A Bible Character Study - St. Andrew in the Bible

St. Andrew (middle) in Calling of Apostles Peter and Andrew by Caravaggio
St. Andrew (middle) in Calling of Apostles Peter and Andrew by Caravaggio

Who is Andrew of the Bible? Andrew is a native of Bethsaida in Galiliee, the son of John and the brother of Simon Peter. They were fishermen by occupation. He was first a disciple of John the Baptist, but later on followed Jesus after hearing John the Baptist testify that Jesus is the "Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world." He brought his brother Simon Peter to Jesus, telling him that he had found the Messiah. After that, they both went back to their occupation until John the Baptist was imprisoned. Then, while fishing, Jesus called them to follow him, which they did without hesitation.

Though the mention of Andrew in the Gospel accounts is scarce compared to his brother Simon Peter, yet his is a life worth studying. He may not have been included in the inner circle of Jesus' disciples (Peter, James and John) but he was a saint* and an apostle whose character is to be admired. Let us study the few Scripture passages where we can get a glimpse of who Andrew really was.

* Saint (Heb qadosh Gk hagios meaning "godly ones" or "holy ones") - I use this word not in the sense of patron saint but in the biblical sense where all the saved of the New Testament era are called saints by virtue of their position in Christ (1 Cor. 1:2; Rom. 6:3-4; 8:1; Eph. 1:3). Source: The New Unger's Bible Dictionary, 1988.

John 1:40-42 (New International Version)

40Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. 41The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, "We have found the Messiah" (that is, the Christ). 42And he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, "You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas" (which, when translated, is Peter).

When Andrew knew about Jesus, the first thing he did was look for his brother Simon, introduce Jesus - the Messiah - to him and bring him to Jesus. Why did Andrew do that? What does his action tell us about his character?

Andrew was a man of action - he acted on his faith and on his love. When he finally found the Messiah, he was so glad as if he struck gold. His faith and joy beckoned him to tell somebody about what he discovered. Don't we feel the same when we discover a secret or something great? We're dying to tell someone right away, right?

But why tell Peter? Andrew chose to share the amazing news to the one closest to his heart, the brother he loved. Why? With Peter, he did not have to pretend and apprehend. He can share his heart out. Peter may not believe him but in Andrew's point of view, he proved that he loved his brother by caring to show him the way to the Messiah.

How about us? Are we like Andrew? Do we have enough faith and love to take action?

John 6:8-9 (New International Version)

8Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, spoke up, 9"Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?"

At this time, a great crowd (numbering about 5,000) followed Jesus to hear him preach and since the day is almost over, he asked his disciples "Where can we buy bread for these people to eat?" Philip answered "Eight months' wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite."

Andew was a man with a positive outlook. While the other disciples looked at the issue from a negative perspective, here was Andrew trying to look for a positive solution. He found a boy with five loaves of bread and two small fish. He certainly knew that the boy's meal was not enough to feed the crowd but he still brought the boy to Jesus. Maybe he remembered the miracle that Jesus did of turning water into wine at the Wedding in Cana, so he left the figuring out of how to feed the 5,000 out of the boy's little food to Jesus.

Because Andrew brought the boy to Jesus who offered the little bit he had, God was able to turn that little into much. There is a rich lesson for us to learn here. We should not focus on what we don't have. Instead, we should look at what we have, no matter how small it is, offer it to God and let Him use it for his good purpose. Moreover, too often we focus on the problem and not the solution. If we depend on what our big God can do, there's no problem that cannot be overcome.


John 12:20-22 (New International Version)

20Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the Feast. 21They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. "Sir," they said, "we would like to see Jesus." 22Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus.

This time, there were some Greeks who wanted to see Jesus. They came and told Philip of their intention. Philip, in turn, told Andrew and both brought them to Jesus. Two questions came up in my mind. Why didn't Philip take the Greeks himself to Jesus? Why did Philip choose to bring them to Andrew?

