Scriptures are cited from the King James (Authorized) Version, unless stated otherwise.
Question: Since Judas betrayed Jesus and lost his Apostleship, did anyone replace him, and if
so, who was it?
Answer: The Scriptures indicate that there were to be twelve Apostles – no more and no less.
Following are a few Scriptural proofs:
judging the twelve tribes of Israel” (Matthew 19: 28) (Luke 22: 29, 30).
and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.”
In Jesus’ last meeting with His disciples before His ascension, He asked them to tarry at
Jerusalem until they would receive the promised power from heaven (Luke 24: 49). According to
the account in Acts 1: 12-26, the disciples returned to Jerusalem and continued in prayer. Then
Peter stood up and reminded them of David’s prophecy in Psalm 109: 8, that someone would
need to replace Judas as an Apostle, and that whoever he would be, he would have to be a
witness of Jesus’ resurrection (verse 22). Two candidates were put forward – Barsabas
(surnamed Justus) and Matthias. After prayer the disciples cast lots and Matthias was selected.
Nothing more is heard about Matthias, one indication that the disciples had erred in attempting
to replace Judas themselves. Their mistake is understandable, however, in light of the fact that
they had not yet been anointed with the power of the holy spirit which came upon them at
Pentecost, and they perhaps did not fully recognize that only God, through Jesus, has the
authority to appoint an Apostle.
The Lord merely ignored their selection, and in His own due time, appointed St. Paul to replace
Judas as the twelfth Apostle. The account of his conversion is found in Acts 9: 1-30. Following
are some Scriptural proofs of his Apostleship:
Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel” (Acts 9: 15).
blessed his ministry as an Apostle (Acts 26: 16-18) (1 Corinthians 9: 1)
(1 Corinthians 15: 5-11).
was not one whit behind the very chiefest apostles in anything (2 Corinthians 11: 5)
(2 Corinthians 12: 11).
(1 Corinthians 1: 1) (2 Corinthians 1: 1) (Galatians 1: 1) (Ephesians 1: 1) (Colossians 1: 1)
(1 Timothy 1: 1) (2 Timothy 1: 1) (Titus 1: 1).