Who were the twelve (12) disciples / apostles of Jesus Christ?


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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
The word "disciple" refers to a learner or follower. The word "apostle" means "one who is sent out." While Jesus was on earth, His twelve followers were called disciples. The twelve disciples follo...

July 01 2013 2 responses Vote Up Share Report

Raccoo Bob Johnson Layperson. Self Educated Theologically - see full bio
The original 12:

1. Simon (Peter)
2. Andrew
3. James (son of Zebedee)
4. John (James brother)
5. Philip 
6. Bartholomew 
7. Thomas 
8. Matthew
9. James (son of Alphaeus)
10. Thaddaeus 
11. Simon (the zealot) 
12. Judas Iscariot


Matthias officially replaces Judas Iscariot in Acts 1, 

You could call Matthias an original Disciple, though not officially picked by Jesus. The other disciples picked him because he had been with them the whole time and he was an eyewitness, along with the others of everything..

What about Paul? 

In summary he was converted (not his own word) in Acts 9, He went into the desert, then after three years went to Jerusalem, then after 14 years, he went back to confer with the apostles, at which time they laid hands on him, which is really when Paul becomes an apostle. (Galatians 1).

It isn't until 1 Cor 1, in one of his letters that he calls himself an Apostle.

The term Apostle should be reserved for the original Apostles. Websters definition of "Apostle" refers to someone who is an originator or first follower of a sect or religion. One could argue that Paul saw Christ when he was converted on the road to Damascus. He certainly was picked by the other Apostles and was a very early follower.

James, the brother of Jesus, was not an Apostle. Don't mix him up with the other two James who were Apostles. However he is an important figure in the New Testament He was made head of the church in Jerusalem for a time. He was also known as James the Just. Perhaps there is another entry for this James elsewhere in this eBible exchange.

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My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
Matthew 10:2-4 (NLT) - Here are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (also called Peter), then Andrew (Peter’s brother), James (son of Zebedee), John (James’s brother), Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew (the tax collector), James (son of Alphaeus), Thaddaeus, Simon (the zealot), Judas Iscariot (who later betrayed him).

Have you ever seen how extraordinarily different the twelve witnesses were from each other? Simon was incautious and blunt, while Thomas was reluctant and questioning. Andrew was a "social butterfly" who was continually carrying someone to Jesus, while Judas needed to "use" individuals so as to get their cash for himself. Jesus knew every one of the men actually, and He knew precisely how to manage them. 

Since He knows our temperaments, He additionally knows our requirements. Regularly, we don't have the foggiest idea about our own needs!

An excellent contemporary Christian song about The Twelve can be found here: 


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