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A disciple is:
- one of the 12 Apostles before they were chosen to be Apostles by Jesus Christ.
- one of the 72 followers sent forth by Jesus
Luke 10:1
- a follower of Jesus Christ during His lifetime on earth.
- a pupil or student of another person.

Dis*ci"ple, n. Etym: [OE. disciple, deciple, OF. disciple, fr. L. discipulus, fr. discere to learn (akin to docere to teach; see Docile) + prob. a root meaning to turn or drive, as in L. pellere to drive (see Pulse).]

Defn: One who receives instruction from another; a scholar; a learner; especially, a follower who has learned to believe in the truth of the doctrine of his teacher; an adherent in doctrine; as, the disciples of Plato; the disciples of our Savior. The disciples, or The twelve disciples, the twelve selected companions of Jesus;
-- also called the Apostles.
-- Disciples of Christ. See Christian, n., 3, and Campbellite.

-- Learner; scholar; pupil; follower; adherent.

Dis*ci"ple, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Discipled; p. pr. & vb. n. Discipling.]

1. To teach; to train. [Obs.]
That better were in virtues discipled. Spenser.

2. To punish; to discipline. [Obs.] B. Jonson.

3. To make disciples of; to convert to doctrines or principles. [R.]
Sending missionaries to disciple all nations. E. D. Griffin.

---excerpt from the Illustrated Bible Dictionary.

Disciple - A scholar, sometimes applied to the followers of John the Baptist (Matthew 9:14), and of the Pharisees (Matthew 22:16), but principally to the followers of Christ. A disciple of Christ is one who
(1.) believes His doctrine,
(2.) rests on His sacrifice,
(3.) imbibes His Spirit, and
(4.) imitates His example (Matthew 10:24; Luke 14:26, Luke 14:27, Luke 14:33; John 6:69).


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