Christ Commends Those Servants Of His Who Test Apostles
Revelation 1:10-2:7 reads,
1:10I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet 1:11saying, "What you see, write in a book and send to the seven assemblies: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and to Laodicea." 1:12I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. Having turned, I saw seven golden lampstands. 1:13And in the midst of the lampstands was one like a son of man, clothed with a robe reaching down to his feet, and with a golden sash around his chest. 1:14His head and his hair were white as white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire. 1:15His feet were like burnished brass, as if it had been refined in a furnace. His voice was like the voice of many waters. 1:16He had seven stars in his right hand. Out of his mouth proceeded a sharp two-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining at its brightest. 1:17When I saw him, I fell at his feet like a dead man. He laid his right hand on me, saying, "Don’t be afraid. I am the first and the last, 1:18and the Living one. I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. I have the keys of Death and of Hades. 1:19Write therefore the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will happen hereafter; 1:20the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands. The seven stars are the angels of the seven assemblies. The seven lampstands are seven assemblies.
2:1To the angel of the assembly in Ephesus write:
"He who holds the seven stars in his right hand, he who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands says these things:
2:2"I know your works, and your toil and perseverance, and that you can’t tolerate evil men, and have tested those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and found them false. 2:3You have perseverance and have endured for my name’s sake, and have not grown weary. 2:4But I have this against you, that you left your first love. 2:5Remember therefore from where you have fallen, and repent and do the first works; or else I am coming to you, and will move your lampstand out of its place, unless you repent. 2:6But this you have, that you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 2:7He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies. To him who overcomes I will give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of my God.
Test ALL Apostles In Order To Find Out Those Who Are True And Those Who Are False
The person in the midst of the seven golden lampstands and holding seven stars in his right hand is Yah'shuah. He commends the assembly in Ephesus for their first works, which include intolerance for evil men and testing those who call themselves apostles. Among those they tested who called themselves apostles were false apostles. They only found out that these were false apostles AFTER they had tested them. They therefore had to first test ALL that called themselves apostles, without making any exceptions, in order to find out those among this group that were true apostles and those that were false.
Seeing that Yah'shuah commended the assembly in Ephesus for this testing work of theirs, it is indeed the case that this testing work is a good work. Those who belong to Yah'shuah's assembly should test ALL who call themselves apostles, in order to find out those among these who are true and those among these who are false. For not all that call themselves apostles are true, there being both true apostles and false apostles.
Why are there both true and false apostles? What are their respective roles?
Yah'shuah Chooses And Commissions His Apostles
Matthew 10 reads,
10:1He called to himself his twelve disciples, and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every sickness. 10:2Now the names of the twelve apostles are these. The first, Simon, who is called Peter; Andrew, his brother; James the son of Zebedee; John, his brother; 10:3Philip; Bartholomew; Thomas; Matthew, the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus; and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; 10:4Simon the Canaanite; and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.
10:5Jesus sent these twelve out, and charged them, saying, "Don’t go among the Gentiles, and don’t enter into any city of the Samaritans. 10:6Rather, go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 10:7As you go, preach, saying, ‘The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!’ 10:8Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, and cast out demons. Freely you received, so freely give. 10:9Don’t take any gold, nor silver, nor brass in your money belts. 10:10Take no bag for your journey, neither two coats, nor shoes, nor staff: for the laborer is worthy of his food. 10:11Into whatever city or village you enter, find out who in it is worthy; and stay there until you go on. 10:12As you enter into the household, greet it. 10:13If the household is worthy, let your peace come on it, but if it isn’t worthy, let your peace return to you. 10:14Whoever doesn’t receive you, nor hear your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake off the dust from your feet. 10:15Most assuredly I tell you, It will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city.
10:16"Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. 10:17But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to councils, and in their synagogues they will scourge you. 10:18Yes, and you will be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. 10:19But when they deliver you up, don’t be anxious how or what you will say, for it will be given you in that hour what you will say. 10:20For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.
10:21"Brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child. Children will rise up against parents, and cause them to be put to death. 10:22You will be hated by all men for my name’s sake, but he who endures to the end, the same will be saved. 10:23But when they persecute you in this city, flee into the next, for most assuredly I tell you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel, until the Son of Man has come.
