Tuesday, October 28 2008
The book of Acts speaks of Matthias. According to Acts 1...
21 Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,
22 Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.
23 And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.
24 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen,
25 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.
26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.I find it interesting that Matthias is not mentioned at any other point in the Bible although he was apparently part of the seventy that is referred to Luke 10...
1 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.
The best source of historical info that I could find on Matthias was Wikipedia (so take it with a grain of salt), but this is what it says of Matthias...
According to Nicephorus, Matthias first preached the Gospel in Judea, then in Ethiopia (made out to be a synonym for the geographically quite separate Colchis, now Caucasian Georgia) and was crucified in Colchis. A marker placed in the ruins of the Roman fortress at Gonio (Apsaros) in the modern Georgian region of Adjara claims that Matthias is buried at that site.
Is it possible that Matthias is not mentioned prominently throughout the Bible because Paul was truly the 12th Apostle? 1 Corinthians 15 states...
7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.