Apostles vs. Disciples
Those final words spoken by a man or a woman before passing away are spoken from the heart. When Napoleon Bonaparte was dying, according to legend, he exclaimed, “I’m dying before my time, and my body will be returned to the earth.” We all know what happened to Napoleon, the man we once referred to as “the Great.” According to legend, on his deathbed, Voltaire, the French writer, confided in his doctor the following words: “I have been abandoned by both God and men! “If you can help me live another six months, I’ll give you half of my fortune.
Crucification was a type of torture that literally took the wind out of a person’s sails.
However, the individual who was crucified had considerable difficulty exhaling.
He would, however, immediately cease any such effort because of the excruciating pain that it would cause his feet as a result of the nails in his shoes.
In order to reduce his agony, the Romans would break his legs when they desired to do so.
However, because Jesus was already dead, the soldiers did not break the legs of the two thieves who were crucified with him in order to hasten their deaths (John 19:3133).
Jesus’ final words were spoken in this context, as he fought for his life with every breath he could take.
According to the Bible (Luke 23:34), In contrast to the majority of bandits and criminals, who were defiant and furious, Jesus was filled with an amazing calmness and an inexplicable love as he interceded on their behalf before the Father, pleading for the forgiveness of his torturers and saviors.
- Ryle, put it succinctly: “While the blood of the greatest sacrifice began to flow, the greatest of all high priests began to intercede.” As J.C.
- Then, what would have been the point of his suffering?
- When it came to dying for the guilty, he preferred it because it required him to muster even more strength and bravery on his own behalf.
- Because of his close relationship with the Father, Jesus was able to accomplish this.
Because of this, he bore the sin of many and interceded for those who had done wrong.” (Isaiah 53.12) Touched by the repentant attitude and faith of one of the thieves who had been crucified alongside him, Jesus turned to face him and declared, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Isaiah 53.12) (Luke 23:43) The Bible states that The parable of the repentant thief demonstrates that God is pleased when we have a humble attitude toward ourselves.
- Mocking he received from the people, from the magistrates, from the soldiers, and from the other thief who was crucified alongside Jesus (Luke 23:3539).
- However, one of the robbers had a completely different outlook (Luke 23:4043).
- 41) and recognized him as the Messiah (v.
- Following his repentant and trusting attitude, Jesus made him a promise that exceeded anything he could have anticipated.
- The Lord, on the other hand, assured him that he would be taken to paradise that very day.
- 2 Corinthians 12:34 and Revelation 2:7 both use the term to refer to heaven.
- In order to receive forgiveness, healing, and a guaranteed place in God’s eternal paradise, let us approach Jesus with humility.
Aside from other considerations, he thought of his mother, and made arrangements to ensure that she would have everything she needed.
One toothache or one headache is all it takes for us to become frustrated and easily angered.
Mary, Mary’s sister, Mary Magdalene, and John were all present at the foot of the cross, and Jesus would have loved to have consoled each of them individually.
We can see, for example, in the Gospels, that Jesus always showed great sensitivity and compassion toward those with whom he came into contact.
Seeing her son scorned and tortured like a lawbreaker made Mary, his mother, distraught, wish she could have stood in for him if it had been possible for her son to do so.
The prophet Simeon had predicted to Mary thirty years before the birth of Jesus that her child would one day be like a sword that would pierce her own heart when he held the infant Jesus in his arms (Luke 2:35).
The sacrifice was more than an obligation for Jesus, however.
He made the best possible arrangements for her while he was suspended between heaven and earth.
Mary would be cared for by John in the same way that he would care for his own mother, he realized (John 19:27).
How willing are we to suffer alongside those who are in our immediate vicinity?
Are we not all called to spread a little more love in this chaotic world, aside from taking precautions to avoid a meltdown?
In Matthew 27:46, the Bible says, Following Jesus’ death on the cross, Matthew, the gospel writer, emphasized that Jesus was subjected to the separation from God that we were all predestined to experience in our lives forever.
A strong sense of abandonment by the Father pervaded Jesus’ thoughts and actions.
As the prophet Isaiah had predicted several hundred years earlier (Isaiah 53:46 / New Living Translation), this event occurred exactly as predicted.
5 In fact, we were under the impression that his difficulties were a punishment from God for his own sins.
So that we could live in peace, he was beaten up.
Like sheep, we’ve all wandered off the path.
However, the LORD placed the guilt and sins of the entire human race on his shoulders as a result of his actions.
It is impossible to quantify the agony that Jesus experienced as a result of this rupture, but the extreme agony that he experienced in the Garden of Gethsemane gives us a good idea of what it must have been like (Mark 14:33; Luke 22:4144).
The Bible states in John 15:13 that “This is how we know what love is,” wrote the apostle John in his first letter, “because Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.” And we should be willing to give our lives in the service of our fellow man.
Making the ultimate sacrifice for someone else is not easy.
“I am thirsty,” Jesus exclaimed as he was on the verge of death, his lips parched with thirst.
In order to atone for our sins, God the Son died on the cross.
He felt hunger, thirst, and fatigue as a man, just like the rest of us, and he didn’t hold back in expressing it.
Who would have imagined that the one who came to be a source of living water for all men would one day be afflicted by a thirsty condition?
During our times of suffering, He is able to console and comfort us (Hebrews 2:18 and 4:1516).
(19:30) (John 19:29) Three of the Gospels mention that Jesus cried out just before he died, but only the Gospel of John records what Jesus said before he was killed.
Jesus let out a piercing scream.
He had just achieved the most incredible victory in history!
Men were separated from God by a barrier that prevented them from experiencing his benevolent presence.
The question is, what should we do now that the path to paradise is clear?
