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Living As A Disciple

Matthew 28:19 – “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost”

With that one verse, the disciples knew what they had to do. Their mission was clear. There were no limitations put on distance, race, economic status. They were to teach ALL nations. In thinking about this, let us consider some additional verses about the criteria and mission of an apostle.

Matthew 5:14-16

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Here, we see that the actions and works of the apostles are likened unto a light. A light of goodness.

Luke 6:40 – “The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.”

At no time is an apostle to think of himself above Jesus.

Luke 9:23 – “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.”

Now this one is of great importance. It is a “tall order”. We need to really consider what “taking up our cross and following” really means.

John 8:31-32

 “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

 “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

The importance of continuing in the word is stressed here. The truth is received through the word. Thus, we shall be free!

John 13:34-35

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

Clearly, love among one another is vital. Hatred and backbiting are devices of Satan and not a sign of the love of Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 4:14-17

That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

 “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

 “From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

 “This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,

By walking in truth, resisting Satan’s advances, recognizing false doctrine, not living and acting like the Gentiles, and coming together as one unit in faith before God, we can accomplish the mission of spreading the gospel. Isn’t that our goal as followers and believers of Christ?

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