KJV Luke 3:7 Then said he
to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O
generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the
wrath to come?
KJV Matthew 13:34 All these
things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without
a parable spake he not unto them:
KJV Matthew 13:36 Then Jesus
sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his
disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable
of the tares of the field.
KJV Matthew 14:14 And Jesus
went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with
compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.
KJV Matthew 21:8 And a very
great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut
down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way.
KJV Matthew 21:46 But when
they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude,
because they took him for a prophet.
KJV Matthew 22:33 And when
the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine.
KJV Matthew 27:20 But the
chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they
should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.
KJV Mark 2:13 And he went
forth again by the sea side; and all the multitude resorted
unto him, and he taught them.
KJV Mark 3:7 But Jesus withdrew
himself with his disciples to the sea: and a great multitude
from Galilee followed him, and from Judaea.
KJV Mark 4:36 And when they
had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was
in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.
KJV Mark 7:33 And he took
him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his
ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue.
KJV Mark 8:2 I have compassion
on the multitude, because they have now been with me three
days, and have nothing to eat.
KJV Luke 8:37 Then the whole
multitude of the country of the Gadarenes round about besought
him to depart from them; for they were taken with great fear:
and he went up into the ship, and returned back again.
KJV Luke 9:12 And when the
day began to wear away, then came the twelve, and said unto
him, Send the multitude away, that they may go into the towns
and country round about, and lodge, and get victuals: for
we are here in a desert place.
difference between these groups is simple. The multitude were
listeners. The disciples were followers. The
multitude heard Jesus speak, stayed for lunch and moved on.
KJV Mark 12:37 And the common
people heard him gladly.
KJV Luke 6:17 And a great
multitude of people out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from
the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear him, and
to be healed of their diseases;
KJV Mark 2:13 And he went
forth again by the sea side; and all the multitude resorted
unto him, and he taught them.
KJV Acts 6:11 Then they suborned
men, which said, We have heard him speak blasphemous words
against Moses, and against God.
The Disciples were a smaller group, the followers, believers,
and adherents of Christ. They were doers of the word, and
not hearers only. They counted the personal revelation of
Christ to be greater riches than all the treasures of this
world and went after it!
KJV Matthew 4:19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and
I will make you fishers of men.
1:37 And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed
KJV Matthew 9:9 And as Jesus passed
forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at
the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And
he arose, and followed him.
KJV Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus unto
his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny
himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
KJV Matthew 19:21 Jesus said unto him,
If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give
to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come
and follow me.
KJV Luke 18:28 Then Peter said, Lo,
we have left all, and followed thee.
KJV Matthew 19:28 And Jesus said unto
them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me,
in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne
of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging
the twelve tribes of Israel.
From the ISBE Bible Dictionary:
16996 2717 Disciple
2717.02 \(1) Usually a substantive (Grk: mathetes,
"a learner," from Grk: manthano, "to
learn"; Latin discipulus, "a scholar"): The
word is found in the Bible only in the Gospels and Acts. But
it is good Greek, in use from Herodotus down, and always means
the pupil of someone, in contrast to the master or teacher
(Grk: didaskalos). See Mt 10:24; Lk 6:40. In all cases
it implies that the person not only accepts the views of the
teacher, but that he is also in practice an adherent. The
word has several applications. In the widest sense it refers
to those who accept the teachings of anyone, not only in belief
but in life. Thus the disciples of John the Baptist (Mt 9:14
; Lk 7:18;
also of the Pharisees (Mt 22:16;
of Moses (Jn 9:28).
But its most common use is to designate the adherents of Jesus.
(a) In the widest sense (Mt 10:42;
Jn 6:66, and often). It is the only name for Christ's followers
in the Gospels. But (b) especially the Twelve Apostles, even
when they are called simply the disciples (Mt 10:1; 11:1;
12:1, et al.). In the Acts, after the death and ascension
of Jesus, disciples are those who confess Him as the Messiah,
Christians (Acts 6:1,2,7; 9:36
(feminine, Grk: mathetria); Acts 11:26,
"The disciples were called Christians"). Even half-instructed
be-lievers who had been baptized only with the baptism of
John are disciples (Acts 19:1-4).
2717.03 \(2) We have also the verb, Grk: matheteuo,
"Jesus' disciple" (literally, "was discipled
to Jesus," Mt 27:57); "Make disciples of all the
nations" (the King James Version "teach," Mt
28:19); "had made many disciples" (the King James
Version "taught many," Acts 14:21); "every
scribe who hath been made a disciple to the kingdom of heaven"
(the King James Version "instructed," Mt 13:52).
The disciple of Christ today may be described in the words
of Farrar, as "one who believes His doctrines, rests
upon His sacrifice, imbibes His spirit, and imitates His example."
