disciples are…

Disciples, then, are people who first and foremost belong to Jesus. They are personally committed to him, with a loyalty which transcends even natural family ties. It is their relationship with him which forms the basis of their community with one another, and in this community they are therefore able to recognize one another as brothers, and to care for one another with all the concern of members of the same family. Indeed they are themselves ‘little brothers’ of Jesus. None of them can claim pre-eminence in terms of status in the community, but all must recognize themselves, and each other, as ‘little ones’. …

From R. T. France’s section on “DISCIPLESHIP” in Matthew: Evangelist and Teacher

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