heb. 3: 1 it is written "Wherefore, holy Brethren, partakers of the heavenly Calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our Profession, Jesus."* They were to consider this One who had been Faithful, and who was superior to Moses, to the Aaronic priests, and to Angels, and was in the glory. The ordering of a Dispensation depended on the Apostolic office as divinely appointed. * The word 'Christ' is omitted by the Editors.