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Matthew 16:16 is perhaps the most prominent answer to this question. Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:16 ESV So, the disciples became convinced by the miracles, the teachings, and the character of Jesus through His ministry that Jesus was the very Son of God. Yet, it wasn't when Jesus died that their ...


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Historically, Mark is seen as one of Peter's disciples. The historian Papias in the 2nd Century refers to him as such. Likewise, the evidence in the narrative, for example, indicates that Peter was a significant source for most of the material, and most theologians accept Mark as "Peter's" Gospel. Also, its seeming indication that the Temple is still ...


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I believe so. Popular thought on the subject agree that Bartholomew and Nathanael are the same person. While there is no passage in the Bible that directly says "Bartholomew is Nathanael," circumstantial evidence points in that direction. Arguments can be made either way; church tradition points toward them being one and the same. Arguments for: First, ...


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Luke 5 (CEV) tells a little more of the story: One day Jesus was standing beside Lake Gennesaret (Galilee) when the crowd pressed in around him to hear God’s word. Jesus saw two boats sitting by the lake. The fishermen had gone ashore and were washing their nets. Jesus boarded one of the boats, the one that belonged to Simon, then asked him to row out a ...


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Luke records Mary's faith on the occasion of the Annunciation (Luke 1:26-56). Gabriel informs her (v35) that "the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God", and she replies (v38) "let it be done to me according to your word". When Elizabeth addresses her as "the mother of my Lord" (v43), Mary proclaims with the Magnificat (vv46-55), ...


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Yes - they thought many things, and at various stages in His ministry, differing "circles" of His disciples expressed different things. Of His closest disciples (those we generally associate with the term "disciple", aka The Twelve), Peter declared Jesus to be the Christ first: Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." ...


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Why are you assuming a one to one correspondence? The Greek here says "y'all" will judge them. The idea is that collectively you will bear witness against all of Israel. In Greek, the verse is: ἵνα ἔσθητε καὶ πίνητε ἐπὶ τῆς τραπέζης μου ἐν τῇ βασιλείᾳ μου, * καὶ καθήσεσθε ἐπὶ θρόνων τὰς δώδεκα φυλὰς κρίνοντες τοῦ Ἰσραήλ. κρίνοντες is a verb (to judge ...


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Well, the Apostle John said: John 21:25 (KJV) And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen. So we know that not everything from Jesus' life was recorded. Luke does record an account of Jesus reading ...


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Jesus was speaking prophetically of what would occur to His people Israel--not just women--in both AD 70, when the Roman general Titus sacked Jerusalem, and in an unspecified time when the whole world, including Israel, would experience the wrath of God during the Great Tribulation, which is described in detail in the Revelation of Jesus Christ. In other ...


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Nope. The earliest manuscript fragment we have is p52. It dates to about 20 years after John wrote it. And, while it is likely that the apostles spoke Aramaic, there is nothing to conclusively prove they wrote in it. In any event, the apostles wouldn't have written it in their own hands. Most writing was done by an amanuensis - a guy who made the paper ...


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It comes from the idea of sanctification. Sanctification is from the Latin sanctificio, which means "set apart". This concept is also reflected in the Bible. John 17:16-17 (NIV) They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. These groups take this (along with other verses) as an indication that ...


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In addition to the great answers here, I would like to answer the "being God" bit. When John wrote his gospel (a long time after Jesus' death and resurrection), he wrote these famous words (John 1:1): In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.


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Luke 10:1 (NIV) After this the Lord appointed seventy-two[a] others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. [a] Some manuscripts seventy; also in verse 17 Jesus did not have only Twelve disciples. There were other Seventy or Seventy-two disciples that Jesus appointed to preach the Gospel. ...


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Consider the Amplified version of Luke 14:33: So then, any of you who does not forsake (renounce, surrender claim to, give up, say good-bye to) all that he has cannot be My disciple. In other words, selling everything is not required of those who want to follow Christ (with one noteable exception) but rather a willingness to accept that everything ...


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Matthew 27:38-54; Mark 15:27-39; Luke 23:35-49; John 19:23-34 describe the Crucifixion and the people present and name some of them.These passages from the four Canonical Gospels, however, give different accounts of the number of people present and their names. If I am allowed to put these accounts together the following names can be found (or inferred): ...