2717.04 \The Old Testament has neither the term nor the exact
idea, though there is a difference between teacher and scholar
among David's singers (1 Ch 25:8), and among the prophetic
guilds the distinction between the rank and file and the leader
(1 Sam 19:20;
2 Ki 6:5).
2717.05 \^G. H. Trever
The 12 disciples went through three phases of experience:
1. Before the Call = Working secular jobs
Living with Jesus = Learning, working, time spent with Jesus;
instructed into The Way; betrayal, abandonment, bewildered
= failing Adamic nature; Judas = that portion of the Adamic
nature that is the carnal mind. It betrays the spirit, breaks
the Old Covenant, and self-destructs.
The Sons of God = Life of Christ; planted in the upper room;
the Holy Spirit; maturing process; ministry, teaching, spreading
the good news; living witness; but still failing like Peter
in antioch; martyred; sacrifice
Before the Call
Living with Jesus
Maturing Sons of God
Them & You
Working secular jobs.
Interested in the things of God.
They were NOT called to the ministry of the organized
church of their day.
Learning and living with Jesus.
Instructed into The Way.
New creatures, entirely different than what they were.
1: The Call of the Disciples
KJV Matthew 4:18 And Jesus, walking
by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter,
and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they
were fishers. 19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I
will make you fishers of men. 20 And they straightway left
their nets, and followed him.
KJV Matthew 4:21 And going on from
thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of
Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their
father, mending their nets; and he called them. 22 And they
immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.
KJV Matthew 10:2-4 Now the names
of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is
called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of
Zebedee, and John his brother; 3 Philip, and Bartholomew;
Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of
Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; 4 Simon
the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.
KJV Mark 2:14 And as he passed by,
he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the receipt
of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and
KJV Luke 5:27 And
after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named
Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him,
Follow me. 28 And he left all, rose up, and followed him.
KJV Luke 6:13 And when it was day,
he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose
twelve, whom also he named apostles;
KJV Luke 6:13 And
when it was day, he called unto him his disciples:
and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles;
14 Simon, (whom he also named Peter,) and Andrew his brother,
James and John, Philip and Bartholomew, 15 Matthew and Thomas,
James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called Zelotes,
16 And Judas the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot,
which also was the traitor.
KJV John 1:43-49 The day following
Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and
saith unto him, Follow me. 44 Now Philip was of Bethsaida,
the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip findeth Nathanael,
and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the
law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son
of Joseph. 46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good
thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and
see. 47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him,
Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! 48 Nathanael
saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and
said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast
under the fig tree, I saw thee. 49 Nathanael answered and
saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the
King of Israel.
KJV John 6:67 70 Jesus answered them,
Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?
The Disciples came to follow Jesus only after
they SAW him. He spoke to them, they saw him standing in front
of them and they followed him. No one follwed Jesus before
they saw him with their own eyes. Even Paul: 1 Corinthians 15:8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born
out of due time.
So also today. Those who can see Christ,
the vision of Sonship as a literal obtainable reality, will
follow after it. In order to follow after Christ you must
first see the goal, the final product, and yourself as part
of it. Seeing this goal is the most essential step in ordering
your choices. KJV Matthew 13:15 For this people's
heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing,
and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should
see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should
understand with their heart, and should be converted, and
I should heal them. Those who do not have a clear understanding of the goal
will soon fall away. KJV Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish.
whose eyes were opened to see him, dropped their earthly goals
and unconditionally followed him. In order to follow after
Christ and attain the first resurrection, your view of the
goal must be clear and personal. Christ in you, the hope of
glory. KJV Matthew 20:34 So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes:
and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed
you must abandon every human desire and follow after it without
conditions. Those who saw Christ but came with conditions,
ultimately did not follow him. One would-be disciple wanted
to focus on earthly things first. KJV Matthew 8:21-22 And another of
his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and
bury my father. But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let
the dead bury their dead.
Another could follow only after he accomplished a prerequisite
act. Having conditions that must be met before you will follow-on
to attain Christ indicates that you will not follow him at
all. KJV Matthew 19:21-22 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and
sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt
have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. But when
the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for
he had great possessions.
They are always named in three groups, and
the first name of each group is always Peter, Philip, and
Simon – Peter - Cephas, son of Jona, a fisherman; loud, boisterous,
usually wrong, not so lord, you don’t have to suffer, let
us make three tabernacles, impulsive, jumped out of the boat
in the storm and again out of the boat to swim to shore.
Andrew – brother of Peter
3. James – son of Zebedee, brother of John,
together with John, called by Jesus “Boanerges,” meaning Sons
4. John – The Beloved - son of Zebedee, brother
of James, the disciple whom Jesus loved, called by Jesus “Boanerges”
(together with James), meaning Sons of Thunder. Believing
all things in silence, seeking the deepest possible relationship
with Jesus, rested head on his shoulder at the last supper,
after the crucifixion took Mary to his care, spoken of that
… what if he lived til Jesus returned, wrote a gospel, … may
still be alive?
Philip, of Bethsaida. (Not the same as Philip of Caesarea,
the evangelist, one of the seven deacons chosen along with
6. Bartholomew – Nathanael, said, can any
good thing come out of
Incredulous, yet because Jesus said he saw him under the fig
tree, instantly convinced that Jesus is the Son of God.
