Philip -- The Calculating Disciple (5 of 15) by Stan Coffey

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Philip -- The Calculating Disciple (5 of 15)
TWELVE WHO CHANGED THE WORLD
Stan Coffey

I John 1:43-46 (CSV) -- (43)The next day He decided to leave for Galilee. Jesus found Philip and told him, "Follow Me!" (44) Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the hometown of Andrew and Peter. (45) Philip found Nathanael and told him, "We have found the One Moses wrote about in the law (and so did the prophets Jesus the son of Joseph, from Nazareth!" (46) "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Nathanael asked him.
"Come and see," Philip answered.

I. PHILIP'S CIRCUMSTANCES
A. Philip's Number
1. Philip the Apostle is listed in the second group of four on all four of the lists of the twelve disciples given in the scripture.

2. He is always listed number five overall on the lists which means he always headed up the second group of four.

B. Philip's Name
1. Philip's name is Greek and may have been given him in honor of Philip the Tetarach (Luke 3:1) since he lived in the area governed by him.

2. His name might explain why the Greeks who came to the Passover sought him out on Palm Sunday as mediator between them and Christ (John 12:20-22

3. His name means "lover of horses," and Philip must have also had a Jewish name because all twelve apostles were Jewish.

C. Philip's Neighborhood
1. Philip was from Bethsaida (John 1:44; John 12:21) which was also the original home of Peter and Andrew (John 1:44)

2. Bethsaida was on the northwestern coast of the Sea of Galilee and was a fishing village.

3. Philip is not recorded as doing any fishing unless he was one of the "two other disciples"
(John 21:2) that went fishing with Peter after the resurrection of Christ.

4. Philip was not unacquainted with the Sea of Galilee, however, for he did not traverse the
Galilee in a boat at times for he was with the other disciples on the boat during several
storms which Christ ...


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