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Was Thomas a believer before seeing the resurrected Jesus? Yes and No. Faith is not a binary option - it comes in degrees, has differing objects in view, and requires testing to discern it's genuine worth. Thomas was a believer in the sense of trusting in Jesus as his master and teacher and forsaking all to follow him - this was akin to the faith of ...


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I'll begin with Mark's Gospel, as that was the first New Testament Gospel to be written and is considered by scholars to be the primary source used by the authors of the other gospels, either directly (Matthew, Luke) or indirectly (John). Mark 15:40 says that Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and Salome stood watching from afar off: ...


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"Great Faith" is earned through lessons and hard work Jesus was teaching them to do their duty first before they could start doing great things on their own. You cannot have great faith in a short time. It is through mistakes, trials, temptations and experience that faith is earned. It take years of experience in ministry that a man of God can have strong ...


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Increase our Faith! = Make it Easier! (or Lighten the Burden!) Just before the parable, Jesus says (paraphrasing, for brevity) Don't be a stumbling block...or else! Rebuke and forgive your brothers. Forgive a brother even if he continually sins against you. The disciples' response is, "Increase our faith!" (πιστις 4102, "trust" "belief" "conviction") ...


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14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. (Acts 1:14) Mary's closeness to Jesus' disciples in the scripture gives evidence that she was one of Jesus' followers - especially this verse in Acts.


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I once heard a preacher claim that this was one of the miracles of Jesus. Clearly there's no biblical basis for this, but the idea that a man would drop everything, leave his father's house and family business (possibly putting his family in hardship), and follow someone who just walked up and said "follow me" seems pretty miraculous to me.


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Assuming Affable Geek is right about the Greek, then that would largely explain it. One thing about English, unlike ancient Greek (and many other languages, like Spanish which I know a lot of), is that in English, we use the same word for the second-person singular and second-person plural. In other words, we say "you" whether addressing one person or many. ...


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Your definition of a Christian seems a bit arbitrary, but one thing I notice is that the whole thing is based on beliefs. But the word disciple comes from the same root as discipline, which suggests a few things as to its meaning. Discipleship is not about belief, it's about what you do with that belief. Much of the Sermon on the Mount, which lays out ...


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Satan is the god of this world, so if you are of this world then you place yourself under Satan. Jesus talked about the wealth we gain in Heaven, and how what we have on Earth is rust, turn to dust, etc, so material wealth to a Christian should be of a very low priority. To get an idea of the importance you can look at the first 4 chapters or so of Acts, ...


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I think it will be Matthias who was chosen by the apostles to fill in the place of Judas right after the Lord's ascension in the very beginning of Acts. Number twelve was a vey important number for Jews, hence, it was the very first thing they did after the Lord commanded them to go to Jerusalem and await the infilling with the Holy Spirit.


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An apostle is one sent from God, a disciple is one who studied under God. Decent (albeit imperfect) analogues in the terminology would be Apostle is to Missionary as Disciple is to Student. The 12 disciples included all of the men who studied under Jesus - including Judas. Once Jesus died and rose again, he sent the remaining 11 of them out (obviously ...


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Nathaniel in the New Testament was a good friend of the Apostle Philip's and became one of Jesus' Apostles later on. He is only seen with the name Nathaniel in the Gospel of John but in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, he is mentioned under the name of Bartholomew. He witnessed the majority of Jesus' ministry along with his death and resurrection. ...


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Since there is nothing in the scriptures to answer this question, any answer affirming or rejecting your premise would be pure conjecture. In fact there were many other disciples who followed Jesus around who were not one of the twelve Apostles, one well known person is Mary Magdalene. Also in the following Scriptures where the Apostles were selecting a ...


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From the second century, Mark and Luke came to be seen as the probable authors of two of the New Testament gospels, as were Matthew and John. The fourth century Church historian Eusebius, in Ecclesiastical History,III, credits Papias, a bishop from the early second century, with naming Mark as a Gospel writer: Ecclesiastical History,III, 39.15: Mark ...


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The disciples were continually learning. They didn't have it all together and they didn't truly understand everything Jesus said or tried to teach them. They saw him calm a storm and raise the dead to life again. They even were given power to heal the sick and cast out demons, but we're limited by their lack of faith on occasion. Peter figured out Jesus was ...



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