๐Ÿ‘‘ The Twelve Apostles And Paul

In comparing the ministry of the twelve apostles with that of the Apostle Paul, we must observe carefully:

1๏ธโƒฃ The twelve were chosen by Christ ON EARTHย (Luke 6:13) while Paul was later chosen by Christย IN HEAVEN (Acts 9:3-5; 26:16).

2๏ธโƒฃย Prior to Paulโ€™s conversion the twelve had known Christ only ON EARTHย (I John 1:1). Even at His ascension to heaven โ€œa cloud received Himย OUT OF THEIR SIGHTโ€ (Acts 1:9). But Paul knew Christ onlyย IN HEAVEN, having never seen Him on earth (Acts 26:16; I Cor. 15:8).

3๏ธโƒฃ The twelve represented their own nation.ย The number twelve has no connection with the โ€œone Bodyโ€ of Christ. As we know, Jacob of old โ€œbegat theย twelve patriarchsโ€ (Acts 7:8). From these sprang theย twelve tribesย of Israel. These tribes hadย twelve princesย over them (Numbers 1:16). Even when Israel was ruled by kings there were still to beย twelve princesย โ€” one over each tribe (I Chronicles 27:22). Thus, as He went forth proclaiming โ€œthe gospel of the kingdomโ€ our Lord choseย twelve princesย for theย twelve thronesย in the kingdom to come (Matt. 19:28).

On the other hand, Paul, asย oneย apostle, represents the โ€œone Body,โ€ the Church of today (Rom.12:5; I Cor. 12:13; Eph.4:4). However, he was both aย born Hebrewย and aย born Roman, so represented believing Jews and Gentiles โ€œreconciledโ€ฆunto God in one body by the crossโ€ฆโ€ (Eph.2:16).

4๏ธโƒฃ The twelve were sent to proclaim Christโ€™s kingdom โ€œat handโ€ย (Matt. 10:7), and later toย offerย its establishment on earth (Acts 3:19-26). But Paul was sent to proclaimย โ€œthe gospel of the grace of Godโ€(Acts 20:24), while the kingdom is held in abeyance.

5๏ธโƒฃ The ministry of the twelve was based onย covenant promisesย (Isaiah 60:1-3; Luke 1:70-79; Acts 3:22-26). Paulโ€™s ministry wasย notย based on covenant promises, but wholly onย the grace of God through Christ (Rom.3:21-28; 5: 20,21; Eph.1:6,7; 2:7; etc.). source

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