10:24"A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his lord. 10:25It is enough for the disciple that he be like his teacher, and the servant like his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more those of his household! 10:26Therefore don’t be afraid of them, for there is nothing covered that will not be revealed; and hidden that will not be known. 10:27What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in the ear, proclaim on the housetops. 10:28Don’t be afraid of those who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul. Rather, fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.
10:29"Aren’t two sparrows sold for an assarion? Not one of them falls on the ground apart from your Father’s will, 10:30but the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 10:31Therefore don’t be afraid. You are of more value than many sparrows. 10:32Everyone therefore who confesses me before men, him I will also confess before my Father who is in heaven. 10:33But whoever denies me before men, him I will also deny before my Father who is in heaven.
10:34"Don’t think that I came to send peace on the earth. I didn’t come to send peace, but a sword. 10:35For I came to set a man at odds against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 10:36A man’s foes will be those of his own household. 10:37He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me isn’t worthy of me. 10:38He who doesn’t take his cross and follow after me, isn’t worthy of me. 10:39He who finds his life will lose it; and he who loses his life for my sake will find it. 10:40He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives him who sent me. 10:41He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward: and he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man will receive a righteous man’s reward. 10:42Whoever gives one of these little ones just a cup of cold water to drink in the name of a disciple, most assuredly I tell you he will in no way lose his reward."
The Duties Of Apostles
10:1 and 10:8 show that apostles are those disciples whom Yah'shuah has given authority over unclean spirits (demons), to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every sickness? 10:7 also shows that Yah'shuah has charged them with the job of preaching that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. In other words they are also to preach the good news of the Kingdom of Heaven.
Not All Apostles Remain Faithful To Their Service
10:4 notes that one of the original twelve apostles eventually betrayed Yah'shuah. This shows that there is no guarantee that an apostle will remain at Yah'shuah's service indefinitely. An apostle may serve Yah'shuah for a period of time and later depart from following or serving Yah'shuah, and may even act against Yah'shuah, as was the case with Judas the betrayer.
Yah'shuah Chooses His Apostles From Among His Disciples
Luke 6:12-19 reads,
6:12It happened in these days, that he went out into the mountain to pray, and he continued all night in prayer to God. 6:13When it was day, he called his disciples, and from them he chose twelve, whom he also named apostles: 6:14Simon, whom he also named Peter; Andrew, his brother; James; John; Philip; Bartholomew; 6:15Matthew; Thomas; James, the son of Alphaeus; Simon, who was called the Zealot; 6:16Judas the son of James; and Judas Iscariot, who also became a traitor. 6:17He came down with them, and stood on a level place, with a crowd of his disciples, and a great number of the people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases; 6:18also those who were troubled with unclean spirits, and they were being healed. 6:19All the multitude sought to touch him, for power came out from him, and healed them all.
6:13 notes that the twelve apostles were chosen by Yah'shuah from among the entire number of disciples. This therefore shows that apostles are a subset of the entire number of Yah'shuah's disciples. And they must indeed be chosen in order to serve in this capacity.
Yah'shuah Gives His Apostles Power And Authority At The Commencement Of Their Work
Luke 9:1-10 reads,
9:1He called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. 9:2He sent them forth to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick. 9:3He said to them, "Take nothing for your journey — neither staffs, nor wallet, nor bread, nor money; neither have two coats apiece. 9:4Into whatever house you enter, stay there, and depart from there. 9:5As many as don’t receive you, when you depart from that city, shake off even the dust from your feet for a testimony against them."
9:6They departed, and went throughout the villages, preaching the gospel, and healing everywhere. 9:7Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by him; and he was very perplexed, because it was said by some that John had risen from the dead, 9:8and by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the old prophets had risen again. 9:9Herod said, "John I beheaded, but who is this, about whom I hear such things?" He sought to see him. 9:10The apostles, when they had returned, told him what things they had done.
It is evident that the apostles didn't begin their apostolic work prior to having been given power and authority to so conduct that work. And once given this power and authority they indeed preached the gospel - the good news of the kingdom of the Mighty One - and healed the sick.
Some Apostles Were To Be Killed And Persecuted
Luke 11:45-52 reads,
11:45One of the lawyers answered him, "Teacher, in saying this you insult us also."
