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Election of the Apostle Matthias

Joseph Barsabbas and Matthias were the two candidates suggested as possible replacements for Judas Iscariot as an apostle. The lot fell to Matthias. Even though Justus was not chosen, his being considered for the office shows he was a mature disciple of Jesus Christ.—Ac 1:23-26.

(Mat·thi′as) [probably a shortened form of the Heb. Mattithiah, meaning “Gift of Jehovah”].

Judas Hangs Himself

Judas Hangs Himself (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The disciple selected by lot to replace Judas Iscariot as an apostle. After Jesus’ ascension to heaven, Peter, noting that not only had the psalmist David foretold Judas’ deflection (Ps 41:9) but David had also written (Ps 109:8) “his office of oversight let someone else take,” proposed to the approximately 120 disciples gathered together that the vacancy of office be filled. Joseph Barsabbas and Matthias were put up for selection; after prayer, lots were cast, and Matthias was chosen. Occurring just a few days prior to the outpouring of holy spirit, this is the last instance reported in the Bible of the lots being resorted to in determining Jehovah’s choice in a matter.—Ac 1:15-26.

According to Peter’s words (Ac 1:21, 22), Matthias had been a follower of Christ throughout Jesus’ three-and-a-half-year ministry, had been closely associated with the apostles, and was quite likely one of the 70 disciples or evangelists whom Jesus sent out to preach. (Lu 10:1) After his selection, he was “reckoned along with the eleven apostles” by the congregation (Ac 1:26), and when the book of Acts immediately thereafter speaks of “the apostles” or “the twelve,” Matthias was included.—Ac 2:37, 43; 4:33, 36; 5:12, 29; 6:2, 6; 8:1, 14; 9:27; see PAUL.

– it-2 pp. 354-355

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Though having strong conviction and proofs as to his own apostleship, Paul never included himself among “the twelve.” Prior to Pentecost, as a result of Peter’s Scriptural exhortation, the Christian assembly had sought a replacement for unfaithful Judas Iscariot. Two disciples were selected as candidates, perhaps by vote of the male members of the assembly (Peter having addressed himself to the “Men, brothers”; Ac 1:16). Then they prayed to Jehovah God (compare Ac 1:24 with 1Sa 16:7; Ac 15:7, 8) that He should designate which of the two he had chosen to replace the unfaithful apostle. Following their prayer, they cast lots and “the lot fell upon Matthias.”—Ac 1:15-26; compare Pr 16:33.

There is no reason to doubt that Matthias was God’s own choice. True, once converted, Paul became very prominent and his labors exceeded those of all the other apostles. (1Co 15:9, 10) Yet there is nothing to show that Paul was personally predestinated to an apostleship so that God, in effect, refrained from acting on the prayer of the Christian assembly, held open the place vacated by Judas until Paul’s conversion, and thus made the appointment of Matthias merely an arbitrary action of the Christian assembly. On the contrary, there is sound evidence that Matthias was a divinely appointed replacement.

English: Saint Matthias, who replaced Judas Is...

Saint Matthias, who replaced Judas Iscariot as apostle. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At Pentecost the outpouring of holy spirit gave the apostles unique powers; they are the only ones shown to have been able to lay hands on newly baptized ones and communicate to them miraculous gifts of the spirit. (See Apostle [Miraculous powers].) If Matthias were not in reality God’s choice, his inability to do this would have been apparent to all. The record shows this was not the case. Luke, the writer of Acts, was Paul’s traveling companion and associate during certain missions, and the book of Acts therefore undoubtedly reflects and coincides with Paul’s own view of matters. That book refers to “the twelve” as appointing the seven men who were to handle the matter of the food distribution problem. This was after Pentecost of 33 C.E. but before Paul’s conversion. Hence Matthias is here acknowledged as one of “the twelve,” and he shared with the other apostles in laying hands on the seven designates.—Ac 6:1-6.

Whose name then appears among those on the “twelve foundation stones” of the New Jerusalem of John’s vision—Matthias’ or Paul’s? (Re 21:2, 14) One line of reasoning would make it appear that Paul is the more likely one. He contributed so much to the Christian congregation by his ministry and particularly by his writing a large portion of the Christian Greek Scriptures (14 letters being attributed to him). In these respects Paul ‘outshone’ Matthias, who receives no further direct mention after Acts chapter 1.

– it-2 pp. 585-590

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Who replaced Judas Iscariot as a twelfth apostle?

Because of the defection of Judas Iscariot, who died unfaithful, there were only 11 apostles remaining, and during the 40 days from Jesus’ resurrection until his ascension to heaven he made no appointment of a replacement. Sometime during the ten days between Jesus’ ascension and the day of Pentecost it was viewed as necessary that another be selected to fill the vacancy left by Judas, not simply on the basis of his death but, rather, on the basis of his wicked defection, as the Scriptures quoted by Peter indicate. (Ac 1:15-22; Ps 69:25; 109:8; compare Re 3:11.) Thus, by contrast, when the faithful apostle James was put to death, there is no record of any concern to appoint anyone to succeed him in his position of apostle.—Ac 12:2.

It is evident from Peter’s statements that it was then considered that any individual filling the position of an apostle of Jesus Christ must have the qualifications of having been personally conversant with him, having been an eyewitness of his works, his miracles, and particularly his resurrection. In view of this it can be seen that any apostolic succession would in course of time become an impossibility, unless there were divine action to supply these requirements in each individual case. At that particular time before Pentecost, however, there were men meeting these requirements, and two were put forth as suitable for replacing unfaithful Judas. Doubtless having in mind Proverbs 16:33, lots were cast, and Matthias was selected and was thereafter “reckoned along with the eleven apostles.” (Ac 1:23-26) He is thus included among “the twelve” who settled the problem concerning the Greek-speaking disciples (Ac 6:1, 2), and evidently Paul includes him in referring to “the twelve” when speaking of Jesus’ postresurrection appearances at 1 Corinthians 15:4-8. Thus, when Pentecost arrived, there were 12 apostolic foundations on which the spiritual Israel then formed could rest.

The Boppard Room:  Pashal Candle Holder: Saint...

The Boppard Room: Pashal Candle Holder: Saint Matthias (Photo credit: peterjr1961)

Congregational Apostleships.

Matthias was not a mere apostle of the Jerusalem congregation, any more than the remaining 11 apostles were. His case is different from that of the Levite Joseph Barnabas who became an apostle of the congregation of Antioch, Syria. (Ac 13:1-4; 14:4, 14; 1Co 9:4-6) Other men also are referred to as “apostles of congregations” in the sense that they were sent forth by such congregations to represent them. (2Co 8:23) And, in writing to the Philippians, Paul speaks of Epaphroditus as “your envoy [a·po′sto·lon] and private servant for my need.” (Php 2:25) The apostleship of these men was clearly not by virtue of any apostolic succession, nor did they form part of “the twelve” as did Matthias.

The correct understanding of the wider application of the term “apostle” can help to clear away any apparent discrepancy between Acts 9:26, 27 and Galatians 1:17-19, when applied to the same occasion. The first account states that Paul, on arriving in Jerusalem, was led “to the apostles” by Barnabas. In the account in Galatians, however, Paul states that he visited with Peter and adds: “But I saw no one else of the apostles, only James the brother of the Lord.” James (not the original apostle James the son of Zebedee nor James the son of Alphaeus, but the half brother of Jesus) was evidently viewed as an “apostle” in the wider sense, namely, as “one sent forth” by the Jerusalem congregation. This would allow for the Acts account to use the title in the plural in saying that Paul was led “to the apostles” (that is, Peter and James).—Compare 1Co 15:5-7; Ga 2:9.

– it-1 pp. 127-130

The Election of Saint Matthias

The Election of Saint Matthias (Photo credit: Lawrence OP)

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15 Now during these days Peter rose up in the midst of the brothers and said (the crowd* of persons was all together about one hundred and twenty): 16 “Men, brothers, it was necessary for the scripture to be fulfilled,+ which the holy spirit+ spoke beforehand by David’s mouth about Judas,+ who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus,+ 17 because he had been numbered among us+ and he obtained a share in this ministry.+ 18 (This very man, therefore, purchased+ a field with the wages for unrighteousness,+ and pitching head foremost*+ he noisily burst in his midst and all his intestines were poured out. 19 It also became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that that field was called in their language A·kel′da·ma, that is, Field of Blood.)
20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, ‘Let his lodging place become desolate, and let there be no dweller in it,’+ and, ‘His office of oversight* let someone else take.’+ 21 It is therefore necessary that of the men that assembled with us during all the time in which the Lord Jesus went in and out* among us,+ 22 starting with his baptism by John+ and until the day he was received up from us,+ one of these men should become a witness with us of his resurrection.”+

23 So they put up two, Joseph called Bar′sab·bas, who was surnamed Justus, and Mat·thi′as. 24 And they prayed and said: “You, O Jehovah,* who know the hearts of all,+ designate which one of these two men you have chosen, 25 to take the place of this ministry and apostleship,+ from which Judas deviated to go to his own place.” 26 So they cast lots+ over them, and the lot fell upon Mat·thi′as; and he was reckoned along with the eleven+ apostles.

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Proverbs 16:33

33 Into the lap the lot is cast down,+ but every decision by it is from Jehovah.+

Proverbs 18:18

18 The lot puts even contentions to rest,+ and it separates even the mighty from one another.+

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Act 6:2:

2 So the twelve called the multitude of the disciples to them and said: “It is not pleasing for us to leave the word of God to distribute [food]* to tables.+ 3 So, brothers, search out+ for yourselves seven certified men from among YOU, full of spirit and wisdom,+ that we may appoint them over this necessary business; 4 but we shall devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”+ 5 And the thing spoken was pleasing to the whole multitude, and they selected Stephen, a man full of faith and holy spirit,+ and Philip+ and Proch′o·rus and Ni·ca′nor and Ti′mon and Par′me·nas and Nic·o·la′us, a proselyte of Antioch; 6 and they placed them before the apostles, and, after having prayed, these laid their hands+ upon them.

Acts 9:26, 27:

26 On arriving in Jerusalem+ he made efforts to join himself to the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, because they did not believe he was a disciple. 27 So Bar′na·bas came to his aid+ and led him to the apostles, and he told them in detail how on the road he had seen the Lord+ and that he had spoken to him,+ and how in Damascus+ he had spoken boldly in the name of Jesus.

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v 23: Joseph, also called Barsabbas (perhaps a family name or merely an additional name) and surnamed Justus, was a witness of the work, miracles, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
A Levite surnamed Barnabas and a native of Cyprus. (Ac 4:36, 37) He was a close associate of the apostle Paul.—See Barnabas.

v 24: Jehovah: “Jehovah.” Heb., יהוה (YHWH or JHVH):

There is evidence that Jesus’ disciples used the Tetragrammaton in their writings. In his work De viris inlustribus [Concerning Illustrious Men], chapter III, Jerome, in the fourth century, wrote the following: “Matthew, who is also Levi, and who from a publican came to be an apostle, first of all composed a Gospel of Christ in Judaea in the Hebrew language and characters for the benefit of those of the circumcision who had believed. Who translated it after that in Greek is not sufficiently ascertained. Moreover, the Hebrew itself is preserved to this day in the library at Caesarea, which the martyr Pamphilus so diligently collected. I also was allowed by the Nazarenes who use this volume in the Syrian city of Beroea to copy it.” (Translation from the Latin text edited by E. C. Richardson and published in the series “Texte und Untersuchungen zur Geschichte der altchristlichen Literatur,” Vol. 14, Leipzig, 1896, pp. 8, 9.)

Matthew made more than a hundred quotations from the inspired Hebrew Scriptures. Where these quotations included the divine name he would have been obliged faithfully to include the Tetragrammaton in his Hebrew Gospel account. When the Gospel of Matthew was translated into Greek, the Tetragrammaton was left untranslated within the Greek text according to the practice of that time.

Not only Matthew but all the writers of the Christian Greek Scriptures quoted verses from the Hebrew text or from the Septuagint where the divine name appears. For example, in Peter’s speech in Ac 3:22 a quotation is made from De 18:15 where the Tetragrammaton appears in a papyrus fragment of the Septuagint dated to the first century B.C.E. (See App 1C §1.) As a follower of Christ, Peter used God’s name, Jehovah. When Peter’s speech was put on record the Tetragrammaton was here used according to the practice during the first century B.C.E. and the first century C.E.

Sometime during the second or third century C.E. the scribes removed the Tetragrammaton from both the Septuagint and the Christian Greek Scriptures and replaced it with Ky′ri·os, “Lord” or The·os′, “God.”

v 24: who know the hearts of all:

(1 Samuel 16:7): 7 But Jehovah said to Samuel: “Do not look at his appearance and at the height of his stature,+ for I have rejected him. For not the way man sees [is the way God sees],*+ because mere man sees what appears to the eyes;*+ but as for Jehovah, he sees what the heart+ is.”*
(1 Chronicles 28:9): 9 “And you, Sol′o·mon my son, know+ the God of your father and serve+ him with a complete heart+ and with a delightful soul;+ for all hearts Jehovah is searching,+ and every inclination of the thoughts he is discerning.+ If you search for him, he will let himself be found by you;+ but if you leave him,+ he will cast you off forever.+

(Jeremiah 11:20): 20 But Jehovah of armies is judging with righteousness;+ he is examining the kidneys* and the heart.+ O may I see your vengeance on them, for it is to you that I have revealed my case at law.+

(Acts 15:8): 8 and God, who knows the heart,+ bore witness by giving them the holy spirit,+ just as he did to us also.

