Biblical Discipleship

A person can be a disciple under various teachers and/or leaders. The person is under the discipline of whoever he or she studies under. That is to say that they will learn from that teacher/leader and put into practice what they have learned. That teacher/leader doesn’t own them but will likely exert great influence in their lives. (Some cult leaders have immense influence, not to mention manipulation and control). A Christian (Biblical) disciple is one who has received Jesus as Savior and Lord. This one has surrendered his or her life to Him. He owns them! “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (I Corinthians 6:20). It is an ownership of love and gratitude. God loved us and sacrificed His Son to pay for our sins on the Cross of Calvary. None of this is forced upon anyone. God uses different means to reveal Himself and what He has done for us, and wins us to Himself. We open our hearts and lives to Him in love and thankfulness for what He has done.  God has made available the ministry of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit brings the Word of God to bear on and in our lives and we believe it and are taught to understand and apply it in our lives. This is a life-long process of being set apart to God and from the world. If we are genuinely converted, this kind of discipleship is not optional! A mere intellectual and/ or psychological conversion knows little of discipline and does not produce a valid conversion. Romans 10:9-10 teaches that if we acknowledge Christ as Lord of our lives and believe in our innermost being (our hearts) that He was raised from the dead by God, we will be truly saved. It goes on to let us know that “….with the heart man believeth unto righteousness and with the mouth confession (acknowledging) is made unto salvation.Selah! Just believing the facts, without giving ourselves to Him creates a false assurance that we are born again, when we are not. Much of the church’s lack of teaching this truth has resulted in many tares among the wheat.   Ron  (P.S. We hope, Lord willing, to deal with some facets of discipleship for a few articles-Do stop by! R.)

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