The Disciples of Christ
The beginnings of the early church after Christ’s death and resurrection rested on those who were with him during his ministry. The word disciple means learner or follower. All of the twelve who were with Jesus during His ministry followed and learned from His example.
When we put our faith in God we are required to do both these things in order to have a strong foundation in Him. We are to learn through His Word and follow His teachings as we apply them to our day to day lives.
But who were these twelve originally and what role do they play in teaching us about human nature and the kind of people we need to be in our walk with Christ?
Who Were The Disciples
Matthew 10:1-2 NIV (New International Version)
1Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. 2These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; 3Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
Jesus’ selection of the original twelve says a lot. So, who exactly did Jesus call to a life of ministry?
Simon Peter – Fisherman
James the Elder – brother of John the Apostle, and a fisherman
John – Fisherman
Andrew – Brother of Peter and thought to have been a disciple of John the Baptist
Bartholomew/Nathanael – Believed to have been the only disciple from Noble or Royal Blood
James the Lesser/Younger – Son of Alpheus
Judas – Iscariot and betrayer
Jude/Thaddeus – Brother of James the Younger and Zealot
Matthew/Levi – Tax collector
Philip – scholars disagree on whether he was a fisherman or a deacon
Simon – Zealot
Thomas/Didymus – Doubting Thomas
Men of humble origins to men of stature. Jesus called passionate souls, even those that were of less than savory character to follow Him. In the weeks that follow I hope to take a deeper look at these men and the lessons they could teach us.