What was the criteria for being an apostle? Does anyone know?
Acts 1:21-22 was the criteria for apostleship. ‘21 Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,
22 Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.
So here we have the criteria. In order to be an apostle one must have been with Yahshua from the time of the Baptism of John until the resurrection of Yahshua.
This so very, very plain and yet is so very, very ignored as if these criteria since are absolutely meaningless and void.
First they had to have been with Yahshua since His baptism. Second to have been a witness to his resurrection.
Did Paul fit this criteria? Obviously he did not. There were only 12 Apostle’s not 13 or even the many that claim this office today via Paul’s usurping of the office with all it’s accompanying authority.
Did Paul walk with Yahshua during the days of His ministry? No! He did not. In fact Paul tells his followers that the teachings of Yahshua were of no more consequence since the resurrection. He says you should not know Yahshua after the days of His flesh, meaning that all that the Son of God taught is null and void.
2Cor 5:16 Paul says these very same words: ‘Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.’
What does Paul say is the criterion for an Apostle? 2 Cor 12:12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.
Deu 13:1-3 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,
2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;
3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
4 Ye shall walk after the Lord your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.
So we can see that Paul made up his own criteria which was quite a departure from that of the Father and the Son and the Twelve.
Paul says the sign of an Apostle is signs, wonders and power.
However Yahshua said that by those ‘signs’ many would be deceived. Mark 13:22 ‘For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.’
So Paul’s signs of an Apostle are the very things that Yahshua said would be used to seduce and deceive.
Again what is the true criteria? They had to have been with Yahshua since the beginning of His ministry and have witnessed His resurrection.
Obviously Paul knew that he did not fit the criteria given by Peter, so Paul manufactured his own set of criteria.
So was Paul a legitimate witness to Yahshua’s resurrection? The 12 witnessed the Messiah that had resurrected bodily, He had flesh and bone and was not just a spirit. He ate with them, bread and fish.
However the one that Paul saw was a disembodied voice, i.e no flesh and bone. In fact Paul claims that Yahshua did not even come in the flesh only the likeness of it, but not the real thing. Rom 8:3
Paul also redefined the job of a prophet, simply edification, exhortation and comfort. But is that what God said of His prophets?
8 But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the Lord, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin.
Be reminded that ‘Sin’ is the transgression of the Law.
So was Paul a legitimate Apostle? NO! He was by his own words ANTI-CHRIST.
Does one full of the Spirit of YHVH, i.e the Spirit of Truth use guile? Does he lie? God offers no pity to the one that answers yes to those questions.
In fact YHVH says do not allow your eye to pity the false prophet.