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Jesus Christ had the twelve apostles. They were Simon, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, James the Younger, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot, Judas Iscariot and Matthias. Jesus handpicked these common individuals to help him spread the good word of God to the people.
Take note of the word "common". The twelve apostles, contrary to popular belief, weren't anything special. They are your common, regular folks. You wouldn't be able to pick them out from a crowd. This simple detail is very important because it says much about spreading God's teachings and being a good Christian and an apostle in modern times.
The twelve apostles in the Bible were a group of ordinary men young and old. There was a tax collector, fishermen, etc. You couldn't get any more ordinary than that. But Jesus picked them to become his twelve apostles not because of what they do, but because he saw their potential to do great things in accordance with the Lord's wishes. The Bible verse, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me," (Philippians 4:13) came as a result of the stories of these twelve men. They were ordinary, but they believed in Jesus Christ and that they are capable of great things if they dedicate their actions to the Lord.
"And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles;" Luke 6:13
When the twelve apostles were ready, Jesus gave them the power to heal unclean spirits and all kinds of sicknesses, and then sent them to nearby towns to preach about God and the kingdom of heaven. Most theologians and Bible students agree that the twelve apostles travelled in pairs, but this wasn't made clear in the Bible. The twelve apostles did good, and the mission turned out to be a big success.
When the twelve apostles came back Jesus told them of the wonderful things that had happened and would happen as a result of their preaching. From here on out miracles began happening left and right, this was written in the New Testament, in Jesus' presence and in plain sight of his twelve apostles. This marked the spiritual growth of that group that used to be a band of commonplace, ordinary men – now students of Christ and twelve apostles spreading the love of God.
"And when he had called unto [him] his twelve disciples, he gave them power [against] unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease." Matthew 10:1, King James Bible Translation
Becoming Jesus' apostle is by no means restricted to the Bible. It is possible to be a modern day apostle, and in fact we are all encouraged by the Bible to live and act the way the twelve apostles did in Jesus' time. You don't need to be anything special. You can be an accountant for a large corporation or a simple modern-day fisherman, these things don't matter in living the life of an apostle. The important thing is you have accepted Christ in your life, and that whatever you do from here on out is for the glory and love of God.
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