(1 Kings 8:391 Chronicles 28:92 Chronicles 16:9Psalm 7:9Proverbs 24:12; Jeremiah 17:10)

v 25: apostleship: (John 6:70): 70 Jesus answered them: “I chose YOU twelve,+ did I not? Yet one of YOU is a slanderer.”*+

v 26: they cast lots: (Proverbs 16:33): (Proverbs 16:33): 33 Into the lap the lot is cast down,+ but every decision by it is from Jehovah.+

with the eleven+ apostles: (Matthew 28:16):  16 However, the eleven disciples went into Gal′i·lee+ to the mountain where Jesus had arranged for them,

+ by the lot / drawing lots: (Numbers 26:55; Joshua 18:10; Proverbs 18:18)

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Compare:

The Acts Of The Sent Ones Chapter 1

Hebraic Roots Bible Book of The Acts of the Apostles Chapter 1

Nazarene Acts of the Apostles Chapter 1 v23-26 Choice of Matthias

Dutch version/ Nederlandse versie: Verkiezing van Matthias

Afrikaans: Matti′as is gekies als een van “die twaalf

Deutsch: Da warfen sie Lose und das Los fiel auf Matthias

Français: Élection de Matthias

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Please also do find:

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  • Commemoration of the Apostle Matthias, Martyred in Colchis, and Apostolic Succession (georgianorthodoxchurch.wordpress.com)
    there is evidence that the Apostle Matthias was martyred in Colchis  (the ancient name for Georgia’s Black Sea regions) and buried in Gonio, near Batumi.
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    The elevation of Matthias from the Seventy to the Twelve Apostles is interesting, as it is one of the first written accounts of Apostolic Succession
  • *Apostolic* (motivation1000.wordpress.com)
    Furthermore, for a person to profess to be a Christian (one who is like Christ) and do not obey God’s word in the bible is to make that person a hypocrite – hence, a hypocrites teachings is hypocrisy. In a narrower since, Doctrine is Teachings, and Teachings is Doctrine! Every movement has a doctrine, every religion has a doctrine, the Christian’s doctrine is the Holy Bible (God’s words passed on to His people by the Prophets and Apostles of the bible.
  • Acts 1 (sisterspray4me.com)
    23 So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. 24 Then they all prayed, “O Lord, you know every heart. Show us which of these men you have chosen 25 as an apostle to replace Judas in this ministry, for he has deserted us and gone where he belongs.” 26 Then they cast lots, and Matthias was selected to become an apostle with the other eleven.
  • Acts 14-15 (whatshotn.wordpress.com)
    When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.
  • Wait Upon The Lord (rootstothestream.net)
    Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.
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    Consider if there are any aspects of your life that may be best served with simply waiting on the direction of the Lord.
  • Intro to the Book of Acts and the choosing of Judas’ replacement (sundayschoolbiblestudy.wordpress.com)
    Luke gives us a brief introduction and then summarizes the 40 days after His death and resurrection when Jesus prepares the Apostles for ministry. He instructs them to wait for the baptism of the Holy Spirit (see The Holy Spirit and the Day of Pentecost).
  • Acts of the Apostles 4.32-5.11
    Thus far in the Acts of the Apostles the narrative has primarily been concerned with the formation of the Messianic community that would eventually become known as the Christian Church and the opposition to this community by the Jewish leaders and some of the Jewish people.
  • Acts 6:2-4…”So the Twelve gathered all the disciples
    New Testament model, and biblical clarity in the deacons’ role and function is invaluable for promoting peace and unity in our congregations.

  • It is the spirit of your Father that speaks by you
    Paul knew well the importance of God’s holy spirit when it comes to speaking the truth. He even entreated the congregation in Ephesus to make supplication for him that “ability to speak” might be given him. (Eph. 6:18-20)
  • The Greatness of the Apostle Paul / Die Größe des Apostels Paulus
    Among people critical of Christianity, the apostle Paul has a pretty bad press. Whilst quite a few of them recognize that Jesus had an exceptionally high ethic (at least for his time), Paul is generally regarded as a villain having sort of corrupted the message of his master.
    +Während nicht wenige von ihnen anerkennen, dass Jesus eine außenordentlich hohe Ethik (zumindest für seine Zeit) hatte, wird generell Paulus als einen Bösewicht angesehen, der irgendwie die Botschaft seines Meisters verdorben hat.
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Élection de Matthias

Justus et Matthias étaient les deux hommes proposés en remplacement de Judas Iscariote comme apôtre. Le sort tomba sur Matthias. Même si Justus ne fut pas choisi, le fait qu’on pensa à lui pour cette fonction montre qu’il était un disciple mûr de Jésus Christ. — Ac 1:23-26.

– it-2 p. 87

Statue de Matthias, à Wehr

Après la défection de Judas Iscariote, qui mourut infidèle, il ne restait plus que 11 apôtres ; durant les 40 jours qui suivirent sa résurrection et qui précédèrent son ascension, Jésus ne nomma personne à la place de Judas. Au cours de la période de dix jours qui s’écoula entre l’ascension de Jésus et la Pentecôte, on jugea nécessaire de choisir quelqu’un d’autre pour occuper la place que Judas laissait vacante, non pas tant par sa mort que par sa vile défection, comme le montrent les textes de l’Écriture cités par Pierre (Ac 1:15-22 ; Ps 69:25 ; 109:8 ; voir aussi Ré 3:11). C’est pourquoi, en revanche, lorsque le fidèle apôtre Jacques fut mis à mort, rien n’indique qu’on ait cherché à nommer quelqu’un pour lui succéder dans sa fonction d’apôtre. — Ac 12:2.

Il ressort clairement des déclarations de Pierre que pour être apôtre de Jésus Christ un chrétien devait remplir des conditions : il devait avoir connu personnellement Jésus et avoir été témoin de ses œuvres, de ses miracles et, en particulier, de sa résurrection. Cela montre bien qu’avec le temps toute succession apostolique deviendrait impossible à moins qu’une intervention divine ne satisfasse dans chaque cas à ces conditions indispensables. Toutefois, à ce moment-là juste avant la Pentecôte, des hommes remplissaient ces conditions, puisque deux furent proposés pour remplacer l’infidèle Judas. Sans doute en pensant à Proverbes 16:33, on jeta les sorts ; Matthias fut choisi puis “ compté avec les onze apôtres ”. (Ac 1:23-26.) Il est donc compris dans “ les douze ” qui réglèrent l’affaire relative aux disciples de langue grecque (Ac 6:1, 2) et sans doute dans les “ douze ” dont parle Paul lorsqu’en 1 Corinthiens 15:4-8 il fait état des apparitions de Jésus après sa résurrection. Ainsi, quand la Pentecôte arriva, l’Israël spirituel nouvellement formé put reposer sur 12 fondements apostoliques.

Apôtres de congrégations.

Matthias n’était pas simplement un apôtre de la congrégation de Jérusalem, et pas plus les 11 autres apôtres. Son cas était différent de celui du Lévite Joseph Barnabas qui devint apôtre de la congrégation d’Antioche de Syrie (Ac 13:1-4 ; 14:4, 14 ; 1Co 9:4-6). D’autres hommes furent également appelés “ apôtres de congrégations ” en ce sens qu’ils étaient envoyés par ces congrégations pour les représenter (2Co 8:23). Ainsi, dans sa lettre aux Philippiens, Paul parle d’Épaphrodite comme de “ votre envoyé [apostolon] et serviteur personnel pour mes besoins ”. (Ph 2:25.) Il est clair que ces hommes n’étaient pas devenus apôtres en vertu d’une succession apostolique et qu’à la différence de Matthias ils ne faisaient pas partie des “ douze ”.

Une bonne intelligence du mot “ apôtre ” dans son acception la plus large aide à comprendre l’apparente contradiction entre Actes 9:26, 27 et Galates 1:17-19 quand on applique ces textes au même événement. En effet, le premier récit dit que lorsque Paul arriva à Jérusalem, Barnabas le conduisit “ aux apôtres ”, alors que, dans sa lettre aux Galates, Paul déclare qu’il rendit visite à Pierre et ajoute : “ Mais je n’ai vu aucun autre des apôtres, seulement Jacques le frère du Seigneur. ” On considérait sans doute Jacques (non pas l’apôtre Jacques le fils de Zébédée, ni Jacques le fils d’Alphée, mais le demi-frère de Jésus) comme un “ apôtre ” au sens large du terme, c’est-à-dire comme un “ envoyé ” de la congrégation de Jérusalem. Cela expliquerait pourquoi le récit des Actes emploie ce titre au pluriel lorsqu’il déclare que Paul fut conduit “ aux apôtres ” (autrement dit à Pierre et à Jacques). — Voir aussi 1Co 15:5-7 ; Ga 2:9.

– it-1 p. 140-143

MATTHIAS

(probablement une forme abrégée de l’héb. Mattithia, qui signifie “ Don de Jéhovah ”).

Disciple désigné par le sort pour remplacer Judas Iscariote comme apôtre. Après l’ascension de Jésus, Pierre, faisant remarquer que le psalmiste David avait non seulement annoncé la défection de Judas (Ps 41:9), mais aussi écrit (Ps 109:8) : “ Sa fonction de surveillance, qu’un autre la prenne ”, proposa aux quelque 120 disciples réunis que la fonction vacante soit occupée. Joseph Barsabbas et Matthias furent présentés en vue d’une sélection ; après avoir prié, on jeta les sorts et Matthias fut choisi. Ce choix, qui eut lieu quelques jours seulement avant l’effusion de l’esprit saint, est le dernier cas rapporté dans la Bible où on eut recours aux sorts pour déterminer le choix de Jéhovah. — Ac 1:15-26.

À en croire les paroles de Pierre (Ac 1:21, 22), Matthias avait suivi le Christ durant les trois ans et demi qu’avait duré son ministère, il avait fréquenté intimement les apôtres et il figurait vraisemblablement parmi les 70 disciples ou évangélisateurs que Jésus avait envoyés prêcher (Lc 10:1). Après avoir été choisi, il fut “ compté avec les onze apôtres ” par la congrégation (Ac 1:26), et quand le livre des Actes tout de suite après fait mention des “ apôtres ” ou des “ douze ”, Matthias est de leur nombre. — Ac 2:37, 43 ; 4:33, 36 ; 5:12, 29 ; 6:2, 6 ; 8:1, 14 ; voir Paul.

– it-2 p. 236

Deux disciples furent retenus comme éventuels apôtres, peut-être par un vote des membres masculins de l’assemblée (Pierre s’était adressé aux “ hommes, frères ” ; Ac 1:16). Ensuite, ces derniers prièrent Jéhovah Dieu (comparer Ac 1:24 avec 1S 16:7 ; Ac 15:7, 8), lui demandant de désigner, Lui, lequel des deux il avait choisi pour remplacer l’apôtre infidèle. Après avoir prié, ils jetèrent les sorts et “ le sort tomba sur Matthias ”. — Ac 1:15-26 ; voir aussi Pr 16:33.

Rien ne permet de douter que Matthias fut bien choisi par Dieu. Il est vrai qu’une fois converti Paul occupa une place très en vue et peina bien plus que tous les autres apôtres (1Co 15:9, 10). Néanmoins, rien ne montre que Paul fut personnellement prédestiné à un apostolat de sorte que Dieu se soit, en somme, retenu de répondre à la prière de l’assemblée chrétienne, ait gardé la place laissée vacante par Judas jusqu’à la conversion de Paul et ait ainsi fait de la nomination de Matthias une action purement arbitraire de l’assemblée chrétienne. Au contraire, tout porte à croire que Matthias fut le remplaçant établi par Dieu.

Detail of right part of first stained glass wi...

Detail of right part of first stained glass window in the east aisle (right from the nave if coming from the main entrance in the south), depicting the apostles Simon and Matthias. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

À la Pentecôte, l’effusion de l’esprit saint conféra aux apôtres des pouvoirs exceptionnels ; ils sont les seuls dont on lit qu’ils pouvaient poser les mains sur les nouveaux baptisés et leur communiquer des dons miraculeux de l’esprit (voir Apôtre [Pouvoirs miraculeux]). Si Matthias n’avait pas réellement été choisi par Dieu, il n’aurait pas eu ces pouvoirs et cela serait apparu à tous. Le récit montre que tel ne fut pas le cas. Luc, le rédacteur des Actes, fut un compagnon de voyage et un associé de Paul dans certaines missions, et donc, sans aucun doute, le livre des Actes reflète la façon de voir de Paul et cadre avec. Or, ce livre dit que “ les douze ” nommèrent les sept hommes qui devaient s’occuper du problème relatif à la distribution de nourriture. Cela eut lieu après la Pentecôte 33 de n. è., mais avant la conversion de Paul. Matthias est donc compté parmi “ les douze ” dans ce passage et il posa les mains avec les autres apôtres sur les sept hommes désignés. — Ac 6:1-6.

Le nom de qui apparaît alors parmi ceux qui figurent sur les “ douze pierres de fondement ” de la Nouvelle Jérusalem dans la vision de Jean : celui de Matthias ou celui de Paul (Ré 21:2, 14) ? Un certain raisonnement ferait répondre plus probablement Paul. Il apporta tellement à la congrégation chrétienne par son ministère et particulièrement en écrivant une grande partie des Écritures grecques chrétiennes (14 lettres lui sont attribuées). Sous ces rapports, Paul ‘ éclipsa ’ Matthias, dont il n’est plus directement question après Actes chapitre 1.

