THE APOSTLES WERE PRIESTS OF THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH OF THE BAPTIZED.

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BY: Luke Haskell

That I should be the minister of Christ Jesus among the Gentiles; sanctifying the gospel of God, that the (oblation) of the Gentiles may be made acceptable and sanctified in the Holy Ghost. 

Rm 15:16

For from the rising of the sun even to the going down, my name is great among the Gentiles, and in every place there is sacrifice, and there is offered to my name a clean (oblation): for my name is great among the Gentiles, saith the Lord of hosts.

Mal 1:11

“For the Christian who reads the Church Fathers, this is not surprising at all.  St. Hegesippus (d. A.D. 180) records that the Apostle, St. James the Less, wore Temple vestments; and St. Polycrates of Ephesus (d. A.D. 196) records that my patron, St. John the Beloved Apostle, wore a primitive Bishop’s mitre, in which he was buried. Liturgy is not a corruption of Christianity; it is *indigenous.* “

Clement of Rome Recognitions book 10 ch 68 (27-97 ad)
Laodicea, Peter ordered the people to meet on the following day; and having ordained one of those who followed him as bishop over them, and others as presbyters, and having baptized multitudes, and restored to health all who were troubled with sicknesses or demons

Clement of Rome Recognitions book 6 ch 15 (27-97 ad)
and baptized them; and celebrating the Eucharist with them, he appointed, as bishop over them, Maro, who had entertained him in his house, and who was now perfect in all things; and with him he ordained twelve presbyters and deacons at the same time. He also instituted the order of widows, and arranged all the services of the Church; and charged them all to obey their bishop in all things that he should command them
Ignatius of Antioch Epistle to the Magnesians ch 2 [50-117 AD]

“Now, therefore, it has been my privilege to see you in the person of your God-inspired bishop, Damas; and in the persons of your worthy presbyters, Bassus and Apollonius; and my fellow-servant, the deacon, Zotion. What a delight is his company! For he is subject to the bishop as to the grace of God, and to the presbytery as to the law of Jesus Christ”
Ignatius of Antioch Epistle to the Magnesians ch 6 [50-117 AD]

“Take care to do all things in harmony with God, with the bishop presiding in the place of God, and with the presbyters in the place of the council of the apostles, and with the deacons, who are most dear to me, entrusted with the business of Jesus Christ, who was with the Father from the beginning and is at last made manifest”
Ignatius of Antioch Epistle to the Magnesians ch 13 [50-117 AD]

“Take care, therefore, to be confirmed in the decrees of the Lord and of the apostles, in order that in everything you do, you may prosper in body and in soul, in faith and in love, in Son and in Father and in Spirit, in beginning and in end, together with your most reverend bishop; and with that fittingly woven spiritual crown, the presbytery; and with the deacons, men of God. Be subject to the bishop and to one another as Jesus Christ was subject to the Father, and the apostles were subject to Christ and to the Father; so that there may be unity in both body and spirit”
Ignatius of Antioch Epistle to the Trallians ch 2 [50-117 AD]

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