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Personalities Of The Disciples

I thought it would be insightful if we could describe the different personality traits in Jesus disciples. Of course we all know Peter had a mouth and John was quiet, but let's go deeper. What about the others? Any insights on their character?

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 ---Donna5535 on 11/18/10
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Donna5553 #2: Juda's was also chosen by God as one of the disciples but not for holiness, but for the purpose that God had ordained from the foundation of the world. That out of his own wilfull reasons would betray Jesus. "as it has been determined" Luke 22:22, For every detail of the crucifixion of Christ was under the sovereign contorl of God and in accord with His eternal purposes (Acts 2:23, 4:26-28). The fact that Judas betrayal was part of God's plan does not free him from the guilt of a crime he entered into willfully. God's sovereignty is never a legitament excuse for human guilt.
---Mark_V. on 11/23/10


Donna5535, I believe the first answer Kathr gave is a good one. They were just like us. The only difference was that they had not been endwelled by the Spirit until Pentacost. They were holy from the time they were chosen by God and given to Christ, but they were skeptics of the Truth. After Jesus explained to them that He was going away in John 14:25 and that the Helper, the Holy Spirit would come, He says in v. 29,
"And now I have told you before it (Holy Spirit) comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe" The Spirit energized the hearts and minds of the Apostles in their ministry, helping them to produce the N.T. Scripture. The disciples had failed to understand many things about Jesus and what He taught.
---Mark_V. on 11/23/10


Donna, are you trying to say that they Apostles remained UNHOLY after the Crucifixion, Resurrection, Ascension, and Descent of the Holy Spirit?

Or that after these events they were no longer Apostles?

Which is it?
---Cluny on 11/22/10


Second - What made the Apostles Holy? Jesus hadn't gone to the cross yet, hadn't shed his blood yet, so why do you call the Apostles Holy? Please give scripture references (ones before Jesus died on the cross) to show they are to be referred to as Holy. I don't get it.
---Donna5535 on 11/18/10

I don't have your complete answer...but a start is:
1. Holy means separate
2. Apostles represented the 12 nation/tribes of Israel (Matt 19:28 Luke 22:30,Rev 21)
3. They grew in faith and spirit as they endured.....as we do
4. All the prophets testify of all of this, Heb8:8 Jer 31:31, etc,etc, etc.
---Trav on 11/20/10


Holy. It is said be "be ye Holy for I am Holy."

Holiness means being set apart/ sanctified, Saints. It's our POSITION before God. Heb 10, We have been sanctified once and for all through the Body of Christ.

ONLY those in Christ are Holy, because HE is Holy.Now the Mystery of Godliness is Great!



---kathr4453 on 11/20/10




\\Cluny, If what you are saying is true, then WHY did Jesus (over and over and over again) tell the disciples, "Oh ye of little faith."\\

Actually, this phraise is used in the KJV Gospels only FOUR times, and only twice was Christ addressing the 12.

So this is hardly "over and over and over again."
---Cluny on 11/19/10


All God's people are Holy. In the Old testament in the New Testament and in today's WORLD all God's people, Holy. Holy we are, cause, God made us Holy....Holy: Holy means>>>moral and ethical wholeness or perfection, freedom from moral evil. It's good to be free, yes. Have a good weekend, everybody.++
---catherine on 11/19/10


The word holy means exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one in perfect goodness and righteousness. Now looking at this meaning,devoted entirely to the deity or the work of the deity as in holy temple and holy prophet one might conclude that perhaps Apostles could be called holy. In Ephesians 3:5 Which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men,as it is now revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. Revelation 18:20 Rejoice over her thou heaven,and ye holy apostles and prophets,for God has avenged you on her. So we see Paul called them holy apostles and then John called them that in Revelations but even when Jesus chose them to follow him he did not call them holy.
---Darlene_1 on 11/19/10


Bartholomew>>>disciple of Jesus included in all four lists of the 12 apostles [Mt. 10:2-4, Mk. 3:16-19, Lk. 6:14-16, Acts 1:13]. Though not otherwise mentioned in the N.T. Nothing is told about him in any of the lists---because the name means "Son of Tolmai", it has been speculated that he was known by another name. Bartholomew was an evangelistic partner of Philip and Thomas and suffered martyrdom in Armenia.
---catherine on 11/19/10


James>>>2, was not one of the twelve. He was regarded as an apostle [Gal. 1:19]. Great piety goes to James, whose nickname was "Camel knees", because of the calluses on his knees caused from spending so much time in prayer. Wow....James, 2 was the half brother of Jesus--a great leader. James was the eldest after Jesus. Jesus' brothers throughout much of His ministry did not believe in Him [John 7:5]. James was committed to Christ.
---catherine on 11/19/10




James hallelujah, had a struggle with his temper, and selfishness. But, because he was chosen, Jesus loved him, anyhow. Lesson from his life will have to be>> Loss of life is not to heavy of a price to pay for following Jesus--Hallelujah+ [Luke 9:34, mark 10:37], which I am going to look up....Andrew, not much is known about him. He was noted for "fishers of men".
---catherine on 11/18/10


//JESUS made the Apostles holy--by His constant presence with them,// Cluny...