– it-2 p. 502-507

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Disciple présenté et proposé avec Matthias pour assumer la fonction de surveillance laissée vacante par l’infidèle Judas Iscariote. Joseph, également appelé Barsabbas (peut-être un nom de famille ou simplement un autre nom) et surnommé Justus, avait été témoin de l’œuvre, des miracles et de la résurrection de Jésus Christ. Cependant, c’est Matthias, et non Joseph, qui, avant la Pentecôte 33 de n. è., fut désigné par le sort pour remplacer Judas Iscariote et qui fut “ compté avec les onze apôtres ”. — Ac 1:15–2:1.

– it-2 p. 48-54

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Proverbes 16:33

33 On jette le sort dans le giron+, mais toute décision du [sort] vient de Jéhovah+

Actes 1: 15-26

15 Or, en ces jours-là, Pierre se leva au milieu des frères et dit (la foule* des personnes était en tout d’environ cent vingt) : 16 “ Hommes, frères, il fallait que s’accomplisse [cette parole de] l’Écriture+, que l’esprit saint+ avait dite d’avance par la bouche de David au sujet de Judas+, qui est devenu le guide de ceux qui ont arrêté Jésus+, 17 parce qu’il avait été compté parmi nous+ et qu’il avait obtenu part à ce ministère+. 18 (Ce même [homme] donc a acheté+ un champ avec le salaire de l’injustice+, et tombant la tête la première*+, il s’est ouvert bruyamment par le milieu et tous ses intestins se sont répandus. 19 Et la chose a été connue de tous les habitants de Jérusalem, si bien que ce champ a été appelé dans leur langue : Akeldama, c’est-à-dire Champ du Sang.) 20 Car il est écrit dans le livre des Psaumes : ‘ Que son gîte soit désolé, et qu’il ne s’y trouve pas d’habitant+ ’, et : ‘ Sa fonction de surveillance*, qu’un autre la prenne+. ’ 21 Il faut donc que d’entre les hommes qui se sont réunis avec nous pendant tout le temps où le Seigneur Jésus entrait et sortait* parmi nous+, 22 en commençant à son baptême par Jean+ jusqu’au jour où il a été enlevé d’auprès de nous+, un de ces hommes devienne avec nous un témoin de sa résurrection+. ”

23 Alors ils en présentèrent deux : Joseph appelé Barsabbas, qui était surnommé Justus, et Matthias. 24 Et ils prièrent et dirent : “ Toi, ô Jéhovah*, qui connais le cœur de tous+, désigne lequel de ces deux hommes tu as choisi 25 pour prendre la place de ce ministère et apostolat+, dont Judas a dévié pour s’en aller en son propre lieu. ” 26 Ils jetèrent alors les sorts+ pour eux, et le sort tomba sur Matthias ; et il fut compté avec les onze+ apôtres.

Actes 6: 1-2

6.1 Or, en ces jours-là, comme les disciples se multipliaient, il y eut chez les Juifs parlant grec*+ des murmures contre les Juifs parlant hébreu*, parce que leurs veuves étaient négligées dans la distribution* quotidienne+. 2 Alors les douze appelèrent à eux la multitude des disciples et dirent : “ Il ne nous plaît pas de délaisser la parole de Dieu pour distribuer [la nourriture]* aux tables+.

1 Corinthiens 15:3-8

3 Car je vous ai transmis, parmi les premières choses, ce que j’ai reçu+ moi aussi : que Christ est mort pour nos péchés selon les Écritures+ ; 4 et qu’il a été enterré+, oui qu’il a été relevé+ le troisième jour+ selon les Écritures+ ; 5 et qu’il est apparu à Céphas+, puis aux douze+. 6 Après cela il est apparu à plus de cinq cents frères à la fois, dont la plupart sont demeurés [en vie] jusqu’à présent+, mais quelques-uns se sont endormis [dans la mort]. 7 Après cela il est apparu à Jacques+, puis à tous les apôtres+ ; 8 mais, en tout dernier lieu, il m’est apparu à moi aussi+, comme à quelqu’un qui est né avant terme*.

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Les Saintes Écritures
Traduction Du Monde Nouveau

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v 24: Jéhovah: Le nom divin dans les Écritures grecques chrétiennes: “ Jéhovah. ” Héb. : יהוה (YHWH ou JHVH):

On peut prouver que les disciples de Jésus employaient le Tétragramme dans leurs écrits. Voici ce que Jérôme a écrit au IVe siècle dans le chapitre III de son ouvrage Liber de viris illustribus : “ MATTHIEU, nommé aussi Lévi, et de publicain devenu apôtre, composa le premier en Judée, pour ceux qui avaient cru parmi les circoncis, l’Évangile du Christ, et le rédigea en caractères et langage hébraïques. Quelle personne le traduisit plus tard en grec, c’est ce que l’on ne sait pas au juste. L’Évangile hébreu se trouve aujourd’hui encore dans la bibliothèque de Césarée, que le martyr Pamphilus avait formée avec le soin le plus grand. Les Nazaréens de Berœa, ville de Syrie, se servent du texte hébreu, et j’ai eu par eux la facilité de le transcrire. ” (Livre des hommes illustres, traduit en français avec le texte latin en regard, par F. Collombet, Paris 1840, p. 15).

Matthieu a cité plus d’une centaine de fois les Écritures hébraïques inspirées. Quand ces citations comprenaient le nom divin, le devoir de l’apôtre était de faire figurer fidèlement le Tétragramme dans son Évangile en hébreu. Lorsque l’Évangile de Matthieu a été traduit en grec, le Tétragramme a été laissé sous sa forme originelle dans le texte grec, selon l’usage de l’époque.

Outre Matthieu, tous les autres rédacteurs des Écritures grecques chrétiennes ont également cité des versets tirés du texte hébreu ou de la Septante, des versets avec le nom divin. Par exemple, Pierre, en Ac 3:22, a cité Dt 18:15 où le Tétragramme paraît dans un fragment de papyrus de la Septante qu’on fait remonter au Ier siècle av. n. è. (Voir App. 1C § 1.) Disciple de Christ, Pierre utilisait le nom de Dieu, Jéhovah. Quand le discours de Pierre a été mis par écrit, on a employé ici le Tétragramme conformément à l’usage du Ier siècle av. n. è. et du Ier siècle de n. è.

Au cours du IIe ou IIIe siècle de n. è., les scribes ont supprimé le Tétragramme aussi bien dans la Septante que dans les Écritures grecques chrétiennes, lui substituant Kurios “ Seigneur ”, ou Théos “ Dieu ”.

– Rbi8 p. 1682-1685

qui connais le cœur de tous: (1 Samuel 16:7): 7 Mais Jéhovah dit à Samuel : “ Ne considère pas son apparence ni la hauteur de sa taille+, car je l’ai rejeté. Car [Dieu voit]* non pas comme voit l’homme+ ; c’est que l’homme voit ce qui paraît aux yeux*+, mais Jéhovah, lui, voit ce que vaut le cœur*+. ”

(1 Chroniques 28:9): 9 “ Et toi, Salomon mon fils, connais+ le Dieu de ton père et sers+-le d’un cœur complet+ et d’une âme délicieuse+, car Jéhovah sonde tous les cœurs+ et discerne toute inclination des pensées+. Si tu le recherches, il se laissera trouver par toi+, mais si tu le quittes+, il te rejettera pour toujours+.
(Jérémie 11:20): 20 Mais Jéhovah des armées juge avec justice+ ; il examine les reins* et le cœur+. Oh ! que je voie ta vengeance sur eux, car c’est à toi que j’ai révélé mon procès+ !
(Actes 15:8): 8 et Dieu, qui connaît le cœur+, a rendu témoignage en leur donnant l’esprit saint+, comme il l’a fait aussi pour nous.
(1 Rois 8:39): 39 alors toi, puisses-tu entendre depuis les cieux+, le lieu fixe où tu habites+, et tu devras pardonner+, agir+ et rendre à chacun selon toutes ses voies+, parce que tu connais son cœur+ (car toi seul tu connais bien le cœur de tous les fils des humains*+) ;

(1 Chroniques 28:9): 9 “ Et toi, Salomon mon fils, connais+ le Dieu de ton père et sers+-le d’un cœur complet+ et d’une âme délicieuse+, car Jéhovah sonde tous les cœurs+ et discerne toute inclination des pensées+. Si tu le recherches, il se laissera trouver par toi+, mais si tu le quittes+, il te rejettera pour toujours+.
(2 Chroniques 16:9): 9 Car, en ce qui concerne Jéhovah, ses yeux+ rôdent par toute la terre+, afin de montrer sa force en faveur de ceux dont le cœur+ est complet à son égard. Tu as agi sottement+ dans cette circonstance, car dès maintenant il existera contre toi des guerres+. ”
(Psaume 7:9)9 S’il te plaît, qu’elle prenne fin, la méchanceté des méchants+,et puisses-tu établir le juste+ ; Dieu, [qui est] juste*+, sonde le cœur+ et les reins*+.
(Proverbes 24:12): 12 Si tu dis : “ Voyez ! Nous ne savions pas cela+ ”, celui qui soupèse les cœurs ne le discernera-t-il pas+ ? Celui qui observe ton âme ne le saura-t-il pas+ et, à coup sûr, ne rendra-t-il pas à l’homme tiré du sol selon son action+ ?
(Jérémie 17:10): 10 Moi, Jéhovah, je scrute le cœur+, j’examine les reins*+, oui pour rendre à chacun selon ses voies*+, selon le fruit de ses manières d’agir+.
(Proverbes 11:20): 20 Ceux dont le cœur est tortueux sont chose détestable pour Jéhovah+, mais ceux qui se montrent intègres dans [leur] voie sont pour lui un plaisir+.
(Jérémie 17:10): 10 Moi, Jéhovah, je scrute le cœur+, j’examine les reins*+, oui pour rendre à chacun selon ses voies*+, selon le fruit de ses manières d’agir+.
(Jérémie 20:12): 12 Mais toi, ô Jéhovah des armées, tu examines le juste+ ; tu vois les reins* et le cœur+. Que je voie ta vengeance sur eux+, car c’est à toi que j’ai révélé mon procès+.
(Révélation 2:23): 23 Et ses enfants, je les tuerai par une plaie meurtrière*, de sorte que toutes les congrégations sauront que je suis celui qui scrute les reins* et les cœurs, et je vous donnerai à chacun individuellement selon vos actions+.
v 25: apostolat: (Jean 6:70): 70 Jésus leur répondit : “ Je vous ai choisis, vous les douze+, n’est-ce pas ? Pourtant l’un de vous est un calomniateur*+. ”
(Luc 6:13): 13 Mais quand le jour parut, il appela à lui ses disciples et en choisit parmi eux douze, auxquels il donna aussi le nom d’ “ apôtres+ ” :

(Jean 15:16): 16 Vous ne m’avez pas choisi, mais moi je vous ai choisis, et je vous ai établis pour que vous alliez, et que vous continuiez à porter du fruit+, et que votre fruit demeure ; afin que tout ce que vous demanderez au Père en mon nom, il vous le donne+.
(Marc 3:14): 14 Et il forma [un groupe de] douze, auxquels il donna aussi le nom d’ “ apôtres ”, afin qu’ils restent avec lui et afin qu’il les envoie pour prêcher+
v 26: Ils jetèrent alors les sorts:  (Proverbes 16:33): 33 On jette le sort dans le giron+, mais toute décision du [sort] vient de Jéhovah+.
(Nombres 26:55): 55 C’est uniquement par le sort+ qu’on répartira le pays. C’est selon les noms des tribus de leurs pères qu’ils recevront un héritage.
(Josué 18:10): 10 et Josué tira les sorts pour eux à Shilo, devant Jéhovah+. Ainsi, c’est là que Josué répartit le pays aux fils d’Israël, selon leurs parts+.