The Bible states in Hebrews 7:25 that Our efforts to win a position in paradise will be in vain (Ephesians 2:8); Jesus has already accomplished this for us.
The pleasures of paradise can be enjoyed now, despite the fact that we have not yet arrived there (John 7:38).
In this prayer, the speaker expresses complete confidence in God.
By dying, Jesus threw himself into the arms of the Father, knowing that God had prepared wonderful things for him in the future.
When Jesus spoke to his disciples about the sufferings that would befall them, he always spoke of the glory that would follow them as well (Matthew 16:21; 17:9; 17:2223).
What about the rest of us?
Do we really believe that he has something wonderful in store for us?
He wishes to bestow his favor on us and bless us in our endeavors.
Here is an example of what you could say to God in your prayers: ‘Lord God,’ I pray I’m well aware of my shortcomings.
Thank you for bearing with him through his sufferings and death on the cross.
Let your Spirit fill me today, so that I may begin a new life in close relationship with you and others.
I’m putting myself at your disposal right now, without more ado! Amen! Sincere thanks go out to Laura Dytynchin, who translated the content from French and to Jack Cochrane, who examined the final version of this document.
The final words that a man or a woman says before passing away are spoken from the heart. Napoleon Bonaparte, the famous French general, is said to have said as he lay dying, “I am dying before my time, and my body will be returned to the earth.” This is the fate of the man we once referred to as “Napoleon the Great.” Voltaire, the French writer, is said to have confided in his doctor these words as he lay dying: “I have been abandoned by God and by men!” If you can help me live another six months, I’ll give you half of my fortune.” During the final six hours of his life, while dangling between heaven and earth and enduring great suffering, Jesus also spoke seven statements that revealed the depth of his inner being.
- When someone was crucified, they were literally suffocated to death.
- When crucified, the person could inhale but had great difficulty exhaling.
- However, because of the nails in his feet, the pain that this caused him was so excruciating that he would immediately cease any such effort.
- His legs would be broken, however, if the Romans wanted to shorten his agony even further.
- The soldiers broke the legs of the two thieves who were crucified with Jesus in order to hasten their deaths, but the legs of Jesus were not broken because he had already died when the soldiers arrived (John 19:3133).
- Jesus’ final words were spoken in this context, as he was fighting for his life with every breath he could muster.
- (See also Luke 23:34) Most bandits and criminals, defiant and enraged, would curse and insult those who were nailing them to a cross, but Jesus, filled with an incredible calmness and an inexplicable love, interceded with the Father on their behalf.
- Ryle, the famous Anglican Bishop of Liverpool.
- But then what would have been the point of his suffering?
- He preferred to die for the guilty, which necessitated even greater strength and courage on his part.
- It was only possible for Jesus to do so because of his close relationship with the Father.
Because he bore the sin of many and interceded on their behalf.” The faith and repentance of one of the thieves crucified with him moved Jesus, who turned to face him and declared, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Isaiah 53.12) (See also Luke 23:43) The parable of the repentant thief demonstrates that God is pleased when we have a humble attitude.
- Because they were so preoccupied with themselves, they were unable to recognize Jesus for who he truly was.
- Knowing his own sins and the justice of his punishment, he realized Jesus’ innocence (v.
- The thief begged Jesus to keep him in mind on the day when he would return to establish his kingdom, whether it was in ten, fifteen, or fifty years.
- The word “paradise” is derived from a Persian word that literally translates as “garden of delights.” The word is used to describe the Garden of Eden in the Septuagint, a Greek translation of the Old Testament.
- The parable of the repentant thief demonstrates to what extent Jesus takes pleasure in forgiving.
- Even as he lay dying, Jesus was preoccupied with the needs of others.
“When Jesus saw his mother there, as well as the disciple whom he adored standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” Since then, this disciple has welcomed her into his home.” The Bible says in John 19:2627 that When we are suffering, we become so completely absorbed in our suffering that we lose track of time and place.
- Jesus here, suspended on a cross and making arrangements for the care of his mother is therefore incredible to witness.
- Despite his sufferings, his increasingly difficult breathing, the agony and sadness in his soul, he could not remain indifferent to the distress of those who had followed him up to that point and who had no fear of identifying themselves with him.
- (Matthew 9:36; 14:14; 15:32; 20:34; 21:36; 22:36) His mother, Mary, was distraught at the sight of her son being scorned and tortured as if he were a lawbreaker and would have gladly taken his place if it had been feasible.
- Thirty years before, when Simeon held the baby Jesus in his arms, he told Mary that her child would one day be like a sword that would pierce her own heart (Luke 2:35).
- But for Jesus, it was more than just a matter of duty.
- He made the best arrangements for her while he was suspended between heaven and earth.
- He was confident that John would look after Mary as he would his own mother (John 19:27).
Whether we are willing to share in the suffering of those around us is a question.
“My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” the Lord cried out after five and a half hours of agony, when he was at the height of his suffering.
Never before had this deep, intimate fellowship between Jesus and his Father been severed.
Because of our sins, the Father had literally abandoned and turned away from Jesus.
4Yet it was our infirmities that he bore; it was our sickness that weighed him down.
5However, he was wounded and crushed in the place of our sins.
The whipping brought healing to us!
We have turned away from God’s paths in order to pursue our own.
God turned away from Jesus and poured out his wrath on him while he was on the cross, bearing our sins.
While still present with his disciples, Jesus declared that there is no greater love than for a man to lay down his life for his friends.
But perhaps, even before we consider giving our lives, we should consider giving a little more time, attention, and love to those in our immediate vicinity.
God the Son died on the cross in order to atone for our sins.
