I have known the Lord Jesus since 1948 and have served him since 1977. Yet, I do not have a single Christian in my social life. This despite 38 years of my making contact with them. All to no avail.
Question. So are these Christians truly disciples’ of the Lord Jesus if they do not obey him?
If they are not true disciples of the Lord Jesus then they can’t be expected to obey him for they do not have the Him, his Father or the Holy Spirit making their home with them. In other words, unsaved people cannot obey the Lord Jesus’ teachings. That is why I keep trying to make contact with them in obedience to my Lord and Saviour. His Father God wants them to be saved.
Matthew 28:17 When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’
THE “I AM A DISCIPLE OF THE LORD JESUS!” OBEDIENCE TEST
To love the Lord Jesus Christ is to Obey His Teachings.
John 14:23 Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.”
At this point it is important to understand that the Father does not love the person who purposefully disobeys his Son. Therefore, he does not, with his Son, come and make his home with them. How do we know that? Well the disobedient person does not have the Holy Spirit of God – even if a Christian.
Now, here is the “Disciple TEST” go through the list of commands and other relevant advice on this webpage.
How many are you obeying?
Are you refusing to obey any?
If you find there are some commands that you did not know, are you going to obey them?
An example: For many years a Christian Doctor with a Holy Bible in his surgery refuses to even look into a patients eyes, let along acknowledge their existence in passing. This is the relevant teaching that he is failing to obey.
All, not some, Disciples of Jesus have a Duty to Care:
- It is a Disciples duty to pray for the afflicted: Acts 12:5; Philippians 1:12-21; James
- It is a Disciples duty to sympathise with the afflicted: Romans 12:15; Galatians 6:2.
- It is a Disciples duty to pity the afflicted: Job 6:14.
- It is a Disciples duty to bear the afflicted in mind: Hebrews 13:3.
- It is a Disciples duty to visit the afflicted: James 1:27.
- It is a Disciples duty to comfort the afflicted: Job 16:15; Job 29:25; 2 Corinthians 1:4;
1 Thessalonians 4:18.
- It is a Disciples duty to relieve them: Job 31:19-20; Isaiah 58:10; Philippians 4:14; 1
- It is a Disciples duty to protect them: Psalms 82:3; Proverbs 22:22; 31:5.
- Ministers of the gospel should console the afflicted: Isaiah 40:1-2; 1 Corinthians 14:3;
2 Corinthians 1:3-11.
- The afflicted seek consolation in vain from the world: Psalms 69:20; Ecclesiastes 4:1-2;
So was that Christian Doctor a true Disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ?
For the Christians who say, “We do not have to obey the Old Testament!”
(I have met a few of them)
The Two Greatest Commandments and the New Commandment
Matthew 22:36-38; 22:39; John 13:34-35.
The “Ten Commandments” as Stated in the New Testament
Matthew 19:17-19; Mark 10:19; Luke 18:20; Romans 13:9-10.
Jesus’ Interpretation of Old Testament Law
Matthew 5:21-22; 5:27-28; 5:31-32; 5:33-34; 5:38-39; 5:43-44; 5:48; 7:12; 15:2-11; 19:8-9; Mark 10:4-9; Luke 6:2-10; 14:3-4; 20:28-34; John 5:16-17; 5:45-47; 7:19; 8:4-7; 8:17-18; 9;29-37; 10:33-36; 11:24-25; 12:34-35; 19:7-11.
The Four Commandments for Gentile Converts
Commands in regards to Church Leaders
Failure here must bring into question your love for the Lord Jesus and whether the Church you lead is part of the Body of Christ under His Lordship.
The choosing of the seven
Acts 6:1 In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews [That is, Jews who had adopted the Greek language and culture] among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. 2 So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, ‘It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. 3 Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them 4 and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.’
Question. Are you full of the Spirit and wisdom?
Qualifications for overseers and deacons
1 Timothy 3:1 Here is a trustworthy saying: whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. 2 Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a
manner worthy of full [Or him with proper] respect. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7 He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.
1 Timothy 3:8 In the same way, deacons [The word deacons refers here to Christians designated to serve with the overseers/elders of the church in a variety of ways; similarly in verse 12; and in Romans 16:1 and Phil. 1:1] are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. 9 They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.
11 In the same way, the women [Possibly deacons’ wives or women who are deacons] are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.
12 A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and his household well. 13 Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.
1 Timothy 5:17 The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honour, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. 18 For Scripture says, ‘Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,’ [Deut. 25:4] and ‘The worker deserves his wages.’ [Luke 10:7] 19 Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses. 20 But those elders who are sinning you are to reprove before everyone, so that the others may take warning.
Titus 1:6 An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe [Or children are trustworthy] and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. 7 Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless – not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. 8 Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. 9 He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.
The prayer of faith
James 5:13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you ill? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.
Question. Do you distance yourself from people who are not members of your Church?
To the elders and the flock
1 Peter 5:5 To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: 2 be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them – not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.
Question. Who are your flock?
The problem facing Christian Leaders is that they have divided Christianity into Churches and according to the Lord’s teachings, you can’t be his chosen leader and divide up His Body. More on this tomorrow.
How did you do on the Test? Be careful now because Liars do not go to heaven.
You did badly?
No matter how badly you did, He, the Lord Jesus Christ, can save You! The person who wins in this life, is the person who is on the Lord’s side. Therefore, if you are not already, then let the Lord Jesus reconcile you to God before it’s too late. His Gospel