Did Jesus Know the Disciples Before He Called?


The Bible narrates that Jesus Christ chose twelve men to be his disciples and follow him. But did he know them before he called them

This is a question that has been asked by many people who are curious about the relationship between Jesus and his disciples. In this article, we will explore the topic and try to answer this question.

Who Were The Disciples

Before we dive into the main topic, it is important to have an overview of who the disciples were. According to the Bible, they were twelve men chosen by Jesus Christ to be his followers and spread his teachings. They included Simon Peter, Andrew, James son of Zebedee, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus (also known as Judas son of James), Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot.

Did Jesus Know The Disciples Before He Called Them

The Bible does not clearly state whether or not Jesus knew the disciples before he called them. However, there are a few instances that suggest that he might have known some of them.

For example, in John 1:42-43 it says that Andrew went to find his brother Simon Peter and told him “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). Then Andrew brought Simon to meet Jesus.

When Jesus saw Simon for the first time he said: “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which means Peter). This suggests that Jesus knew who Simon was even before they met.

Another example is when Jesus met Philip in John 1:43-44. It says that Jesus found Philip and said to him “Follow me”. This indicates that Jesus might have known Philip before he called him.

Counter Arguments

However, there are also arguments against the idea that Jesus knew the disciples before he called them. One of these is that Jesus was not from the same region as most of the disciples, so it is unlikely that they would have crossed paths before. Additionally, some scholars argue that Jesus intentionally chose ordinary men as his disciples so that they would not have any preconceived notions about him.


So, did Jesus know his disciples before he called them The answer is not clear from the Bible.

While there are instances that suggest that he might have known some of them, there is also evidence to suggest otherwise. Ultimately, what matters most is not whether or not Jesus knew his disciples before he called them but how they responded to his call and became faithful followers who spread his message to the world.