Exacting Truth's Resource Center
"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." -John 8:32
"WHAT DOES APOSTLE MEAN?"
Exacting Truth Ministries
Apostle (n.)- a man sent out to preach the gospel in the early Christian church, especially one of the twelve disciples of Christ.
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English apostol and from Old French apostle, both from Late Latin apostolus, from Greek apostolos, messenger, from apostellein, to send off : apo-, apo- + stellein, to send; see stel- in Indo-European roots
Apostle-a word widely used among the religious communities as a title on the order of a priest or a pope or a bishop but it is largely misunderstood because it is not properly defined. The word apostle simply means a messenger or someone who is called to be sent out. How many individuals accepting the mantle and title of an apostle have left their domicile or body collective; in other words, how many have accurately not just accepted the title but performed what the title entails?
It is not defined as a grand appointment-it is not a sign of being the supreme servant of God. It is simply what every follower and believer of the Christ is called to do and to become-an apostle, a messenger of the Christ, sent out to find the individuals on their destined path and point them to the Christ-who first called them.