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Matthew 10:16-28

Martyrs: The Apostles

There Were Twelve
They were not extraordinary men in and of themselves, but God
called them to serve him in extraordinary ways. It is hard to
estimate the significance of the twelve (minus Judas + Matthias)
men God chose as foundational to His church. Consider what
the apostle abnormally born wrote about the others: So then
you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow
citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,
built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ
Jesus himself being the cornerstone, Ephesians 2:19,20. And this
significant symbol in the one non-martyr apostle’s’ apocalyptic
vision: And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on
them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the
Lamb. Revelation 21:14 In the eyes of the world they were seen
as: We have become, and are still, like the scum of the world,
the refuse of all things. 1Corinthians 4:13 Yet, in the eyes of the
saints they are to be admired and respected, but not
venerated. They understood themselves as humble servants of
Christ, not super-apostles, men who love and served the Lord
despite terrible trials and persecution. Each one of them stands
in the tradition of the prophets who were persecuted for
righteousness’s sake. Likewise all men, women and children who
have followed and are following in the footsteps of the faithful
who face suffering unto death should be specially admired and
respected by those of us who live in the luxury of religious
freedom. They are worthy of special honor and desperate need
our prayers and support.