Unlike the other apostles, Matthias was the only apostle Jesus did not call personally. He was chosen by casting lots of the other apostles after Judas betrayed Jesus.
His first appearance was recorded in Acts 1:23 when the apostles decided to replace Judas’s fallen brother. They presented Joseph called Barsabbas and Matthias as options for their selection. Acts 1:26 says, “And they drew lots for them, and the lot fell to Matthias, and he was added to the eleven apostles.”
From that point, there were little to no records about the ministry of the Apostle Matthias. But, here’s what the Bible says about Matthias:
Bible facts about Matthias
He was one of Jesus’ disciples early on
Although Matthias was not overtly mentioned, Peter did say that he was one of the early disciples who lived and followed Jesus. So, Matthias heard and witnessed Jesus’ teachings and miracles throughout His three years of ministry. “Therefore, it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus was living among us, beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.” (Acts 1:21-22)
Since Matthias was believed to have been under Jesus’ leadership, it is also not surprising if he is one of the seventy disciples in Luke chapter 10.
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- Judas Iscariot’s replacement
After Jesus’ ascension to heaven, the apostles were left wondering what to do. Jesus instructed them to wait, but Peter realized they could do something while waiting. Since Judas’ death, the twelve were down to eleven. The number twelve has a spiritual significance to Israel (represents completion and the 12 tribes of Israel.) So, Peter urged the other apostles to replace Judas so that they would be complete again. Thus, Matthias completed the Twelve.
- Missionary and Evangelist
As an apostle, Matthias was expected to travel across the land, sharing the good news. Apostle is translated from the word, “Apostolos” which means “one who is sent.” An apostle is sent somewhere where they can reach other people.
Although Matthias was chosen by drawing lots by the apostles, regardless of the method, he still played a massive role in spreading the Good News of the Kingdom in the first-century church, in which the impact is still felt today.
Reference: Overview Bible