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    I am wondering if anyone knows of any Church Fathers writings or biblical support for the Apostles thinking of themselves as vicars of Christ. The one that comes to mind is 1 Cor. 5:20, but I am wondering if there is more than that, especially in the gospels.


    I think you mean 2 Corinthians 5:20.

    The closest thing I know off-hand is the existence of Apostolic Succession. Since the Early Fathers wrote about it, it must have been important for some reason. That reason would be, logically, the Apostles were vicars of Christ, if not in authority than surely in knowledge of the faith.

    http://www.catholic.com/library/Apostol … ession.asp


    [quote:25hlxgtq]I think you mean 2 Corinthians 5:20.[/quote:25hlxgtq]

    Yes, I do. Thank you. Sorry. :oops:

    Now, as far as I know apostolic succession is not the same as explaining the role of the apostles. It does not really explain being a vicar of Christ. To me it shows that there is a continuous line of people who have authority over the Church which they received from the Apostles which was received from Christ, but as far as being a replacement for Christ I’m not sure apostolic succession covers that.

    Do you know of some biblical passages that explain the role of the apostles and their mission? Perhaps what I should be looking for is some that explain how we all represent Christ in some form or another.

    In a sense we are all vicars of Christ right? <img decoding=” title=”Confused” />

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