August 15, 2014
  John’s Gospel is different Matthew, Mark, and Luke are called the ‘Synoptic’ Gospels, because the events of Jesus’ life and ministry are seen from roughly similar perspectives. The Gospel of John is different. There is no account of the birth of the Savior, but an account of the spiritual rebirth of those who “received […]
August 15, 2014
Some of the apostles listed in the opening article are known only by their recorded name in the New Testament. These individuals are often overlooked, but the context in which they are named indicates their vital importance in the first century ecclesias. It is perhaps surprising that so little is recorded about several of the […]
August 15, 2014
“Whether any do enquire of Titus, he is my partner and fellowhelper concerning you: or our brethren be enquired of, they are the messengers [apostles] of the churches, and the glory of Christ” (2Cor 8:23). Who was Titus? Titus is clearly a most important individual in the spreading of the gospel: and indeed he is […]
August 15, 2014
Where do we begin when a friend we love is not in the Truth? Where do we begin when it is someone we dislike? Where do we begin when an individual, any new brother or sister, accepts the Truth? Barnabas — Where do I begin? Barnabas may have been asking that same question when approaching […]
August 15, 2014
We are fully justified in regarding James as an apostle, for Paul writes “But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord’s brother” (Gal 1:19). There is much we do not know about James but we do know that his attitude towards his brother, Jesus, underwent a dramatic, revolutionary change. Introduced as […]
August 15, 2014
Who was Judas? From the outset there are several remarkable things about Judas Iscariot, son of Simon (as John invariably calls him). His name, “Judas,” is the Greek form of Judah, which means “praise” — a remarkably inappropriate name. While we may not be absolutely sure, “Iscariot” would seem to be equivalent to “Ish-Kerioth,” “a […]
August 15, 2014
We are so accustomed to the idea that Jesus called his disciples to help him with his preaching, that it comes as a surprise to realize that, although this was one of the reasons for their call, it was not the first one. Mark informs us that “he ordained twelve, that they should be with […]
August 15, 2014
Matthew — His calling Due to the fact of where Matthew worked and lived (in Capernaum), it is a good possibility that he may have seen Jesus or even met him before his calling. In both Mark 2:14 and Luke 5:27-29 Matthew is referred to as Levi. We know that Jesus was accustomed to changing […]
August 15, 2014
The first, Simon, who is called Peter — Lessons in leadership The importance of knowing Simon1 is vital to understanding him as an apostle, and understanding his role in the first century ecclesia. To take lessons from his life and role without a correct understanding of his personality and his characteristics, would be a mistake. […]