(Proverbes 18:18): 18 Le sort fait cesser les querelles+, et il sépare même les puissants l’un de l’autre+.
il fut compté avec les onze apôtres: (Matthieu 28:16): 16 Les onze disciples, cependant, se rendirent en Galilée+, à la montagne où Jésus leur avait donné rendez-vous,

 

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apôtre qui remplaça Judas : bt 19 ; it-1 142 ; it-2 236, 506-507 ; w90 1/6 11

nom sur une pierre de fondement de la Nouvelle Jérusalem : it-1 142-143 ; it-2 507

un des « douze » (1Co 15:5) : it-1 142 ; w88 15/1 30

Saint Matthias

Saint Matthias – O.D.M. pinxit

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Nederlandstalige versie: Verkiezing van Matthias

Afrikaans: Matti′as is gekies als een van “die twaalf”

Deutsch: Da warfen sie Lose und das Los fiel auf Matthias

English: Election of the Apostle Matthias

The Acts Of The Sent Ones Chapter 1

Hebraic Roots Bible Book of The Acts of the Apostles Chapter 1

Nazarene Acts of the Apostles Chapter 1 v23-26 Choice of Matthias

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  1. Saint Joseph Barsabbas
  2. Saint Matthias
    Il avait suivi le Seigneur Jésus depuis son baptême par Jean jusqu’au jour où la Christ fut enlevé au ciel ; aussi fut-il choisi par les Apôtres, après l’Ascension du Seigneur, pour prendre la place du traître Judas, être compté au nombre des Douze et devenir témoin de la Résurrection.
  3. Apôtre Matthias
  4. Les Saints: Saint Matthias Apôtre
    Nous n’avons rien de certain sur les actions de saint Matthias ; on sait seulement qu’après avoir reçu le Saint-Esprit le jour de la Pentecôte, il alla prêcher l’Évangile de Jésus-Christ, et qu’il consacra le reste de sa vie aux travaux de l’apostolat.
    Clément d’Alexandrie rapporte que, dans ses instructions, il insistait principalement sur la nécessité de mortifier la chair en réprimant les désirs de la sensualité ; leçon importante qu’il tenait de Jésus-Christ, et qu’il mettait lui-même en pratique.
    Les Grecs prétendent, d’après une ancienne tradition exprimée dans leurs ménologes, que saint Matthias prêcha la foi vers la Cappadoce et les côtes de la mer Caspienne ; ils ajoutent qu’il fut martyrisé dans la Colchide, à laquelle ils donnent le nom d’Éthiopie. Les Latins célèbrent sa fête le 24 février.
  5. Saint Matthias Apôtre
    On ne peut guère douter que saint Matthias n’ait été un des soixante-douze disciples de Jésus-Christ; du moins est-il certain qu’il s’attacha de bonne heure à la personne du Sauveur, et qu’il ne S’en sépara point depuis Son Baptême jusqu’à Son Ascension.
  6. Saint Apôtre Mathias des 70
    L’Apôtre Matthias a voyagé après cela à Amasée, une ville située sur la rive de la mer. Lors d’un voyage de trois ans de l’apôtre André, saint Matthias était avec lui à Edesse et Sébaste. Selon la Tradition ecclésiale, il prêchait à Pontines en Ethiopie (Actuellement Géorgie occidentale) et en Macédoine. Il a été fréquemment soumis à des périls mortels, mais le Seigneur l’a préservé de prêcher l’Evangile.
    Une fois, les païens contraint le saint de boire une potion poison. Il a bu, et non seulement il lui restent indemnes, mais il a aussi guéri d’autres prisonniers qui avaient été aveuglés par la potion. Quand saint Matthias a quitté la prison, les païens cherché en vain, car il était devenu invisible pour eux. Une autre fois, quand les païens devenus enragés intention de tuer l’apôtre, la terre s’est ouverte et les engloutit.
  7. Fête St Matthias, apôtre, 14 mai
    Cette élection de Mathias dit notre faillibilité, aussi le risque de notre vie, ne pas arriver à faire ce qui compte le plus pour nous…
  8. Matthias le treizième apôtre
    La différence est que les apôtres sont vraiment les plus proches “collaborateurs de Jésus” ceux qui ont reçu l’envoi de témoigner et de propager la Bonne nouvelle,
    Les disciples sont ceux qui ne font pas partie des douze qui ont connu Jésus très intimement mais eux aussi sont envoyés par Christ qui les envoie deux par deux et dit :
    “Voici que je vous envoie comme des brebis parmi les loups, soyez doux comme les colombes et rusés comme les serpents”
  9. (en) Catholic Encyclopedia: Saint Matthias
  10. Apostle Matthias of the Seventy
    When St Matthias was already dead, the Jews, to hide their malefaction, cut off his head as an enemy of Caesar. (According to several historians, the Apostle Matthias was crucified, and indicate that he instead died at Colchis.) The Apostle Matthias received the martyr’s crown of glory in the year 63.
  11. “The Church of Christ Shall Not Be Impoverished” Sermon on the feast day of Apostle Matthias
    It is a profoundly instructive event for us. It teaches us that the Church of Christ shall never be impoverished and shall not remain without the servants it requires. “I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:18), said Christ.
  12. Matthias
    Matthias is not mentioned by name anywhere else in the New Testament. He was the one of the quiet followers committed to Jesus from the beginning, first as one of the 70 disciples and, then after his election as the 13th Apostle immediately after the Ascension. From his election, he spread the “Good News” for more than thirty years. The Apostle Matthias journeyed after this to Amasea, a city on the shore of the sea. During a three year journey of the Apostle Andrew, Matthias was with him at Edessa and Sebaste. According to Church Tradition, he was preaching at Pontine Ethiopia and Macedonia. He was frequently subjected to deadly peril, but the Lord preserved him to preach the Gospel.

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  • *Apostolic* (motivation1000.wordpress.com)
    It is the confession and submission to the revelation that Jesus Christ is God wrapped in flesh.
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    The Apostles Doctrine, which are the teachings of the Apostles, originated from Jesus “who is the Word of God” manifest in human flesh. Hence originating in Jesus and continued by the Holy Spirit (or Holy Ghost)!
  • Wait Upon The Lord (rootstothestream.net)
    They were waiting on the Holy Spirit. This highlights an important point in our walk with Jesus in that it is nothing of ourselves, but Christ through us and He had not come to the Apostles yet. Their way was not made known and patience was required of them.
  • Commemoration of the Apostle Matthias, Martyred in Colchis, and Apostolic Succession (georgianorthodoxchurch.wordpress.com)
    It is through apostolic succession that the Church is the direct spiritual successor to the original body of believers in Christ as the Son of God, composed of the Apostles.
  • The Holy Spirit-Empowered Apostles (yourgodmoments.wordpress.com)
    What we are seeing then is that this group of Jesus’ disciples are being Holy Spirit-empowered, receiving their newfound ability to speak in different languages – which they then used to praise God for His ‘mighty works.’
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    God calls us to Himself through Christ, and God is making that call all around the world. The person who receives that call must repent and accept Christ in faith to be born again. Three thousand people were added to the ‘first church’ that day…
  • Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Bartholomew, Apostle (frjeromeosjv.wordpress.com)
    John gives no list of the Twelve, but refers to more of them individually than the Synoptists. He does not name Bartholomew, but early in his account (John 1:43-50) he tells of the call to discipleship of a Nathaniel who is often supposed to be the same person. The reasoning is as follows: John’s Nathanael is introduced as one of the earliest followers of Jesus, and in terms which suggest that he became one of the Twelve. He is clearly not the same as Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Thomas, Judas Iscariot, Judas (not Iscariot, also called Lebbaeus or Thaddeus), all of whom John names separately. He is not Matthew, whose call is described differently (M 9:9). This leaves Bartholomew, James the son of Alpheus, and Simon Zelotes.
  • Intro to the Book of Acts and the choosing of Judas’ replacement (sundayschoolbiblestudy.wordpress.com)
    Peter feels called to stand up and make the case that they now should allow God to choose a successor to Judas Iscariot. Notice that this is the first time in the Bible that we see Peter quote Scripture. He is now relying on the Word of God to steer him through ministry just like Jesus had demonstrated through His earthly ministry and had taught them to do.
  • Acts 1 (sisterspray4me.com)
    Whoever is chosen will join us as a witness of Jesus’ resurrection.”

Da warfen sie Lose und das Los fiel auf Matthias

Justus und Matthias wurden zur Wahl aufgestellt, um Judas Iskariot als Apostel zu ersetzen. Das Los fiel auf Matthias. Justus wurde zwar nicht gewählt, aber die Tatsache, daß er in Betracht gezogen wurde, zeigt, daß er ein reifer Jünger Jesu Christi war (Apg 1:23-26).

(Matthịas) [wahrscheinlich eine Kurzform von dem hebr. Mattithja, was „Gabe Jehovas“ bedeutet].

Apostel Matthias

Apostel Matthias – Ikonenzentrum Saweljew

Der Jünger, der durch das Los dazu bestimmt wurde, Judas Iskariot als Apostel zu ersetzen. Nach Jesu Himmelfahrt schlug Petrus den etwa 120 Jüngern, die sich versammelt hatten, vor, das Amt neu zu besetzen, wobei er nicht nur darauf verwies, daß der Psalmist David Judas’ Abweichen (Ps 41:9) vorhergesagt, sondern daß David auch geschrieben hatte (Ps 109:8), „sein Aufsichtsamt übernehme ein anderer“. Joseph Barsabbas [„Justus“ („der Gerechte“)] und Matthias wurden für die Wahl aufgestellt, und nach einem Gebet wurden Lose geworfen, wobei das Los auf Matthias fiel. Dies trug sich nur ein paar Tage vor der Ausgießung des heiligen Geistes zu, und es ist der letzte in der Bibel erwähnte Fall, bei dem Lose verwandt wurden, um Jehovas Entscheidung in einer Angelegenheit zu ermitteln (Apg 1:15-26).

Gemäß den Worten des Petrus (Apg 1:21, 22) war Matthias während der dreieinhalb Jahre des Dienstes Jesu ein Nachfolger Christi gewesen, der eng mit den Aposteln verbunden war, und er gehörte sehr wahrscheinlich zu den 70 Jüngern oder Evangelisten, die Jesus zum Predigen aussandte (Luk 10:1). Nach seiner Wahl wurde er von der Versammlung „den elf Aposteln zugezählt“ (Apg 1:26), und wenn in der Apostelgeschichte gleich darauf von „den Aposteln“ oder ‘den Zwölfen’ die Rede ist, war Matthias eingeschlossen (Apg 2:37, 43; 4:33, 36; 5:12, 29; 6:2, 6; 8:1, 14; 9:27; siehe Paulus Nr. 1).

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Wie wurde der neue Apostel ausgesucht? Durch Lose, wie es in biblischer Zeit üblich war (Spr. 16:33). Doch nach der Bibel war dies das letzte Mal, dass Lose so zum Einsatz kamen. Mit der Ausgießung des heiligen Geistes gehörte diese Methode offensichtlich der Vergangenheit an. Interessant ist, warum die Apostel Lose verwendeten. Sie beteten: „Du, o Jehova, der du das Herz aller kennst, bezeichne, welchen du von diesen beiden Männern erwählt hast“ (Apg. 1:23, 24). Sie wollten, dass Jehova die Wahl trifft. Das Los fiel auf Matthias, wohl einer von den 70, die Jesus zum Predigen ausgesandt hatte. So wurde er einer der „Zwölf“ (Apg. 6:2).*

– bt Kap. 2 S. 14-19

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Damals, vor Pfingsten, jedoch gab es Männer, die den Erfordernissen entsprachen, und zwei von ihnen hielt man für geeignet, den untreuen Judas zu ersetzen. Zweifellos mit Sprüche 16:33 im Sinn wurden Lose geworfen. Aufgrund dessen wurde Matthias ausgewählt und „den elf Aposteln zugezählt“ (Apg 1:23-26). Er gehörte somit zu den „Zwölfen“, die das Problem der griechisch sprechenden Jünger beilegten (Apg 6:1, 2), und offensichtlich rechnete Paulus ihn dazu, als er in Verbindung mit den Erscheinungen Jesu nach seiner Auferstehung von „den Zwölfen“ sprach (1Ko 15:4-8). Zu Pfingsten waren somit 12 apostolische Grundlagen da, auf denen das damals gegründete geistige Israel ruhen konnte.

Versammlungsapostel.

Matthias war nicht lediglich ein Apostel der Versammlung Jerusalem, genausowenig wie die übrigen 11 Apostel. Sein Fall liegt anders als der des Leviten Joseph Barnabas, der ein Apostel der Versammlung Antiochia (Syrien) wurde (Apg 13:1-4; 14:4, 14; 1Ko 9:4-6). Auch andere Männer werden als „Apostel der Versammlungen“ bezeichnet, und zwar in dem Sinne, daß sie von diesen Versammlungen ausgesandt wurden, um sie zu vertreten (2Ko 8:23). Und in dem Brief an die Philipper bezeichnet Paulus Epaphroditus als „euren Abgesandten [apóstolon] und persönlichen Diener für meine Bedürfnisse“ (Php 2:25). Diese Männer hatten das Apostelamt offensichtlich nicht aufgrund irgendeiner apostolischen Nachfolge inne, noch gehörten sie zu den „Zwölfen“, wie Matthias.

Das richtige Verständnis der erweiterten Anwendung des Ausdrucks „Apostel“ kann dazu beitragen, einen scheinbaren Widerspruch zwischen den Berichten in Apostelgeschichte 9:26, 27 und Galater 1:17-19 zu lösen, die sich beide auf das gleiche Ereignis beziehen. In dem ersten Bericht heißt es, Barnabas habe Paulus nach seiner Ankunft in Jerusalem „zu den Aposteln“ geführt. In Galater schreibt Paulus jedoch, daß er Petrus besuchte, und fügt hinzu: „Aber ich sah sonst keinen von den Aposteln, nur Jakobus, den Bruder des Herrn.“ Jakobus (nicht der ursprüngliche Apostel Jakobus, der Sohn des Zebedäus, noch Jakobus, der Sohn des Alphäus, sondern der Halbbruder Jesu) wurde offenbar als „Apostel“ in erweitertem Sinne angesehen, nämlich als ein „Ausgesandter“ der Versammlung Jerusalem. Das würde erklären, weshalb in Apostelgeschichte der Titel im Plural benutzt werden konnte, wenn es heißt, Paulus sei „zu den Aposteln“ (d. h. Petrus und Jakobus) geführt worden. (Vgl. 1Ko 15:5-7; Gal 2:9.)

Statue über dem Sarkophag des Apostels Matthias in Trier

– it-1 S. 155-159

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Der Überlieferung nach hat Kaiserin Helena im 4. Jahrhundert den Körper des Heiligen nach Trier überführen lassen. Für die dortige Abtei St. Matthias lässt sich eine Reliquienerhebung für das 11. Jahrhundert belegen. Seit 1127 benennt sich die Abtei nach dem Apostel.

Matthias starb um das Jahr 63 wahrscheinlich in Äthiopien. Der Apostel soll von Heiden halbtot gesteinigt und anschließend mit dem Beil erschlagen worden sein. Nach anderen Überlieferungen, den sogenannten Acta Andreae, soll Matthias aus der Gewalt von “Menschenfressern” auf wunderbare Weise befreit worden sein. Seine Reliquien wurden zu Beginn des 4. Jahrhunderts von Bischof Agritius als Geschenk von Kaiserin Helena nach Trier gebracht. Sie befinden sich heute in der Eucharius-Basilika, die seit 1127 nach Matthias benannt ist. Es ist das einzige Apostelgrab auf deutschem Boden.