11:46He said, "Woe to you lawyers also! For you load men with burdens that are difficult to carry, and you yourselves won’t even lift one finger to help carry those burdens. 11:47Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets, and your fathers killed them. 11:48So you testify and consent to the works of your fathers. For they killed them, and you build their tombs. 11:49Therefore also the wisdom of God said, ‘I will send to them prophets and apostles; and some of them they will kill and persecute, 11:50that the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation; 11:51from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zachariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary.’ Yes, I tell you, it will be required of this generation. 11:52Woe to you lawyers! For you took away the key of knowledge. You didn’t enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in, you hindered."
11:49 shows that some, though not all, of the prophets and apostles that Yahweh was to send to the generation of Yah'shuah's time were to be killed and persecuted for the purpose of the blood of all righteous prophets being required of that generation.
The Original Apostles Asked Yah'shuah To Increase Their Faith
Luke 17:5-10 reads,
17:5The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith."
17:6The Lord said, "If you had faith as a grain of mustard seed, you would tell this sycamore tree, ‘Be uprooted, and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. 17:7But who is there of you, having a servant plowing or keeping sheep, that will say, when he comes in from the field, ‘Come immediately and sit down at the table,’ 17:8and will not rather tell him, ‘Prepare my supper, clothe yourself properly, and serve me, while I eat and drink. Afterward you shall eat and drink?’ 17:9Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded? I think not. 17:10Even so you also, when you have done all the things that are commanded you, say, ‘We are unworthy servants. We have done our duty.’"
Yah'shuah Spent Time With His Original Apostles
Luke 22:14-23 reads,
22:14When the hour had come, he sat down with the twelve apostles. 22:15He said to them, "I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer, 22:16for I tell you, I will no longer by any means eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God." 22:17He received a cup, and when he had given thanks, he said, "Take this, and share it among yourselves, 22:18for I tell you, I will not drink at all again from the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God comes."
22:19He took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and gave to them, saying, "This is my body which is given for you. Do this in memory of me." 22:20He took the cup in like manner after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, that which is poured out for you. 22:21But behold, the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table. 22:22The Son of Man indeed goes, as it has been determined, but woe to that man through whom he is betrayed!"
22:23They began to question among themselves, which of them it was that would do this thing.
The Conduct Of The Original Apostles After Yah'shuah's Resurrection
Acts 1 reads,
1:1The first book I wrote, Theophilus, concerned all that Jesus began both to do and to teach, 1:2until the day in which he was received up, after he had given commandment through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 1:3To these he also showed himself alive after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days, and spoke about God’s kingdom. 1:4Being assembled together with them, he charged them, "Don’t depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which you heard from me. 1:5For John indeed baptized in water, but you will be baptized in the Holy Spirit not many days from now."
1:6Therefore, when they had come together, they asked him, "Lord, are you now restoring the kingdom to Israel?"
1:7He said to them, "It isn’t for you to know times or seasons which the Father has set within His own authority. 1:8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you. You will be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the earth."
1:9When he had said these things, as they were looking, he was taken up, and a cloud received him out of their sight. 1:10While they were looking steadfastly into the sky as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white clothing, 1:11who also said, "You men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who was received up from you into the sky will come back in the same way as you saw him going into the sky."
1:12Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mountain called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away. 1:13When they had come in, they went up into the upper room, where they were staying; that is Peter, John, James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James. 1:14All these with one accord continued steadfastly in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
1:15In these days, Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples (and the number of names was about one hundred twenty), and said, 1:16"Brothers, it was necessary that this Scripture should be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who was guide to those who took Jesus. 1:17For he was numbered with us, and received his portion in this ministry. 1:18Now this man obtained a field with the reward for his wickedness, and falling headlong, his body burst open, and all his intestines gushed out. 1:19It became known to everyone who lived in Jerusalem that in their language that field was called ‘Akeldama,’ that is, ‘The field of blood.’ 1:20For it is written in the book of Psalms,
‘Let his habitation be made desolate,
Let no one dwell therein,’
‘Let another take his office.’
1:21Of the men therefore who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and went out among us, 1:22beginning from the baptism of John, to the day that he was received up from us, of these one must become a witness with us of his resurrection."