As a man, he experienced hunger, thirst, and exhaustion, and he did not hesitate to express his feelings.
It’s hard to imagine that the one who came to be a source of living water for all men would one day be thirsty.
He has the ability to console and comfort us throughout our times of pain (Hebrews 2:18 and 4:1516).
(See John 19:30.) Three of the Gospels mention that Jesus cried out moments before he died, but only the Gospel of John records what Jesus said.
Jesus let forth a piercing yell.
He had just achieved the biggest triumph in human history.
He tore down the barrier that separated men from God and kept them from experiencing his benevolent presence.
“He is able to rescue totally those who come to God through him, since he constantly lives to intercede on their behalf,” the Bible states.
Allow us to simply beg him to forgive our sins and to bring us into right relationship with the Father today.
When Jesus was about to give his spirit to the Father, he opened his mouth again and shouted out in a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” (See also Luke 23:46) These final words of Jesus related to the prayer that Jewish mothers taught their children to recite before going to bed.
- It derives from a psalm in which King David confided in the Lord God, certain that God would intervene in his favor (Psalm 31:16).
- Actually, Jesus was well aware that, following his suffering, the Father would resurrect him from the grave and exalt him above all other things.
- With the expectation of future glory, Jesus was able to endure and continue to the very end of his life (Hebrews 12:12).
- Is it possible to turn to God in times of pain, when everything appears to be gloomy, when despair and grief overtake us, and commit ourselves to his loving protection?
- Why not trust him with our life right now?
- After all, what’s the point of waiting.
- Yes, I’m aware of my shortcomings.
- Thank you for bearing with him through his sufferings and death on the cross.
- I love you.
I’m putting myself at your disposal immediately, without further delay. Amen! Sincere thanks go out to Laura Dytynchin, who translated the content from French and to Jack Cochrane, who vetted the final version of this post.
Apostle vs Disciple
During Jesus’ career, thedisciples served as his students, according to Christian tradition. While Jesus had a huge following, the term “disciple” is most usually used to refer to the twelve apostles who were his closest followers. The gospels and the Book of Acts also mention to a “increasing multitude” of disciples, whose numbers fluctuate between 70 and 120, and who are described as a “growing multitude.” The term “disciple” is now often used to refer to individuals who desire to learn from the teachings of Jesus, such as those contained in the Sermon on the Mount.
|Meaning||An apostle is a messenger and ambassador. Someone who champions a critical reform movement, belief or cause (more so in the Christian context).||A disciple is a follower and student of a mentor, teacher, or any other wise person. Someone who accepts and helps in spreading the teachings of another or simply put one who learns any art or science.|
|Origin of the word||An apostle was originally and usually referred to the early followers of Jesus who spread the Christian message to the world or to a person of the Christian missionary designated to spread the Christian message.||The term disciple is not solely associated with any particular person or association.|
|Etymylogy||Middle English, from Old English apostol and from Old French apostle, both from Late Latin apostolus, from Greek apostolos||Middle English, from Old English discipul and from Old French desciple, both from Latin discipulus, pupil, from discere, to learn; see dek- in Indo-European roots.|
|Term referenced elsewhere||“The Apostle” is the title of a blockbuster movie starring Robert Duvall.||“The Disciple” is the title of a movie starring Race Owens.|
Differences in meaning
While adisciple is a student who learns from a teacher, anapostlei is a person who is sent to spread the teachings of a teacher to others. “Apostle” is a term that refers to a messenger or someone who has been dispatched. An apostle is a person who is assigned to convey or transmit the teachings of the church to others. In the Bible, the word “apostle” has two meanings: the broad sense of a messenger, and the more specific meaning of the twelve persons who were personally associated with Jesus Christ.
Origins of the words Apostle and Disciple
After Jesus’ ascension to the right hand of the Father, the title apostle started to be used. Apostle is defined by the Christian assembly as “a preparatory step in the selection of a substitute for Judas.” Paul is also referred to as an apostle since he was bestowed with this title by Jesus Christ himself. The apostolic period came to an end in the year 100 AD, when the last apostle died. Even now, there are a large number of Christian disciples who are propagating the teachings of Jesus. However, in the modern Christian church, there are no actual apostles.
References in cinema
Immediately upon Jesus’ ascension, the term “apostolic” was coined. A preliminary step in selecting a substitute for Judas, according to the Christian assembly. Given that he was bestowed with this title by Jesus himself, Paul is sometimes referred to as an apostle. As early as 100AD, the final apostle died, bringing the apostolic period to an end. Even now, there are several Christians who are preaching the teachings of Jesus. However, in the modern Christian church, there are no actual apostles to be found.
Differences in etymylogy
- An apostle is a person who preaches the gospel. The term “apostle” comes from the Middle English words “old Englishapostol” and “old Frenchapostle,” both of which are derived from the Late Latin word “apostolus,” which in turn is derived from the Greek word “apostolos.” A disciple is a person who studies
- The term comes from Middle Englishdiscipuland from Old Frenchdesciple, both derived from Latindiscipulus, which means “student,” fromdiscere, which means “to learn.” The word seedek comes from Indo-European origins and means “to study.”
An apostle is a person who preaches the gospel. The term “apostle” comes from the Middle English words “old Englishapostol” and “old Frenchapostle,” both of which are derived from the Late Latin word “apostolus,” which is in turn derived from the Greek word “apostolos.” A disciple is a person who studies; the term comes from Middle Englishdiscipuland from Old Frenchdesciple, both derived from Latindiscipulus, which means “student,” fromdiscere, which means “to learn.”
What is the difference between a disciple and apostle?