7. Thomas – Didymus, missing, not there at
the first showing, doubting, but convinced by his own eyes..
8. Matthew – formerly Levi, tax collecter,
hated his past, remorseful, dispised by his fellow citizens,
now feels atoning, humble, grateful, hopeful, wrote a gospel,
James the son of Alphaeus,
10. Thaddaeus – Lebbaeus – Judas brother
of James - Judas (not Iscariot),
11. Simon called Zelotes
12. Judas Iscariot – the traitor, who betrayed
Jesus, in league with the Romans and Jews, easily overcome
by satan, carried the money bag and thought the spikenard
should be sold for the poor. Judas was chosen last.
KJV Matthew 10:2 Now the names of
the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called
Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and
John his brother; 3 Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew
the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose
surname was Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot,
who also betrayed him.
Who are these people?
There are 12 of them, which is the number
of divine government.
months in the year
sons of Jacob
gates in the New Jerusalem
fruits on the Tree of Life
1. These 12 should be considered as a single
group, a complete governing system. They are the divinely
appointed and proper administration that governs your life
As a single group they represent the human experience. The
first eleven symbolize the Adamic nature and Judas represents
the carnal mind that was added at
When you are reading about the disciples, you are reading
about yourself. They are You!
Phase 2: Living with Jesus
Taken as a group, the 12 disciples represent
all the traits of the Adamic nature and the carnal mind.
Matthew 8:23 And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples
followed him. 24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest
in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves:
but he was asleep. 25 And his disciples came to him,
and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. 26 And he
saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?
Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there
was a great calm.
KJV Mark 9:32 But they understood not that saying, and were
afraid to ask him.
KJV Mark 10:32
And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus
went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed,
they were afraid.
KJV Mark 9:6 For he wist not what to say;
for they were sore afraid.
And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were
troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good
cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
Luke 24:36 And as they thus spake, Jesus
himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace
be unto you. 37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and
supposed that they had seen a spirit.
Mark 16:8 And they went out quickly, and
fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed:
neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid.
John 19:38 And after this Joseph of Arimathaea,
being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews,
besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus:
John 20:19 Then the same day at evening,
being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut
where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came
Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be
KJV Matthew 20:20 Then came to him the mother
of Zebedee's children with her sons, worshipping him,
and desiring a certain thing of him. 21 And he said unto her,
What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two
sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on
the left, in thy kingdom. 22 But Jesus answered and said,
Ye know not what ye ask.
KJV Matthew 20:25 But Jesus called them unto
him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles
exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise
authority upon them. 26 But it shall not be so among you:
but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your
servant: 28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered
unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked
them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the
way? 34 But they held their peace: for by the way they had
disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest.
35 And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto
them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall
be last of all, and servant of all.
KJV Mark 10:35 And James and John, the sons
of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou
shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire. 36 And he
said unto them, What would ye that I should do for you? 37
They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on
thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory.
38 But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can
ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with
the baptism that I am baptized with? 39 And they said unto
him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink
of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am
baptized withal shall ye be baptized: 40 But to sit on my
right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it
shall be given to them for whom it is prepared.
Bewildered - Confused
KJV John 1:46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good
thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and
KJV Luke 18:34
And they understood none of these things: and this saying
was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were
KJV John 8:27 They
understood not that he spake to them of the Father.
KJV John 11:16 Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus,
unto his fellowdisciples, Let us also go, that we may die
KJV John 14:5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither
thou goest; and how can we know the way? 6 Jesus saith unto
him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh
unto the Father, but by me.
KJV John 14:8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father,
and it sufficeth us. 9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so
long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip?
he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest
thou then, Shew us the Father?
KJV John 14:22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how
is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto
KJV Matthew 16:22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke
him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be
unto thee. 23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee
behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest
not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
13:28 Now no man
at the table knew for what intent he spake this unto him.
Luke 9:32 But Peter and they that were with
him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they
saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him. 33 And
it came to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said unto
Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make
three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one
for Elias: not knowing what he said. 34 While he thus spake,
there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared
as they entered into the cloud. 35 And there came a voice
out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.
John 18:10 Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote
the high priest's servant, and cut off his right ear. The
servant's name was Malchus. 11 Then said Jesus unto Peter,
Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father
hath given me, shall I not drink it?
Mat 26:51 And, behold, one of them which
were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword,
and struck a servant of the high priest's, and smote off his
ear. 52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into
his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with
the sword. 53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father,
and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of
Mat14:28 And Peter
answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto
thee on the water. 29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was
come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to
Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid;
and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. 31
And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught
him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore
didst thou doubt?
KJV John 20:24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus,
was not with them when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples
therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said
unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the
nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and
thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
KJV Luke 22:31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan
hath desired to have you, that he may sift you
as wheat: 32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith
fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
33 And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee,
both into prison, and to death. 34 And he said, I tell thee,
Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou
shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.
