1. Galatians 1:1 (ESV)
  2. Exposition

What does it mean for Paul to be an apostle?

Galatians 1:1 (ESV)

1 Paul, an apostle not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead

Throughout the New Testament, the term apostle is used in different ways. It can be used in a broad sense to refer to a commissioned representative of the churches (cf. 2 Corinthians 8:23; Philippians 2:25) or in a narrow sense to refer to Paul and the initial twelve (Galatians 2:6–9; 1 Corinthians 9:1, 1 Corinthians 9:5).1 In both instances, an apostle was clothed with the authority of the one who sent him.2