Philip the Apostle

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Philip was one of Jesus' twelve Apostles, as confirmed by the lists of the Apostles in the New Testament books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and in Acts. Philip is also mentioned in the Gospel of John.

Jesus called Philip, who brought Nathanael to Christ also. Philip spoke briefly with Jesus in connection with the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes.

Philip is quoted at John 14:8 as asking Jesus to show God to the Apostles:[1]

Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.

The Hellenistic Jews from Bethsaida approached Philip to introduce them to Jesus. In the above quote, just prior to the Passion Philip asked Jesus to show the Apostles the Father (God) and that would be fine for them. Jesus responded that He and the Father were one.

Before following Jesus, Philip may have been a disciple of John the Baptist.


  1. John 14:8-11 (ESV).