Mat 26:40 And he cometh unto the disciples,
and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could
ye not watch with me one hour? 41 Watch and pray, that ye
enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but
the flesh is weak. 42 He went away again the second time,
and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass
away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. 43 And
he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.
44 And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third
time, saying the same words. 45 Then cometh he to his disciples,
and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold,
the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the
hands of sinners.
Mat 26:73 And after a while came unto him they that stood
by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for
thy speech betrayeth thee. 74 Then began he to curse and to
swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock
crew. 75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said
unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.
And he went out, and wept bitterly.
Luke 22:59 And about the space of one hour
after another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this
fellow also was with him: for he is a Galilaean. 60 And Peter
said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while
he yet spake, the cock crew. 61 And the Lord turned, and looked
upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how
he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny
me thrice. 62 And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.
Mat 26:56 But all this was done, that the
scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the
disciples forsook him, and fled.
Mark 14:50 And they all forsook him, and fled. 51 And there
followed him a certain young man, having a linen cloth cast
about his naked body; and the young men laid hold on him:
52 And he left the linen cloth, and fled from them naked.
John 12:4 Then saith one of his
disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray
him, 5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence,
and given to the poor? 6 This he said, not that he cared for
the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and
bare what was put therein.
The Inquisitive Spirit in You
But there is more to you than just a failing
Adamic nature. You have also been given a seeking spirit.
For three and a half years the disciples
lived, worked, ate, and slept with Jesus. After we are tugged
of God and called to his presence, this is what we should
be doing also.
Living, traveling, & spending their time
KJV Matthew 9:18 While he spake these things
unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped
him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay
thy hand upon her, and she shall live. 19 And Jesus arose,
and followed him, and so did his disciples.
KJV Matthew 12:1 At that time Jesus went
on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were
an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat.
2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him,
Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon
the sabbath day.
KJV Mark 11:11 And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into
the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things,
and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with
KJV Luke 8:1 And it came to pass afterward,
that he went throughout every city and village, preaching
and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the
twelve were with him.
KJV John 2:2 And both Jesus was called, and
his disciples, to the marriage.
Giving – Witnesses
KJV Matthew 9:37 Then saith he unto his disciples,
The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are
few; 38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that
he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
KJV Matthew 10:1 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 10:5-8 These twelve Jesus sent forth,
and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles,
and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: 6
But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And
as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast
out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
KJV Matthew 14:19 And he commanded the multitude
to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the
two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake,
and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples
to the multitude.
KJV Mark 6:7 And he called unto him the
twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave
them power over unclean spirits; 8 And commanded them that
they should take nothing for their journey, save a
staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse:
9 But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats.
10 And he said unto them, In what place soever ye enter into
an house, there abide till ye depart from that place. 11 And
whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart
thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony
against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable
for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that
city. 12 And they went out, and preached that men should repent.
13 And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many
that were sick, and healed them.
KJV Luke 9:12 And when the day began to wear
away, then came the twelve, and said unto him, Send the multitude
away, that they may go into the towns and country round about,
and lodge, and get victuals: for we are here in a desert place.
13 But he said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they said,
We have no more but five loaves and two fishes; except we
should go and buy meat for all this people.
Bonded to Jesus; Becoming His Family
KJV Matthew 12:47 Then one said unto him,
Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring
to speak with thee. 48 But he answered and said unto him that
told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? 49 And
he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said,
Behold my mother and my brethren! 50 For whosoever shall do
the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother,
and sister, and mother.
KJV Luke 22:14 And when the hour was come,
he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. 15 And he said
unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover
with you before I suffer:
Expanding Personal Revelation – Learning
Sonship, the Path to Life
KJV Matthew 13:10 And the disciples came, and said unto him,
Why speakest thou unto them in parables? 11 He answered and
said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries
of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
KJV Luke 17:5 And the apostles said unto
the Lord, Increase our faith.
KJV Matthew 26:26 And as they were eating,
Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it,
and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat;
this is my body. 27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks,
and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28
For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for
many for the remission of sins.
KJV Mark 4:10 And when he was alone, they
that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable.
11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the
mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without,
all these things are done in parables.
KJV Mark 4:34 But without a parable spake
he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all
things to his disciples.
KJV Mark 10:32 And they were in the way going
up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they were
amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid. And he took
again the twelve, and began to tell them what things should
happen unto him, 33 Saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem;
and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests,
and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death,
and shall deliver him to the Gentiles: 34 And they shall mock
him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall
kill him: and the third day he shall rise again.
KJV Matthew 20:17 And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the
twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them, 18
Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be
betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and
they shall condemn him to death, 19 And shall deliver him
to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him:
and the third day he shall rise again.
KJV Luke 18:31 Then he took unto him the twelve, and
said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things
that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man
shall be accomplished. 32 For he shall be delivered unto the
Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and
spitted on: 33 And they shall scourge him, and put
him to death: and the third day he shall rise again.
