When Did Jesus Disciples Get Saved?

Throughout history, there has been a lot of debate about when exactly Jesus’ disciples were saved. Some believe that the disciples were saved at the moment they began following Jesus, while others believe that they were not truly saved until after Jesus’ death and resurrection. Let’s take a closer look at this topic and explore what the Bible has to say about it.

Before the Crucifixion

There are several instances in the Gospels where Jesus’ disciples express their belief in him before his death on the cross. For example, in Matthew 16:16, Peter declares, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

In response to this confession of faith, Jesus tells Peter, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 16:17). This suggests that Peter had a genuine faith in Jesus even before his death.

Similarly, in John 6:68-69, when many of Jesus’ followers leave him because of his difficult teachings, Peter says to him, “Lord, to whom shall we go You have the words of eternal life.

We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.” Again, this indicates that Peter had a deep faith in Jesus prior to his crucifixion.

During the Crucifixion

However, there are also indications in Scripture that suggest that some of Jesus’ disciples did not fully understand or accept his message until after his death. For example, during the crucifixion itself, we see that most of Jesus’ disciples flee and abandon him (Matthew 26:56). Only John is present at the foot of the cross with Mary (John 19:25-27).

This suggests that even though the disciples had been following Jesus and had expressed their faith in him, they were not yet fully committed to him. It was only after his death and resurrection that they came to understand the full significance of what he had taught them.

  • After the Resurrection

The book of Acts provides us with a clear picture of the transformation that took place in the disciples after Jesus’ resurrection. In Acts 1:8, Jesus tells his disciples, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

After receiving the Holy Spirit on Pentecost (Acts 2), Peter boldly proclaims the Gospel message to a large crowd in Jerusalem. Three thousand people are saved as a result (Acts 2:41). Throughout the rest of Acts, we see Peter and the other disciples preaching boldly, performing miracles, and spreading the message of Jesus throughout the world.

This suggests that it was not until after Jesus’ death and resurrection that his disciples were truly saved. It was only then that they received the power of the Holy Spirit and were able to fully understand and proclaim his message.


In conclusion, while there is some debate about when exactly Jesus’ disciples were saved, it seems clear from Scripture that it was not until after his death and resurrection. While some of them had expressed faith in him before this time, it was only after receiving the Holy Spirit that they were able to fully understand his message and boldly proclaim it to others.