QuestionAnswer Not every disciple was an apostle, but not every apostle was a disciple of Christ. Every person who professes faith in Jesus is referred to as His disciple. “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you,” Jesus says in Matthew 28:19–20. “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” And without a doubt, I will be with you constantly, till the end of the era.” Throughout the New Testament, the term “disciple” merely refers to someone who is learning something new.
Take, for example, Acts 6:1, which states, “during those days when the number of disciples was growing.” In this context, the phrase “believers” or “Christians” is implied by the word “discipless.” The Greek term for “apostle” literally translates as “one who is dispatched,” and it can apply to an envoy or somebody who has been dispatched to carry out a task.
All of the apostles were disciples, and they were among the many believers in Jesus, but only a select number of disciples were chosen to serve as the Twelve Apostles (Matthew 10:1–4; Mark 3:14; Acts 26:14–18).
This group contained the original twelve disciples (although Judas Iscariot later turned his back on Christ and rejected him), as well as Paul or Matthias, depending on who you ask.
In addition to Matthias (Acts 1:26), Barnabas (Acts 14:14), Apollos (1 Corinthians 4:6–9), Timothy and Silas (1 Thessalonians 1:1, 2:6), Epaphroditus (Philippians 2:25), and two unnamed apostles, the New Testament lists a number of other men who are referred to as “apostles” but who are not members of the Twelve (2 Corinthians 8:23, possibly already included in the previous list).
According to Hebrews 3:1, Jesus is also addressed by His Father as a “apostle,” signifying that He was sent by and held authority over His Father.
One of the primary differences between apostles appears to have been their level of authority.
In addition to having been present with Christ during His ministry, having personally witnessed Jesus after His resurrection, and having been empowered by the Holy Spirit to perform miracles or signs, the qualifications for being an apostle were as follows: Acts 1:21–22, 10:41, and 2 Corinthians 12:12.
- Despite the fact that he did not join Jesus on any of His earthly trips, Jesus appeared to him on the way to Damascus and designated him as an apostle to the Gentiles (Acts 26:14–18).
- There are no apostles, in the traditional meaning of the word, living and well in the modern world.
- Some Christian groups, on the other hand, continue to use the term apostle to refer to a missionary or business leader in a more wide meaning.
- In conclusion, any person who professes faith in Jesus as his or her Savior is considered a disciple of Christ.
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Comparison Table (Apostle vs Disciple)
|Meaning||Refers to the messenger and ambassador of Christ.||Refers to the follower and student of a teacher (Messiah)|
|Reference||He is an ambassador of the gospel||He is a student of the gospel of Jesus Christ|
|Origin||It is derived from a Greek word apostolos which means an ambassador||It is derived from a Greek word mathaytes which means a student|
|Choice||Apostle is chosen to serve the master and sent||A disciple is are called and choose to believe|
|Who Is||A person who spread the gospel||Is the learner of the teachings and philosophies|
|Personification||All are disciples||Not all are apostles|
|Followers||There were originally 12 apostles of Christ||There are many followers of Jesus Christ|
Who Is an Apostle?
An apostle is a representative of Jesus Christ who serves as a messenger and ambassador. During the time of Christ, there were a number of individuals who were responsible for the transmission of the good news. Keep in mind that apostles are selected by their lord to serve and are dispatched to do so. Aside from that, all of the apostles were also disciples at the time. Consider the following:The Difference Between Anglican and Catholic Churches
Who Is a Disciple?
Disciples are those who are followers of the messiah and students of his teachings. Individuals who have a strong desire to learn about Christ’s teachings and beliefs are those in this category. They are, on the other hand, called upon and permitted to believe in their master. It’s important to remember that not all disciples are apostles. Aside from that, there are a large number of followers of Jesus. Find out more about the differences between Lutherans and Christians.
Main Difference between Apostle and Disciple in Point Form
- In contrast, apostles are selected, whereas disciples are summoned
- Apostles are responsible for spreading the gospel, whilst disciples are responsible for learning the gospel’s doctrines. The number of apostles was initially 12, although the number of disciples was a large number. In contrast to apostles, who are the messengers of the gospel, disciples are the students of the gospel. However, not all apostles were once disciples, and not all disciples are apostles.
Similarities between Apostle and Disciple
- Both believe in the deity of Jesus Christ. Both are aware of the gospel of peace
- Nonetheless, they have different perspectives. Both are followers of the Lord Jesus Christ
- Nevertheless, they are not related. Both names are derived from Greek terms
- Nonetheless, the first is more common.
Faqs About Apostle And Disciple
Is it the Twelve Disciples or the Twelve Apostles? According to Christian theology and ecclesiology, the apostles in the New Testament were the twelve disciples of Jesus who were present at his death. Which Disciples are Chosen to Become Apostles? A list of the disciples who went on to become apostles includes Simon (whom he named Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus (also known as Simon the Zealot), Judas Iscariot, Judas son of James, and Simon the Zealot.
According to the Bible, Jesus Christ appoints twelve apostles to help him spread his message.
The term “disciple” refers to someone who is a student or follower of Jesus and his teachings, according to Christianity. An apostle, on the other hand, is a representative of Christ, whose mission it is to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. As a result, these two words cannot be used interchangeably and be interpreted to indicate the same thing in the same context. Both apostles and disciples, on the other hand, are nouns that appear often in the Bible. Additional Resources and References
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Apostle vs. Disciple
Because there is overlap between the titles of apostle and disciple in the New Testament, many people use the terms interchangeably when referring to the two positions. When it comes to following Jesus of Nazareth in the New Testament, beginning with the Gospels that chronicle the account of his life and teachings as well as his crucifixion, both apostles and disciples are referred to as “followers” of Jesus of Nazareth. The two terms, on the other hand, have quite distinct origins and meanings:
|Purpose||to spread the Gospel||to learn from Jesus’ teachings|
|Examples||12 Apostles (including Peter, Andrew, and James)||Multitudes of Jesus’ followers, like Luke and Mary|
What Does Apostle Mean?