KJV Luke 24:13 And, behold, two of them went
that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem
about threescore furlongs. 14 And they talked together of
all these things which had happened. 15 And it came to pass,
that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself
drew near, and went with them.
KJV Luke 24:25 Then he said unto them, O
fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets
have spoken: 26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things,
and to enter into his glory? 27 And beginning at Moses and
all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures
the things concerning himself.
KJV Luke 24:30 And it came to pass, as he
sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and
brake, and gave to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and
they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
John 15:15 Henceforth I call you not servants;
for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have
called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my
Father I have made known unto you.
KJV 1 Corinthians 15:5 And that he was seen
of Cephas, then of the twelve: 6 after that, he was seen of
above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part
remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. 7 After
that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. 8 And
last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of
KJV John 6:5 When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and
saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence
shall we buy bread, that these may eat? 6 And this he said
to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do. 7 Philip
answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient
for them, that every one of them may take a little.
KJV John 6:67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also
go away? 68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall
we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. 69 And we believe
and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living
KJV Matthew 20:22 Are ye able to drink of
the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the
baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are
able. 23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of
my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized
with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not
mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom
it is prepared of my Father. 24 And when the ten heard it,
they were moved with indignation against the two brethren.
KJV John 21:7 Therefore that disciple whom
Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon
Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher's coat
unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the
Absorbing the Promise of SonPlacing
KJV Matthew 19:28 And Jesus said unto them,
Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in
the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne
of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging
the twelve tribes of Israel.
KJV Matthew 19:29 And every one that hath
forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother,
or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall
receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
KJV Matthew 19:30 But many that are first shall be
last; and the last shall be first.
KJV Luke 22:30 That ye may eat and drink
at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the
twelve tribes of Israel.
The good and evil traits described above
are normal characteristics of the human nature that God gave
Adam and Eve before the fall in Eden. But after Eden’s fall,
something was added to the mix. As a result of their rebellion,
a final ingredient was bonded to Adam and Eve and became a
permanent portion of man. This ingredient was the carnal mind.
The carnal mind is an official portion of your human makeup
today. Like Judas it was added last, and like Judas it is
the betrayer of your spirit.
John 13:26-28 Jesus answered, He it is, to
whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he
had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son
of Simon. And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said
Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.
Iscariot was an official bonafide member of the 12 disciples.
He was an integral part of their body. He was ordained of
God and chosen by Jesus. He was the only disciple who was
not a Galilean.
Judas represents the carnal mind in you.
This mind is the child of Eden’s fall. It is the epicenter
of self-destruction, lust, avarious, envy, self-will, and
spiritual death. It makes worldly choices and sells your spirit
to the Romans. Just as Satan entered into Judas, so also Satan
enters into your life through the carnal mind in you.
KJV Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is
enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God,
neither indeed can be.
Like Judas, the carnal mind was added to
the Adamic nature last, during the fall in Eden. Although
he is an official member of the body, he was not original
equipment. Judas Iscariot is the carnal mind, the sarx, that
was added to Adam and Eve in Eden..
Mat 27:3-5 Then Judas, which had betrayed
him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself,
and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief
priests and elders, 27:4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have
betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to
us? see thou to that. 27:5 And he cast down the pieces of
silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.
KJV Matthew 26:20 Now when the even was come,
he sat down with the twelve. 21 And as they did eat, he said,
Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. 22
And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of
them to say unto him, Lord, is it I? 23 And he answered and
said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish,
the same shall betray me. 24 The Son of man goeth as it is
written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man
is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been
born. 25 Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said,
Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.
KJV Matthew 26:46 Rise, let us be going:
behold, he is at hand that doth betray me. 47 And while he
yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him
a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests
and elders of the people.
KJV Matthew 26:47 And while he yet spake,
lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude
with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders
of the people.
KJV Mark 14:10 And Judas Iscariot, one of
the twelve, went unto the chief priests, to betray him unto
KJV Mark 14:17 And in the evening he cometh
with the twelve. 18 And as they sat and did eat, Jesus said,
Verily I say unto you, One of you which eateth with me shall
KJV Mark 14:20 And he answered and said unto
them, It is one of the twelve, that dippeth with me
in the dish.
KJV Mark 14:43 And immediately, while he
yet spake, cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a
great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests
and the scribes and the elders.
KJV Luke 22:3 Then entered Satan into Judas
surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. 4 And
he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains,
how he might betray him unto them.
KJV John 6:70 Jesus answered them, Have not
I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? 71 He spake
of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should
betray him, being one of the twelve.
Within our Adamic natures are hidden the
seeds of our own destruction. This is the carnal mind that
was bonded to your Adamic nature in Eden.
John 13:18 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen:
but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread
with me hath lifted up his heel against me.
KJV Matthew 10:36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own
KJV Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is
enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God,
neither indeed can be.
KJV Matthew 15:11 Not that which goeth into
the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the
mouth, this defileth a man.
