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The Bible gives the criteria.One of the reasons Matthias was chosen to be the 12th disciple was for the purpose of having 12 apostles. The 12 apostles will be ruling from the temple in the New Jerusalem, ruling over the 12 tribes of Israel. Their names are on the twelve foundations of the temple (Revelation 21:14). !" was an important number to the Jew - it signified 'perfection'. Mathematically 12 has more factors than any other small number (1,2,3,4,6,12), and this was significant to the Jew, the number 12 occurring throughout The Bible (12 tribes, disciples, 144,000 [ie 12 x 12 in thousands] in Revelation and so on).

According to Acts 1:20-26, the disciples fulfilled the Psalm prophesy about needing to find another person to take Judas' place. It then says the disciples prayed to God about the decision after selecting two men who had been with them since the beginning of Jesus' ministry on Earth. They cast lots to make the decision, which was the equivalent of rolling dice or drawing straws, and Matthias was the one chosen. To a believer in the Bible, Matthias was chosen to be the 12th disciple because that is what God's will was. This was in accordance with a fulfillment of the Scriptures, which Peter quoted in v. 20 from Psalms 69:25 & 109:8 for replacing Judas' position. As for Biblical appropriateness of casting a lot, consider Proverbs 16:33: "The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD."

The Bible does indicate why Matthias was chosen over Barnabas - only Matthias & Joseph Justus (Barsabas) seem to be qualified for the position. Barnabas, a native of Cyprus, while being a godly Early Church believer, did not meet the criteria that Peter explained in Acts 1:21, 22. Matthias was shown to be God's choice, there being no Biblical reason to question it.

Incidentally, both Barnabas and Titus are called apostoloi (apostles) in the Greek text, which means a sent one, but they are not numbered with the original 12. Even Paul called himself "as one born out of due time. For I am least of the apostles, that I am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God (before he became a Christian)." 1 Corinthians 15:8,9.

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Who was Matthias in The Bible?

Matthias was the disciple who was chosen by lot to replace Judas Iscariot as the twelfth disciple after Judas committed suicide.

Who was matthis in the Bible?

Matthias was the disciple chosen to replace Judas.

Which disciple was chosen to replace Judas?

Matthias was chosen to replace Judas.

Matthias who replace Judas the same as Matthew of the 12 disciple?

No, Matthias is not the Matthew from the original 12 disciples; in fact after he is voted to take Judas place as the 12th disciple he is never mentioned again.

Who was the disciple chosen to replace Judas?

Matthias was chosen by lot to replace Judas Iscariot (Acts 1:23-26)

Who was chosen to replace Judas as the twelfth disciple?

Matthias (Acts 1:15, 16, 20-26)

Who was the disciple that was not one of the original twelve?

Matthias was chosen by lot and prayer to replace Judas (Acts 1:20-26).

Where in the Bible does it tell you about Matthias?

Very little is known about Matthias, the disciple chosen to replace Judas as one of the twelve apostles. The account of his selection is found in Acts 1:21-26.

Is matthias a disciple?

Yes. He was chosen by lot and prayer to succeed Judas as an apostle and official witness to the resurrection. Acts 1:20-26

Who was Saint Matthias?

Matthias was a disciple of Our Lord from the earliest years. When Judas abandoned Our Lord and then committed suicide, the apostles decided that they must choose a replacement for Judas. After much prayer and the drawing of lots, Matthias was chosen to fill the void.

Who was the last apostle?

The last apostle (disciple) to be called was Matthias. He was not one of the original 12 called by Christ, but was chosen by the remaining 11 after Judas died.

Who took Judas' place as a disciple?


Who replaced Judas as the twelfth disciple?


Was Jesus crucified before Matthias became a disciple?

The first chapter of Acts (Acts 1:1-26) tells us that Jesus had died and been resurrected before Matthias was chosen as an apostle to replace Judas.

Life of Matthias as a disciple?

Matthias was picked by the Apostles to take the place of Judas. Not much else is said about him.

Who was the next disciple of Jesus after Judas?

Matthias replaced Judas

Who replaced Judas Iscariot as a disciple of Jesus?

Matthias (Acts 1:20-26). He was chosen by the other disciples to replace Jesus with Barsabas and they then drew lots.

Why was Mattias chosen to be the 12th Disciple?

Judas killed himself and Mathias was chosen to replace him. They felt a need to replace Judas and they wanted to replace him with someone who had known Christ and Mathias fit the bill.

Who replace Judas?

Matthias was the name of the disciple that was picked after Judas died?

What chapter in the bible does it say Matthias is the thirdteen disciple?

The Acts of Apostles Chapter 1 talks about Matthias as being the thirteenth disciples.

Who was the 13th disciple?

The 13th disciple or rather the replacement for Judas Iscariot was decided between two men, Joseph called Barsabbas and Matthias. The original 11 prayed for God's blessing and they cast lots to determine the chosen man. Apparently both men were held in high esteem and well qualified for this task so the outcome of casting lots (flipping a coin) could be understood to be decided by God. The chosen man was Matthias. Acts 1: 21 - 26. A Muslim man called Ahmed Al-Hasan wrote a book in which he claims to be the thirteenth disciple.

Who was Matthias or Thaddeus?

Matthias was the disciple that was chosen to replace Judas Iscariot as an apostle.This account is discussed in (Acts 1:15-26)Thaddaeus was one of the twelve apostles chosen by Jesus. He was also called Judas, the son of James. See Acts and the Gospels.

Who was the new disciple in the Bible?

AnswerAccording to Acts 1:23-26, Matthias was selected as the new disciple to replace Judas Iscariot.

Who became the new 12th apostle after Judas?

Matthias was named the 12th apostle (Acts 1:16-26).

Who was Judas' replacement?

A disciple of Jesus named Matthias (Acts 1:15-26).