Apostleis an English translation of the Greek wordApostolos, which is typically translated as “messenger” or “envoy,” referring to someone who has been dispatched for a diplomatic mission. Following the Greek conjugation of Apostolosis, we have provided a more complete and exact translation of the word. A combination of the verbstellein, which means “to dispatch,” and the prepositionapo, which means “away from,” the result is the term. The best meaning of Apostolos, as well as “apostle,” would be “one who is dispatched” due to the fact that the word appears in noun form.
What Does Disciple Mean?
This is an English translation of the Greek wordmathetes, which is commonly translated as “learner” or “student.” The term can also be used to refer to a “apprentice” or a “student.” Despite the fact that “student” or “learner” is often the most frequent translation ofmathetes, this meaning does suggest that a disciple was a student in the same sense that an American student could attend to a classroom and learn from a variety of different teachers today in the United States.
Instead, this “student” was someone who adhered to a certain school of thinking and served as the head of that school of thought, as described above.
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The Difference Between Apostle and Disciple
Despite the fact that both apostles and disciples were followers of Jesus, there is a differentiation between the two that is mostly based on position of authority within the church. While the disciples followed Jesus and learned from him, the apostles were in charge of carrying on Jesus’ ministry, spreading the gospel, and establishing worship congregations in their own cities and towns. Following Jesus’ death, the apostles guided the newly-established Christian religious tradition and, according to Ephesians 2:20, laid the groundwork for its doctrines and practices (NRSV).
Christians nowadays are divided on the question of whether certain modern-day Christians should be regarded apostles or not.
These individuals are frequently referred to as “contemporary apostles.” Others, citing 1 Corinthians 15:8, think that the concept of an apostle came to an end during the time of the New Testament and that Paul was the last of the apostles.
Are Apostles and Disciples the Same?
The categories of apostles and disciples have some characteristics, but the two groupings are not interchangeable. A disciple is simply someone who has followed or learned from the teachings of Jesus Christ. In the New Testament, no definition of apostleship is provided, nor is there a list of prerequisites for becoming an apostle. However, there appear to be some distinctive criteria that virtually all apostles have in terms of experience and training. These are some examples:
- Both apostles and disciples are distinct groups, however there is considerable overlap in their roles and responsibilities. A disciple is simply someone who has followed or learnt from Jesus in his teachings and activities. In the New Testament, no definition of apostleship is provided, nor is there a list of prerequisites for becoming one. In contrast, it appears that a set of specified criteria are shared by virtually all apostles. Examples of such items are:
There are a few exceptions to these generalizations, as follows. In the New Testament, Paul, who appears in the Book of Acts and meets the resurrected Jesus on the Damascus Road, serves as one of the most compelling illustrations. The apostle Paul did not follow Jesus’ early ministry because he was actively persecuting Christians; Paul did not consider himself a disciple of Christ. One of Paul’s only personal experiences with Jesus was his contact with him on the Damascus Road, which, according to Acts, occurred after Jesus’ death.
What Is an Apostle?
Apostles, in contrast to disciples, were a select group of people chosen by Jesus for a specific purpose: to convey his teachings to the rest of the world. As the definition states, apostles were dispatched, which corresponds to the way apostles act in the Book of Acts. In Hebrews 3:1, Jesus is referred to as “the apostle and high priest of our confession,” which means “the apostle and high priest of our confession” (NRSV). While the term “apostle” is used throughout the New Testament, it is most commonly found in the Gospels of Mark and Luke, where it appears more than once.
“And he appointed twelve, whom he also named apostles, to be with him and to be sent out to proclaim the word,” according to Mark 3:14, “to be with him and to be sent out to proclaim the message” (NRSV).
The 12 apostles are listed by the author of Mark as follows:
- The apostles Simon (also known as Peter), James (son of Zebedee), John, Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James (son of Alphaeus), Thaddaeus, Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot
Was Luke a disciple or an apostle?
Neither the New Testament nor the Old Testament asserts that Luke was or was not a disciple or an apostle of Jesus. Although little is known about Luke, he is shown in the Book of Acts as a follower of Paul, which might imply that he was also a disciple of Jesus by implication.
Is Paul an apostle or disciple?
Paul served as an apostle as well as a disciple. Apostles were chosen by Jesus and “sent forth” to proclaim the gospel, whereas disciples were followers of Jesus who committed their lives to studying from him or his school of thought. Despite the fact that Paul did not personally meet Jesus during his lifetime, the Book of Acts asserts that he encountered the resurrected Jesus on the Damascus Road, where he was selected to be one of Jesus’ apostles.
What is the biblical definition of an apostle?
Despite the fact that the Bible never offers a meaning for the term “apostle,” the Greek word used in the New Testament may be translated as “messenger” or “one who has been sent.” They were mostly those who had met and followed Jesus during his lifetime, as well as those who had been called by him to propagate the gospel.
What is the difference between a disciple and an apostle?
A disciple is referred to as a “student” or “learner,” but an apostle is referred to as a “messenger” or “one who is sent.” They were mostly those who had met and followed Jesus during his lifetime, as well as those who had been called by him to propagate the gospel. Disciples were simply those of Jesus’ followers who made a commitment to learning from him and following in his footsteps. Create an account to get started with this course right away. Try it risk-free for a full month! Create a user profile.
What is the Difference Between an Apostle and a Disciple?