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Markus 3:16-19

16 Und die [Gruppe der] Zwölf, die er bildete, waren: Sịmon, dem er auch den Beinamen Petrus gab,+ 17 und Jakobus, der [Sohn] des Zebedạ̈us, und Johạnnes, der Bruder des Jakobus+ (diesen gab er auch den Beinamen Boanẹrges*, was Donnersöhne bedeutet), 18 und Andreas und Philịppus und Bartholomạ̈us und Matthạ̈us und Thomas und Jakobus, der [Sohn] des Alphạ̈us, und Thaddạ̈us und Sịmon, der Kananạ̈er, 19 und Judas Iskạriot, der ihn später verriet.+

Und er ging in ein Haus.

Lukas 6:12-16:

12 Im Verlauf dieser Tage ging er hinaus auf den Berg, um zu beten,+ und er verbrachte die ganze Nacht im Gebet zu Gott.+ 13 Als es aber Tag wurde, rief er seine Jünger zu sich und wählte aus ihnen zwölf aus, denen er auch den Namen „Apostel“ gab:+ 14 Sịmon, dem er auch den Namen Petrus gab,+ und Andreas, seinen Bruder, und Jakobus und Johạnnes+ und Philịppus+ und Bartholomạ̈us 15 und Matthạ̈us und Thomas+ und Jakobus, [den Sohn] des Alphạ̈us, und Sịmon, welcher „der Eiferer“* genannt wird,+ 16 und Judas, [den Sohn] des Jakobus, und Judas Iskạriot, der zum Verräter wurde.+

Matthäus 10:2-4:

2 Die Namen der zwölf Apostel+ sind diese:+ zuerst Sịmon, der Petrus+ genannt wird,* und Andreas,+ sein Bruder; und Jakobus, der [Sohn] des Zebedạ̈us,+ und Johạnnes, sein Bruder; 3 Philịppus und Bartholomạ̈us;*+ Thomas+ und Matthạ̈us*+, der Steuereinnehmer; Jakobus, der [Sohn] des Alphạ̈us,+ und Thaddạ̈us*; 4 Sịmon, der Kananạ̈er,+ und Judas Iskạriot, der ihn später verriet+.

Johannes 12:6;

6 Das sagte er aber nicht, weil ihm an den Armen gelegen war, sondern weil er ein Dieb+ war und die Kasse+ hatte und die Einlagen wegzutragen pflegte.

Apostelgeschichte 1:15-26

15 In diesen Tagen nun erhob sich Petrus inmitten der Brüder (es war eine Menge von insgesamt etwa hundertzwanzig Personen)* und sagte: 16 „Männer, Brüder, es war notwendig, daß das Schriftwort erfüllt werde,+ das der heilige Geist+ durch den Mund Davids über Judas vorhergesagt hatte,+ der denen, die Jesus festnahmen, zum Wegweiser wurde,+ 17 denn er war zu uns gezählt worden+ und erlangte einen Anteil an diesem Dienst.+ 18 (Dieser nun erwarb+ sich mit dem Lohn für Ungerechtigkeit+ ein Feld, und kopfüber stürzend,*+ barst er krachend mitten entzwei, und alle seine Eingeweide wurden verschüttet. 19 Es wurde auch allen Bewohnern Jerusalems bekannt, so daß jenes Feld in ihrer Sprache Akeldạma, das heißt Blutfeld, genannt wurde.) 20 Denn es steht im Buch der Psalmen geschrieben: ‚Möge sein Unterkunftsort öde werden, und möge niemand darin wohnen‘+ und: ‚Sein Aufsichtsamt* übernehme ein anderer.‘+ 21 Es ist daher notwendig, daß von den Männern, die während der ganzen Zeit mit uns zusammenkamen, in der der Herr Jesus bei uns ein und aus ging,*+ 22 angefangen von der durch Johạnnes vollzogenen Taufe+ bis zu dem Tag, an dem er von uns weg hinaufgenommen wurde,+ einer von diesen mit uns Zeuge seiner Auferstehung werde.“+

23 Da stellten sie zwei auf, Joseph, genannt Barsạbbas, der den Beinamen Jụstus hatte, und Matthias. 24 Und sie beteten und sprachen: „Du, o Jehova*, der du das Herz aller kennst,+ bezeichne, welchen du von diesen beiden Männern erwählt hast, 25 damit er den Platz dieses Dienstes und Apostelamtes einnehme,+ von dem Judas abgewichen ist, um an seinen eigenen Ort zu gehen.“ 26 Da warfen sie Lose+ über sie, und das Los fiel auf Matthias; und er wurde den elf+ Aposteln zugezählt.

1. Korinther 15: 3-8

3 Denn ich habe euch als etwas von den ersten Dingen das übermittelt, was ich auch empfangen habe,+ [nämlich] daß Christus gemäß den Schriften für unsere Sünden starb+ 4 und daß er begraben wurde,+ ja daß er gemäß den Schriften+ am dritten Tag+ auferweckt worden ist+ 5 und daß er Kẹphas erschien,+ dann den Zwölfen.+ 6 Danach erschien er mehr als fünfhundert Brüdern auf einmal, von denen die meisten bis jetzt [am Leben] geblieben sind,+ einige aber sind [im Tod] entschlafen. 7 Danach erschien er Jakobus+, dann allen Aposteln;+ 8 aber als letztem von allen erschien er auch mir,+ gleichsam einem vorzeitig Geborenen*.

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v 24: Jehova: Es gibt Beweise dafür, daß die Jünger Jesu in ihren Schriften das Tetragrammaton benutzt haben. Hieronymus schrieb im vierten Jahrhundert in seinem Werk De viris inlustribus (Über berühmte Männer), Kapitel III folgendes: „Mattäus, der auch Levi ist und der von einem Zöllner zu einem Apostel wurde, verfaßte zuerst ein Evangelium von Christus in Judäa in der hebräischen Sprache und in [hebräischen] Schriftzeichen zum Nutzen derer aus der Beschneidung, die geglaubt hatten. Wer es danach ins Griechische übersetzte, ist nicht sicher festzustellen. Übrigens ist das Hebräische bis auf diesen Tag in der Bibliothek von Cäsarea erhalten geblieben, die Pamphilus, der Märtyrer, sehr bereicherte. Mir wurde von dem Nazarener, der diesen Band in der syrischen Stadt Beröa gebrauchte, gestattet, diesen abzuschreiben.“ (Die Übersetzung erfolgte nach dem lateinischen Text, der von E. C. Richardson in der Serie „Texte und Untersuchungen zur Geschichte der altchristlichen Literatur“, Bd. 14, Leipzig 1896, S. 8, 9 herausgegeben und veröffentlicht worden ist.)

Matthäus zitierte in seiner Niederschrift mehr als hundertmal aus den inspirierten Hebräischen Schriften. An den Stellen, an denen diese Zitate den göttlichen Namen enthielten, war er verpflichtet, getreu das Tetragrammaton in sein hebräisches Evangelium aufzunehmen. Als dann das Matthäusevangelium ins Griechische übersetzt wurde, blieb das Tetragrammaton gemäß dem Brauch der Zeit unübersetzt inmitten des griechischen Textes stehen.

Nicht nur Matthäus, sondern alle Schreiber der Christlichen Griechischen Schriften zitierten Verse aus dem hebräischen Text oder aus der Septuaginta, in denen der göttliche Name erscheint. Zum Beispiel zitierte Petrus in Apg 3:22 aus 5Mo 18:15, wo das Tetragrammaton in einem Papyrusfragment der Septuaginta aus dem ersten Jahrhundert v. u. Z. vorkommt. (Siehe Anh. 1C [1.].) Als ein Nachfolger Christi verwendete Petrus den Namen Gottes, Jehova. Als dann die Rede des Petrus niedergeschrieben wurde, wurde das Tetragrammaton gemäß dem Brauch des ersten Jahrhunderts v. u. Z. und des ersten Jahrhunderts u. Z. an dieser Stelle verwendet.

Irgendwann während des zweiten oder dritten Jahrhunderts u. Z. entfernten die Abschreiber das Tetragrammaton sowohl aus der Septuaginta als auch aus den Christlichen Griechischen Schriften und ersetzten es durch Kýrios, „Herr“, oder Theós, „Gott“.

der du das Herz aller kennst: (1. Samuel 16:7): 7 Aber Jehova sprach zu Samuel: „Schau nicht auf sein Aussehen und auf die Höhe seines Wuchses,+ denn ich habe ihn verworfen. Denn nicht wie der Mensch sieht, [sieht Gott,]*+ denn der Mensch sieht das, was vor den Augen erscheint;*+ Jehova aber, er sieht, wie das Herz+ ist.“*

(1. Chronika 28:9): 9 Und du, Sạlomo, mein Sohn, erkenne+ den Gott deines Vaters, und diene+ ihm mit ungeteiltem Herzen+ und einer Seele voller Lust;+ denn Jehova erforscht alle Herzen,+ und jede Neigung der Gedanken bemerkt er.+ Wenn du ihn suchst, wird er sich von dir finden lassen;+ wenn du ihn aber verläßt,+ wird er dich für immer verwerfen.+

(Jeremia 11:20): 20 Aber Jehova der Heerscharen richtet mit Gerechtigkeit;+ er prüft die Nieren* und das Herz.+ O möge ich deine Rache an ihnen sehen, denn dir habe ich meinen Rechtsfall geoffenbart.+
(Apostelgeschichte 15:8): 8 und Gott, der das Herz kennt,+ legte Zeugnis ab, indem er ihnen den heiligen Geist gab,+ so wie er [ihn] auch uns gegeben hat.
(1. Könige 8:39): 39 dann mögest du deinerseits [von] den Himmeln+, deiner festen Wohnstätte,+ [her] hören, und du wollest vergeben+ und handeln+ und einem jeden gemäß all seinen Wegen geben,+ weil du sein Herz kennst+ (denn du, du allein kennst ja das Herz aller Söhne der Menschen*),+

(2. Chronika 16:9): 9 Denn, was Jehova betrifft, seine Augen+ durchschweifen die ganze Erde,+ damit er sich stark erweist zugunsten derer, deren Herz+ ihm gegenüber ungeteilt ist. Du hast diesbezüglich töricht gehandelt,+ denn von nun an wird es Kriege gegen dich geben.“+

(Psalm 7:9)9 Möge bitte die Schlechtigkeit der Bösen ein Ende nehmen,+Und mögest du den Gerechten aufrichten;+ Und Gott als Gerechter*+ prüft Herz+ und Nieren.*+

(Sprüche 24:12): 12 Falls du sagen solltest: „Siehe! Wir haben dies nicht gewußt“,+ wird nicht er selbst, der Herzen abschätzt, es bemerken+ und er selbst, der deine Seele beobachtet, [es] wissen+ und dem Erdenmenschen bestimmt nach seinem Tun erstatten?+
(Jeremia 17:10): 10 Ich, Jehova, erforsche das Herz,+ prüfe die Nieren,*+ ja um einem jeden zu geben gemäß seinen Wegen,*+ gemäß dem Fruchtertrag seiner Handlungen.+

(1. Samuel 16:7): 7 Aber Jehova sprach zu Samuel: „Schau nicht auf sein Aussehen und auf die Höhe seines Wuchses,+ denn ich habe ihn verworfen. Denn nicht wie der Mensch sieht, [sieht Gott,]*+ denn der Mensch sieht das, was vor den Augen erscheint;*+ Jehova aber, er sieht, wie das Herz+ ist.“*

(1. Chronika 29:17): 17 Und ich weiß wohl, o mein Gott, daß du das Herz prüfst+ und daß du an Redlichkeit Gefallen hast.+ Ich für meinen Teil habe in der Geradheit meines Herzens alle diese Dinge freiwillig gegeben, und jetzt habe ich mich gefreut, zu sehen, wie dein Volk, das sich hier befindet, dir freiwillig Gaben darbringt.

(Sprüche 17:3): 3 Der Läuterungstiegel* ist für Silber und der Schmelzofen für Gold,+ aber Jehova ist der Prüfer der Herzen.+
(Offenbarung 2:23): 23 Und ihre Kinder will ich mit tödlichen Plagen* töten, so daß alle Versammlungen erkennen werden, daß ich es bin, der Nieren* und Herzen erforscht, und ich will euch, jedem einzelnen, gemäß euren Taten geben.+
(Psalm 26:2):  2 Prüfe mich, o Jehova, und erprobe mich;+ Läutere meine Nieren* und mein Herz.+
v 25: Apostelamtes: (Johannes 6:70): 70 Jesus antwortete ihnen: „Habe ich nicht euch Zwölf auserwählt?+ Einer von euch jedoch ist ein Verleumder.“*+

(Lukas 6:13): 13 Als es aber Tag wurde, rief er seine Jünger zu sich und wählte aus ihnen zwölf aus, denen er auch den Namen „Apostel“ gab:+

(Johannes 15:16): 16 Nicht ihr habt mich auserwählt, sondern ich habe euch auserwählt, und ich habe euch dazu bestimmt, daß ihr hingeht und fortgesetzt Frucht tragt+ und daß eure Frucht bleibe, damit, was immer ihr den Vater in meinem Namen bittet, er euch gebe.+

(Markus 3:14): 14 Und er bildete [eine Gruppe von] zwölf, denen er auch den Namen „Apostel“ gab, damit sie bei ihm blieben und damit er sie aussenden könne, zu predigen+

(Johannes 6:70): 70 Jesus antwortete ihnen: „Habe ich nicht euch Zwölf auserwählt?+ Einer von euch jedoch ist ein Verleumder.“*+

v 26: Da warfen sie Lose: (Sprüche 16:33): 33 In den Schoß hinab wird das Los geworfen,+ aber jede Entscheidung dadurch ist von Jehova.+

(4. Mose 26:55): 55 Nur durch das Los+ sollte das Land zugeteilt werden. Gemäß den Namen der Stämme ihrer Väter sollten sie ein Erbe erhalten.

