Christianity is not just another spirituality, because Jesus gathered the tribes, established a Kingdom. The Twelve were his royal cabinet, entrusted with viceroyal authority to represent him in his New Israel, the Church: “As the Father has sent me, even so I send you. . . . If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven” (Jn 20:21, 23); “He who hears you hears me, and he who rejects you rejects me” (Lk 10:16). King Christ had appointed them to an office, and an office left vacant must be filled (Acts 1:20).
Thus, the apostles appointed presbyters in each church (Acts 14:23). Paul reminded Timothy that the office of bishop was conferred on him through the laying on of hands (1 Tim 1:6; 4:14; 5:22).Read More