John 2.17 : "His disciples remembered that it is written, The zeal of your house is devouring me."
Definition: a disciple is a person who receives the teaching of a teacher, is part of his school; high; apprentice.
- In the Bible, the word "Christian" from the Latin "christianus" means "little Christ". It appears only three times in the Bible. The use of the word "Christian" referred in a derogatory way to the fact that they did not recognize the Emperor of Rome. The nickname would have been created in the city of Antioch. It has probably become customary from the time of Ignatius of Antioch and Polycarp of Smyrna, probably because of the acceptance of the term by Peter.
- As for the word "disciple", it is mentioned 258 times in the Gospel. To be a disciple is to walk with Jesus, let him teach us, transform us, and learn to do what He does.
Matthew 28.19 : "Go, make disciples of all nations, baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all that I have commanded you, and behold, I am with you every day, until the end of the world. "
Before his ascension, the Lord Jesus entrusted his apostles with his last commandment, called "The Great Commission", so that in their turn they spread the Good News of the Kingdom of God and have the mission of "making disciples "all over the world. The rudiments of this mission order were the transmission of the redemptive work of the cross of the Lord Jesus, the repentance and teachings of The Master's Word. Trust and commitment to the Lord have a significant impact on our lives. Jesus gives us the Holy Spirit for a victorious march to good works, which God has prepared in advance, for us to practice.
John 8.31 : "If you persevere in my word, you are really my disciples."
A follower of Jesus Christ is he who believes; am ; obey and entrust the teachings of his Master. A true follower of Jesus Christ lives and lives in the Word of God. Christians must therefore be led by the Holy Spirit to be effective tools in the hand of God. The Word says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your wisdom, and acknowledge him in all your ways, and he will make your paths straight." (Proverbs 3.6). It is in the relationship that we learn to spend time with our Master Jesus. One can not be a disciple without discipline.
Romans 1.16 : "For I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes ..."
To build a life on the Word of God and to act on it is to want to be taught in order to live the Gospel. In other words, all Christians are invited to apply the will of our Lord and Savior. This is what happened to the disciples, they followed Teacher every day, learning from Him, aiming to be His faithful witnesses to the ends of the earth (Acts 1: 8). This involves a daily reading of the Word of God and times of communion several times a day in prayer. The meditation of The Word becomes a spiritual food.
Luke 9.24 : "For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake is the one who will save it."
Many claim to have "faith" but are not followers of Jesus Christ. This type of faith is useless, it is a "faith" separated from the process of disciples following Christ. Unfortunately, today we notice that very few committed Jesus followers and too many ordinary Christians. May the Lord help us to remain faithful to the Scriptures and not to be tossed by all the winds of men's doctrines. Let's witness our faith regularly around us.
Mark 16.15 : "Jesus said to them," Go into all the world, proclaim the Gospel to all creation. "
The Apostles transmitted the Good News to the disciples who went in all directions, even to Asia Minor; Greece and the Roman Empire. As people responded to the call, they were organized in groups and continued to study the scriptures, getting to know God and walking with him. Discipleship was the basis of the early Church, even today it is through the impulse of the Holy Spirit that we can live it. The foundation of the Christian life is always a commitment. We have the responsibility to transmit this knowledge.
Luke 9.26 : "For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, the Son of man shall be ashamed of him, when he shall come in his glory, and in that of the Father, and of the holy angels."
Following Jesus costs us everything, our life no longer belongs to us. Our will is submitted to God, or it is not really our Lord. It is to him that we trust for everything we need. This is the disciple's call: "Yes, come, be saved, but you will have to die to your old nature to become a new person." Without discipline, we miss the Great Commission. We do not act by constraint but by gratitude and the love of God.
Matthew 16.24 : "Then Jesus said to his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me." Conclusion : to be a disciple is to make disciples! As the scriptures teach, it is impossible to be a believer without being a follower of Christ. In one last passage, Jacques tells us that it is possible to have "faith" but not to "believe" to be a disciple. The teaching of James is that "faith" without being a disciple does not save faith. It is a dead and useless faith, which has nothing to do with the saving faith that Jesus taught and the disciples lived. We are all called to be disciples no matter where we are! When the great majority of the congregation is concerned about being faithful to the cult, the disciple, he, is concerned to proclaim the Good News, he insists to be indebted. The disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ is in an attitude of sharing and responsibility. It is a repentant heart, a transformed life that blesses one's neighbor. Luke 6.40 : "The disciple is not more than the master, but every accomplished disciple will be like his master." Amen !