For Thursday 5-3-2018
Get to Know the 12 Disciples of Jesus Christ
We find the names of the 12 apostles in Matthew 10:2-4, Mark 3:14-19, and Luke 6:13-16:
And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and James and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot, and Judas [also called Thaddeus or Jude] the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
The 12 Apostles of Jesus Christ
Take a few moments today to learn a lesson or two from the 1 of the 12 apostles—men who helped ignite the light of truth that still dwells within our hearts today and calls us to come and follow Jesus Christ.
Philip the Apostle – Follower of Jesus Christ
Philip the Apostle was one of the earliest followers of Jesus Christ. Some scholars speculate that Philip was first a disciple of John the Baptist, because he lived in the region where John preached.
Like Peter and Peter’s brother Andrew, Philip was a Galilean, from the village of Bethsaida. It’s probable they knew one another and were friends.
Jesus issued a personal call to Philip: “Follow me.” (John 1:43, NIV).
Leaving his old life behind, Philip answered the call. He may have been among the disciples with Jesus at the wedding feast in Cana, when Christ performed his first miracle, turning water into wine.
Philip recruited the skeptical Nathanael (Bartholomew) as an apostle, leading Jesus to reveal that he supernaturally saw Nathanael sitting under a fig tree, even before Philip called him.
In the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000, Jesus tested Philip by asking him where they could buy bread for so many people. Limited by his earthbound experience, Philip replied that eight months’ wages would not be enough to buy each person one bite.
The last we hear of Philip the Apostle is in the book of Acts, at Jesus’ ascension and the Day of Pentecost. Another Philip is mentioned in Acts, a deacon and evangelist, but he is a different person.
Tradition says Philip the Apostle preached in Phrygia, in Asia Minor, and was martyred there at Hierapolis.
Philip the Apostle’s Accomplishments
Philip learned the truth about the kingdom of God at the feet of Jesus, then preached the gospel after Jesus’ resurrection and ascension.
Philip fervently sought the Messiah and recognized that Jesus was the promised Savior, even though he did not fully understand until after Jesus’ resurrection.
Like the other apostles, Philip deserted Jesus during his trial and crucifixion.
Life Lessons from Philip the Apostle
Starting with John the Baptist, Philip sought the path to salvation, which led him to Jesus Christ. Eternal life in Christ is available to anyone who desires it.
Bethsaida, in Galilee.