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Authority of Apostles

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

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Apostolic authority is based on divine commission

Romans 1:5 NASB95
through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for His name’s sake,
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Apostolic authority derives from Jesus Christ

Matthew 10:40 NASB95
“He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.
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The authority of apostles is related to their ministry role

There appears to be a definite order of priority with apostles at the head.
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The exercise of apostolic authority within the church

In building up the body

Paul had special authority as founder of this church.
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In general oversight

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In teaching

1 Thessalonians 4:2 NASB95
For you know what commandments we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.
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In appointing leaders

Acts 14:23 NASB95
When they had appointed elders for them in every church, having prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.

In church discipline

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The right to be supported

Paul did not demand such support (see 1Th 2:9).
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The marks of a true apostle

False apostles exist

1 Corinthians 9:2 NASB95
If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you; for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.
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Fruit confirms apostolic ministry

2 Corinthians 3:1–3 NASB95
Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some, letters of commendation to you or from you? You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men; being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

Signs confirm apostolic authority

2 Corinthians 12:12 NASB95
The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with all perseverance, by signs and wonders and miracles.
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