Cluny, If what you are saying is true, then WHY did Jesus (over and over and over again) tell the disciples, "Oh ye of little faith."

Please count how many times Jesus told his own disciples that (you don't need to include Judas if you don't want to).

It is the Blood of Jesus, the SHED Blood of Jesus that cleanses us and makes us Holy. The disciples were NOT holy when following Jesus - He was teaching them to become Holy, but they were NOT holy until Jesus shed his Blood for their sins. Amen?
---Donna5535 on 11/19/10


donna, i believe their charactors are like any one of us. It has nothing to do with financial status, or education. AND I believe this is what God has shown us through all scriture...man with all his weaknesss and shortcomings, SO THAT God's power and Grace is seen and not theirs/ours.

That we are but dust. The weak become strong, cowards become BOLD, and so on.

Paul said when I am weak, THEN I am strong.

God exalts the humble, etc.
---kathr4453 on 11/18/10


Mima I can't believe you actually said the apostles,except for two,came from poor white trash. I hope I misunderstood you,but if I didn't I suspose that must mean you view all people who work for a living "poor white trash". Just because someone isn't rich doesn't make them "poor white trash". I am truely shocked and surprised at your attitude. I never in my life thought whether a person was rich or poor before I ministered to them in any way nor even had any idea it would make a difference,and it doesn't. To love God and our neighbor is to be impartial toward all people.
---Darlene_1 on 11/18/10


\\Second - What made the Apostles Holy? Jesus hadn't gone to the cross yet, hadn't shed his blood yet, so why do you call the Apostles Holy\\

Give me the scripture references where they are called UNholy, Donna. Fair enough?

JESUS made the Apostles holy--by His constant presence with them, by His constant instruction of them, by His choosing them, and by commissioning them at both the Insufflation and Ascension.

They, are also holy because they were called to a holy duty. Some lived up to their office better than others, obviously.

They are also called holy to distinguish them from Judas.
---Cluny on 11/18/10


I'll get to Thomas in a minute...When our leaders goes overseas to get together with other leaders to try and solve some problems that this world is facing. Is Jesus among them. I'm talking the true living God. NO. All eyes are on other men, seeking advice from each other. God is left out. And then we wonder why we cannot get anything done...Thomas was such a man, love and loyalty. He was willing to go with Christ...to Jerusalem because he could not face the prospect of life without Him. Christ needs this kind of follower today too....MATTHEW, we know little about him. Matthew, the eagerness, the tax collector. Just goes to show that God can choose anyone He pleases.. Matthew was eager to present his friends to Jesus.
---catherine on 11/18/10


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//One such book is The Lives of the Holy Apostles published by Holy Apostles Convent in Colorado.//
---Cluny on 11/18/10

Cluny, first I don't like to read long books, so forget that, but thank you.

Second - What made the Apostles Holy? Jesus hadn't gone to the cross yet, hadn't shed his blood yet, so why do you call the Apostles Holy? Please give scripture references (ones before Jesus died on the cross) to show they are to be referred to as Holy. I don't get it.
---Donna5535 on 11/18/10


\\But I must keep in mind that my obligation, concerning salvation, is to mankind as a whole and must guard against treating, or thinking of the poor among us as less than qualified or deserving.
---mima on 11/18/10\\

I hope you're not laboring under the impression that other people's salvation depends upon yourself, mima. We have only ONE Messiah, and He is sufficient for all.
---Cluny on 11/18/10


There are books of hagiography based on historical traditions you can check.

One such book is The Lives of the Holy Apostles published by Holy Apostles Convent in Colorado.
---Cluny on 11/18/10


With the exception of Paul and Luke I believe the disciples of Jesus Christ came from what some commonly call" poor white trash". I try to keep reminded of this in my personal ministry . I'm not against Mercedes-Benz, big homes, and other luxuries. But I must keep in mind that my obligation, concerning salvation, is to mankind as a whole and must guard against treating, or thinking of the poor among us as less than qualified or deserving.
---mima on 11/18/10


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