Today we have many shades of what folks and churches think is “Christian?” Actually the name Christian is rather pointed in that direction. In Antioch the city dwellers called the follower’s of the “WAY” ( Christian ) as derisive and demeaning as it means to be a slave of Christ. But in truth it was a valid reality so the believers kept it.
To be a disciple of Christ Jesus means to be under the discipline of Christ Jesus. It is not up for grabs to be anything that we want it to be or do. Discipleship comes from and through Christ Jesus and the Holy Spirit and it is not man made it is GOD made. The LORD’S teachings are very clear as to what HE wants us to become in HIM. So what were HIS commandments in general for our discipleship? The New Testament is full of our LORD’s COMMANDMENTS… So here is a good starter………
The LORD’s basic and primary concern was that the GOOD NEWS, The GOSPEL would be carried to the ends of the earth so that any who wanted to be saved would know how to be saved. This commission was given to every Christian disciple who was born from above, every convert. Matt. 28:20 “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you…”God resisteth the , but giveth grace unto the humble. James 4:6 Peter puts it this way: Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the , and giveth grace to the humble, 1 Pet.5:5. Paul ever prophesies about our day:
And of course there is the issue of learning OBEDIENCE.
Obedience results in unity (John 17) Disobedience results in division. Of course we are concerned with GOD’s foundational truth’s here. In the ideal world, division, is a wonderful opportunity in humility and love to find more of GOD’s Truth. But in pride there is always division and therefore we have thousands of denominations of different churches all telling us that they have the perfect way to Christ Jesus. Paul shares that God is ready to revenge all disobedience, when our obedience is fulfilled, 2 Cor. 10:6 also in 2 Cor.10:5 we are advised: “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the of Christ,” Even Jesus had a school in obedience: “Though he were a Son, yet learned he by the things which he suffered,” Heb.5:8. And our Creator God is not going to allow us into HIS ETERNAL KINGDOM until we have truly learned obedience. He is not going to allow us to mess up HIS home as we have this planet. If you are not in a place of learning obedience than your spiritual education is unbalanced.
And again the New Testament if filled with the commandments of Christ Jesus and HIS Apostles. In Matt. 15:9 & Mark7:7 Jesus tells us to watch out for the commandments of men. Jesus tells us that 9 of the BIG 10 are still on line and if we love HIM we will also keep HIS commandments, John 14:21 And that if we want to abide in HIS love that we should find and keep HIS commandments John 15:10 Paul taught that the way that we know that we know HIM (Jesus) is by keeping HIS commandments 1 John 2:3 and if we don’t know and keep HIS commandments that we are lying about being a Christian. 1 John 2:4. “And he that keepeth his dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.” 1 John 3:24. “ 1 John 5:1-3.
So if you know and are keeping the Commandments that Christ Jesus gave us you are doing great. Otherwise ????????? It is faith that saves us but faith without works or results, it is dead or has no power to save. James 2:17, 2:20, 2:26.
Yours in HIS great LOVE and wonderful grace and mercy, Ken<><
Had a great time last night here at our little house church. Lots of love and good food. Hope to see you next Friday at 6 for PotBlessing and Fellowship.
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