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The Church: Its Organization, Order and Discipline

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    Apostles

    “Apostles is from the word apostolos, and signifies one sent forth, a messenger. It is used to designate in a pre-eminent sense the twelve apostles sent out by Christ; but it can not be confined to them nor to that age.COOD 127.3

    “It can not be confined to the twelve. Christ was called an apostle. Hebrews 3:1. Paul and Barnabas were called apostles. Acts 14:4, 14. Titus and other brethren were called messenger [Greek, apostles]. 2 Corinthians 8:22, 23. (The word of in verse 23 is from the original uper, and signifies, about, concerning). Epaphroditus was called a messenger [Greek, apostle]. Philippians 2:25. Here we have at least four apostles besides the twelve, all living in the same age with them, which shows that the idea of perpetuating just twelve apostles in the church, as the Mormons and Irvingites hold, is unscriptural and absurd.COOD 127.4

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