The Ten Commandments

Are apostles and disciples the same thing?

No. The apostles were the 12 followers chosen by Jesus (c. 6 B.C.–C. A.D. 30), as described in the New Testament of the Bible. The term apostle is also used to identify other early missionaries, such as Barnabas and Paul (Saul), who in Acts 13:2–3 are singled out by the Holy Spirit to be missionaries. A disciple is any follower of Jesus. Therefore, all the apostles were disciples. But not all disciples were apostles.


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