The Other Apostles Mentioned in the Bible
How many apostles are explicitly mentioned in the pages of the New Testament?
There were 12 apostles—the twelve who followed Jesus. However, as strange as it may seem to some, there are as many as 25 apostles explicitly mentioned in the pages of the New Testament.
Yes, there were the twelve chosen by Jesus. Eleven are named in Acts 1:13, “Peter and John, and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James. “ Judas Iscariot, one of the original twelve, the one who betrayed Jesus, is not named in that list. That’s the original twelve. Then add Matthias who replaced Judas Iscariot.
Matthias (Acts 1:26). “[If] we include both Judas and Matthias the total is now thirteen.
An investigation of the Scripture reveals several individuals in addition to the original twelve who are explicitly referred to as apostles. We might call them “apostles of the throne“, “apostles of the Lamb” or “ascension-gift apostles.” A complete listing of New Testament apostles follows.
James, the half-brother of Jesus and leader of the Jerusalem church – Galatians 1:19
Barnabas – Acts 14:14
Paul – Acts 14:14 and many other references
Apollos – Corinthians 4:6-9
Timothy and Silvanus – I Thessalonians 1:1 and 2:6
Epaphroditus – Philippians 2:25.
Two unnamed apostles – Second Corinthians 8:23. A brother of fame among the churches, and a brother tested.
Andronicus and Junia – Romans 16:7
Finally, Hebrews 3:1 designates Jesus Christ the “Apostle and High Priest of our profession.”
That makes 25 apostles in the New Testament! … because Christ, after His ascension, appointed “some as apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers . . . until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-13).