KJV Matthew 15:16-20 And Jesus said, Are
ye also yet without understanding? 17 Do not ye yet understand,
that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly,
and is cast out into the draught? 18 But those things which
proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart (Carnal
Mind); and they defile the man. 19 For out of the heart proceed
evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts,
false witness, blasphemies: 20 these are the things which
defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not
sold Jesus for thirty pieces of silver.
KJV Matthew 26:14 Then one of the twelve,
called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, 15 And
said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver
him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces
the betrayal Judas cast the money back into the temple and
KJV Matthew 27:5 And he cast down the pieces
of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged
The thirty pieces of silver were used to
buy a potter’s field, that is, a burying place or cemetary
KJV Matthew 27:6 And the chief priests took
the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them
into the treasury, because it is the price of blood. 7 And
they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field,
to bury strangers in. 8 Wherefore that field was called, The
field of blood, unto this day.
All of this was described by Zechariah.
KJV Zechariah 11:7-14 And I will feed the
flock of slaughter, even you, O poor of the flock. And I took
unto me two staves; the one I called Beauty, and the other
I called Bands; and I fed the flock. 8 Three shepherds also
I cut off in one month; and my soul lothed them, and their
soul also abhorred me. 9 Then said I, I will not feed you:
that that dieth, let it die; and that that is to be cut off,
let it be cut off; and let the rest eat every one the flesh
of another. 10 And I took my staff, even Beauty, and cut it
asunder, that I might break my covenant which I had made with
all the people. 11 And it was broken in that day: and so the
poor of the flock that waited upon me knew that it was the
word of the LORD. 12 And I said unto them, If ye think good,
give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for
my price thirty pieces of silver. 13 And the LORD said unto
me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised
at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast
them to the potter in the house of the LORD. 14 Then I cut
asunder mine other staff, even Bands, that I might break the
brotherhood between Judah and Israel.
Zechariah said the Old Covenant would be
broken for thirty pieces of silver. The money would then be
cast back into the house of Yahweh. This was accomplished
by Judas when he betrayed Jesus to the cross.
But Judas also represents the carnal mind
in you. He is a legitimate part of the twelve disciples chosen
by Jesus, but he was the only disciple that was not a Galilean.
Judas was a stranger, an outsider, just as the carnal mind
was added to Adam and Eve at Eden’s fall.
Your carnality is a legitimate portion of
your human makeup and it is this portion that will ultimately
betray your spirit and arrange for its sacrifice. Seeking
carnal, fleshly, worldly gain this mind in you will one day
bring your spirit to a cross of cunning construction.
With his service accomplished, Judas hanged
himself. So also, your carnality will not live forever. After
it has brought about the crucifixion of your spirit in this
world it will then self-destruct in the tumultuous aftermath.
This is the death of your fleshly self-will and the birth
in your spirit of Thy
will be done. This sacrifice will terminate the Old Covenant
The money that Judas received was ultimately
cast back into the temple from whence it came and used to
purchase a burying place for strangers. So also the worldly
gain that your carnality seeks will only purchase its own
grave. This is all that can be hoped from the physical side
of the Adamic experience. Judas fulfilled the actions described
by Zechariah and the carnal mind in you will personally fulfill
these actions inside your spirit.
KJV Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest,
which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath,
strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness,
revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before,
as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such
things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
there is more to you than just the physical. You are mostly
composed of spirit which originally found its source in Yahweh.
When your carnality arranges the crucifixion of your spirit
this will terminate the Old Covenant, but this same sacrifice
will also ratify the New Covenant in you, by the death of
this new testator.
KJV Hebrews 9:16 For where a testament is,
there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.
Your carnality and the betrayal of your spirit
were both ordained by God before he made the world. Death,
burial, and resurrection is the overcoming process for those
being matured into the likeness of Christ. As this process
has its perfect work it will ultimately bring you into the
capacity and brotherhood of Jesus. Your sacrifice will usher
you into the experience of Christ and company of the firstborn
Sons of God.
After Judas departed the disciples they began
to exhibit the glorious acts of the apostles and to flourish
in miracles, power, and revelation. So also, when the carnal
mind is removedfrom you, you can expect the explosion of your
spirit with the same miraculous results.
What’s happening on this planet has nothing
whatever to do with gaining riches, power, or prestige. It
has only to do with your Heavenly Father’s work to perfect
a living spirit within you.
KJV 1 John 2:15 Love not the world, neither
the things that are in the world. If any man love the world,
the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in
the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes,
and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the
world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof:
but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
Phase 3: The New Creatures – Becoming the Sons of God
After receiving the breath of life from the
resurrected Christ and the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost
(both came to the same room), these people were very different.
There was something about them that was radically changed.
They were more than mere men. There was something new present
that was more than Adam, Jew, or Israel. Their spirits had
come into contact with the resurrected life of Jesus Christ
and they had conceived to immortal splendor. They were spiritual
embryos, developing into the offspring of God himself, , enrolled
in a course of gestative maturation, holding to the promise
that would eventually birth them as the Sons of God. They
represent the maturing process of the Sons of God. They were
growing into the Sacred Secret kept secret since the world
began; Christ in you, the hope of glory.
