“And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.”
King James Version (KJV)
Ac 1:26 The lot fell upon Matthias. Some have held that the choice of Matthias was unauthorized and that he was never accepted as an apostle. The reasons for this view are that he is not named again, and Paul was finally chosen as an apostle. To this it may be replied: (1) Neither are more than half the other names in the apostolic band again mentioned, Thomas, Thaddeus and Bartholomew, for example. (2) Paul was not an apostle to the Jews, but to the Gentiles, and hence, not one of the Twelve. (3) There is no hint anywhere in Acts, or elsewhere, that the selection of Matthias was not recognized. (4) In Ac 6:2 "the twelve" are spoken of, and he must have been one of "the twelve", for Paul was not yet converted. These facts show that such speculations as those referred to above are without foundation.