1:23They put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. 1:24They prayed, and said, "You, Lord, who know the hearts of all men, show which one of these two you have chosen 1:25to take part in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas fell away, that he might go to his own place." 1:26They drew lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
The Original Apostles Were Entrusted As Witnesses Of Yah'shuah's Ministry And Resurrection
It should be noted that an additional work of the original apostles was that of being witnesses of Yah'shuah's resurrection and also of his ministry. Therefore the person taking over Judas' office had to have been one of the disciples present from the time of commencement of Yah'shuah's ministry.
There Is No Guarantee That An Apostle Will Remain Faithful To His Ministry
Seeing that Judas fell away from his ministry and apostleship it should indeed be noted that it is possible for an apostle to fall away from his ministry and apostleship. There is no guarantee that someone once chosen as an apostle will indeed remain in that office.
Those Chosen For Yahweh's Service Should Have Upright Hearts
It should also be noted that a fundamental consideration matter in selection for office is the condition of one's heart. Those chosen for service to Yahweh, especially in high office, should be those whose hearts are right before Yahweh.
The Teaching Of The Original Apostles
Acts 2:37-47 reads,
2:37Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?"
2:38Peter said to them, "Repent, and be baptized, everyone of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 2:39For to you is the promise, and to your children, and to all who are far off, even as many as the Lord our God will call to himself." 2:40With many other words he testified, and exhorted them, saying, "Save yourselves from this crooked generation!"
2:41Then those who gladly received his word were baptized. There were added that day about three thousand souls. 2:42They continued steadfastly in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and prayer. 2:43Fear came on every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. 2:44All who believed were together, and had all things common. 2:45They sold their possessions and goods, and distributed them to all, according as anyone had need. 2:46Day by day, continuing steadfastly with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread at home, they took their food with gladness and singleness of heart, 2:47praising God, and having favor with all the people. The Lord added to the assembly day by day those who were being saved.
What was the apostles' teaching that is referred to in 2:42?
The message that the apostles' preached included repentance and baptism for the forgiveness of sins, and receipt of the gift of the Holy Spirit. What other teachings did the apostles impart to those they taught?
The Apostles Were Instruments Through Which Signs And Wonders Were Performed
The apostles also fulfilled the other aspect of their apostolic commission - healing the sick and casting out demons. For many wonders and signs were done through them, as 2:43 shows. This clearly shows that it was not the apostles as human beings who performed these signs and wonders, but that they were the instruments through which Yahweh performed these signs and wonders by his Holy Spirit.
The Apostles Were Trustees Of Property Intended For Charitable Uses
Acts 4:31-5:16 reads,
4:31When they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were gathered together. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness. 4:32The multitude of those who believed were of one heart and soul. Not one of them claimed that anything of the things which he possessed was his own, but they had all things common. 4:33With great power, the apostles gave their testimony of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Great grace was on them all. 4:34For neither was there among them any who lacked, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, 4:35and laid them at the apostles’ feet, and distribution was made to each, according as anyone had need. 4:36Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas (which is, being interpreted, Son of Exhortation), a Levite, a man of Cyprus by race, 4:37having a field, sold it, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
5:1But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira, his wife, sold a possession, 5:2and kept back part of the price, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet. 5:3But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 5:4While you kept it, didn’t it remain your own? After it was sold, wasn’t it in your power? How is it that you have conceived this thing in your heart? You haven’t lied to men, but to God."
5:5Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and died. Great fear came on all who heard these things. 5:6The young men arose and wrapped him up, and they carried him out and buried him. 5:7About three hours later, his wife, not knowing what had happened, came in. 5:8Peter answered her, "Tell me whether you sold the land for so much."
She said, "Yes, for so much."
5:9But Peter asked her, "How is it that you have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out."
5:10She fell down immediately at his feet, and died. The young men came in and found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her by her husband. 5:11Great fear came on the whole assembly, and on all who heard these things. 5:12By the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. They were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch. 5:13None of the rest dared to join them, however the people honored them. 5:14More believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women. 5:15They even carried out the sick into the streets, and laid them on cots and mattresses, so that as Peter came by, at the least his shadow might overshadow some of them. 5:16Multitudes also came together from the cities around Jerusalem, bringing sick people, and those who were tormented by unclean spirits: and they were all healed.
