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THE APOSTOLATE

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coming Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ that the apostolate obFor the Holy Scripture teaches that tains its definite character. the apostles shall sit upon twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel and also that the New Jerusalem has " twelve foundations upon which are written the twelve names of the apostles of the Lamb." St. Paul offers us in his own person the most convincing proof If it had not been, the that the apostolate was a closed college. question whether he was an apostle or not could never have caused contention. Yet a large part of the Church refused to acknowledge He did not belong to the twelve; he had not his apostleship. walked with Jesus; how could he be a witness? It was against this seriously meant contention that St. Paul repeatedly lifted up his voice with such energy and animation. This fact is the key to the right understanding of his epistles to the Corinthians and Galatians. They glow with holy jealousy for the reality of his apostleship for he was deeply convinced that he was an apostle as well as St. Peter and the others. Not by virtue of personal merit; Cor. xv. 9; in himself he was not worthy to be called an apostle but no sooner is his office assailed than he arouses himself like a lion, for this touched the honor of his Master, who had appeared unto him in the way to Damascus; not, as is commonly said, to convert him for this is not Christ's work, but that of the Holy Spirit but to appoint him an apostle in that Church which he was ;

;

i

persecuting.

As

to the question,

how

the addition of St. Paul to the twelve

consistent with that number,

we

are convinced that not the

of Matthias, but that of St. Paul is written

the

New

but

St.

is

name

upon the foundations

of

Jerusalem with those of the others and that not Matthias, Paul shall sit down to judge the twelve tribes of Israel. As ;

one of the tribes of Israel was replaced by two others, so in regard Simeon, who fell out, Manasseh and Ephraim were substituted, and Judas was replaced by Matthias and Paul. We would not imply that the apostles erred in electing Matthias to fill the vacancy occasioned by the suicide of Judas. On the conto the apostolate; for

trary, the

completion of the apostolic number could not be delayed

The vacancy had to be filled imBut it may be said that when the disciples chose Matthias they had too small a conception of the goodness of their Lord. They supposed that for Judas they would receive a Matthias, and.

until the conversion of St. Paul.

mediately.

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van maandag 1 januari 1900

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The work of the Holy Spirit - pagina 202

Bekijk de hele uitgave van maandag 1 januari 1900

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 704 Pagina's

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