By Gale Wilcox
The Greek term for “disciple” in the New Testament is mathetes, which means more than just “student” or “learner.” A disciple is a “follower,” someone who adheres completely to the teachings of another, making them his rule of life and conduct.
Jesus chose to use dedicated followers, His disciples, to carry the message of salvation to all peoples of the world. He included this as a command in His last words before His ascension to heaven (Matthew 28:18-20). A true Christian is a believer in Christ and possesses new life through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Because he believes in Christ, a Christian will also be an obedient disciple of Christ. Discover for yourself what the bible says about “Disciples of Christ.”
1. The Sacrifice To Be A Disciple of Christ
Matthew 16:24 - Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Luke 14:33 - So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsakes not all that he has, he cannot be my disciple.
Philippians 3:7-9 - But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yes doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, 9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith…
2. Disciples of Christ Must Beware of Erroneous Doctrines
Luke 12:1 - In the meantime, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they were stepping on one another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
3. Disciples of Christ Will Suffer Many Afflictions
Acts 14:22 – Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
I Peter 4:12-13 - Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13 But rejoice, in as much as you are partakers of Christ's sufferings, that, when his glory shall be revealed, you may be glad also with exceeding joy.
4. True Disciples of Christ Have His Commandments And Keeps Them
John 8:31-32 - Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed, and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
John 6:66-69 - From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. 67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will you also go away? 68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 And we believe and are sure that you are that Christ, the Son of the living God.
5. Disciples of Christ Are Known To The World By Their Love For One Another
John 13-34-36 - A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another.
I John 4:20-21 - If a man say, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar: for he that loves not his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? 21 And this commandment have we from him, that he who loves God love his brother also.
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Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture passages quoted are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.