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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 7709 apostles, authority of
7709 apostles, authority of

7709 apostles, authority of

Apostolic authority derives directly from Jesus Christ, who commissions apostles. It is rigorously upheld within the church.

Apostolic authority is based on divine commission

Ro 1:5 See also Ro 1:1; 2Co 1:1; Gal 1:1; Eph 1:1; Col 1:1; 1Ti 1:1; 2Ti 1:1

Apostolic authority derives from Jesus Christ

Mt 10:40 See also Mt 28:18-20; Mk 6:7; 2Pe 3:2

The authority of apostles is related to their ministry role

1Co 12:28 There appears to be a definite order of priority with apostles at the head. See also Eph 4:11

The exercise of apostolic authority within the church

In building up the body 2Co 13:10 Paul had special authority as founder of this church. See also 2Co 10:8

In general oversight Ac 4:34-35; Ac 6:2-6; Ac 15:6,22-23; Ac 16:4

In teaching 1Th 4:2 See also Gal 1:11-12; 1Th 2:4; 1Th 4:8

In appointing leaders Ac 14:23

In church discipline Ac 5:3-4,7-9; 1Co 5:3-5

The right to be supported 1Th 2:6 Paul did not demand such support (see 1Th 2:9). See also 1Co 9:4,11-14; 2Co 11:7-9

The marks of a true apostle

False apostles exist 1Co 9:2 See also 2Co 11:4-5; 2Co 12:11

Fruit confirms apostolic ministry 2Co 3:1-3

Signs confirm apostolic authority 2Co 12:12 See also Mk 16:20; Ac 5:12; Ro 15:19

See also

1449signs, purposes
7026church, leadership

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