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WHAT IS A DISCIPLE?

A disciple is a willing follower and imitator of Jesus the Christ who goes about the process of making other disciples. Disciples make the practice of introducing people to Jesus Christ and then encourages them to grow in their faith by teaching them about the Lord and showing them how to live as a follower of Christ.

Matthew 28:19-20 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: [20] Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. [KJV] A disciple of Christ is someone who (1) believes His doctrine, (2) rests on His sacrifice, (3) drinks or consumes His spirit, and (4) imitates His example.

Matthew 10:37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. [KJV]

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. [KJV] Even though the disciples of Christ are not all crucified, yet we all bear our own cross. To “take up his cross” means to deny oneself; to say “no” to your worldly desires and ambitions for the sake of Jesus. We must sit down and count the cost; we must consider it will cost the mortifying (killing) of sin, even our most loved lusts. The most proud and daring sinner cannot stand against God, for we have no idea just how furious He can get with sin. We must seek peace with Him by forsaking our sin and turning to Jesus to save us from God’s holy wrath. In some ways a disciple of Christ is put to the trial. May we seek to be disciples (willing followers), being careful to stand up for Jesus, not being afraid of our cross. We must be the salt of the Earth, to season those around us with the taste of Christ, and we must not hide our light under a bushel but let it shine out to lost souls everywhere.

2 Corinthians 4:10-11 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. [11] For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. [KJV] We may think we are at the end of the rope, but we are never at the end of hope. Our perishable bodies are subject to sin and suffering, but God never abandons us. Because Christ won victory over death, we have eternal life. Any troubles, humiliations, and trials we have are simply opportunities for Christ to demonstrate His power and Presence in us and through us.

Philippians 3:8-10 Yea 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: [10] That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; [KJV] After Paul carefully thought about everything he had done in his life, he said that it was all “a loss” when he compared it with the wondrous privilege of knowing Christ. What a truly wise statement about values. Our relationship with Jesus is much more important than anything else, anywhere in the world! Knowing Christ should be our ultimate goal. Take time to consider your values.

Do you place anyone or anything above your relationship with Christ? If you do, no matter what, or who it is, your priorities are wrong, and you need to rearrange them. If not, at Judgment Day, you will have a very difficult time trying to explain why Jesus was not first in your life. Excuses, all will be excuses! And NO excuse will stand before Him!

1. A TRUE disciple hungers and strives for a close relationship with his/her Master. Jesus encourages us to remain (abide) in Him.

John 15:4-5 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. [5] I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. (KJV) “To abide in Him” means a constant, close position with Him, sinking your roots deep into your relationship with Jesus. You must allow Him to fill every part of your life. Maintaining an unbroken fellowship with God results in a changed lifestyle.

2. A TRUE disciple is fruitful. If a branch is broken away from the vine, it will die. It can be fruitful only when attached to the vine. We can be productive only when we receive strength and nourishment from Jesus.

John 15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. (KJV)

John 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. (KJV) What kind of “fruit”? Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22).

3. A TRUE disciple obeys Jesus as their Master. A TRUE disciple of Christ obeys Him.

John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. (KJV) Only when you obey the Lord, will you understand what it means to live in God’s love.

4. A TRUE disciple loves and has concern for others. Jesus gave us the supreme example of love by laying down His life for us. He is asking us to love people as He did.
We may never have to die for another, but, it may mean placing someone else’s needs before our own.

John 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. (KJV) Peace and joy will elude us if we try to find it without Jesus. True peace and happiness can be found only when we pursue God. Only when you place Jesus first in your life will “your joy will overflow.”

5. A TRUE disciple takes up his or her cross and follows Christ. Being a disciple takes work and commitment. You must serve Him lovingly and willingly.

Luke 9:23-25 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. [24] For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. [25] For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? (KJV) We must NEVER be ashamed of Christ and His Gospel, or place anything before Him.