Andew had the reputation of bringing men to Jesus. In the above two passages, we already saw that Andrew brought Simon to Jesus. If he did not, we might not have had a Peter. He also brought the boy (take note not just the boy's lunch) to Jesus. If he did not, we might have missed the miracle of Jesus feeding the 5,000.

Now, Philip was hesitant to take the Greeks to Jesus, probably because of racial and religious prejudice. But he knew the disciple to go to - Andrew. Andrew seemed to have gained the reputation of bringing people to Jesus. Why? Because Andrew had already learned that Jesus was interested in people. No matter what they had to offer or where they come from Jesus loves them all just the same.

We may never become great evangelists but we can all cultivate the desire of bringing men to Jesus just like Andrew. Andrew truly lived by what Jesus had called him to be - to become fishers of men.

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Chin chin 13 months ago from Philippines Author

Hi Inspired Heart. Indeed, God uses ordinary people in His Kingdom. God bless.


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Inspired Heart 13 months ago from Jamaica

Thanks Chin chin for your hub on St Andrew. Usually he is not highlighted but you describe a very important quality that he exhibited, a man of action who brought people, including Simon Peter, to Jesus.

This shows that you don't need to be well known to make a different in the Kingdom of God.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 2 years ago

Chin Chin, Wonderful Hub on Andrew. What an honor to have personally brought others to our Savior Jesus while He walked this earth! Thank you for sharing this relevant Truth!

Joy, Peace & Blessings!


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Chin chin 2 years ago from Philippines Author

Thank you 4FoodSafety for reading and voting up. Hope your grandson grow up to be a good man.


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4FoodSafety 2 years ago from Fontana, WI

I have a grandson named Andrew - what a fascinating hub! Voted up! Thank you!


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Chin chin 2 years ago from Philippines Author

Glad that you were blessed by the life study of Andrew. I also hope I can be more like Andrew in that respect Tamarajo.


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Tamarajo 2 years ago from Southern Minnesota

I sincerely enjoyed this character study of Andrew. I love studies like this because when reading the text as a whole we sometimes miss these details that example for us attributes of faith played out in the people of the Bible.

I especially liked the observation that Andrew brought people to Jesus. What a wonderful trait to be known for.

Blessed by the read this morn.


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Chin chin 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Carol3san, another study of the Bible is sometimes amazing. We thought we already new yet there's always something fresh to learn. Yes, Andrew is one of those who likes to play behind the scene.


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carol3san 4 years ago from Hollywood Florida

Hi Chin chin. Thanks for all of the good info. I thought I nes the new testiment pretty well but I never looked at St Andrew like this before. I suppose more attention was paid to Petter, James, and John...I love Mark and Luke too.


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Chin chin 5 years ago from Philippines Author

You're welcome, i own.


i own 5 years ago

thanks it helped with h/w A lot


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Chin chin 5 years ago from Philippines Author

You're welcome, Jean Mason, it's great to know that this hub is helping others know more about one of Jesus' disciples, Andrew. God bless.


Jean Mason 5 years ago

Thank you so much for all the information on St. Andrew,

My kids had a trivia question on St. Andrew in Children Church. and no one seemed to know much about Him. So now we or going to have a complete Sunday School lesson on him.

So again THANK YOU so much. God Bless you


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belliott 6 years ago

Great character study on St Andrew. I had not read a study on Andrew before. I like to read character studies in the Bible. I always learn something new and I love the fact that they show that the people in the Bible were really ordinary people that God used in extraordinary ways. Great hub.


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Chin chin 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Thank you febriedethan for reading this hub about St. Andrew. It sure would do a lot of good if we could imitate St. Andrew's character of bringing people to Christ our Savior.


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febriedethan 6 years ago from Indonesia

This is so true Chin-chin, I learned that too, St. Andrew is the one who always bring people to Jesus, he trusted Jesus so much, that the first thing he thinks after met Jesus was bring man to meet Jesus, so wonderful..thank you for sharing this!

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