Who were Philip and Nathaniel in the Bible?
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No, the Bible is no longer being written.
Nathaniel was from Cana in Galilee (John 1:43). He was one of the disciples who were called by Jesus. Philip was also a disciple of Jesus and he was the person who helped Nathaniel know about the Lord. Philip is known as Philip throughout the Gospels; however, Nathaniel is known as Bartholomew in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke.
When Philip sees Jesus, he is overcome with joy and tells his friend Nathaniel that the Messiah has come. Nathaniel is skeptical and asks if anything good could come from Nazareth (John 1:45). Nazareth was a small town so it seemed unimportant. It wasn't a place known for prophets or great people. Even though Nathaniel was skeptical, he followed Philip to meet Jesus. Jesus tells Nathaniel that He knew his thoughts as he was sitting under the fig tree.
Nathaniel is immediately won over and believes that Jesus is the Messiah. He decides to follow Jesus and becomes one of the twelve disciples. Both Nathaniel and Philip see the resurrection of the Lord. After Jesus' ascension, they continued to serve Jesus and help others to know Him too. Despite Nathaniel and Andrew not being well known disciples, they are important for us to know.
"The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, 'Follow me.' Philip was from the town of Bethsaida. So were Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and told him, 'We have found the one whom Moses wrote about in the Law. The prophets also wrote about him. He is Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.' 'Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?' Nathanael asked. 'Come and see,' said Philip" (John 1:43-46).
"'How do you know me?' Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, 'I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.' Then Nathanael declared, 'Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel'" (John 1:48-49).