6. A TRUE disciple counts the cost. Jesus’ disciples are willing to give up everything to follow Him.

Luke 14:25-33 And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, [26] If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. [27] And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. [28] For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? [29] Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, [30] Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. [31] Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? [32] Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. [33] So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. (KJV) “Hate” = love less. We must seek to be His disciples, and be careful not to grow slack in our profession, or be afraid of the cross. Let us be the good salt of the earth, to season those around us with the savor of Christ, lest we anger God; for who knows the holy wrath of Almighty God?

7. A TRUE disciple walks as Jesus walked. We must pattern our lives after Jesus. We must imitate Him.

1 John 2:3-6 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. [4] He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. [5] But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. [6] He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. (KJV) Do you really belong to Christ? How can you be sure? These verses clearly tell us! There are two ways to know: if you do what Christ says (obey) and live as He wants you to live. What does Christ tell us to do?

1 John 3:23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. (KJV) TRUE disciples display a loving behavior. To “walk as Jesus did” means we imitate Jesus’ love and caring lifestyle. To walk as Christ did we must obey His teachings and follow His example, meaning complete obedience to God and loving, willing, faithful service to God’s people.

SUMMARY

A. Your wants must take second place to Jesus’ wants for you. Being a TRUE disciple means you recognize and desire that God’s plans for your life are always far better than your own. You may have to make some sacrifices in your life, such as spending more of your time in God’s Word than in magazines or secular books, volunteering to teach Sunday school, or canceling a vacation to work on a ministry project. Any time you give up your own plans for God, you will find yourself drawn closer to the Lord.

B. You must take up your cross daily. Many people misunderstand this to mean that your cross is your personal inconvenience or problem. This is not so. Jesus is talking about the act of dying to yourself. He wants you to make a commitment and say, “I want your will more than my own.” Only when you have taken up your cross (denying self), will you ever experience the abundant life that Jesus promises to those who follow Him.

C. You must lose yourself to save yourself. Luke 9:24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. (KJV) This may sound like a contradiction, but it’s not. If you truly want to find happiness and fulfillment, you must relinquish full control of your life to Jesus Christ. Paul wrote, “I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me” (Gal.2:20). If following Jesus is most important to you, you may at times find yourself in unsafe, unhealthy, and uncomfortable places. You may even risk death, but you will not fear it because you know that Jesus will raise you to eternal life. Nothing temporary can make up for the loss of eternal life. TRUE disciples should not to use their lives on Earth for their own pleasure. They should spend their lives loving and serving God and His people (Mat.22:36-40). Taking up our cross is no more a burden to a TRUE disciple than wings are to a bird. Surrendering our life to Jesus holds the key to a fulfilling life. It is true that it costs us something to be a TRUE disciple, but, it is also true that it will costs a person so much more not to be!

  • Do you love Jesus more than anyone or anything else in your life?
  • Do you love Jesus and want His will for your life over your own?
  • Are you willing to accept ridicule and sacrifice for the cause of Christ?
  • Will you submit (cooperate voluntarily) to Jesus?
  • Will you make a personal commitment to following Jesus, even if it is not popular?

Our Lord does not want half-hearted followers. He wants whole-hearted commitment.

All TRUE disciples are believers, but NOT all believers are His disciples. Where do you stand?

CONSIDER THIS

Matthew 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. (KJV) God, our heavenly Father does not want wicked, disobedient children. If you call God your Father, then you MUST obey Him! Run away fast from everything that will displease Him. If you are His children, then grow in grace and in the knowledge of Him.

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. (KJV) I am sure that it grieves our Lord greatly to see children who do not grow.

If you are converted, if you are a child of God by faith in Jesus (John 1:12-13), you should long to see your heavenly Father. Not entering into the kingdom of heaven is a horrible thought! Consider this my friend, IF ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven, consider the alternative. There is but one, and that is Hell. If you are not converted, if you are not “born again” (John 3:3), if you are not a TRUE disciple of Christ, you shall surely go to Hell, you shall surely be damned.

Mark 9:46 Where their worm diet not, and the fire is not quenched. (KJV)

See our articles on Hell.

Disciples of Christ: our credentials is our character.

Our Master.

