Christians today often claim to be disciples of Jesus. However, discipleship seems to involve being an itinerant.

KJV Mat 8:18  Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment to depart unto the other side.  Mat 8:19  And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.  Mat 8:20  And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.  Mat 8:21  And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.  Mat 8:22  But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.  Mat 8:23  And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.

I notice that the word "disciples" appears in the KJV only in the gospels and Acts. Did discipleship end with the end of the age in 70AD? IE: Was it not a feature of the body of Christ in Paul's paradigm?

  • Your question in the title and your two questions at the end are completely different.
    – curiousdannii
    Apr 14 '18 at 13:01
  • @curiousdannii I fixed the question. Can you unkill the question? Thanks
    – Ruminator
    Apr 15 '18 at 22:16
  • @curiousdannii I guess not...
    – Ruminator
    Oct 4 '18 at 19:36

Did discipleship end with the end of the age in 70 AD?

No. Matthew 28:19

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit

Does discipleship involve being an itinerant?

No, not necessarily. John 19:38

Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders. With Pilate's permission, he came and took the body away.

  • Hmmm.... [Luk 14:26-27 NASB20] 26 "If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his own father, mother, wife, children, brothers, sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. 27 "Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.
    – Ruminator
    May 4 at 15:36
  • Was Joseph a disciple?
    – Tony Chan
    May 4 at 15:42
  • It appears to be a case where it depends on which day you ask Luke!
    – Ruminator
    May 4 at 15:49
  • Luke? Why Luke?
    – Tony Chan
    May 4 at 15:54
  • Right. Should be, "it depends on if you ask Matthew or Luke; on any day."
    – Ruminator
    May 4 at 15:55

1 John 2:6, "He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked." As to whether being itinerant is required or not, I don't know. It seems most disciples were, as well as Paul. John was exiled and so had to remain where he was exiled. Consider that when Paul and the other NT authors wrote their letters to the churches, the entire church could not have been itinerant otherwise exhortations for the Philippians or Ephesians (for example) would not have been received by those whom Paul intended - because they would have wandered to some other land if all were itinerant.

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