Corlis Dees Ministries

According to the Bible’s New Testament, the apostles were the primary disciples of Jesus, the central figure in Christianity. During the life and ministry of Jesus in the first century AD, the apostles were his closest followers and became the primary teachers of the gospel message of Jesus. The word “disciple” is sometimes used interchangeably with “apostle” – for instance the Gospel of John makes no distinction between the two terms. In modern usage, prominent missionaries are identified as apostles – a practice which stems from the Latin equivalent of apostle, missio, the source of the English word “missionary“.www-st-takla-org___holy-face-of-jesus-23

While Christian tradition often refers to the apostles as being twelve in number, different gospel writers give different names for the same person, and apostles mentioned in one gospel are not mentioned in another. The commissioning of the Twelve Apostles during the ministry of Jesus is recorded in the Synoptic Gospels. After his resurrection, Jesus sent eleven of them (minus Judas Iscariot, who by then had died) by the Great Commission to spread his teachings to all nations—an event describing the “Dispersion of the Apostles“. There is an Eastern Christian de facto tradition taken from the Gospel of Luke.   The Seventy Apostles during the time of Jesus’ ministry are clearly de facto. In early Christianity there are men bearing the title apostles, even though their ministry or mission came after the life of Jesus.

The period of Early Christianity during the lifetimes of the apostles is the Apostolic Age.[1] During the first century, the apostles established churches throughout the territories of the Roman Empire and according to tradition through the Middle East, Africa, India, and modern-day Ukraine. The apostle Paul, a Jew named Saul of Tarsus, is “the apostle of the Gentiles“,[Romans 11:13] his mission to promote faith in Jesus after his conversion. Although not one of the apostles commissioned during the life of Jesus, Paul claimed a special commission from the resurrected Jesus. In his writings, the epistles to Christian churches established the Christian creed throughout the Levant. Paul did not restrict the term “apostle” to the Twelve, and often refers to his mentor Barnabas as an apostle.[1] The restricted usage appears in Revelation.[2]  Read more… 

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