I am surprised and don't understand why Paul does not use the word disciple but rather saint, brother or believer despite Jesus commanding to make disciples of all nations.

  • (a) why is this surprising? (b) does it really matter? Jesus commands to "make disciples of all the nations", but I don't see how that's a mandate to use the word "disciple".
    – cegfault
    Jul 20, 2016 at 3:54
  • Also, "disciple" could be confusing to the Jews, who undoubtedly considered themselves disciples already. But saying "believer" or "saint" would have been a word only referred to by those who "followed the Way" (because they weren't called "Christians" until Antioch; they were simply "believers")
    – cegfault
    Jul 20, 2016 at 3:55
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  • The word disciple(s) occurs nowhere else in the entire New Testament, except for the Four Gospels and Acts, so its absence is not restricted to Paul.
    – Lucian
    Jul 30, 2017 at 20:59


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