Qualifications and Duties
of the Apostles
(1) Those who directly received the
calling by Christ to spread the gospel of the water and the Spirit
(Mark 3:13; Luke 6:13; Galatians 1:1).
(2) Those who lived with Christ and
witnessed His works on earth. The disciples of Jesus Christ were
witnesses to the fulfillment of the righteousness of God through
Christís life (Acts 1:21-22; 1 Corinthians 9:1).
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(3) Those who, being filled by the
Holy Spirit, received the power to fulfill the works commanded by
Christ (Acts 15:28; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 1 Thessalonians 4:8; 1 John
(4) Those who were given the power
to perform miracles to bear witness to the gospel of the water and
the Spirit on this earth. God gave great power to the Apostles so
that Jesus Christ may be revealed through them as God the Savior
(Acts 9:40; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Hebrews 2:4).
(5) Those who received a special calling,
as well as special blessings, from God (Acts 9:15; 2 Corinthians
1:1; Galatians 2:8).
The authority given to the Apostles
is the authority to forgive peopleís sins, and as such, ignoring
those who have this authority will lead to oneís destruction.