John 13:14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet.(KJV) Jesus was the model Servant. He showed His servant attitude to His disciples, continually. Washing guests’ feet in those times, was a job for a household servant to do any time guests arrived. But, our Lord Jesus wrapped a towel around His waist, just as the lowliest slave would do, and washed and dried His disciples’ feet. If Jesus, who is God in the flesh, is willing to serve, we as His followers must also be servants, willing to serve in any way that glorifies God. If we are not willing to follow Christ’s example of serving, we simply are NOT worthy of Him! Wonderful blessings await those who agree that humble service is Christ’s way, and then act on it.

Our Book.

2 Tim. 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (KJV) The Bible is the perfect Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit. In it, God reveals Himself and His plan to us. Scripture is absolutely trustworthy because God was in complete control of its writing. We can trust its words as completely authoritative for our faith and lives. The whole Bible is God’s inspired Word. Because it is inspired and trustworthy, we should read it and apply it to our lives. The Bible is our standard for testing everything else that claims to be true. It is our safeguard against false teaching and our source of guidance for how we should live. It is our only source of knowledge about how we can be saved from God’s wrath and the pits of Hell. God wants to show you what is true and equip you to live for Him.

Our clothing.

1 Peter 5:5 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 proud, and giveth grace to the humble. (KJV) Everyone can benefit from Peter’s advice. Humility is a must in our daily lives. Pride often keeps older people from trying to understand young people and keeps young people from listening to those who are older. Peter told both young and old to be humble and to love and serve one another. Young people should follow the leadership of older men, who should lead by example. Respect those who are older than you, but listen to those younger than you, and be humble enough to admit that you can learn from each other.

Our badge.

John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. (KJV) Our love for Jesus and one another will prove to the world that we are His disciples. Love is much more than just warm feelings and kind words. True love reveals itself in action, not just words. We can love others by helping when it’s not convenient, by giving when it hurts, by devoting energy to others’ welfare rather than our own, by absorbing hurts from others without complaining or fighting back, to comfort and encourage when someone is down. Love like this is hard to do. People see Jesus in you when you love like this, and know you are empowered by a supernatural source. The Bible has a beautiful description of love in 1 Cor. 13.

Our cross.

Luke 14:27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. (KJV) The people that Jesus spoke to was well aware of what it meant to carry one’s own cross. When the Romans led a criminal to his execution site, he was forced to carry the cross on which he would die. This showed his submission to Rome and warned observers that they had better submit too. Jesus said this to get the crowds to think through their enthusiasm for him. He encouraged those who were superficial either to go deeper or to turn back. Following Christ means total submission to Him . . . perhaps even to the point of death.

Mark 8:34-35 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. [35] For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. (KJV) If we want to follow Jesus, we must put aside any selfish ambition, shoulder your cross, and follow Him. When we give up our life for His sake and for the sake of the Gospel, we find true life.

Mat.10:34-36 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. [35] For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. [36] And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. (KJV) Jesus did not come to bring peace to the earth, not the first time! Taking sides with Him will set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. Your enemies will be right in your own household! This I know personally, for a fact!

Luke 14:26-27 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. [27] And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. (KJV) If we truly desire to follow Jesus, we must love Jesus more than your own father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters . . . even more than your own life. If we don’t, we cannot be His disciple. We must carry our own cross and follow Him, meaning you must deny self, and think of Jesus instead.

Our companions.

Psalm 119:63 I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts. (KJV) Our companions and friends must be those who fear the Lord, and obey His commandments. We must delight in the company of true believers, for this is evidence of being a true disciple of Christ. (Psalm 16:3; Malachi 3:16).

Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed? (KJV) Two people cannot walk together without agreeing on which way they are going to go. Unless God’s Spirit joins with them, coming ruin is almost certain. Believers must have as companions, other believers. This very much includes marriage!

Our fruit.

John 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. (KJV) Jesus’ true disciples produce much fruit, which brings great glory to the Father in Heaven.

John 15:4-5 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. [5] I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. (KJV) When we remain in Christ, He will remain in us. We are just mere branches, and we cannot produce fruit if we are severed from the vine. Apart from Jesus, we cannot be fruitful. Apart from Jesus, we can do nothing at all. What is “fruit”?