Look back over 200 years, to a time when the Bible was more widely accepted across the world, and learn how the dictionary defined apostle and disciple at that time. According to the 1828 Webster’s Dictionary, they are as follows: “An apostle is a person appointed to carry out a significant task; more accurately, an apostle is a disciple of Christ who has been commissioned to proclaim the gospel.” “A student; a scholar; one who receives or purports to receive instruction from another; a follower; a devotee to the teachings of another” is what a disciple is defined as.
Webster’s Dictionary, published in 1828, expands on the definition of apostle by stating: “Twelve people were picked by Christ for this purpose; and Judas, one of the number, having proven to be an apostate, his position was filled by Matthias.
How Does the Bible Define an Apostle?
All twelve of Jesus’ followers were selected by God and delivered to him by the Son of David (John 17:6). During Jesus’ earthly ministry, a group of men known as “The Twelve” accompanied and conversed with Him. Because of Judas’ betrayal and death, God appointed someone (by lot) to take Judas’ place: Matthias. Acts 1:26-2:2 (Acts 1:26-2:2) And they cast lots for the apostles, and the lot fell on Matthias, who was listed among the eleven apostles. Once Pentecost had arrived in full force, they gathered in one spot to celebrate as a group of people.
Paul, too, was selected by God to be an apostle in accordance with God’s will.” (1 Corinthians 1:1, 2 Corinthians 1:1, Ephesians 1:1, Col 1:1, 2 Timothy 1:1): In Acts 9:15, the Bible says “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine, and he will carry My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel,” the Lord instructed him.
Is it true that I am not free?
Isn’t it true that you are my labor in the Lord?
Because you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord, I am grateful to you.
2. An apostle is a sent one.
The term refers to an authorized representation to the point of having the same authority as the person who issued the message itself. According to Matthew 10, Jesus appointed the twelve apostles, and afterwards Paul was appointed by Jesus as well (Acts 26:17b-18) You might be wondering how an apostle differs from a disciple if you look at the first two conditions for becoming an apostle. The following conditions make it obvious that there were some requirements that could only be met by someone who wanted to be a biblical apostle.
In addition, while Judas may have been selected and commissioned to be an apostle, a “sent one,” he forfeited his apostleship when he betrayed Jesus and failed to meet the larger qualifications of the position.
3. An apostle had to be an eyewitness of the risen Christ
On the day of Jesus’ resurrection, eleven of his appointed and dispatched apostles stayed loyal, bearing testimony to and spending time with the resurrected Christ. Matthias (Judas’ successor) was also a witness to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Acts 1:21-23 is a book on the life of Paul. For this reason, one man must be chosen from among these men who have accompanied us throughout the entire time that the Lord Jesus has come and gone among us, beginning with the baptism of John and ending on the day that he was taken up from us, to be ordained to be a witness with us at his resurrection.
- Paul was also a witness to the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
- Acts 9:3-5 is an example of a parable.
- Then he fell to the ground and heard a voice speak to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” Afterwards, he inquired, “Who are You, Lord?” Afterwards, the Lord revealed himself as follows: “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.
- 2 Corinthians 12:2, 4-5 One of the Christians I know was swept up to the third heaven fourteen years ago.how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not permissible for a man to speak.
4. An apostle possessed the God-given gifts to perform signs and wonders.
In Luke 9:1-2, Jesus says, “It is written, “It is written, “It is written, “It is written, “It is written,” Then Jesus gathered his twelve disciples together and granted them authority and power over all demons, as well as the ability to heal ailments. And he assigned them the task of preaching the gospel of God’s kingdom and healing the sick. Mark 16:15-18 is a passage from the Gospel of Mark. And He told them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to every creature you come across.” He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who does not believe will be condemned; he who does not believe will be condemned.
2 Corinthians 12:11-12.
The signs of an apostle were indeed achieved among you with all persistence, via signs and wonders, as well as tremendous acts, as you have witnessed.
Apostle vs Disciple
A basic definition is that a disciple is a pupil who receives instruction from a mentor or instructor. An apostle is a follower who has been entrusted with the responsibility of delivering the teachings to others. So all of Jesus’ apostles were also disciples, but not all of Jesus’ disciples were also apostles, as seen in the example above. It is undeniable that apostles were distinct from disciples in the first century. It should also be remembered that Jesus’ apostles were more than just people who were sent by a teacher to spread the gospel.
Our Calling as More than Disciples
The term “apostle” is still used by various churches in current times to refer to someone who is sent with the message of the gospel to a particular location. However, no one living today truly “fits” the biblical description of an apostle in the traditional sense. As a result, “ambassador” is a more appropriate term. An ambassador is referred to as a “sent one,” and he or she is responsible for carrying out the instructions of the person who sent him or her. In the absence of the sender, an ambassador is responsible for representing him and delivering the words of the sender.
- In fact, Paul describes our service in the following terms: 2 Corinthians 5:20 As a result, we are ambassadors for Christ.
- Matthias and Paul were both selected and sent by the risen Jesus, making them both disciples and apostles in the same sense.
- As disciples, we are referred to as “learners.” We are “sent ones” in our capacity as ambassadors.
- And, as an ambassador for Christ, go out into the world and share the message of God’s redeeming love with everyone you meet.
- Take a risk: In Acts 4:31, the apostles and deacons were all filled with the Holy Spirit and proclaimed the message of God with boldness.
Discipleship Vs. Apostleship: A Side by Side Comparison
What is the difference between being a disciple for Christ and becoming an apostle for Christ? Have you ever pondered what the distinction is between the two? Is it something that all Christians have a responsibility to be? Or are just the names of Jesus’ twelve followers taken into consideration? What are the distinctions between the roles of disciple and apostleship? Being a disciple is synonymous with being a follower of Jesus Christ. Being an apostle entails being a messenger, or one who has been dispatched.
