And they proposed two: Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. 24And they prayed and said, “You, O Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two You have chosen 25to take part in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.” 26And they cast their lots, and the lot fell on Matthias. And he was numbered with the eleven apostles. — NKJV
Reviewing Church history is an enlightening and sometimes surprising experience. In it one sees the concurrent motions of sinful man, striving and often missing the mark, and the Holy Spirit correcting and guiding. The wonder of it all is that Christ’s work has continued despite man’s failings and will even beyond our day. Jesus promised that the “gates of hell will not prevail against it [the church].” That includes the forces of sin within as well as without her walls.