Have you ever wondered what happened to the Apostles after the book of Acts? For the next few weeks, we'll be looking at each of the apostles and what became of them.
*Note, I'm saying this as nicely as possible, but many of these great men died the death of a martyr, and is therefore violent content.
Thomas the Doubter
The Bible tells us that Thomas was also called Didymus which means "twin". This tidbit has always interested me. Thomas was a skeptic by nature and had to see Jesus with his own eyes, and put his finger in the scars before he would believe that Jesus had resurrected. He preached the gospel in Parthia and India. Thomas' preaching made the pagan priests so angry, that in a fit of rage, they thrust him through with a spear.
Bartholomew is an apostle that we don't hear much about in the Bible, but he carried the gospel into several countries. He managed to translate the gospel of Matthew into the language of India and propagated it throughout the country. As punishment for this crime, he was cruelly beaten, and finally crucified by the impatient idolaters.
Judas the Traitor
Judas is the disciple that betrayed the Son of God with a kiss (thus the term Judas Kiss). His fate is told of in the gospels. After returning the blood money that he received from the priests for the capture of Jesus, (Matt 27:3-8) not being able to live with the guilt he felt, he hung himself from a tree. It is believed that the tree was also near Golgotha.
St. Matthias by Peter Paul Rubens
There is less known about Matthias than most of the other disciples. He was elected by the Apostles after the death of Jesus to replace Judas amongst the twelve. (Acts 1:15-26) The disciples cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias. He was stoned in Jerusalem, and then beheaded.
This concludes our study on the 12 disciples, however there are many other apostles that are mentioned in the scriptures that I think deserve to be mentioned. We'll explore these men and women in the following weeks as we discover the "Fates of the Earliest Church Martyrs".
Which Disciple is your favorite? Leave me a comment and let me know!
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Amber Schamel was born in Littleton, CO and has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and the Holy Land. She was raised in a family of 11 children, home-schooled through education and currently works with their 10 family businesses. Amber is a multi-published author and currently lives with her family outside of Colorado Springs, CO..
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