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The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. Revelation 21:14 (emphasis mine) At issue here is who the 'apostles' were, and how many there were. See this question, "How many apostles are there". Or this one, "Who was the 12th apostle...". The underlying premise is in question. ...


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Apostle simply means "sent one". Certainly, there were twelve apostles of the Lamb. Christ chose twelve, one fell, and was replaced by Matthias. These are without a doubt "the apostles", and, when referring to the Gospels, this is often what is directly referred to. However, Paul was also an apostle. This shows that the title was not limited to the ...


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Neither "apostle" nor "disciple" is an exclusive term: both are descriptive, and you will easily find examples in the New Testament of people from outside Jesus's inner circle described that way. On the other hand, "the twelve" is clearly a group of twelve individuals (with one late addition replacing Judas Iscariot). It has become customary to refer to ...


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We can discuss to the world's end what is included in the title apostle. However, I'd like to point out that there is a special distinction given to the 12 apostles. This is shown in Revelation, where it is revealed that the twelve foundations of the new city has the names of the twelve apostles: Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on ...


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It probably depends on what the specific church calls an apostle, but at least we know that the "seventy disciples" are a distinct group of the twelve (apostles). From Luke 10: And after these things, the Lord did appoint also other seventy, and sent them by twos before his face, to every city and place whither he himself was about to come, then ...


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There are three main views on what an apostle is/was as far as I know: Catholicism Jesus ordained 12 apostles, who then had the power to choose any number of successors to take on the title of "apostle". They passed on their apostleship to others, who then passed on the apostleship to others, etc. until the today, when the current Roman Catholic clergymen ...



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