Gal. 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, [23] Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (KJV) The fruit of the Spirit is the spontaneous work of the Holy Spirit in us. The Spirit produces these character traits that are found in the nature of Christ. They are the by-products of Christ’s control of us. We cannot obtain them without His help. If we want the fruit of the Spirit to grow in us, we must join our lives to His. We must know Him, love Him, remember Him, and imitate Him in all we do. By doing this, we fulfill the intended purpose of the law . . . to love God and our neighbors (Mat. 22:37-40).

Gospel Disappearing!!

For those of us who truly love and serve God, it is a great sorrow for us to look around and see millions of people living in a selfish and ungrateful way. They live each day as if God does not even exist. They never think of this awesome One to whom they literally owe their existence, and who holds their eternal destiny in His Holy Hands. And what is worse, is those who profess to be “Christians.” My friend, there are a multitude out there who say “I’m a Christian” and claim to know God, claim to love Him. But, do they?

Here’s a check list for you:

  • 1. How often do you tell God you love Him?
  • 2. How often do you tell God you appreciate Him?
  • 3. How often do you go to Him in prayer . . . not only when you want something, but just to talk to Him. To ask Him to help you make right decisions? To make you the kind of person He wants you to be?
  • 4. How often do you thank Him for past blessings, and answered prayer.
  • 5. How often do you thank Him for His awesome love and amazing grace?
  • 6. How often do you thank Him for His forgiving you?
  • 7. How often do you thank Him for His patience?
  • 8. How often do you thank Him for giving you His one and only begotten Son as a means of redemption and eternal Life?

Think about this my friend.

  1. When was the last time you really poured out your heart to Him as a Friend and Confidant?
  2. Is God really pleased with you?
  3. Are you a TRUE Christian? A disciple of Christ?

Remember, all disciples are believers, but not all believers are disciples. You must have a close personal relationship with Christ, you must love Him with your all, and you must trust, obey and follow Him where ever He leads.

Unbelievers are showing more and more contemptible disregard for their Creator. God clearly states what will happen, but people just don’t seem to be able to understand that God does NOT lie.

Psalm 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. [KJV] Those who forget God are many! Millions! Can’t people SEE that there is a Hell, and that God’s judgment will fall on ALL those who forsake and forget Him? God shall judge sin!

Romans 1:28-32 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; [29] Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, [30] Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, [31] Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: [32] Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. [KJV]

When people refuse to acknowledge God, He abandons them to their evil minds and allows them do things that should never be done. Their hearts and lives became so full of every kind of wickedness: sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, fighting, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. They will lie, slander, gossip, blaspheme, they hate God, are insulting and brazen, proud, arrogant and boastful. They invent new ways to sin, and are disobedient to their parents. They refuse to even try to understand, break their promises, and are heartless and unforgiving. They are fully aware of God’s death penalty for those who do these things, yet they go right ahead and do them anyway. And, worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too.

Can you see prophecy being fulfilled in this world today? It is undeniable that there is a connection between the above verses, and the following verses, and the wicked and godless TV shows and movies.

2 Tim. 3:1-5 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. [2] For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, [3] Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, [4] Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; [5] Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. [KJV]

People today love only themselves and their money. They are boastful and proud, scoffing and blaspheming God. The majority of kids today do not know what it is to obey their parents, let alone God! People are not thankful for anything they have. They consider nothing sacred. They are unloving, unforgiving; they lie and slander others and have no self-control. They are cruel and have no interest in God or what is right and good. They betray their friends, are reckless, puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. Some people act as if they are religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Now, is this not the truth? God predicted this would happen long, long ago! You are seeing it being fulfilled before your very eyes this day.

Why does Hollywood glamorize wickedness and ungodliness? Because that is what people want! They promote youth rebellion, sexual freedom, lewd perversion, gross scenes of murder, Satanic song lyrics, blasphemy, cursing, etc. What state of evil do you think the world was in at the time before the Flood, before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah? Could it have been any worse than now? What did God do in those two situations? He brought judgment on the people! ALL the evil doers died.
What would have shamed and embarrassed “Christians” 20 years ago, is now widely accepted by them. I recently heard that 50% of “professing” Christians look up internet pornography. Is this a “Christian”? NO way my friend! God does NOT have children who “practice” sin.