(Josua 18:10): 10 und Jọsua zog dann in Sịlo vor Jehova Lose für sie.+ So teilte Jọsua dort den Söhnen Israels das Land nach ihren Anteilen zu.+

(Sprüche 18:18): 18 Das Los bringt selbst Streitigkeiten zur Ruhe,+ und es trennt sogar die Mächtigen voneinander.+
+ Entscheidung dadurch ist von Jehova: (1. Samuel 14:41): 41 Und Saul sprach dann zu Jehova: „O Gott Israels*, gib doch Tummịm+!“ Da wurden Jọnathan und Saul getroffen, und das Volk seinerseits ging [frei] aus.+
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einer von „den Zwölfen“ (1Ko 15:5): it-1 158; w88 15. 1. 30

ersetzt Judas als Apostel: bt 19; w90 1. 6. 11; it-1 158; it-2 292, 548-549

Name auf Grundstein des Neuen Jerusalem: it-1 158-159; it-2 549

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Nederlandstalige versie: Verkiezing van Matthias

Afrikaans: Matti′as is gekies als een van “die twaalf”

English: Election of the Apostle Matthias

The Acts Of The Sent Ones Chapter 1

Hebraic Roots Bible Book of The Acts of the Apostles Chapter 1

Nazarene Acts of the Apostles Chapter 1 v23-26 Choice of Matthias

Petites Heures des Johannes von Berry: Matthias (rechts) mit dem Propheten Daniel, 14. Jahrhundert, Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris

Petites Heures des Johannes von Berry: Matthias (rechts) mit dem Propheten Daniel, 14. Jahrhundert, Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris

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Weiterführende Literatur

  1. Matthias (Ökumenisches Heiligenlexikon)
    Matthias wirkte nach verschiedenen Legenden in Judäa für den Glauben, wurde wegen seiner Heilungen, Bekehrungen und gelehrten Predigten beim Hohen Rat verklagt, zum Tode verurteilt, gesteinigt und nach römischem Brauch mit dem Beil enthauptet.
  2. Die Wahl des Matthias zum Apostel
  3. Der Apostel Matthias Historisches und Legendäres zum Schutzpatron unserer Bruderschaft
  4. “Matthias-Lieder” (Zu der Apostel Zahl etc.)
  5. St. Matthias-Bruderschaft Anrath
  6. Geschichte der St.-Matthias-Bruderschaften
  7. Predigt: “Bekehrt oder gerecht? Die Wahl des Matthias”
  8. Gemeinden Erzbistum-Koeln Matthiasbruderschaft: Apostel Matthias Recherchen
  9. Heiliger Matthias (Apostel)
  10. Matthias, Apostel der Treu
  11. Ökumenischer Namenkalender: Apostel Matthias

Related articles

English: Election of the Apostle Matthias

Nazarene Acts of the Apostles Chapter 1 v23-26 Choice of Matthias

Acts 1:23-26 – The Choice of Matthias

AC1:23 So they put forward two men – Joseph, the one called Barsabbas, and Matthias.
AC1:24 Then they prayed: “YHWH,[1] You know the hearts of everyone. Reveal whom You chose of these two AC1:25 to take the place of this ministry and apostleship from which Judas abandoned to follow his own course.”
AC1:26 Then they cast lots regarding the two,[2] and the lot fell upon Matthias,[3] so he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

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Preceding article: Nazarene Acts of the Apostles Chapter 1

Compare with:

Election of the Apostle Matthias

The Acts Of The Sent Ones Chapter 1

Hebraic Roots Bible Book of The Acts of the Apostles Chapter 1

Find a Dutch bible translation/ Vindt een Nederlandse bijbelvertaling : Verkiezing vanVerkiezing van de apostel Matthias

Afrikaans: Matti′as is gekies als een van “die twaalf”

French : Français: Election de l’apôtre Matthias

German / Deutsch: Wahl des Apostels Matthias


[1] YHWH: Or, Lord. It is possible the Tetragram originally occurred here.

[2] Then they cast lots regarding the two: The 120 male disciples were equally divided on two qualified men. This could have led to an early division in their midst. The apostolic solution will seem strange to some, but it likely represents the stated principle of Proverbs 16:33, “The lot is thrown into the lap, but every judgment belongs to YHWH.” The Hebrews and Jews were used to the lot for the Urim and Thummim of the Israelites’ high priest wore a pocket in his priestly apron in which there were divine lots. [Compare Exodus 28:30 MOF; Numbers 27:21]

[3] The lot fell upon Matthias: According to the divine choosing, Matthias became the twelfth apostle, replacing Judas. Likely the Twelve had to be present at the outpouring of the Spirit as the Congregation or Temple was founded. [Ephesians 2:21, 22] Though some think Paul the replacement apostle there is no direct indication of such.

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Additional Biblestudents note:

1. (v23) Though Mathias was one of the first to follow Jeshua the Messiah, Jesus did not appoint him personally. But Matthias who is called in the Syriac version of Eusebius “Tolmai”, not to be confused with Bartholomew (which means Son of Tolmai) who was originally one of the twelve Apostles; Clement of Alexandria says some identified him with Zacchaeus; the Clementine Recognitions identify him with Barnabas; Hilgenfeld thinks he is the same as Nathanael in the Gospel of John. This follower of Christ Jesus was an eye-witness of all his divine actions up to the very day of the Ascension and was one of the seventy-two direct disciples of Christ.

2. (v26) In politics, sortition (also known as allotment or the drawing of lots) is the selection of decision makers by lottery. The decision-makers are chosen as a random sample from a larger pool of candidates.

In ancient Athenian democracy, sortition was the primary method for appointing officials, and its use was widely regarded as a principal characteristic of democracy. It is commonly used today to select prospective jurors in common law-based legal systems.

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Content with the Things Allotted unto Us

What some mortals are allotted includes, for instance, very reduced chances because of poverty: “And the people began to be distinguished by ranks, according to their riches and their chances for learning; yea, some were ignorant because of their poverty, and others did receive great learning because of their riches” (3 Ne. 6:12).

Furthermore, malevolent, human social structures have included, in the past, tragic constraints like slavery and concentration camps.

Nevertheless, we are to do what we can within our allotted “acreage,” while still using whatever stretch there may be in any tethers. Within what is allotted to us, we can have spiritual contentment. Paul described it as “godliness with contentment,” signifying the adequate presence of attributes such as love, hope, meekness, patience, and submissiveness (1 Tim. 6:6).

Feast of St. Matthias, apostle and martyr

After the Ascension of Jesus, St. Peter proposed to the assembled faithful that they choose a disciple of Christ to fill the place of the traitor Judas in the first missionary band. Lots were drawn, with the result in favor of Matthias. According to one ancient tradition, this missioner labored in Ethiopia and was martyred there. Thus did St. Matthias receive “the crown of life which God has promised to those who love him.” The Church venerates St. Matthias on an equal footing with the other Apostles, whose voices resound throughout the world, from generation to generation, giving testimony of what they saw and heard in their life with our Lord. His name is mentioned in the Canon of the Mass.

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  • Commemoration of the Apostle Matthias, Martyred in Colchis, and Apostolic Succession (georgianorthodoxchurch.wordpress.com)
    The elevation of Matthias from the Seventy to the Twelve Apostles is interesting, as it is one of the first written accounts of Apostolic Succession,. Saint Luke’s account of events in the Acts of the Apostles is;
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    Elections of Patriarchs vary somewhat from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but it is generally performed by secret ballot. The repose of a Patriarch generally triggers the appointment of a caretaker Patriarch who organises elections as soon as possible. Each Patriarchate has its own statutes governing such elections, which may take into account dioceses abroad as well as consultation with the laity. National governments are often tempted to interfere with this process, which is generally quite vigorously resisted.
  • Intro to the Book of Acts and the choosing of Judas’ replacement (sundayschoolbiblestudy.wordpress.com)
    Notice there was no “church” before the book of Acts, there was only the synagogue.
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    Guzik: “Even though we read nothing more of Matthias, we should not assume he was a “dud” as an apostle; except for Peter and John, none of the original twelve are mentioned again after Acts 1. Matthias was no more of a “dud” than Matthew or Andrew or Thomas or any of the others.”
  • Acts 1-3 (whatshotn.wordpress.com)
    Luke wrote to convince Theophilus, probably a Gentile official, of the certainty of the Things of Jesus Christ that had been told to him. He also wrote to provide a unity between Christ’s works in the Gospels and the apostles’ labors after His ascension. And finally, Luke wrote to show the Roman world that Christianity is not a subversive political movement. Few biblical books are as misused as the Book of Acts, and some denominations have created distinctive and divisive teachings from their interpretations.
  • The Apostles Wrote the Gospels as Eyewitness Accounts (str.typepad.com)
    When you write a book that seeks to evaluate the Gospels as eyewitness accounts, you shouldn’t be surprised to find that some critics will attack the premise that the Gospels are eyewitness accounts in the first place. Several skeptics have either emailed me or posted comments questioning whether or not the Gospels are truly eyewitness accounts. After all, the accounts are not written as first-person narratives, and there are no direct statements in the Gospels suggesting that they were written by people at the scene. Luke, for example, slips into first-person narrative for portions of his account in the Book of Acts, why don’t the other Gospel authors do something similar when writing their own “eyewitness accounts”? Why don’t these authors simply identify themselves more directly so we can understand their specific role as eyewitnesses? It’s certainly true that the authors of the Gospels take a reserved and humble approach to their own identity within the narrative, and this is not uncommon in ancient literature of the time. But there are several good reasons to believe that the Gospels are, in fact, eyewitness accounts: – See more at: http://str.typepad.com/weblog/2013/04/the-apostles-wrote-the-gospels-as-eyewitness-accounts.html#sthash.b4Nn0LNj.dpuf
  • The Church’s Secret Weapon in Acts: PRAYER (calebsermons.com)
    In spite of insurmountable odds, they not only preached the gospel, but converted souls to Jesus throughout most of the Roman Empire by the end of Acts.
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    Rapid growth. Explosive growth! Was experienced by the church in Acts. But none of this would have been possible if it weren’t for their secret weapon…..a very powerful weapon in their arsenal: Prayer.
  • The Holy Spirit-Empowered Apostles (yourgodmoments.wordpress.com)
    This ‘church’ gathered to pray, and then the apostle Peter addressed the gathering. He told them that Judas Iscariot’s betrayal of Jesus was a fulfilled prophecy, (Ps. 69:25), and that there was also written prophecy that mandated that the vacancy left by the death of Judas’ be filled by the appointment of a new apostle from the church. (Ps. 109:8)
  • The Act of the Apostles (shaoqueen2013.wordpress.com)
    (23) And they appointed two, Joseph called Bar’sa-bas, who was surnamed  Justus, and Mat-thias.
    (24) And they prayed, and said, Thou, LORD which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen,
    (25) That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.
    (26) And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon  Mat-thi’as and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
  • Acts of the Apostles (fellowshipofthebelievers.com)
    Peter proposes guidelines for nominees to take the place of Judas in the apostolic
    ministry of being a witness of Jesus’ resurrection. Two men are selected for consideration, and following prayer for the Lord to show which of the two He has chosen, lots are cast and Matthias is numbered with the eleven apostles (15-26).

Nazarene Acts of the Apostles Chapter 1

THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES

[The history of the first three decades of the Christian Church]

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Acts 1:1-5 – A Second Account to Theophilus

AC1:1
In my first record, {1 Luke means his Gospel which ends with words that begin below in Acts, indicating

they could be a single volume. Luke was a Jewish physician and therefore educated. He has been
described in two primary ways: a] “the theologian of joy” for he uses such related words often, occurring
over 40 times in his two books; and, b] “the most accurate historian of ancient times.” His record in Acts
has been examined closely for over a century and a half by trained and scholarly archaeologists. It has
been found to be accurate in every sense.} O Theophilus, {2 See Luke 1:1. His name means “Loved By God” or “Friend of God.”} I wrote concerning everything that Jesus did and taught, from the very beginning,
AC1:2
until that day when he was received up,{3 Or, taken up, day of his ascension. Such was foretold by Daniel 7:13. The Greek is

ANELEMPHTHE [Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance #353, raise] and related to similar words that occur at Luke 17:34, 35; John 14:3; Acts 1:11, 22} after he had given orders to the apostles {4 The words of Matthew 28:18-20 and Luke 24:44-49 apply directly to the eleven apostles.} he had chosen by means of the holy Pneuma. {5 Or, Spirit. The word occurs 60 times as just “spirit” and 40 times as “holy spirit.” For details onthe subject see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000© on 1 Corinthians 2:16. In English the word “spirit”has taken on a strong form indicating a person or ghost. The Greek is not so limiting and literal means breath or wind, an invisible pressure or force.}
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After he had suffered [and died], Jesus showed himselfalive to his apostles by many irrefutable proofs, {6 The Greek TEKMERIOS [Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance #5039, infallible] is also rendered: positive proofs [KIT], infallible proofs

[KJV], convincing manifestations [MON], sure tokens [RHM], sure proofs [WEY], convincing proofs [NAS], convincing demonstrations [AMP]. Compare notes on John 21:1 and Acts 10:40.} becoming visible to them throughout forty days, {7 Or, manifest, showed, presented, being seen, manifest. This is the only place where the length of the Nazarene’s post-resurrection period with his disciples is mentioned. Pentecost means “Fifty” and occurs that many days after Passover. Thus, there were about ten days between Christ’s ascension and Pentecost. It is during this period that the events of Daniel 7:13, 14 and Revelation chapter 5 take place.} during which he spoke to them about the Kingdom of The God. {8 As other Bible writers, Luke most often uses the designation “The God” [TOU THEOU, TON THEON, HO THEOS].
AC1:4
Now while eating with them he gave them instructions not to depart from Jerusalem, but “to wait for the promise of the Father that I told you about.
AC1:5
For John immersed in water, but you [apostles] will be immersed in the holy Pneuma {9 Compare Matthew 3:11 and Mark 1:8.} only days from now.”

