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Summary: We generally understand Timothy to have been a pastor. Allow me to take you on a scriptural tour and source detailed evidence to prove that Timothy was more of an apostle than a pastor.

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Compiled by: Herman Abrahams (Pastor), Cornerstone Faith Ministries, P.O. Box 740, Westridge 7802, Rep. of South Africa. E-Mail: Mentorship2003@yahoo.co.uk

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WAS TIMOTHY AN APOSTLE?

By Herman Abrahams

Thesis:

We are accustomed to understanding that Timothy and Titus were pastors. Many books and commentaries have been written on the “pastoral epistles” with reference to Apostle Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus. Whilst I believe that Timothy and Titus had a measure of pastoral responsibility, they were more essentially apostles, who had to train and entrust unto faithful men the things they had learnt from Paul (2 Timothy 2:2). Allow me to take you on a scriptural tour and source detailed evidence to prove that Timothy was indeed an apostle.

To begin with, I would like to list the names of New Testament apostles other than the original twelve.

‘It is clear that there were more apostles than the twelve apostles of the Lamb. These are referred to as secondary apostles by some theologians because they are designated in Scripture as apostles, but do not have the unique prominence in the Kingdom that the original twelve had. These apostles include some of the greatest world changers in history, and this kind of apostle continues on today as the normative kind. (Apostles And The Emerging Apostolic Movement – David Cannistraci, REGAL BOOKS, page 58)

The New Testament mentions the following names as those who were secondary apostles:

Matthias (Acts 1:26);

Paul (1 Cor. 15:8);

Bamabas (Acts 14:3,4,14);

Andronicus (Rom. 16:7);

Junia (whose name indicates this might have been a woman, Rom. 16:7)

James, the brother of Jesus (GaL 1:19);

Silas or Silvanus (Acts 15:22; 1 Thess. 1:1; 2:6);

Timothy (Acts 19:22; 1 Thess. 1:1; 2:6),

Apollos (1 Cor. 4:6-9);

Epaphroditus (Phil. 2:25);

Titus (2 Cor. 8:23, where ‘messenger’ is apostolos. [Strong’s Greek Dictionary no. 652]);

Unnamed apostle (2 Cor 8:18b cf 2 Cor 8:23)

Unnamed apostle (2 Cor 8:22b cf 2 Cor 8:23)

Tychicus (2 Tim. 4:12 – where ‘sent’ = apostello. [Strong’s Greek Dictionary no 649]);

Judas (Acts 15:27 – where ‘sent’ = apostello) [Strong’s Greek Dictionary no 649);

Erastus (Acts 19:22 - where ‘sent’ = apostello) [Strong’s Greek Dictionary no 649])

If the twelve apostles are added to this list, a total of 28 apostles would be mentioned in the New Testament. All of these were sent by God as valid apostolic ministers and members of the apostolic compa¬ny of the New Testament.


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