1 John 3:9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. [KJV] A person CANNOT practice sin, day after day, and be a child of God. The Holy Spirit will not permit it. But, someone who simply “professes” to be a Christian (a hypocrite), is NOT a TRUE Christian! A person MUST “possess” Christ in their heart and soul or they are NOT a Christian, no matter how often they say “I’m a Christian.” God knows His true children. Upon all those who make a false profession, His wrath and judgment shall fall. God will not give the Gift of His Holy Spirit to someone who is not sincere about Jesus. But to those who are sincere, He graciously gives His Spirit to help them live a life with which He is pleased (Rom.8:9). Will we never sin again? How I wish that were true, but we will sin. But, we will NOT practice sin in our lives.

Many churches preach only what the people want to hear. People today cannot tolerate the true Word of God, the Gospel of Christ, and certainly any pastor who preaches on Hell will not be tolerated. This too was prophesied in the Bible!

2 Tim. 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; [KJV]

The time has come, is already here, when people will no longer listen to right teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them only things they want to hear (Isa.30:10). The bold preachers and teachers are rapidly retreating or dying off. Now preachers are bringing the gospel of self-love, self-esteem, and positive thinking. Preachers do not want to offend anyone with the Truth, because people will NOT endure “sound doctrine” just as was prophesied!

  • There is NO teaching the fear of a Holy God’s wrath against sin!
  • NO teaching about repentance!
  • NO teaching of a grateful faith in Christ!
  • NO teaching of the virgin birth of Christ, the Messiah!
  • NO teaching of the Blood of Christ!
  • Blood offends! Christ’s precious Blood is not preached!

What is the Gospel without the virgin birth and His Blood shed on the cross? If you are privileged to hear sermons on these subjects, praise God. It’s an exception in today’s times!
Churches are stooping to pleasing the devil by trying to lure youth into church by contemporary worship, contemporary music. I understand rock concerts are common in some “churches.” The paganism of today’s society is creeping into even some so-called “evangelical” churches.

The holy character of God has not changed, nor will it ever change! Sin separates mankind from God, and the judgment to come, will come. Count on it. God’s remedy for sin and salvation to eternal life has not changed either. It is still Christ! God has not changed or updated His Plan of salvation, nor is He about to do so. God does NOT make mistakes, does NOT lie! God is truly willing and eager to accept sinners when they SINCERELY repent. But His holiness and justice will pardon only those who believe Him and accept His one and only Plan; those who accept Christ’s work on the cross on their behalf. Jesus poured out His Holy and Precious Blood on the cross for the sins of the world. We must believe and accept this fact, this Truth!

The Gospel must be preached throughout the world, and ALL Jesus' TRUE disciples are the ones to preach it!

Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. [KJV]

The Gospel of Christ, and ONLY the Gospel of Christ has the power to save a person from the pits of Hell.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. [KJV]

Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. [KJV]

John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. [KJV]

1 John 5:10-12 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. [11] And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. [12] He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. [KJV]

SAVED . . . means redeemed from the judgment we truly deserve for our sins, and one day resurrected and made fit for Heaven with new glorified bodies like Christ. An unbeliever too will be resurrected (Dan.12:1-2). But they all will be cast into the Lake of Fire (Hell, Rev.20:15).

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. [KJV]

How to be Born Again!

John 1:12-13 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: [13] Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. [KJV]

John 3:15-18 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. [16] For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. [17] For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. [18] He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. [KJV]

The Gospel of Christ is a responsibility of ALL true "born again" believers. We MUST tell others the Good News that Jesus saves, or we are NOT disciples of Christ. You may say "I'm a Christian" but unless you trust Jesus AND obey Jesus' command of "Go ye therefore" (Mat.28:19-20), it is doubtful that you are saved.

