Meet the 12 Apostles of Jesus Christ

Take a few moments to learn about the 12 apostles of Jesus and their characteristics. Discover lessons from the men who helped ignite the light of the truth that still dwells within hearts today and calls people to come and follow Christ.


Apostle Phillip
Detail of “Apostle St. Philip” by El Greco, 1612. Public domain

Philip was one of the first followers of Jesus Christ, and he wasted no time calling others, like Nathanael, to do the same. Philip plays a larger role in the Gospel of John than he does in the other three Gospels.

In John 14:8–9, Philip asks Jesus, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus replies, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father!”(NLT)

Although little is known about him after the ascension of Christ, Bible historians believe Philip preached the gospel in Phrygia, in Asia Minor, and died a martyr there at Hierapolis. One thing we know for certain, Philip’s search for the truth led him directly to the promised Messiah.

Author: Patriarch Gregg

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