Originally Posted by homesell
When the apostles put two names in a hat (so to speak)and intend to pick out one, does it matter if they pray to God or devil? One name is going to come out no matter what. Instead of letting God choose Paul, headstrong and impetuos Peter decided he needed to "help God out" and talked the others into this "vote" Just like in America, you are sadly mistaken if you think a 3rd party has a chance of getting elected president. The president is going to be a republican or a democrat. Period.
As for John 20:22 you're right. They most likely had the Holy Spirit at that time. I had forgotten that passage. Thank you for pointing it out. I still believe that even with the Holy Spirit in them they may have taken things into their own hands thinking they were doing Gods will. All through history there have been true believers who thought they were doing Gods will but weren't. Another example of Peter misunderstanding is his early refusal to hang out with or share the gospel with Gentiles... Paul had to correct Peter.
Right. Scripture is clear that there ever were only 12 Apostles, and just having the Holy Spirit (as all belivers do) does not guarantee that we are always right. Though the Holy Spirit guides us, we don't always listen clearly.