The Mind of Christ
or The Example of Christ

Christ Jesus was humble, and willing to give up His rights in order to obey God and serve people. Are we willing to do this? Like our Lord, we should have a servant’s attitude, serving out of love for God and for others, not out of guilt or fear. You can choose your attitude. In life, you can expect to be served, or you can look for ways to serve others.
Our Lord Jesus Christ sets an example before us. We must resemble Him and imitate Him in His life, if we ever want the benefit of His death.

Christ Jesus had two natures: His Divine nature (He is God), and human nature (He is also Man). In His human nature, He became like us in all ways, except sin. Of His own will, He stooped from the glory He had with the Father before the world was when He came as Man. Jesus came to a life of humiliation, poverty and suffering. But the lowest step was His dying the death of the cross. It is to the glory of God the Father, to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord; for it is His will, that all men should honor the Son as they honor the Father.

John 5:23 That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. [KJV]

Phil. 2:4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. [KJV] OTHERS! This is a very important word, and is the key to this passage and to a true Christian life. Why is it so important? Why did Christ come from heaven’s glory to this earth? It was for others. Why should we carry the Gospel? For others. To think of others rather than ourselves is having the mind of Christ.

MIND OF CHRIST . . . HUMBLE

Phil. 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. [KJV] The mind of Christ — what is the one thing that characterized it? HUMILITY! In Ephesians 4:1-2, we were told, “… walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called. With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love.” This is the mind of Christ.

On our own, we cannot be humble or meek. We’re not made that way. We want to stand on our own two feet, have our say and do it our way. And we do not want to be offended or ignored. Any person who is not "born again" is not willing to be humble.

What follows is the greatest doctrinal statement in the New Testament as to the Person of Christ, and it is known as the kenosis, the “emptying.” It will be made clear that Jesus did not empty Himself of His deity.

Let us look at seven steps of humiliation which Christ took.We find seven steps downward.

First, in humiliation, we see the mind of Christ. Then we will see the mind of God. It is in the mind of God the Father to exalt the Lord Jesus Christ. If you want to know what you can do that will put you in the will of God, you must exalt Jesus Christ. I think this is the will of God for every one. We must exalt Christ Jesus, wherever we are and in whatever we do and say, and think. If we don’t, we are not united with the Father.

#1. The first step downward was when Jesus left Heaven’s glory.

He came down to this Earth, and what a big step it was. He left the glory of Heaven, coming to Earth, knowing full well He would die a horrible, agonizing death. It is far beyond our human comprehension to truly understand what our Lord really did for us.
Phil. 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God. [KJV] When Christ came to Earth, there was no danger of Him losing His position. He was GOD! His place in the Godhead would be there 33 years later, when He came back to Heaven. Jesus did not leave Heaven reluctantly. At no time did He say, “I don’t want to leave Heaven. I don’t want to go.” He came joyfully. “… for the joy that was set before him …” Heb. 12:2. He endured the cross, for us. He said, “… Lo, I come to do thy will, O God” Heb. 10:7. He came to this Earth with joy, because of His amazing love for us.

#2 Now for the second step down.

Phil. 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. [KJV] “Made himself of no reputation” means to empty. GOD left the glory of Heaven, made Himself nothing; taking the humble position of a slave and appearing in human form. Can you comprehend this? I can’t understand this kind of love!
Christ emptied Himself when He came to Earth. Of what did He empty Himself? Some say He emptied Himself of His deity. NO WAY! He emptied Himself of something, but it was not of His deity. He was 100% God when He was a baby resting on the bosom of Mary. Even then, He could have spoken this universe out of existence because He was GOD. There has never been a moment when Jesus was not GOD!

John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. [2] The same was in the beginning with God. [3] All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. [KJV]

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. [KJV]
So, of what did the Lord Jesus empty Himself when He came to this Earth? I believe that He emptied Himself of the rights of His deity. He lived on this Earth with many limitations, but they were willing self-limitations. There has never been even a moment when He wasn’t GOD! And He was not less God because He was Man, even though He emptied Himself of His rights of deity.