Charitable Giving Should Be Done Honestly
It is evident that an additional teaching of the apostles was that of selling possessions and bringing the proceeds of those sold possessions to the apostles for onward distribution to the needy among believers. It should be stressed that this was a voluntary matter, without any force or pressure coming from the apostles. For in his words to Ananias Peter made clear that Ananias was not compelled to sell his possessions and bring those proceeds to the apostles. Nevertheless, if he chose to do so, then he had to be honest in the manner he went about doing it. For when one lies to the Holy Spirit one commits a sin worthy of death, even as Ananias and his wife Sapphira lost their lives in this world for lying to the Holy Spirit.
Apostles Have A Duty To Obey The Mighty One Rather Than Men
Acts 5:17-42 reads,
5:17But the high priest rose up, and all those who were with him (which is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with jealousy, 5:18and laid hands on the apostles, and put them in public custody. 5:19But an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors by night, and brought them out, and said, 5:20"Go stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life."
5:21When they heard this, they entered into the temple about daybreak, and taught. But the high priest came, and those who were with him, and called the council together, and all the senate of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought. 5:22But the officers who came didn’t find them in the prison. They returned and reported, 5:23"We found the prison shut and locked, and the guards standing before the doors, but when we had opened it up, we found no one inside!"
5:24Now when the high priest, the captain of the temple, and the chief priests heard these words, they were very perplexed about them and what might become of this. 5:25One came and told them, "Behold, the men whom you put in prison are in the temple, standing and teaching the people." 5:26Then the captain went with the officers, and brought them without violence, for they were afraid that the people might stone them.
5:27When they had brought them, they set them before the council. The high priest questioned them, 5:28saying, "Didn’t we strictly charge you not to teach in this name? Behold, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and intend to bring this man’s blood on us."
5:29But Peter and the apostles answered, "We must obey God rather than men. 5:30The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you killed, hanging him on a tree. 5:31God exalted him with his right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, to give repentance to Israel, and remission of sins. 5:32We are His witnesses of these things; and so also is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him."
5:33But they, when they heard this, were cut to the heart, and determined to kill them. 5:34But one stood up in the council, a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, honored by all the people, and commanded to take the apostles out a little while. 5:35He said to them, "You men of Israel, be careful concerning these men, what you are about to do. 5:36For before these days Theudas rose up, making himself out to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were dispersed, and came to nothing. 5:37After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the enrollment, and drew away some people after him. He also perished, and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered abroad. 5:38Now I tell you, refrain from these men, and leave them alone. For if this counsel or this work is of men, it will be overthrown. 5:39But if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow it, and you would be found even to be fighting against God!"
5:40They agreed with him. Summoning the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. 5:41They therefore departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for Jesus’ name.
5:42Every day, in the temple and at home, they never stopped teaching and preaching Jesus, the Christ.
5:29 shows that apostles have a duty to obey the Mighty One rather than obey men. Therefore when men give them contrary instructions they must disregard those contrary instructions and obey the Mighty One, even when it means that they endure suffering at the hands of men.
Apostles Are Responsible For All Activities Done Among Yah'shuah's Disciples
Acts 6:1-7 reads,
6:1Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a grumbling of the Grecian Jews against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily service. 6:2The twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, "It is not appropriate for us to forsake the word of God and serve tables. 6:3Therefore select from among you, brothers, seven men of good report, full of the Holy Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. 6:4But we will continue steadfastly in prayer and in the ministry of the word."
6:5These words pleased the whole multitude. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch; 6:6whom they set before the apostles. When they had prayed, they laid their hands on them. 6:7The word of God increased and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem exceedingly. A great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.
Apostles Should Personally Involve Themselves With Prayer And The Ministry Of The Word
Apostles should have their priorities right - continuing steadfastly in prayer and in the ministry of the word, rather than various physical duties involved with serving the brethren. Other brethren should undertake these physical duties.
Apostles Should Appoint Other Disciples To Undertake Various Duties Among Yah'shuah's Disciples
Those undertaking lesser but necessary duties than those of the apostles should be brought before the apostles that the apostles pray over them and lay hands on them, prior to their commencing those lesser but necessary duties. Apostles therefore have a responsibility to pray for and lay hands on those inducted into various service offices among the brethren.