I have heard many assumptions about the discontinuing apostles. Most say that they had a job and the power to carry it out, and then imply that this excludes anyone else from experiencing that power again. I do not see Matthew 10 limiting the number of Jesus' disciples to twelve, or exclude anyone else from receiving the same authority. Others besides the Twelve certainly performed signs and wonders. I see it the Holy Spirit job, not just the Twelve, making known to us what is of Jesus. Mark 16 makes it plain that it is the believers that signs will follow not just the apostles. Another observation from previous threads is the assumption of there are only going to be twelve seated in heaven so there are only 12. My question to them at this point is who is going to take that 12th seat? Matthias who took Judas place or Paul? What about the other apostles that are named in the New Testament? Paul also makes it clear in I Thessalonians 1:1 and 2:6 that his apostleship is the same as that of Timothy and Silas. Did Paul qualify for a place among the Twelve under the terms Peter laid out in Acts 1? Was Paul a follower of Jesus since John the Baptist? The Twelve were a distinct group, but not the only apostles. Jesus is not dead; he can continue to call apostles just like he does pastors and teachers. Paul said Jesus does this for the equipping of the saints. I see it completely unbiblical for anyone to assume that Jesus is not callings out apostles today. One last point…I have mentioned before…In Eph. 4:8-12 it says that it was after Jesus ascended up on high that he gave gifts unto men. Then he list those in vs. 11..apostles being one of them! So we have the 12 named in Matt. 10. Acts 14:14 we have Barnabas named as an apostle. Andronicus and Junia are of note among the apostles in Rom. 16:7. Paul calls Silvanus and Timothy (and himself) apostles in 1 Thess. 1:1;2:4-6. Paul calls Apollus and himself an apostle in 1 Cor. 4:6-9.