Posted by: missionventureministries | October 7, 2012

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE JESUS’ DISCIPLE? – John 8:31

Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32).

In these verses, Jesus is teaching us that if we abide in God’s Word and hold to His teachings we become His disciples. The meaning of a disciple literally translates into ‘a learner’ … it denotes ‘one who follows someone’s teaching’…. In biblical terms, a ‘disciple’ is a believer who follows Christ’s teachings and pursues His example.

So discipleship is not simply a decision of belief at some point in time, but an ongoing process of following and obedience. This means we are to read His word very carefully and apply it to our daily lives. We are commanded to abandon any teachings that are not according to God’s words as Paul warns Timothy. “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” (2 Timothy 4:2-4)

The result of abiding in Christ’s word is freedom, spiritual freedom from the bondage of sin (John 8:32), because “everyone who sins is a slave to sin” (John 8:34). Spiritual, intellectual and moral freedom is only attainable when we are set free from darkness, sin, ignorance, superstition and let the Light of the World shine on us and in us. “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1)

Jesus came to set us free and before ascending into heaven, He told His disciples to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20). It is important for those who are believers and disciples of Jesus today to be able to teach other to understand that trust comes from evidence and the proof is found in the word of God. People will never find truth and freedom until they examine the substantiation that Jesus is who He claims to be.

Hundreds of thousands of people reject Jesus without ever researching the facts of who He really is. The Scriptures tells us that “these things are written in order that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, and believing, you might have life in His name.” (John 20:31)

Jesus said: “If you continue in My word, you will truly be My disciple.” We become His disciples when we realize that Jesus is our loving Creator that wants us to be free of sin, deceit and error. He wants us to realize that He who is Truth will set us free from eternal damnation and in turn give us eternal life with Him.

Becoming His disciples and teaching other to know the truth is a process, it does not happen all at once. As we obey the word of Jesus and continue seeking His truths, we will begin to look at ourselves differently; we will not see ourselves any longer the way we once did. We will see people differently and Christ’s precious teachings will change our whole value system. We will begin to understand that “Jesus Christ has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true. (1 John 5:20)

Truth is a title for Jesus. He said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me,” (John 14:6) and He has revealed His truth to us through His Word. Knowing absolute truth is only possible through a personal relationship with the One who is the Truth – Jesus Christ.

The truth will deliver us and will permit us to be all that we were meant to be, since truth is used in Scripture as a summary of the godly life; for truth telling, and being truthful with oneself and God, is the essence of being a disciple of Jesus Christ, which God intends us to be.

We must understand that it is not enough to read about God’s truth, we must walk in it. It is only when we receive the truth, love it, hold on to its teaching, and walk in it, that we are genuine disciples of Christ.

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