Ephesians 4:7, 11-13 NLT
7 However, He has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ.
11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do His work and build up the Church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.
Ephesians 2:20-21 NLT
20 Together, we are His house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus Himself. 21 We are carefully joined together in Him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord.
Hebrews 3:1 NIV
3 Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, Whom we acknowledge as our Apostle and High Priest.
“The one whom a man sends is the equivalent of himself.”
~ Rabbinic saying
John 3:17 NLT
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.
John 5:30 NLT
30 I can do nothing on My own… I carry out the will of the One Who sent Me, not My own will.
1 John 4:10 NLT
10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.
John 20:21 NLT
As the Father has sent Me, so I am sending you.”
Additional Apostles Named in NT
James the brother of Jesus – Galatians 1:19
Barnabas – Acts 14:14
Apollos – 1 Corinthians 4:6-9
Timothy and Silvanus– I Thessalonians 1:1 and 2:6
Andronicus and Junia – Romans 16:7
2 Corinthians 12:12 NIV
12 I persevered in demonstrating among you the marks of a true apostle, including signs, wonders and miracles.