The Greek term translated "apostle" or apostolos or the plural apostoloi is used in two senses in the scripture. It is used in a technical sense where it refers exclusively to the apostolic office established by Christ and it is used as both a noun and verb in regard to church ordained and sent missionaries such as Barnabas (Acts 11:22; 14:4). Paul was both an apostle appointed directly by Christ and an authorized missionary sent by the church at Antioch with Barnabas (Acts 14:4; Rom. 1:1). It is the technical sense that Rome claims apostolic succession. However, that is impossible and a complete misinterpretation of scriptures for the following reasons: 1. Apostles had to be eyewitnesses of the resurrection - Acts 1:21-22; I Cor. 15:8 2. Paul claims to be the "last" (Gr. eschatos) of all the apostles (I Cor. 15:8). The term "eschatos" is used three times in I Corinthians 15. It is used of the "last" Adam and "last" trump. It is the "last" with none to follow. There will be another Adam or another trump and neither will there be any other apostle after Paul. 3. The apostolic office is regarded as the "foundation" in the building of the church that has already been laid. It is not an ongoing office (Eph. 2:20) but was for the establishing and confirming of the church by signs and miracles distinct to its office (2 Cor. 12:12) and for the completion of the scriptuers as the final authority for faith and practice (Isa. 8:16-20 with Heb. 2:13; 2 Pet. 1:19-21; 3:15-17). 4. The Apostolic office were limited to the number of 12 unto the Jews and Paul was not of that number but was the apostle to the Gentiles (Gal. 3:9). Among the 12 when one died, as with Judas, then another qualified person filled his place. The number 12 was maintained. In Acts 1:21-22 there were only two other men who could meet the apostolic qualifications. 5. The keys given to Peter in Matthew 16:19 were entrusted to him in representative capacity of the church as the same keys are exercised by the PLURAL "you" in Matthew 18:18 contextually defined as "the church" in Matthew 18:17. 6. If the claim of apostolic succession had any Biblical validity today there would be 12 apostles not one as only the Gentiles were given one apostle and it was Paul not Peter. 7. The twelve apostles were given to the Jews not to gentiles (Gal. 2:9) and Peter was among the apostles given to the Jews.