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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 7631 Twelve, calling of
7631 Twelve, calling of

7631 Twelve, calling of

Jesus Christ’s chosen companions, whom he called and trained to carry on his mission after his death and resurrection.

The calling of the Twelve

Their names Mt 10:1-4 pp Mk 3:14-19 See also Lk 6:12-16; Ac 1:12-13

Their selection was preceded by prayer Lk 6:12-13

As Jesus Christ’s companions, they were to share in his mission Mk 3:14-15; Mk 6:7-13 pp Mt 10:1 pp Mt 10:9-14 pp Lk 9:1-6; Lk 8:1

Jesus Christ promised them authority at the final judgment Mt 19:28 pp Lk 22:30

After Judas’death the Twelve became the Eleven

Mt 28:16; Mk 16:14; Lk 24:9,33; Ac 2:14

The Eleven became the Twelve again with the election of Matthias Ac 1:26

The ministry of the Twelve after the resurrection supplemented by the appointment of deacons

Ac 6:2-3

The symbolic significance of the Twelve

The twelve tribes of Israel Ge 49:28; Eze 47:13; Mt 19:28 pp Lk 22:30 Twelve symbolises completeness and is associated with the rule of God.

See also

1654numbers, 11-99
2354Christ, mission
2555Christ, resurrection appearances
7024church, nature of
7266tribes of Israel
7470temple, significance

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