Christian History

Facts About John the Apostle

John was one of the most influential of the disciples. He authored five books of the New Testament. He was the leader of the church in Ephesus. He, along with his brother James, was often called a Son of Thunder. John had the privilege of being aprt of Jesus’ Inner Circle. He often considered himself to be the most beloved by Jesus of the disciples. John was initially somewhat arrogant and volatile, but eventually began to mellow out as his walk with God endured. John was eventually exiled to the Island of Patmos, where he was given a vision regarding the end times when Jesus will return and Satan will utterly defeated. The vision also shows a new heaven and a new earth, where all those who loved God and accepted the gift of salvation from Jesus dying on the cross will get to spend eternity in the presence of God. John died of natural causes on Patmos, the only disciple to do so.

Name: John

Family:
Zebedee (Father), Salome (Mother)

Nicknames: Beloved Disciple, Son of Thunder

  • There is much controversy regarding the title “Beloved Disciple”, as it implies a sense of arrogance, it is also only mentioned in the book of John, which John wrote
  • Son of Thunder was given to him and James by Jesus

Personality:

  • Man of action
  • Ambitious
  • Intolerant (early on)
  • Explosive Temper (early on)
  • Incredibly faithful
  • Kind (later on)
  • Mellow (later on)

Life before Christ:

  • Was born in Bethsaida
  • Was a fisherman
  • Was married
  • Brother to James
  • Was a follower of John the Baptist
  • Was likely born to the sister of Mary

Accomplishments:

  • Was a member of the Inner Circle of Jesus
  • Was spared from poison by God
  • Wrote the book of John, I, II, and III John, and Revelation
  • Is the only person to have seen what the end of days will be like
  • Was exiled to the island of Patmos
  • The only disciple known to have died a natural death

Death:

  • Died of natural causes while in exile on the island of Patmos