Based on the school answer: “Jesus called him before everyone else”, out of habit, we say that Andrew was the first apostle whom Jesus called to carry the word about God, which is why the First-Called received the nickname. If you delve into a more detailed analysis, then this version is unfounded, is it?
The fact that there is nothing accidental in the spiritual life is not a secret or news to anyone. And the Gospel does not consist of records of random events, no! Of course, all this is nothing more than the exclusion of all chance, the lyrics, or just the author's whim. But still in the process of reading, one way or another, the question arises on our topic: “Why is Andrew the First-Called - the first apostle?”.
There are a lot of such “why?” Questions, but, one way or another, the answers that are so necessary for us can be found both in the Bible and in the writings of many church ministers.
Maybe because he was not just called as the first, but the first of those who called the apostles? Let's pay attention to one thing: what did he do after he returned from the lamb of God? Right,he turns to his brother Simon and tells him about himself and John, and that they found the Messiah, thus calling on his brother to go with him to Christ.
Most likely, and even more likely, Andrew is chosen as the first apostle of the twelve, and not just in quantitative and ordinal terms, but as the person who marks the beginning of the New Testament good news. And in later times, with his sermons, he leads to Jesus those who are for the coming generations a symbol of repentance, human weakness and a stronghold in faith.
Actually, Andrew the First-Called, in general, the references in the Holy Gospel are given quite rarely, but in the book of John (John 12: 20-22) there is a rather important episode with his participation.
The first apostle Andrew was called by Jesus and brought to Him. What was there in him that was one of the reasons God chose Andrew as the first herald of the grace of the word of the Lord?
Maybe he had some special and exceptional spirit that burned with love for the neighbor, love for truth and for God? Can it be combined with a clear and bright understanding of the fact that he led to Christ, and not just to His society?
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