My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Acts 1

Replacement Apostles

After Jesus had risen, he told the disciples to stay in Jerusalem for forty days until they were baptised by the Holy Spirit. He wouldn't say when he would come back, then we went up into heaven.

Peter led the 120 believers as they prayed, and decided that Judas, who had proved himself inappropriate for being a disciples and somewhat dead, needed replacing. They chose Matthias, someone who had also been there from the beginning (Jesus' baptism) and had seen his resurrection.

Key verse:
22. from John's baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.

My thoughts:
This is one of the clearest statements of what it takes to be an apostle. By this account, Paul wouldn't count cos he wasn't there from the beginning. It goes to show the Apostles role. They were witnesses. From the very beginning Christianity was about an event that happened in history and the witnesses of that.

It must have been a very different church structure whilst the Apostles were still alive. Though I'd like to think that it originally all came from Jesus, the reality is that the early Church was formed by the Apostles. They had the authority to make the Church what it became.


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