APOLOSTOLIC SUCCESSION [PROOF OF]
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Can be proven four way’s Heb.3: 1 “Therefore, holy brethren, who share in a heavenly call, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession.”
Logic: A.S. exist and has existed for some 2,000 years. There must be a cause
- Secular History: http://oce.catholic.com/index.php?title=List_of_Popes Shows both the names and the dates of Office
Tradition: From the Creation of Adam on God who is “unchanging” [Mal.3: 6] “”For I the LORD do not change; ”… has consistently chosen MEN to head his Chosen Peoples [John.15: 16] “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide; so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.” From Adam, to Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jacob, the Judges, The Kings like David and Solomon, the Prophets, John the Baptist, Jesus Himself, who personally choose Peter and the Apostles.
- The Bible. Where it is prudent at ask 1. WHY? And 2. How?
The “WHY” is hinted at in God’s Practice and Tradition. Jesus who too is a Perfect God [unable to error] Deut.32: 4 “The Rock, his work is perfect; for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and right is he.” Also 2nd.Sam.22:31 out of absolute necessity knowing that He would soon suffer, die, Rise and Ascend back to heaven, and HAD to have someone in place to administer His New Covenant, for which He Died. His New Faith and New Church HAD to have a Leader in order to continue. That Leader was Peter: [Mt. 16:15-19] to whom Christ entrusted everything [vrs. 18-19] that He Planned to accomplish by becoming Incarnate man. [Except for humanities redemption] The evidence of this is summed up in Mt. 28:16-20.. “Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.” THIS COULD NOT BE ACCOMPLISHED IN THE LIFE SPANS OF THE APOSTLES ALONE.
The “HOW” John.14: 26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. The H.S. is promised “Forever” Jn.14:15-17, and fulfilled in Jn. 20:21-22. Jesus then Transfers His Own Authority and His own Godly Powers to the Apostles. [Jn.17:15-19; v.18 and Jn.20:21] “As the father has sent ME; so too I [God] SEND YOU”.. Matt.10: 1-4, 8 “And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every infirmity. ..The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, ..“Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying, give without pay” & Jn.20-21-23 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
Proof: Acts 1: 15, 20, 23-24 “In those days Peter stood up among the brethren (the company of persons was in all about a hundred and twenty), and said, For it is written in the book of Psalms, `Let his habitation become desolate, and let there be no one to live in it’; and `His office let another take.’ And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsab’bas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthi’as. And they prayed and said, “Lord, who knows the hearts of all men, show which one of these two thou hast chosen”
Jesus Himself picks Paul as an Apostle: Acts 9:15-16 “But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel; for I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.”
1Tim.3: 1 “The saying is sure: If any one aspires to the office of bishop, he desires a noble task.” THIS ENTIRE SHORT CHAPTER SPEAKS OF SUCCESSION vs.13-14 “Till I come, attend to the public reading of scripture, to preaching, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophetic utterance when the council of elders laid their hands upon you.”
Acts.15: 22, 25 Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men from among them and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They sent Judas called Barsab’bas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren, it has seemed good to us, having come to one accord, to choose men and send them to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,”
God Bless you