INTRODUCTION

The Apostles were a fascinating group of men who were called by Jesus and who followed Him during the entirety of his ministry.  Scriptures did not sugarcoat their frailties, but exposed their successes, weaknesses and failures. The purpose of these writings  is to explain the revelation in scripture that relates to the call and role of the apostles. I pray that it will bless you.

THE CALL OF JESUS’ APOSTLES

Jesus came on the scene at the onset of His ministry, was baptized by John  then selected twelve men who He named apostles (Luke 6:13).  While the writers of the gospels gave varying accounts of the process of selection of the apostles, the general consensus was that Jesus first called Peter, James, John and Andrew from their fishing trade, then later Matthew from his job of tax collection  (Mark 1: 16-20; 2: 14). It is important to pay attention to the fact that all of these men immediately left their occupations and followed Jesus. James and John left their father and the hired servants (Mk 1: 20) while Simon and Andrew left their nets (Mk 1: 16-18). 
It is important to note, however, that the Lord selected these twelve Lord from a larger number of disciples who followed Him. Both Mark and Luke pointed this out, while Luke took even more pains to show that the Lord  ”called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles” (Luke 6: 13). Many people were called, but few were chosen. It is very critical to pay attention to Jesus’ example in selecting the disciples. He did so after an entire night of prayer for guidance,  according to Luke (Lk 6: 12).  Jesus needed men who would be faithful to the call of the ministry and who would be able to carry on after He returned to heaven.  Their  job description was to  “be with him …that he might send them forth to preach … heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils” (Mark 3: 13-15).

What was the criteria for selecting the twelve out of the  larger crowd? Was it their readiness to obey and leave all behind as shown in the example of Peter, James, John, Andrew and Matthew?  Jesus Himself said that “whosoever … that forsaketh not all that he hath … cannot be my disciple” (Lk 14:33).
IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DISCIPLE AND AN APOSTLE?

Luke pointed out that the 12 aposltes were chosen from a larger crowd of people who followed Jesus. The word ‘disciple” is translated from the Greek word “mathētēs” which means ” a learner, pupil, disciple. This word comes from the root word
“manthanō” which means “to  learn, be apprised;  increase one’s knowledge, to be increased in knowledge;  hear, be informed; learn by use and practice”

The word apostles comes from the Greek word “apostolos” which refers to “a delegate, messenger, one sent forth with orders; specifically applied to the twelve apostles of Christ; in a broader sense applied to other eminent Christian teachers such as Barnabas,  Timothy and Silvanus”

Blessing and please read the upcoming post!

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