Acts 1:6-11 – The Ascension

AC1:6
So when the apostles had gathered, {10 Some think this in the mountain s near Galilee. [Matthew 28:16] Others, the Mount of Olives. [Acts 1:12]} they asked Jesus, “Master, {11 Luke uses the designation “Master” [KYRIE] more often than any other writer, over 90 times. He uses the designation for both “The God” and Christ. When used of the Nazarene it is always “Master.”} are you restoring the Kingdom to Israel now?” {12 The Kingdom was never to be restored to Israel as Jesus said it would be taken from them. [Matthew 21:43] The apostles ask in error as they do as Matthew 24:3.}
 AC1:7
However, Jesus answered them: “It is not for you [apostles] to know times or seasons {13 Or, KIT: times and appointed times; WMS: times and dates; MOF: periods of time; NAS: times and epochs. Jesus had told his apostles that no one could know the time of his Return. [Matthew 24:36; Mark 13:32] The Nazarene warned that any who preached, “the time is at hand,” were not to be followed. [Luke 21:8]} which the Father has fixed within His own authority.
AC1:8
However, you [apostles] will receive power when the holy Pneuma comes upon you. {14 The word “power” comes from the Greek DYNAMIN. The thrust of the word here means authority. The holy PNEUMA is the mental force of God’s mind that exerts a pressure on the object of His will. See notes on 1 Corinthians 2:16. Compare the results at Acts 4:33 and elsewhere.} Also, you [apostles] will be my witnesses {15 Christian disciples are often called Jesus’ witnesses. [Revelation 17:6]} through Jerusalem, in all of Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” {16 There are three divisions here: Judea, Samaria, and the non-Jewish world. The Nazarene told Peter he would give to him the “keys of the kingdom” and in the case of the Jews, the Samaritans, and the Non-Jews, it is Peter who initiates the Gospel with these three groups. [Acts 8:14; 10:24] Daniel 9:25-27 suggests that the “Jews first” would have a seven year period of special grace during which the Gospel was present solely to them. [Matthew 10:6; 15:24] This period covered 29-36 AD, following which the non-Jews were then giving the invitation. Compare notes on Matthew 22:1-14. It is thought by some that many of the apostles departed Jerusalem

before the year 66 and went to distant lands, including England and India. Peter himself writes from Babylon. [1 Peter 5:13}

AC1:9
Now when Jesus had said these things – just as they were watching – he began to ascend and a cloud took him up [Daniel 7:13] out of their sight. {17 Or, KJV: he was taken up, a cloud received him out of their sight; TCN: caught up; RSV: lifted up.  It is the cloud in the sky that finally obscures the Master from the vision of the apostles. It is likely the reference to the cloud is an allusion to Daniel 7:13 which foretold the ascension to heaven of someone “like a son of humankind.”}

 AC1:10
While Jesus was ascending {18 Or, KJV: as he went up; NOR: his departure. This is likely that moment described in Revelation 12:5.} – and the apostles were watching skyward – suddenly two humans in white robes stood beside them. {19 Or, men, males. Angels that materialized are often called “men.” That is, they appeared in a human-like form. Compare Genesis 18:1f. In these cases regarding the resurrection and ascension it is not the word ANTHROPOS which may mean a human in general, but ANDROS, meaning precisely a male. [Luke 24:4] In Mark 16:5 this is a “young man” [NEANISKON].}
 AC1:11
These said to the apostles: “Men of Galilee, {20 It should be noted that the eleven apostles were all from Galilee. This comes up again at Acts 2:7.} why do you standing watching toward the sky? {21 Or, heaven. If the apostles had understood Daniel 7:13 at this moment they would not have lingered watching the skies wondering what was going to happen.} This same Jesus, {22 Or, this Jesus. This is the Risen Master now in a spirit-like body. [1 Corinthians 15:40-50; 1 Peter 3:18] The former, fleshly body sacrificed on the Tree, has been accepted by God and used as a sin-offering. [Compare the notes on Hebrews 13:11, 12.] “This Jesus” is the one who will return at his Parousia. [John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17]} who is departing from you into the sky, {23 Or, heaven. The Hebrew and Greek for “heaven” may be used of the atmosphere or Sky. [Note Genesis 1:8, 20; Revelation 14:6]} will return in the same manner as you watched him ascend into the sky.” {24 How did “this Jesus”

depart? It was visibly, until a cloud caught him from beneath out of the sight of the apostles. If this was like a film rewound backward, “this Jesus” would be seen visibly coming on the clouds, and so Jesus foretold. [Matthew 24:30, 31] In 1 Thessalonians 4:17 Christ appears in the “air.” In Revelation 11:12, 13 the raptured Saints are seen by their enemies as they ascend in clouds. [Note: some apply Zechariah 14:4, 5, and its mention of the Mount of Olives, as a reference to the Return of Christ as Yehowah’s representative.]}

Acts 1:12-14 – The Waiting Apostles

AC1:12
Now when the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives {25 Whether this means Jesus ascended

from the Mount of Olives, or the apostles had paused there on their trip from Galilee, is a subject for personal choice.} – which is close to Jerusalem (about a Sabbath’s days distance) –
AC1:13
as they entered the city, they went into a room upstairs {26 Possibly the same place where the Master’s Supper was first observed. Some think this part of the home of John Mark’s mother. [Acts 12:12]} where they were staying. [These included] Peter, John, James, {27 Peter appears about 50 times but vanishes after Acts 15:7. The apostle John is named about a dozen times and then disappears after Acts 12:2. The apostle James is martyred at Acts 12:2. The apostle Andrew is only mentioned here, as are the other apostles. The apostles as a group did not leave Jerusalem when persecution broke out at Acts 8:1. However, after Acts 16:23 they disappear as a group. Indeed, following that it is “James [the disciple] and the elders” who seem in authority. It is possible the apostles dispersed to widespread areas to further the Gospel.} Andrew, Philip, Thomas,
Bartholomew, Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James.
AC1:14
All of these apostles were continually in devotional prayers {28 Or, KJV: with one accord; GDS: devoting themselves to; BER: engaged constantly and with one mind in prayer. This would be for about a weeklong period during which the apostles were obedient to Jesus and stayed put until they should receive the holy Pneuma.} along with certain women, {29 Only one is named, the mother of Jesus, but it is possible that it would include about a half dozen of those particular women who are mentioned in association with Jesus. [Luke 8:1-4] This would bring the group to about 18, or 22 including the Master’s brothers.} including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his [fleshly] brothers. {30 Jesus had four named brothers who were not his disciples during his lifetime. [Matthew 13:55; John 7:5] It I likely the resurrection of Jesus had a powerful affect on them. [1Corinthians 15:7] One in particular, James, becomes something of a presiding elder within the Church.

[Acts 12:17; 15:13; 21:18; Galatians 1:19; 2:9, 12] He also writes the epistle named after him. [James 1:1] This James is mentioned by the 1st Century Jewish historian Josephus, who reports, “[The high priest] convened the judges of the Sanhedrin and brought before them a man named James, the brother of Jesus who was called the Christ, and certain others. He accused them of having transgressed the law and delivered them up to be stoned.” [Jewish Antiquities, XX, 200 (ix, 1)]}

Acts 1:15-22 – The Replacement of an Overseer

AC1:15
Now during those days, Peter rose in the midst of the brothers {31 Still during this period of about a week, there is a conference to select a replacement for the apostle Judas Iscariot. The whole group was “about one hundred and twenty.” It is not likely they met in the previously mentioned upper room but in some other location. During the ministry of Jesus he had appointed twelve apostles and seventy special envoys. This would number 82, perhaps the bulk of those present at the conference. No women are mentioned as being present on this occasion, and judging from the agenda of the meeting, it is unlikely female disciples shared in this decision.} – the crowd was about one hundred and twenty in the same place – and he said:
AC1:16
“Men, brothers, {32 The Greek here is ANDRES, ADELPHOI, and means “males, brothers.” It indicates Paul is addressing only men. Though sometimes the designation “brothers” may include Christian women, never does ANDRES also include women. Compare Acts 2:29, 37 where a similar address includes only men.} it was necessary for the Scripture to be fulfilled {33 Formerly lacking in understanding of the Scriptures, Peter now shows a new comprehension, likely because of inspiration, for prophetic texts.} that the holy Pneuma foretold through David concerning Judas – who was the one who guided those who arrested Jesus –
AC1:17
for he had been numbered among us [apostles] and had received a portion of this [apostolic] ministry.”
AC1:18
(Now this person {34 Luke injects an editorial comment of his own to clarify certain background matters.} had gotten possession of a field from his unrighteous payment – he himself had fallen headfirst and when his belly burst open his
intestines spilled out of him –
AC1:19
[and this field] became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so the field was called in their own language “Akeldamai,” that is, “Field of Blood.”
AC1:20
This was so because it had been written in the book of Psalms: “Let his place of dwelling become desolate, and let no one come to live there.” [Psalm 69:25] And again, “Let another receive his office of overseer.” [Psalm 109:8]
AC1:21
“So it is necessary that from among the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Master Jesus went in and went out among us –
AC1:22
beginning from John’s baptism until that day when Jesus was received up from us – one of these men must become a witness with us regarding the resurrection.”

Acts 1:23-26 – The Choice of Matthias

AC1:23
So they put forward two men – Joseph, the one called Barsabbas, and Matthias.
AC1:24
Then they prayed: “YHWH, {35 Or, Lord. It is possible the Tetragram originally occurred here.} You know the hearts of everyone. Reveal whom You chose of these two
AC1:25
to take the place of this ministry and apostleship from which Judas abandoned to follow his own course.”
AC1:26
Then they cast lots regarding the two, {36 The 120 male disciples were equally divided on two qualified men. This could have led to an early division in their midst. The apostolic solution will seem strange to some, but it likely represents the stated principle of Proverbs 16:33, “The lot is thrown into the lap, but every judgment belongs to YHWH.” The Hebrews and Jews were used to the lot for the Urim and Thummim of the Israelites’ high priest wore a pocket in his priestly apron in which there were divine lots. [Compare Exodus 28:30 MOF; Numbers 27:21]} and the lot fell upon Matthias, {37 According to the divine choosing, Matthias became the twelfth apostle, replacing Judas. Likely the Twelve had to be present at the outpouring of the Spirit as the Congregation or Temple was founded. [Ephesians 2:21, 22] Though some think Paul the replacement apostle there is no direct indication of such.} so he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

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21st Century Version of the Christian Scriptures© [NCMM]
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  2. The radiance of God’s glory and the counsellor
  3. Christ begotten through the power of the Holy Spirit
  4. Jesus begotten Son of God #19 Compromising fact
  5. No prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation
  6. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #6 Words to feed and communicate
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  8. True riches
  9. Followers with deepening
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  12. The Soul not a ghost
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  16. The manager and Word of God