KJV Acts 2:1 And when the day of
Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in
one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as
of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where
they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues
like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they
were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with
other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Acts 2:14 But Peter,
standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said
unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem,
be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:15 For these
are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third
hour of the day.16 But this is that which was spoken by the
KJV Acts 2:38 Then
Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of
you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins,
and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the
promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that
are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying,
Save yourselves from this untoward generation. 41 Then they
that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same
day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
KJV Acts 4:33 And
with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection
of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
KJV Acts 5:12 And
by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought
among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon's
KJV Acts 5:15 Insomuch
that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid
them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of
Peter passing by might overshadow some of them. 16 There came
also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem,
bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean
spirits: and they were healed every one.
KJV Acts 5:29 Then
Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We
ought to obey God rather than men.
KJV Acts 5:41 And
they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing
that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.
KJV Acts 6:2 Then
the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them,
and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of
God, and serve tables.
KJV Acts 8:5 Then
Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ
unto them. 6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto
those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles
which he did.
KJV Acts 8:12 But
when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning
the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were
baptized, both men and women.
KJV Acts 8:26 And
the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and
go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem
unto Gaza, which is desert.
KJV Acts 8:39 And
when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the
Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more:
and he went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip was found
at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities,
till he came to Caesarea.
KJV Acts 9:40 But
Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and
turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened
her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.
KJV Acts 10:44
While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on
all them which heard the word. 45 And they of the circumcision
which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter,
because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift
of the Holy Ghost.
KJV Acts 12:7 And, behold, the angel
of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison:
and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying,
Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.
KJV Acts 18:28
For he [Paul] mightily convinced the Jews, and that publickly,
shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ.
KJV Acts 20:9 And
there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus,
being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching,
he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft,
and was taken up dead. 10 And Paul went down, and fell on
him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his
life is in him.
KJV 1 Corinthians
12:28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles,
secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles,
then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of
Still beset with
human frailty; not yet entirley perfect
KJV Galatians 2:11 But when Peter
was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because
he was to be blamed. 12 For before that certain came from
James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come,
he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were
of the circumcision. 13 And the other Jews dissembled likewise
with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with
KJV John 21:18
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou
girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but
when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands,
and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither
thou wouldest not. 19 This spake he, signifying by what death
he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith
unto him, Follow me.
KJV John 21:20
Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved
following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and
said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee? 21 Peter seeing
him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do?
22 Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come,
what is that to thee? follow thou me. 23 Then went
this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple
should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not
die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is
that to thee?
KJV Acts 4:19 But Peter and John
answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight
of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. 20
For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and
heard. 21 So when they had further threatened them, they let
them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because
of the people: for all men glorified God for that which was
KJV Acts 5:40 And
to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles,
and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak
in the name of Jesus, and let them go. 41 And they departed
from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were
counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.
KJV Acts 12:1 Now
about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to
vex certain of the church. 2 And he killed James the brother
of John with the sword. 3 And because he saw it pleased the
Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also.
And so also
is the teaching of Christ
KJV Romans 12:1
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God,
that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable
unto God, which is your reasonable service.
KJV Hebrews 9:16 For where a testament
is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.
KJV Matthew 16:25
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever
will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
KJV John 12:25
He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth
his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.
KJV Psalm 50:5
Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a
covenant with me by sacrifice.
from Fox’s Book of Martyrs, first published in 1554:
was stoned, along with Nicanor and two thousand other Christians.
KJV Acts 11:19
Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution
that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and
Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the
James (The Great),
son of Zebedee, the older brother of John, and a relative
of our Lord, for his mother Salome was cousin-german to the
Virgin Mary. He was beheaded by Herod Agrippa in AD 44. Seeing
his courage and undauntedness, his accuser was converted on
the spot by James, received his forgiveness, and beheaded
at the same time.
was scourged, thrown into prison, and afterwards crucified,
Matthew, real name Levi,
author of the Gospel of Matthew, labored in Parthia and Ethiopia,
in which latter country he suffered martyrdom, being slain
with a halberd in the city of Nadabah, AD 60. (A halberd was
a common weapon in the 15th and 16th centuries, a long spear
with a battle-ax on the end.)
James (The Less), most likely the half-brother
of Jesus, Mary’s younger son, wrote the epistle of James.
At the age of ninety-four he was beat and stoned by the Jews,
and finally had his brains dashed out with a fuller’s club.
Matthias, was elected to fill the vacant
place of Judas. He was stoned at Jerusalem and then beheaded.
Andrew, the brother of
Peter. He preached the gospel to many Asiatic nations, but
on his arrival at Edessa he was taken and crucified on a cross,
the two ends of which were fixed transversely in the ground.
Hence the derivation of the term, St. Andrew’s Cross.
Mark, converted by Peter,
author of the Gospel of Mark. He was dragged to pieces by
the people of Alexandria, at the great solemnity of Serapis
Peter, crucified at Rome
upside down at his own request, because he said he was not
worthy to be crucified in the same manner as Jesus.
