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Chosen Apostles


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Deliberate Selection

Category E: Chosen Apostles

[dropcap class="article-dropcap"]T[/dropcap]he New Testament used G1586 in the telling of how Jesus chose twelve disciples as His apostles.

And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles:  (Luke 6:13)

At this point in the Lord's ministry, Luke recorded that the Lord had spent the whole night in prayer.  In the morning, He called all His disciples to Himself.  We do not know how many disciples He had, only that from this group He selected twelve men.  Thus, in this category of God's choice, the clearly defined selection was the twelve men named in Luke 6:14, selected from among all the Lord's disciples.  Christ selected them for the purpose of acting as His apostles, eventually commissioned to go out and preach the gospel of the kingdom throughout all of Israel (Luke 9:1-2).  The choice was permanent: they all remained apostles until the day they died.  However, regarding the fourth element, they are not referred to as holy in the scripture until Ephesians 3:5.

[dropcap class="article-dropcap"]I[/dropcap]nterestingly, when the eleven disciples determined a need to fill the office left open by Judas Iscariot, they employed G1586 when they brought the matter before the Lord.

And they prayed and said, “You, O Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two You have chosen...  (Acts 1:24)

They did not make the same mistake as Korah and attempt to fill the office with a person of their choosing but looked to the Lord to indicate whom He had chosen.