To begin, let’s have a look at the traits and definition of an apostle during the time of Jesus Christ.
The Definition Of Apostle
The Bible is the earliest source of information about what an apostle is. According to Acts 1:21-22, in order to be an apostle, a person must have been a member of Jesus’ followers from the beginning, as well as a witness to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. If you’re on a mission, you’re probably part of an official New Testament company that was sent forth to proclaim the gospel and was composed mostly of Christ’s original twelve disciples and Paul. Merriam Webster’s Dictionary Later, when Jesus appointed Paul to be an apostle, these conditions were amended to include Paul as well.
- In this case, the apostle would be one who talks with the authority of his master, the one who is represented by him or her.
- God assembled a group of individuals whom he employed to set the groundwork for the church and to see that the New Testament was written down correctly.
- We can see in the New Testament that when Judas died by suicide, the apostles convened to determine whether or not they might find a successor for him.
- And they divided them up by lot, and Matthias was chosen to be one of the apostles, and he was listed among the eleven.
- The New Testament does not speak of replacing the apostles when they died; rather, it speaks of their being replaced when they abandoned their position as followers of Christ and turned away from him.
The Definition Of Discipleship
Being a disciple is synonymous with being a follower of Jesus. Being a disciple also entails being a student of God’s Word and a learner under the direction of Christ. When other Christians come alongside a new believer and guide them into a life of service for Christ, this is what discipleship looks like. A new believer being discipled by another Christian could look like meeting together on a regular basis and planning out how the new believer is going to study the Bible, where the new believer might go to church, and answering questions a new believer might have about God, theology, or their own personal prayer life.
- Staying accountable with another believer with the objective of developing habits that would increase one’s walk with God may also be considered discipleship.
- God calls on his followers to create disciples of others, so drawing more people to Him.
- God’s creation of man had a specific purpose, which is to bring man into connection with himself and with God.
- When we become God’s children, we are transformed into a new creature who is now a member of God’s family.
- Friendship with Christ as our teacher is a privilege that belongs to those who follow and put their faith in him.
- Those who, by faith, live a life of communion with God cannot help but have a better understanding of his thoughts and intentions than the rest of the world.
- Matthew Henry is a member of the eponymous family of poets and novelists who lived in the nineteenth century.
Allowing someone to assist you in this process of getting to know God better is what discipleship is all about. Alternatively, it may be you coming alongside someone else to offer an encouragement to them in their path with God.
What Is The Difference Between An DiscipleApostle?
A disciple is a person who is being taught. One of the teachings is that of apostleship. A disciple is someone who has been born again into the Christian faith, while an apostle was someone who had a special role in the establishment of the early church. Overall, I feel that we are meant to do and be both; to study and teach, in a general sense. The apostleship, on the other hand, was expressly created for the very earliest followers, those who were sent by Christ to serve in office in the process of laying the foundation of the church.
Here are some of the contrasts I’ve discovered between apostleship and discipleship: Apostleship: Apostleship:
- Apostleship was a definite function given to some of the early disciples and Christians during Jesus’ time
- sIt appears evident that there can be no apostles now save in the generic sense that all believers are “sent.”
- sThe foundations that were set for the church, do not need to be laid again. This function has been completed. It was allocated to the twelve followers of Jesus, and to Paul, James, and a few others
- When one wanted to quit the function of apostleship, one might depart (this happened when Judas left his ministry)
- The apostles who left didn’t depart because they were slain but left because they chose to no longer be apart of the ministry
- Nowhere in Scriptures does it demand that all Christians be apostles
- It is impossible to replace someone who has become a disciple (a follower of Jesus). They will always be a member of God’s family
- Anybody may become a disciple (a follower, a learner, or a student) of Jesus
- And anyone can be a disciple (a follower, a learner, or a student) of Jesus. Discipleship is not limited to a particular people group at a specific time and location in history
- Rather, it is open to all people
- One can be both a disciple and a disciple maker at the same time. They go hand in hand
- Discipleship is becoming a follower yourself and creating disciples of others
- They are synonymous. In truth, God requires all Christians to create disciples of Jesus Christ in the Bible, which is clear and unambiguous. This was the last commandment Jesus gave to Christians to carry out
- The function of discipleship should be carried out throughout our life and should not be terminated until Christ comes
Because we do not have the same job as Jesus’ apostles, we should nevertheless study them in the Bible, regardless of our differences. The apostles were all disciples of Jesus, and we should share many of the same traits, albeit in different roles. Because Jesus, his followers, and apostles lived in such a way that set excellent models for how all Christians are to seek God in the midst of a sinful and suffering world, we are to study how they lived in the Scriptures. Once everyone has heard the name of Jesus and all of the prophecies have been fulfilled, Jesus will be able to return for all of those who have trusted in him and have become his disciples.
Everyone who professes faith in Christ and is a disciple of his is called to make disciples of others in their hometowns and in all nations throughout the world.
Matthew 28:19 (KJV)
Passages for Further Study
Paul distinguishes between genuine apostleship and impersonation. Paul demonstrates what differentiates authentic apostles from false apostles; what divides them from one another. Paul defends not only himself, but also his fellow apostles, as seen by his use of the plural word “we” rather than the single pronoun “I” in his letter to the Romans. In 1 Corinthians 4:6-13, the Bible discusses what is meant by false apostleship. As a result, brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, in order that you may learn from us what it means to “do not go beyond what is written.” As a result, you will not be overconfident in your status as a disciple of one of us as opposed to the other.
- What do you have that you didn’t get in the package?