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  • There were more than twelve apostles? What does it take to be an apostle? (newtheologicalmovement.blogspot.com)
    St. Barnabas is honored in the Church and in the Scriptures as an apostle. While not one of the twelve, he is given this title (together with St. Paul) in Acts 14:13 – The apostles Barnabas and Paul.
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    Solemnity of Pentecost > Were the Apostles confirmed at Pentecost?
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    Why was Matthias chosen by lots?
    If Matthias was selected in this manner, the critic might ask, “Why does the Church not employ this means in our own day for the selection of bishops?” The answer to this question reveals just how necessary Pentecost was.
  • The Ascension of the Lord – Part 1 (friarmusings.wordpress.com)
    Acts tells how Jesus’ disciples received his Holy Spirit and continued his work after he ascended into heaven. Much of Acts is a travelogue, following the Christian missionaries, especially Paul, as they spread God’s word  outward from Jerusalem. Similarly, Luke’s Gospel had put a unique stress on Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem (Luke 9:51 to the end of the book.)
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    In the development of the church from a Jewish Christian origin in Jerusalem, with its roots in Jewish religious tradition, to a series of Christian communities among the Gentiles of the Roman empire, Luke perceives the action of God in history laying open the heart of all humanity to the divine message of salvation. His approach to the history of the church is motivated by his theological interests. His history of the apostolic church is the story of a Spirit-guided community and a Spirit-guided spread of the Word of God (Acts 1:8). The travels of Peter and Paul are in reality the travels of the Word of God as it spreads from Jerusalem, the city of destiny for Jesus, to Rome, the capital of the civilized world of Luke’s day.
  • Names of the Holy Spirit (amenalways3.wordpress.com)
    Taken together this list of names reveals an amazing amount of information about the Holy Spirit. The first time He is mentioned in the Bible occurs in Genesis 1:2, and the last time is Revelation 19:10. Thus, the work of the Holy Spirit spans the entire Bible, from creation to the final redemption of God’s people.
  • The Resurrection of Jesus, Did it happen? By Brendan Byrne (deisespirit.wordpress.com)
    In light of our contemporary society it makes the question, did Jesus rise from the dead? A more valid question.
  • This is the Day (cbcirwin.wordpress.com)
    In killing God’s Son the religious leaders of Israel fulfilled the predestined plan of God. They were rejecting the very stone that would become the chief cornerstone. When Peter addressed the rulers and elders of Israel, he explained that Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead…He is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders, but which became the very cornerstone. (Acts 4:10,11) Israel’s rejection was prophesied and it opened the door of salvation for the Gentiles. Paul addressed the issue this way, “But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the Gentiles.” (Rom 11:1)
  • Ebionites and Nazarenes: Tracking the Original Followers of Jesus (repostingforislam.wordpress.com)
    According to the book of Acts, which comes late in the 1st century, the followers of Jesus were called, or perhaps called themselves, “the Way” (Acts 9:2; 19:9, 23; 24:14, 22). The term “Christian” or “Christians” is mentioned twice, but presented as a newly minted designation, probably coming from outsiders, as the movement spread north to Antioch of Syria (Acts 11:26; 26:28). It is surely surprising for many to realize that the term “Christian” only occurs one other time in the entire New Testament, in one of our latest sources (1 Peter 4:16). This is, however, the name that apparently stuck as it shows up in our earliest Roman sources mentioning the movement, namely Suetonius, Tacitus, Pliny the Younger, Lucian, and Galen (see texts here.). It is a Greek name, not a Hebrew or Aramaic one, but unfortunately the English term veils what was likely the more original connotation of the term, which would translate roughly as something like “Messianist.”There is, however, a reference in the book of Acts to a Hebrew name for the Jesus movement that might have well been its earliest formal appellation. Paul, on trial before the Roman governer Felix, is referred to as being “the ring leader of the sect of the Nazarenes” (Acts 24:5). Whether this term was used by “outsiders” to label the group, or within the movement itself, is difficult to know. Associated with the term “Nazarenes” is a second Hebrew designation, namely Ebionites, that was also apparently used for the earliest mostly-Jewish followers of Jesus.This Ebionite/Nazarene movement was made up of mostly Jewish followers of John the Baptizer and later Jesus, who were concentrated in Palestine and surrounding regions and led by “James the Just” (the oldest brother of Jesus), and flourished between the years 30-80 C.E. Non-Jews were certainly part of the mix but the dominant ethos of the group was an adherence to what Paul calls ioudaizein–to live according to Jewish law (Galatians 2:14). They were zealous for the Torah and continued to observe the mitzvot (commandments) as enlightened by their Rabbi and Teacher. The non-Jews in their midst were apparently expected to follow some version of the Noachide Laws (Acts 15: 28-29). The term Ebionite (from Hebrew ‘Evyonim) means “Poor Ones” and was perhaps related to the teachings of Jesus: “Blessed are you Poor Ones, for yours is the Kingdom of God” based on Isaiah 66:2 and other related texts that address a remnant group of faithful ones. I am convinced that Nazarene comes from the Hebrew word Netzer (drawn from Isaiah 11:1) and means “a Branch”—so the Nazarenes were the “Branchites” or followers of the one they believed to be the Branch–that is the Davidic Messiah. It is often confused with a completely different word,  Nazirite or Nazir, that refers to individuals, male or female, not a group, who took on a special vow based on Numbers 6. The two terms can sound alike in English are spelled differently in Hebrew.
    > Ebionites & Nazarenes: Tracking the Original Followers of Jesus
    Like the group behind the sectarian writings of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the earliest followers of Jesus, apparently, did not use a dominant self-identifying label but preferred a variety of descriptive terms. Paul’s letters are our earliest sources, dating to the 50s CE, and he never “names” his followers or the movement as a whole, but uses phrases like “the believers” or those “in Christ” (1 Thessalonians 1:7, 2:10; 1 Corinthians 14:22; Romans 16: 3, 7, 9; 1 Thessalonians 4:16).
  • “Nazarene Judaism” rebrands Jesus Christ according to their counterfeit gospel (revisionistreview.blogspot.com)
    Jesus didn’t free anyone from the Torah of Yahweh. True. He freed them from the spurious “Torah sheBeal Peh” of the man-made traditions of Babylon as encoded in the Mishnah, Gemara, Mishneh Torah, Shulchan Aruch, Tanya, Zohar etc. ad nauseum.
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    Jesus, Mary and the apostles were all Jews, so where is the anti-Jewish discourse? To the extent that first century Jews rejected the clear evidence that Jesus was the Moshiach (Messiah-Christ of Israel), they bore guilt for His crucifixion. The generations bearing that guilt are long dead, having largely perished in the Roman assaults on Jerusalem in 70 and 135 A.D.  Today the guilt for denying the doctrine and resurrection of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, is endemic not to people but to ideology, wherein is counseled rebellion against God; more specifically, in the continuation of the wicked ideology of the Pharisees, in the form of contemporary Orthodox Judaism.
  • Tongues of Fire and the Fullness of God (fbcpadenok.wordpress.com)
    The power promised by Jesus in Acts 1:8 and Luke 24:49 is an extraordinary power.
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    This promise that the disciples would receive power when the Holy Spirit came upon them (Acts 1:8) and that they would be clothed with power from on high (Luke 24:49) was a promise given to sustain the completion of world evangelization, and all the ministry that supports it.
  • Information, Revelation and Application (pastorkeithhodges.wordpress.com)
    The word of God is the foundation for all true preaching. Our goal is never to express an idea or a thought, our goal is to teach and preach the Word of God.
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    The word of God is alive, it speaks not only about what was happening but what is happening, this is the revelation of scripture. The quickened word that specifically addresses the issues of our day and the conditions of the hearts of men.
  • When were the gospels written? (winteryknight.wordpress.com)
    the Acts of the Apostles (which post-dates Luke’s gospel) does not mention the destruction of the temple in AD 70, nor the death of Peter or Paul, nor for that matter the persecution of Christian martyrs under Nero in the 60?s or the Great Fire of Rome from which it resulted. If such events had already taken place by the time Luke wrote Acts, one would expect to find a pertaining description. But, instead, Acts leaves us hanging, by ending after Paul has been placed under house-arrest.

Hebraic Roots Bible Book of The Acts of the Apostles Chapter 1

Preceding article: Hebraic Roots Bible Matthew Chapter 28


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1 Indeed, O Theophilus, I made the first report concerning all things which Yahshua began both to do and to teach, 2 until the day He was taken up, having given directions to the apostles whom He elected, through the Holy Spirit, 3 Those who also to whom He revealed Himself while alive after He had suffered. With numerous signs for forty days He was being seen by them, and He spoke concerning the Kingdom of Yahweh.

4 And while He ate bread with them, He charged them not to leave Jerusalem, but to await the promise of the Father, “which you heard of Me; 5 for John indeed baptized in water, but you will be baptized in the Holy Spirit not many days after.”

6 Then, indeed, coming together they questioned Him, saying, Master, do You restore the kingdom to Israel at this time?
7 And He said to them, It is not yours to know times or seasons which the Father placed in His own authority; 8 But when the Spirit of Holiness comes upon you, you will receive the
power, and you will be witnesses of Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
9 And saying these things, as they looked on, He was taken up in a cloud and He was hidden from their sight.
10 And as they were intently looking into the heaven, He having gone, even behold, two men in white clothing stood by them, 11 who also said, Men, Galileans, why do you stand looking up to the heaven? This Yahshua who was taken up from you to heaven, likewise He will come just as you have seen Him who ascended into heaven.

12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount being called Of Olive Grove, which is near Jerusalem, a distance of seven furlongs away. 13 And when they went in, they
went up to the upper room where they were waiting: both Peter and Jacob, and John and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, Jacob the son of Alpheus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas the brother of Jacob. 14 These all were continuing steadfastly in prayer and in supplication with one mind, with the women, and with Mariam the mother
of Yahshua, and with His brothers.

15 And in these days, standing up in the middle of the disciples, (and the number of names together being about a hundred and twenty), Peter said, 16 Men, brothers, it was  necessary for this Scripture to be fulfilled which the Holy Spirit spoke before through David’s mouth concerning Judas, the one having become guide to those seizing Yahshua; 17 for he was numbered with us, and obtained a portion of this ministry. 18 This is he who obtained a field for himself from the reward of sin and fell upon his face on the ground and burst from his middle and poured out all his insides. 19 And it became known to all those living in Jerusalem, so as that field to be called in their own dialect, Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood. 20 Let his dwelling be desolate, and let not one be a dweller in it, and let another take his office. (Psalm 69:25; Psalm 109:8) 21 Therefore, it is right that men being together with us all the time in which the Master Yahshua came in and went out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John until the day when He was taken from us, one of these to  become a witness of His resurrection with us.

23 And they set out two: Joseph, he being called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. 24 And having prayed, they said, You, Master, knower of all hearts, show which one You chose from these two, 25 That he may receive a portion of the ministry and apostleship, from which Judas departed, that he might go to in his place.
26 And they gave their lots. And the lot fell on Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

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Next: Hebraic Roots Bible Book of The Acts of the Apostles Chapter 2

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  • Our Daily Bread – To Be Continued May 19, 2013 (arielgonzalaz91.wordpress.com)

    The fifth book of the New Testament, the Acts of the Apostles, records the beginnings of the Christian church under the leadership of the people Jesus had appointed. Some scholars have suggested that this book could also be called the Acts of the Holy Spirit, because the Spirit’s power supplied courage for the apostles in the face of every hardship.

    Just before Jesus was taken up into heaven, He told the ones He had chosen: “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). With those words, one chapter in the story of God’s work on earth ended, and a new one began. We are a part of that ongoing story.

  • Acts for today! (livingmoreabundantly4christ.com)
    The Spirit of God was promised to God’s sons and daughters and that promise was first fulfilled on the day of Pentecost! He has not reneged or removed that promise. The Holy Spirit is necessary and available to every follower of Christ today! It is through God’s Spirit that we are wooed to Christ and it is by that same Spirit we will move and operate in our giftings as we serve Him. The same giftings and blessing that those men and women received on the day of Pentecost are the same giftings and blessing that we can receive today!
  • The Miracle of Words (christinesunderland.com)
    The Holy Spirit, promised by Christ when he ascended to Heaven, gave them the power of miraculous words, of expressing the news of God’s coming among men to those who spoke in other languages. This was a practical gift. As a reversal of the dispersion in Babel centuries earlier, here in Jerusalem, the people are brought together.

    How does God bring us together? How do we share, console, encourage, love? Through words. Through action and touch, to be sure, but through words, a divine and miraculous form of action and touch.

  • Feast of Saint Matthias, Apostle (catholicglasses.com)
    “I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.”
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    Peter stood up in the midst of the brothers and sisters (there was a group of about one hundred and twenty persons in the one place). He said, “My brothers and sisters, the Scripture had to be fulfilled which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand through the mouth of David, concerning Judas, who was the guide for those who arrested Jesus. Judas was numbered among us and was allotted a share in this ministry.
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    At the Last Supper, Jesus promised to send His Apostles the Holy Spirit to be with them forever. He said that the Holy Spirit would teach them everything and remind them of what Jesus had taught them. Jesus said that He must go so that the Holy Spirit would come. John 14:15-17 NIV
  • Pentecost In Art: Paintings, Stained Glass Windows, Frescoes And More (PHOTOS) (huffingtonpost.com)
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    Pentecost, the Greek word for ‘Shavout’ is an ancient feast in Israel that celebrates the harvest and giving of the Torah on Sinai. In the Christian liturgical calendar, Pentecost, observed 50 days after Easter Sunday, marks the end of the Easter season and celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and other disciples of Jesus.
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    What would you say if we told you that speaking in tongues was necessary for your eternal salvation? Many of you would be trembling in fear because you have never spoken in tongues. Yet there are members of the Pentecostal church who insist that you are not sealed by the Spirit of God unless you speak in tongues. In other words, speaking in tongues is the outward sign of your redemption and salvation.
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    There were three major feasts that the nation of Israel had to celebrate: Pesach (Passover), or Unleavened Bread; Shavu’ot, or Pentecost (also known as the Feast of Weeks, or Feast of Harvest); and Booths (also known as the Feast of Tabernacle, or Ingathering).
  • Come, Holy Spirit! Confirmation+Pentecost Double Take (virtuebyforce.wordpress.com)
    There isn’t a single person who could honestly tell you that they haven’t struggled with doubts, a single person that could tell you they haven’t sinned, and fallen away, and had to come back.
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    It would be crazy for us to try to live this faith of ours without the promised Spirit that Jesus assures us will come; our Advocate, who will stand by our side, who will be with us; no, not just with us, but within us to assist us along the way. […]
  • Bishop MacEvilly’s Commentary on Acts 2:14-21 (stjoeofoblog.wordpress.com)
    Act 2:21  And it shalt come to pass, that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

    “Whosoever,” be he Jew or Gentile, “shall call upon,” &c., embracing the Christian religion—“shall be saved” from ruin here. If it refers to the siege of Jerusalem, it was literally fulfilled in the case of the Christians, who by Divine admonition, fled to Pella, beyond the Jordan before the final destruction of Jerusalem (Eusebius, Hist. Eccles. Lib. iii. c. 5).

  • Pentecost Sunday 2013 (auniversallove.wordpress.com)
    While those on whom the Spirit had descended were speaking in many languages, the Apostle Peter stood up with the eleven and proclaimed to the crowd that this event was the fulfillment of the prophecy
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    Not knowing that Jesus Christ’s death would lead to His spirit within them, the Disciples could not understand even throughout all of His teachings and parables. Not until the Holy Spirit entered their bodies, were they really able to understand and grasp the true meaning of their salvation.

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