Do we have apostles like those of the New Testament today? Despite what many teach today, the answer is clearly “no.” We know from Acts 1 that the Apostle Peter said an apostle had to be a “witness with us of His resurrection” (Acts 1:22). The two men who were apostolic candidates to replace Judas Iscariot, Justus and Matthias, qualified to be apostles. The apostles prayed and cast lots. The lot fell on Matthias and he was “numbered with the eleven apostles” (Acts 1:26). Jesus later personally chose Saul of Tarsus to be an apostle and revealed Himself to him as risen from the dead (Acts 9; 26).
There are many today who claim to be apostles, see visions, be taken up to Heaven physically to meet with God, be guided by angels, speak for God, etc. However, those claims are not true. They are false apostles and should be avoided.
The only message of the “apostles” that Christians should follow today is the message of apostles named in the New Testament. Their words as recorded in the Bible are our only infallible guide to truth, as promised by Jesus Christ (John 14:15-18; 15:26-27; 16:12-14). Anything else presented as an apostolic message outside of Scripture should be rejected.
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