Apostles: Then and Now?

The Reformed Reader

 Are there apostles today?  Can someone make a valid case that he is an apostle of Christ?  Speaking of the apostles, what is an apostolic church?  I appreciate Gerald Bray’s explanation of these questions in chapter two of his book The Church: A Theological and Historical Account.

Bray first notes that to be an apostle according to the NT, one had to be an eyewitness of the risen Christ and also have a divine calling to the apostleship.  What about Paul?  “Paul knew that he was exceptional because he had not been a disciple of Jesus and had even persecuted the church before his conversion, but he attributes his apostolic calling to a special act of God’s grace that he did not deserve and that had not been given to anyone else” (1 Cor. 15:8-11; 2 Cor. 11:1-33; Gal. 1:1-17) (p. 38).

“Following this logic the apostles and their ministry died out in the first generation, and there…

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