Posted by: SandreS | August 23, 2009

Paul’s Gentile Apostleship

Paul was not one of “the Twelve” because he was not an apostle to the Jews. He was called to be the Apostle to the Gentiles.

Paul Was a Distinct Apostle

Paul’s apostleship was distinct from that of “the Twelve.

For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles … (Romans 11:13).

Nevertheless, brothers, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God, that I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles (Romans 15:15-16).

For He Who wrought effectually in Peter to the Apostleship of the Circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles (Galatians 2:8).

Twelve apostles for the twelve tribes; one Apostle for the one Body.

Paul Was a Global Apostle

To make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world had been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ (Ephesians 3:9).

Paul’s apostleship was not limited to the Jews or the nation of Israel. He was the Apostle to the nations, making him the world-wide Apostle.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook
© 2009 Bible Student’s Press

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