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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

17 evidences of the apostleship of Matthias

God by the Spirit records Matthias' selection as an apostle without any hint of condemnation (Acts 1:15-26). Immediately thereafter he functions in that capacity, again without a hint of condemnation. 

Some emphasize that Matthias is never mentioned again after chapter 1 of Acts. Along with most of the twelve, he is not mentioned by name. But his actions and ministry ARE recorded on numerous occasions!

1. Matthias was filled with the Holy Ghost and spoke in tongues on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4). 
2. Matthias stood up with the twelve on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:14).
3. Matthias, along with the other apostles, was questioned after Peter's proclamation of the gospel (Acts 2:37). 
4. Those who were saved and baptized continued steadfastly in the doctrine and fellowship of Matthias and the other apostles (Acts 2:42). 
5. Matthias, along with the other apostles, performed wonders and signs (Acts 2:43; 5:12).
6. Matthias, along with the other apostles, witnessed the resurrection with great power (Acts 4:33).
7. Matthias, along with the other apostles, received and distributed the common goods of all the disciples (Acts 4:34-37). 
8. Matthias, along with the other apostles, was arrested and jailed by the high priest and the Sadducees (Acts 5:18).
9. Matthias, with Peter and the other apostles, answered the council of priests (Acts 5:29).
10. Matthias, along with the other apostles, was beaten for his faith and adjured to not preach Jesus (Acts 5:40). 
11. Matthias, along with the other apostles, summoned the disciples to resolve the complaint concerning distribution to the Grecian widows (Acts 6:2). 
12. Matthias, along with the other apostles, laid hands on the seven men charged with the task of the widows' tables (Acts 6:6). 
13. Matthias, along with the other apostles, remained at Jerusalem under great persecution (Acts 8:1).
14. Matthias, along with the other apostles, sent Peter and John to view the work of Philip at Samaria (Acts 8:14). 
15. Matthias participated in receiving Saul (Paul) when he was introduced by Barnabas (Acts 9:27). 
16. Matthias and other apostles heard Peter had preached to the Gentiles (Acts 11:1).
17. Matthias, along with the other apostles and the whole church, reached a decision at Jerusalem Gentiles relationship to the church (Acts 15:2, 4, 6, 22, 23, 16:4).

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