In Christianity, the term “disciple” refers to a person who is devoted to following Jesus. This phrase appears only in the Gospels and Acts of the Apostles in the New Testament. In the ancient world, a disciple is someone who follows or adheres to the teachings of a teacher. The experience is not comparable to that of being a student in the current sense. During the ancient biblical period, a disciple was one who actively imitated both the life and the teachings of his or her teacher. It was a purposeful apprenticeship that resulted in the fully-formed student becoming a living replica of his or her teacher.
During Jesus’ time, the New Testament mentions a large number of followers of Jesus. After the resurrection of Jesus and the giving of the Great Commission, some disciples were appointed to missions, such as the Little Commission, the commission of the seventy in Luke’s Gospel, the Great Commission after Jesus’ ascension, or Paul’s conversion, which elevated them to the status of apostles and charged them with proclaiming the gospel (the Good News) throughout the world. Jesus made it clear that being one of his disciples would be difficult and costly.
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