1 Paul, an apostle—not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— Paul identifies himself as an apostle. An apostle is someone who was specifically chosen by the Lord Jesus. This person is set aside to be used by God in a special way. Paul received such a call (). I do not identify myself as an apostle. I do believe the Lord has called me and set me apart for a special work, but the work God has called me to is that of a pastor, a shepherd, an overseer. What is the difference? The difference is in the degree of authority we each possess. A pastor possesses a spiritual authority, but he possesses it only in as much as he preaches, teaches, and upholds the Word of God. An apostle carries an authority weightier than this. As you read through the N.T. you will see that “The primary function of the apostles was witness to Christ, and the witness was rooted in years of intimate knowledge, dearly bought experience and intensive training.”1That is an authority of an apostle. Apostles performed mighty works similar to that of Jesus. I do still believe that miracles are performed still today, but I have never encountered someone in this world today who performs miracles like Jesus, or His apostles. Jesus and His apostles, both healed the sick, cast out demons, opened the eyes of the blind, healed the legs of the lame, and even raised the dead. And they did it whenever they pleased. They did it often, they did it without fail. I do not see that sort of authority in the world today, but I do think it will happen again. It will happen whenever God sees fit for it to happen, probably in the very last days. The point is this. We are reading the words of Christ’s apostle, let’s give it the respect and authority it deserves.