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Apostle Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    apostle n
  1. an ardent early supporter of a cause or reform; "an apostle of revolution"
  2. any important early teacher of Christianity or a Christian missionary to a people
  3. (New Testament) one of the original 12 disciples chosen by Christ to preach his gospel
Apostle Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Apostle \A*pos"tle\, n. [OE. apostle, apostel, postle, AS. apostol, L. apostolus, fr. Gr. ? messenger, one sent forth or away, fr. ? to send off or away; ? from + ? to send; akin to G. stellen to set, E. stall: cf. F. ap[^o]tre, Of. apostre, apostle, apostele, apostole.]
  1. Literally: One sent forth; a messenger. Specifically: One of the twelve disciples of Christ, specially chosen as his companions and witnesses, and sent forth to preach the gospel. He called unto him his disciples, and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles. --Luke vi. 13. Note: The title of apostle is also applied to others, who, though not of the number of the Twelve, yet were equal with them in office and dignity; as, ``Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ.'' --1 Cor. i.
  2. In --Heb. iii. 1, the name is given to Christ himself, as having been sent from heaven to publish the gospel. In the primitive church, other ministers were called apostles --(Rom. xvi. 7).
  3. The missionary who first plants the Christian faith in any part of the world; also, one who initiates any great moral reform, or first advocates any important belief; one who has extraordinary success as a missionary or reformer; as, Dionysius of Corinth is called the apostle of France, John Eliot the apostle to the Indians, Theobald Mathew the apostle of temperance.
  4. (Civ. & Admiralty Law) A brief letter dimissory sent by a court appealed from to the superior court, stating the case, etc.; a paper sent up on appeals in the admiralty courts. --Wharton. Burrill. Apostles' creed, a creed of unknown origin, which was formerly ascribed to the apostles. It certainly dates back to the beginning of the sixth century, and some assert that it can be found in the writings of Ambrose in the fourth century. Apostle spoon (Antiq.), a spoon of silver, with the handle terminating in the figure of an apostle. One or more were offered by sponsors at baptism as a present to the godchild. --B. Jonson.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Apostle'

  • Apostle: An apostle is a (religious) messenger and ambassador. Apostle and apostles may refer to: Religion : Apostle (Christian), one of the Twelve ...
  • Apostle (Christian): The term apostle is derived from the New Testament Greek word ἀπόστολος or apostolos, meaning one who is sent forth as a messenger and ...
  • Apostle (Latter Day Saints): In the Latter Day Saint movement , an Apostle is a "special witness of the name of Jesus Christ who is sent to teach the principles of ...
  • Paul the Apostle: Paul the Apostle, also called the Apostle Paul, Paul of Tarsus, and Saint Paul. (Σαούλ (Saul), Σαῦλος (Saulos), and Παῦλος (Paulos ...
  • Apostles' Creed: The Apostles' Creed (Latin : Symbolum Apostolorum or Symbolum Apostolicum), sometimes titled Symbol of the Apostles, is an early statement ...
  • Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (LDS Church): In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (also known as the Quorum of the Twelve ...
  • Cambridge Apostles: The Cambridge Apostles, also known as the Cambridge Conversazione Society, is an intellectual secret society at the University of ...

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* God has placed in each soul an apostle to lead us upon the illumined path. Yet many seek life from without, unaware that is within them. - Kahlil Gibran

* The age of Grace began in mid-Acts, after the conversion of the Apostle Paul. It is through his letters alone that we learn about the dispensation of Grace, about Israel being set aside, with Jew and Gentile being saved into the Body of Christ. It was Paul who taught 'all the Jews which are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses' (Acts 2121). It was also Paul who proclaimed the forgiveness of sins 'to all who would believe' in Christ, adding that 'ye could not be justified by the law of Moses' (Acts 1338-39). The measuring rod of grace tells us that the age of Grace began with Paul, then continued through those who were saved and subsequently carried on His God-given doctrines of grace. - John Fredericksen

* Most of us have been taught about the need to appropriate by faith what is already ours through grace. We all desire to have more joy in our Christian life. The keys to experiencing joy are available to all of us. We need to understand the gospel of the grace of God as revealed to the Apostle Paul. Then as we put Paul's instructions into practice, we will come to know God experientially. This will cause us to know Him better which will cause us to want to obey more, and on and on it goes. Then as we learn and obey God and become focused on spiritual things instead of earthly things, we will become thankful for everything that God has provided for us in Christ. Knowledge, obedience, and thankfulness will then lead to abundant joy in our everyday life In the words of the old hymn Trust and obey, For there's no other way, To be happy in Jesus, But to trust and obey. - David Havard

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