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Someone sent with a special message or commission. Jesus is called the apostle and high Priest of our confession in Hebrews 3:1. The twelve apostles of Jesus were Simon Peter, Andrew, James the son of Zebedee, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot. Paul became an apostle after Jesus' resurrection (2 Corinthians 1:1), along with Barnabas (Acts 14:14), and others.

Apostles established churches (Romans 15:17-20), exposed error (Galatians 1:6-9), and defended the truth of the gospel (Philippians 1:7; Php 1:17). Some were empowered by the Holy Spirit to perform Miracles (Matthew 10:1; Mat 10:8) and they were to preach the gospel (Matthew 28:19-20).

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Entry for 'Apostle'. CARM Theological Dictionary. 2013.

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