Paul, writer of most
of the New Testament, beheaded by Nero. Paul converted the
two soldiers who came to execute him, then gave his neck to
Jude, the brother of
James (The Less), was commonly called Thaddeus. He was crucified
at Edessa, AD 72.
in several countries, and having translated the Gospel of
Matthew in to the language of India, he propagated it in that
country. He was at length cruelly beaten and then crucified
by the impatient idolaters.
Thomas, called Didymus,
preached the Gospel in Parthia and India, where exciting the
rage of the pagan priests, he was martyred by being thrust
through with a spear.
Luke, the evangelist,
author of the Gospel of Luke, was hanged on an olive tree
by the idolatrous priests of Greece.
Simon, surnamed Zelotes,
preached the Gospel in Mauritania, Africa, and even in Britain,
in which latter country he was crucified, AD 74.
John (The Beloved), son
of Zebedee, brother to James the Great. Founded the churches
of Smyrna, Pergamos, Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea, and Thyatira.
Arrested by Domitian, taken to Rome, and thrown into a cauldron
of boiling oil. He escaped by miracle, without injury. Afterwards
he was banished to the island of Patmos where he wrote the
Book of Revelation. Nerva, the successor of Domitian, recalled
him. He was the only apostle who escaped a violent death.
KJV Matthew 20:23 And he saith unto
them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup.
KJV 1 Corinthians
15:36 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened,
except it die:
KJV Hebrews 12:4 Ye have not yet
resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
Attained to Christ
KJV Mark 10:29-30 And Jesus answered
and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath
left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother,
or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's,
but he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses,
and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and
lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal
Rev 21:14 And the wall of the city
had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve
apostles of the Lamb.
Rev 6:9 And when he had opened the
fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were
slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they
held: 10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long,
O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our
blood on them that dwell on the earth? 11 And white robes
were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them,
that they should rest yet for a little season, until their
fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed
as they were, should be fulfilled.
Rev 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they
sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw
the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus,
and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the
beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon
their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned
with Christ a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead lived
not again until the thousand years were finished. This is
the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he that hath
part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath
no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ,
and shall reign with him a thousand years.
KJV Revelation 21:21 And the twelve
gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of
one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold,
as it were transparent glass.
What Caused Their Change?
When did they
change from carnal and fearful into maturing Sons? Not at
the cross. Jesus’ crucifixion did not change them at all.
Their change came only after they received the breath of life
and the Holy Spirit, both in the upper room, during the next
were they Called, Chosen, & Matured ?
Surprise = By PREDESTINATION alone!
They didn’t DO anything to be selected. They
were just plain people, like us. None of them did anything
special to cause their call of God. They were working and
doing what seemed to be right to them at the time, until the
hopeful tug of immortality overshadowed their lives. It’s
not what you do, or say, that sets you on the path to life;
it is who you are.
Then receiving the seed of transformation
and resurrection from Christ, and the water of the Holy Spirit
into the fertile ground of their human experience, they left
all and burst onto the path that leads to the Creator’s immortality.
These were Sons in the making, newly conceived New Creatures,
walking within the confines of Adamic mortality and devouring
the human experience. They all failed, betimes, along the
way, but they kept at it. They refused to be derailed or detained.
1:2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from
the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of
our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual
blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation
of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before
him in love: having predestinated us unto the adoption of
children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good
pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his
grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
KJV Ephesians 1:10-11
That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might
gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are
in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: in whom also
we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according
to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel
of his own will:
John 15: 16 Ye
have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you,
that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit
KJV John 6:44 No
man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw
him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
KJV 1 Peter 2:9
Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation,
a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of
him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous
KJV Philippians 3:12-14 Not as though
I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I
follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also
I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself
to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those
things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things
which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of
the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Path for You
Carnality self-destructs & the true followers are predestinated,
what is your challenge to become an overcomer??
Rev. 21:7 He that overcometh shall
inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be
my son. 8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable,
and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters,
and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth
with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Lake of Fire
Whoremongers, Grk: pornos
you see demonstrated by the Disciples is where you are sitting
now. Their example is the path before you. You have been predestinated
to the knowledge of Christ in you. Their road is the road
you are on , and it leads to the same goal.
1. You were named of God before he made
2. You came to earth to take part in the
rigorous teaching of the unregenerate Adamic nature and its
3. You were called of Jesus Christ. You
began to follow him, to learn of him, to adopt his teachings
in your thoughts and actions.
4. Your spirit conceives to the genetics
5. You abandon all and follow him.
6. Your spirit is matured as your carnality
is subdued and shed.
7. Your life becomes a living sacrifice;
you become a martyr for the witness of his work in you. Evil
is sent away; good is sacrificed. Your carnal mind self-destructs.
8. Arriving at maturity, at a place where
your spirit can survive outside the womb with the umbilical
cord cut, you are scheduled for the First Resurrection, out
from among the dead.