The modern day church has a challenge about the office of the “Apostle.”
Some believe erroneously that the only apostles are the original twelve.
Luke 6:13-14 NKJV
“And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles: Simon, whom He also named Peter, and Andrew his brother; James and John; Philip and Bartholomew…”
*Even the original twelve didn’t all remain apostles, because Judas fell and created a vacancy.”
Acts 1:16 NKJV
“Men and brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus;”
The bishopric or apostleship of Judas became vacant.
Acts 1:20 NKJV
“For it is written in the Book of Psalms:
Let his dwelling place be desolate,
And let no one live in it’; and, Let another take his office.’”
Even the office of the apostle in the original twelve chosen by Christ could be forfeited and vacated.
The replacement was largely a human choice based on certain criteria laid out by Peter.
Acts 1:21-22 NKJV
“Therefore, of these men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John to that day when He was taken up from us, one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection.”
They chose two men to be candidates.
Acts 1:23 NKJV
“And they proposed two: Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.”
They then asked God to choose one of them to replace Judas.
May you be established in divine favour. May the God who called you protect and preserve you from all evil, in Jesus’s name.