Is the Church “Apostolic”? The Bible Answers (I)

Is the Church “Apostolic”? The Bible Answers (I)

DID THE EARLY CHURCH HAVE A POPE?

The apostles and the early Church had St. Peter as their head ((Mt 16:18-19; Lk 22:31; Jn 21:15-17; Acts 1:15-26; Acts 2:14-41; Gal 1:18; Gal 2:1-10). In fact, St. Peter was the first Pope and all popes are Peter’s successors.

The Church continues to keep the same structure it had in the 1st Century, formed by bishops, priests and deacons (1Tim 3:1-7; 1Tim 3:8-13; 1 Tim 5:17, 22; Tit 1:5-9; Acts 20:17); something other denominations lack, making up for this deficiency by establishing new leadership structures.

WHAT IS APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION?

Jesus established Peter and the other Apostles as the shepherds of the Church (Mt 18:18; Mt 10:40; Lk 10:16; Acts 20:28; 1Pe 5:1-4), and they, in turn established other colaborators as seen in 1Tim, 2Tim y Tit (Cfr. 2Tim 2:2; Tit 1:5; Hb 13:7.17).

The Church firmly believes what is stated in Eph 2:20, where Christ is named the cornerstone, and next to him, all the apostles, not competing among themselves, but as the ones who carry on his evangelization work.

Jorge Luis Zarazúa, Diez extendidas dudas (resueltas), Translated from the Spanish original, appearing in es.aleteia.org, January 9, 2019. With permission.