The work of the apostles (Acts 2:43)

“Awe came upon

Every one,

Because many wonders

And signs

Were being done

By the apostles.”

Ἐγίνετο δὲ πάσῃ ψυχῇ φόβος· πολλά δὲ τέρατα καὶ σημεῖα διὰ τῶν ἀποστόλων ἐγίνετο.

The author of Acts indicated that awe or fear (φόβος) came upon (Ἐγίνετο) every soul or every one (δὲ πάσῃ ψυχῇ), because many wonders (πολλά δὲ τέρατα) and signs (καὶ σημεῖα) were being done (ἐγίνετο) by the apostles (διὰ τῶν ἀποστόλων).  Everyone was a little afraid or awestruck with fear because the apostles were performing many miraculous wonders and signs.  The power of Jesus was being transferred to his apostles.  Have you ever been awestruck?

The work of the apostles (Mt 10:8-10:8)

“Cure the sick!

Raise the dead!

Cleanse the lepers!

Cast out demons!

You received

Without paying.

Give without payment!”


ἀσθενοῦντας θεραπεύετε, νεκροὺς ἐγείρετε, λεπροὺς καθαρίζετε, δαιμόνια ἐκβάλλετε· δωρεὰν ἐλάβετε, δωρεὰν δότε.


There is no exact equivalent to this passage in the other gospels.  Jesus, via Matthew, laid out what the work of an apostle of Jesus should be.  These apostles were to do what Jesus had been doing.  They were to heal or cure the sick or ailing people (ἀσθενοῦντας θεραπεύετ).  They were to raise up the dead (νεκροὺς ἐγείρετε), a difficult task.  They were to cleanse the lepers (λεπροὺς καθαρίζετε) and cast out the demons (δαιμόνια ἐκβάλλετε).  As they had not paid to get this gift to be an apostle (δωρεὰν ἐλάβετε), so thus they should not receive any payment (δωρεὰν δότε) for their work as an apostle.  They should give freely of their time since this was not a money-making project.