Our Scripture passage today is Matthew 10:2-4 which reads: "Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him."
Our quote today is from Tertullian. He said, "It is our care for the helpless, our practice of lovingkindness, that brands us in the eyes of many of our opponents. 'Only look,' they say, 'look how they love one another' (they themselves being given over to mutual hatred). 'Look how they are prepared to die for one another' (they themselves being readier to kill each other). Thus had this saying become a fact, 'Hereby shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye have love one to another.'"
Today, we are discussing "Mission to the Gentiles" (Part 4) from Justo L. Gonzalez's fine book, The Story of Christianity (Volume 1).
Let's continue looking at The Apostles: Facts and Legends
Late in the second century, a development took place that greatly hinders the task of the historian who seeks to discern the later career of the apostles. The churches in every important city began claiming apostolic origins. In its rivalry with Rome and Antioch, the church in Alexandria felt the need to have a founder with apostolic connections, and thus the tradition appeared that Saint Mark had founded the church there. Likewise, when Constantinople became a capital city in the empire, its church too needed apostolic roots, and thus it was claimed that Philip had preached in Byzantium, the ancient site on which Constantinople was later built.
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