Who Is a Disciple?

One receives many and varied answers when he asks the question, “Who is a disciple of Jesus?” One might say, “Anyone who has any faith in Jesus is His disciple.” This would be difficult to accept, because we read in James 2:19 that the demons believe and shudder. Another might answer after this fashion, “One is a disciple of Christ if he is involved in religious service to Christ.” Again, this answer is inadequate because

Jesus said in Matthew 7:22-23, “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness’!”

If Jesus says “depart” to those who are lawless, does that not give us an indication of those who He will invite into the kingdom? Jesus makes that point clear in verse 21 of this 7th chapter of Matthew. He said, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” Do you want to enter into the kingdom of heaven? You may, but it’s conditioned upon your doing the will of the father as we just read.

You learn of His will in the Bible. Are you studying that book? Shouldn’t you be studying it more? 1 Pet. 2:2 says, “As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.” James 1:25 says, “But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.” -Compiled by Tom Sutherland

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