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Vanishing Disciples

Why does the word “disciple” suddenly stop being used in the New Testament?  While  “disciple” or its plural show up over 250 times in the Gospels and Acts, they don’t show up once in all that follows.

My guess is that there is a connection between this disappearance of the “disciples” and the fact that the Apostles Paul, Peter, James, and John also seldom directly quote Jesus in their New Testament letters.  Even though their Teacher had given his first disciples the responsibility of teaching others what he had taught them (Mat 28:18-19), Jesus’ New Testament letter writers (1) did not make a practice of directly quoting what they had heard him say; and (2) after the book of Acts, are not referred to (from Romans to Revelation) as “disciples” but rather as i.e. followers, saints (set apart ones); the church; adopted children; beloved of God;  and family of God.

Will wait for a bit to see if you have any ideas, and then later let you know what I’ve been thinking…


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43 Responses to “Vanishing Disciples”

  1. florida7sun says:

    “From heaven he made you hear his voice to discipline you. On earth he showed you his great fire, and you heard his words from out of the fire.” – Deuteronomy 4:6

    As Jesus prays for us seated at the right hand of Our Father, His Spirit is resident within us. A believer’s relationship with Christ is sealed by the Holy Spirit; the heavenly fire that burns within that comforts us, teaches and transforms us through the love of Our Lord and Savior. –Romans 8:9

    Being children of God, we are disciplined. – Hebrews 12:4-6.

    All who have sought the Lord’s forgiveness and have asked Jesus to live His life in us, therefore, become His disciples. But, beyond being disciples of the Word, we are far, far more.

    We have been forgiven of our transgressions: past, present and future. Not as a license to sin; being ever mindful that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.

    God is resident; working is us, shaping and molding us into His likeness, as we work out our salvation in preparation for marriage – Romans 7:21-25

    Through sanctification the desire of every disciple, and collectively His Bride the Church, is to bring honor and glory to our risen Lord in sharing His peace and grace with others. He alone is worthy of our admiration and love. – Hebrews 3:1-6

  • fre1 says:

    God is good at all times. God’s salvation is always faithful. I believe we can relate to Whitney’s situation because I believe we have all being at a position where we have made the wrong choices in life which didn’t please God. God bless her.