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What Happened To Matthias?

Q. My question is about Matthias, the apostle who replaced Judas.  My SS teacher said that he believes that Paul should have been the replacement apostle rather than Matthias.   His reasoning is that there is nothing more known about Matthias after his selection and he says, a careful reading shows that the Lord was not consulted about the selection.    I know that Paul is sometimes called the 13th apostle, but is anything known about Matthias?

A. Following his selection as the replacement for Judas (Acts 1:15-26), the Bible makes no subsequent mention of Matthias.  But Church traditions indicate that besides Judea, Matthias traveled to Macedonia, Cappadocia (eastern Turkey) and the Caspian Sea area known as Western Georgia today.

Acts 1:23-26 shows that the disciples proposed two candidates and then prayed that the Lord would show them which one He wanted.  Matthias was then chosen by lot. Like your Sunday School teacher, I believe Paul was the Lord’s replacement for Judas.

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