01/24/2011 by scottbartlow
What is the difference between a disciple and apostle in the New Testament? Often times, we interchange these two words when reading and discussing the scripture. But, do we know what they mean? Below, you can find some clearer definitions of these two terms.
Apostle: From Greek “Apostello”, [Apo means ‘from’, and Stello means ‘to send’] (to dispatch, to send forth, messenger, ambassador, a delegate). In the true sense, one personally selected or commissioned by Jesus to be a personal eyewitness of the events of his life, to see him after his Resurrection, and to testify to mankind concerning Him. (Acts 1:21-22)
Disciple: (pupil, follower, or learner) an adherent follower of Jesus. The name is frequently applied to the apostles and the body of believers contemporaneous with them. Disciple generally refers to a larger group of Jesus’ followers.
A disciple is a follower and learner of Jesus Christ. An apostle is someone who was a witness of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection and was sent by God to spread the news about Christ post resurrection.
Luke 10:1-3 says, “After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.”
Acts 1:21-22 says, “So now we must choose a replacement for Judas from among the men who were with us the entire time we were traveling with the Lord Jesus from the time he was baptized by John until the day he was taken from us. Whoever is chosen will join us as a witness of Jesus’ resurrection.”
As Believers in Christ, we are to be Disciples of Christ who are sent into the world to tell about his death and resurrection. Essentially, we are called to testify of what God has done in us and for us. How are you doing following Christ? How are you doing be a representative for Christ?