- 1 Corinthians 4:6-7 (New International Version) As Christ’s apostles, they were called to first receive Christ in order to execute his will, and then to be different; to be set aside from the rest of the world in order to do his will.
- More specifically, it outlines what authentic apostleship looks like later in the chapter.
- We have been made a spectacle in front of the entire cosmos, including angels and other sentient entities.
- We are helpless, but you are powerful!
- We are hungry and thirsty right now, we are dressed in rags, we are violently handled, and we are without a place to call home.
- It is our practice to bless those who curse us; to suffer persecution; and to respond pleasantly to those who defame or disparage us.
1 Corinthians 4:9–12 is a biblical passage.
Thus, you are not distinguishable from any other human on the face of the planet.
This is something that can and should be used to all believers in order to identify those who are genuine Christians.
When we do something for Christ, we will be persecuted, and it is quite conceivable and likely that the world will falsely accuse us of something we are not doing, which is really frustrating.
They were accused of being irresponsible and causing damage in the places where they were traveling, and were even imprisoned for a while, before succumbing to horrific ends some years later.
Another chapter that defines apostleship is the act of serving as an ambassador for Jesus Christ.
We beg you, on Christ’s behalf, to seek reconciliation with God.
As a result, working alongside him, we beg to you not to accept God’s generosity in vain.
We are considered as impostors, yet we are true; as unknowns, although we are widely known; as dying, and yet we live; as punished, yet we are not slain; as miserable, yet constantly joyful; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.
5:20 (II Corinthians) As an apostle, the essential point of this chapter is that one’s role is that of an ambassador for Christ. This requires the following steps:
- Exhorting disenchanted people to be reconciled to God (5:20-21)
- Sixth-century Christians were warned not to accept God’s favor in vain (6:1-2). Giving no reason for offense, but praising oneself as a God-pleasing servant (6:3-10)
Christ’s ministry began with him as the “principal cornerstone,” and he enlisted the assistance of the apostles and prophets to help lay the groundwork for his mission (Ephesians 2:20, Luke 11:49-51, 2 Timothy 4:1-2). The apostles were able to do mighty miracles and wonders because Christ himself, in the flesh, appointed them to the position of apostle (Acts 2:43, Acts 14:14, Luke 6:13). We may learn a great deal from Jesus’ chosen apostles, as well as from how Christ would have us live in a society that is hostile to Christ.
Know that if you are a believer and have placed your confidence in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, you are considered a disciple of Christ.
Begin today by identifying areas in which you might shine a light on others and lead them to Christ.
What Is the Difference Between the 12 Disciples and the 12 Apostles?
The men who followed Jesus Christ are referred to in a variety of ways as you read through the gospel stories recorded in the New Testament. Here are a few examples. According to some sources, they are known as “the 12 disciples,” whereas in other sources they are referred to as “the 12 apostles.” Which one is it, then? Is it more accurate to say they were disciples or apostles? Both, in fact. The Greek term for ‘disciple’ ismathetes, which refers to a pupil or a someone who is learning from another in a mentor-like relationship, as opposed to the English word disciple.
- Whenever Jesus Christ first invited His disciples to Himself (Matthew 4:19, Luke 5:27, and John 1:43), He was inviting them to enter into a relationship of discipleship with Him.
- As time progressed, however, and they gained a greater understanding of God’s Way, it became necessary to dispatch them as messengers to spread the gospel across the world.
- While Luke 9 does not directly designate to the 12 disciples as apostles, the related scripture in Matthew 10 does so in a direct manner.
- As a result, when the disciples were called to Christ in Matthew 10 and Luke 9, and given explicit missions to go forth and proclaim the gospel to the entire world, they were elevated to the position of apostles in addition to their roles as followers of Christ.
- Eleven of these individuals went on to become the apostles who started it all.
- In this perspective, all apostles are also disciples, but not all disciples are also apostles, and vice versa.
- Additionally, Paul and Barnabas are referred to as apostles by Luke in Acts 14:14, despite the fact that they were not among the original twelve apostles.
- If we do not, we will perish.
In order to learn more about the transformation that took place in their life, you might read ” The Apostles: A Case Study in Conversion.”
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Although the phrases “disciple” and “apostle” are commonly used interchangeably, they really have distinct connotations in the Christian tradition. Disciples are those who follow and disseminate the teachings of another person; the Greek word for “disciple” alludes to a person who is learning something. As a follower of Jesus Christ, the word “disciple” is used frequently throughout the New Testament. The term is most commonly associated with the twelve disciples who accompanied Jesus during His public ministry.
The disciples of Jesus are all those who place their confidence in Him and follow Him.
When we talk about the word “apostle,” we are referring to its usage in the New Testament, which has a specific meaning.
Apostles in the traditional sense do not exist today, however certain denominations may designate particular individuals as “apostles” depending on the work they are performing for the church.
Revelation states that their twelve names will be inscribed on the twelve foundations of the New Jerusalem, which will be completed by the year 2035.
As apostles, the Bible recognizes eleven of Jesus’ early disciples as being named in the book of Matthew (Matthew 10:1–4; Mark 3:14–19).
Due to Judas Iscariot’s betrayal of Jesus and subsequent suicide by hanging, he is not regarded an apostle.
Paul was a member of the apostles.
In addition to Barnabas (Acts 14:14), Apollos (1 Corinthians 4:6–9), Timothy (1 Thessalonians 1:1; 2:6), and Silas (1 Thessalonians 1:1; 2:6), the Bible names the following individuals as apostles: James, Jesus’ half-brother, appears to be a member of the apostleship as well (Galatians 1:19).
A few of academics also believe that Andronicus and Junia were apostles (Romans 16:7).
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