He was willing to grow to manhood in a small town named Nazareth. He was willing to be an unknown carpenter. He could have had the shekinah glory with Him at times, but He didn’t. He didn’t have a halo around His head as we see in so many paintings of Him. He was a human being, but He was God manifest in the flesh. He laid aside the rights of His deity. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was (John 17:5). Jesus prayed to have His glory restored, not to have His deity restored, because He had never given up His deity.

#3 The third step downward: “And took upon him the form of a servant.”

Jesus came to this Earth as a servant. He worked as a carpenter. He came into this world as a working man, a humble man, a poor man. Not only did He lower Himself to become a human being, but He came a poor, humble servant. Our Lord was born into a peasant family. “He took upon him the form of a servant” (Phil.2:7).


#4 The fourth step in His humiliation, “And was made in the likeness of men.”

How can being a Man be humbling? Because GOD came to Earth in the likeness of man (Phil.2:7), leaving all the glory He had in Heaven. That is a big step down! That is absolute humility! Would you have done it?

Phil. 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. [KJV]

#5 The fifth step in our Lord’s humiliation is that He humbled Himself.

And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself.” You and I have can be humbled by someone doing or saying something which has been humiliating to us. But see what it states here, Christ “humbled himself.” This is very difficult to do. In His human form He obediently humbled Himself by absolute and perfect obedience to God the Father.

#6 We come now to the sixth step in His humiliation.

And [He] became obedient unto death.” In His human form He obediently humbled Himself so far as to dying a criminal’s death on a cross. Jesus’ death was an extremely humiliating thing. The Lord Jesus was born to die. He came to this Earth to die. He didn’t have to die, but He “became obedient unto death” and gave Himself up willingly. He didn’t have to die, but He wanted to. WHY? So that He might save anyone who will put their trust in Him. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep…. Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again …” John 10:15, 17–18.

#7 The seventh and last step in the humiliation of Christ is “even the death of the cross.”

Not only did He become obedient unto death, but to the death of the cross. Crucifixion was a very disgraceful and agonizing death.

Galatians 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: (KJV)

Jesus came from the highest glory to the lowest place of humiliation. WHY did He do it? Let’s go back to that word OTHERS. “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” He left all the glory of Heaven and came down to this Earth, became a Man, and suffered the death of a criminal for others, for you and me. We need to thank God and Christ for that, every day we live!

This is the mind of Christ, being humble and thinking of others!

We must imitate Jesus, we must humble ourselves, we must think like Him, we must love others as He does, or we are NOT true disciples of His!

His Disciples, Living IN Jesus

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (KJV) Without Jesus we would have no hope at all. But God has declared us not guilty and has offered us freedom from sin and power to do His will. God does not condemn those who live in union with Christ Jesus. See: With or Without Christ.

Galatians 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. [KJV] Being led by the Holy Spirit means we truly desire to hear and obey God’s Word. We must discern between our feelings and His promptings. We must live each day controlled and guided by the Holy Spirit. Only then will the words of Christ be in our mind, the love of Christ be behind our actions, and the power of Christ will help us control our selfish desires.

Romans 13:13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. [KJV] We should be honest and true in everything we do, so that everyone can approve of our behavior. We should not participate in wild parties, get drunk, keep from adultery and immoral living, and not fight and argue or be jealous.

Thoughts and attitudes are as important as actions, because hatred can lead to murder, jealousy can lead to strife and lust to adultery or homosexuality. When Christ returns, He wants to find His people clean on the inside as well as on the outside.

Col. 2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: [KJV] Just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to live in willing obedience to Him. We must continue to follow His leadership by being rooted, built up, and strengthened in the faith. Christ wants to guide us and help us with our daily problems.

We can live for Christ by:

  • (1) committing our life and submitting our will to Him (Romans 12:1-2);
  • (2) seeking to learn from Him, His life, and His teachings (Col. 3:16); and
  • (3) recognizing the Holy Spirit’s power in us (Acts 1:8; Gal.5:22).

Philip. 3:16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing. [KJV] We must be sure to obey the truth that we have learned.

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