Of his disciples he chose 12 who he named apostles

In the ancient church the quorum of the apostles was essential for the security and life of the church.  Without the apostles there could be no living church.-- note references to foundation.  

     "Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;  and are built upona a foundation of apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; Ephesions 2:19-20. I Corinthians 12:28. Revelations 21:14.  This foundation of apostles and prophets held a half a dozen or more keys for the functioning of the church to bring about the salvatin of man.

 1. ) The apostles held the keys to the ordinances and covenants of the gospel.  "I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of Heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.   Matthew 16:19 & 18:18

 2. ) They held the keys to revelation for the church ( revelation for doctrines and procedures of the church and for calling members to specific service positiions)-----    And Simon Petere answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.   And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona:  for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.     And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter and upon this rock (of revelation) I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.  Matthew 16:16-18

Because of the Key of Revelation that the church was built upon, there is no man that was the head of the church. Neither apostles nor prophets were the head of the church, but rather, they were the vehicle through which Jesus Christ directed his church by revelation.

 3. ) And they held the keys to choosing and ordaining apostles to replace martyred ones as well as calling and ordaining other officers in the church.

"And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said,  . . . of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, . . . , must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection. Acts 1: 15, 21-22.

4. ) They held other keys such as the seaing power conveyed by Elijah. Matthew 17:1-3.  See Luke 4:25 & I Kings 17:1-16 relative to Elijah.

"And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils:                                                                                        ---Mark 3:14-15.

To the twelve he said - "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain:" . . . .    
                 
                                                                                                       --- John 15:16.

    

     

After his resurrection he sent the apostle into the world to teach the gospel

 "Go ye, therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Matthew 28:16-19.

After Jesus and some of the apostles were killed, others, such as Matthias were called and ordained under the direction of Peter. Acts 1:15-26. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .



Later Paul was called as an apostle. Acts 14:14 & Galatians 1:1. . . . . . . . . But Paul's calling did not happen at the time of his vision on the road to Damascus. (see Acts 9:6)
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