References to the Apostles Not Quickly Found in a Concordance

This is a subsidiary post of Apostles.

If you want to learn about the apostles it is simple enough to look up “apostle’ in a concordance.  However, there are verses that reference, or can be applied to, the apostles which would not show up in such a search.  This post consists of some of those non-explicit references to the apostles.

It would be easy for a list like this to become practically endless.  This is because the New Testament was produced by apostles and therefore references to them abound.  Therefore, I’ve tried to restrict this list to those verses, which when considered, give particular insight as to how we should think about the apostles.

Matthew 10:40  –  When we receive the apostles’ testimony, we are actually receiving Jesus’ testimony which is actually receiving God’s testimony.

Mark 3:13, 14, 15

Mark 16:14  (especially when considered in the vein of Luke 24:25)  – This could also refer to the women to whom He appeared.

Luke 1:2

John 13:20

John 17:1-26  –  As the primary beneficiaries of the prayer that comprises this chapter, the apostles are referred to by Jesus in almost every verse.  Beginning in verse six, He refers to them as “the men whom You gave me out of the world.”  Thereafter, they are the “they” and “them” to whom Jesus repeatedly refers.

John 18:20, 21  –  “…Question those who have heard what I spoke to them; they know what I said.”

Acts 4:13  –  “…and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus.”  –  Compare with “that they might be with Him” in Mark 3:14.

Acts 10:39  –  For much more on the apostles as witnesses, see The Apostles Were Witnesses.

1 Corinthians 3:5  –  Who are the apostles but “servants through whom we have believed in Christ”?

1 Thessalonians 2:13  –  We receive the message of the apostles not as the word of men, but as what it really is, the word of God.  The apostles did not write on their authority.  God through Christ sent them.  Therefore, their message is from God.

1 Thessalonians 4:2  –  The apostles gave us commandments by the authority of the Lord Jesus.

2 Timothy 2:7  –  We must consider – that is, continue to dwell upon, what the apostles say.  This is what we are exhorted to do in Hebrews 2:1-4 (see below).

2 Timothy 3:14-15  –  The apostles are the ones through whom we have learned about Christ.  In terms of substantive testimony, there is no other source from which we can learn what He taught during His earthly life.

Hebrews 2:1-4 (especially Hebrews 2:3)  –  The apostles were “those who heard” what was “first spoken through the Lord.”

Hebrews 13:7  –  The apostles have led us – led us to righteousness, who is Jesus – just as prophesied in Daniel 12:3 (see below also).

1 John 1:1-5

2 Peter 1:12-21 (especially 2 Peter 1:16, 18)


Daniel 12:3  –  The stars give way to the sun (Malachi 4:2), don’t they?

Malachi 3:1  –  The apostles are the messengers sent before His face.

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