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 The Greek word mathetes (translated disciple) is found more than 250 times in the New. According to Greek Bible scholar Spiros Zodhiates, editor of the Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible, mathetes “means more than mere pupil or learner. It means an adherer who accepts the instruction given to him and makes it his rule of conduct.” In other words a New Testament type disciple is one who learns by putting what he or she learns into experience.
“I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” - King David (Psalm 139:14)
“The glory of God is man fully alive.” - St. Irenaeus
“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” - Jesus Christ (John 10:10b)
2. Emotions and Spiritual Growth (Part 2)
What is man?
Good question! The totality of our personhood, including our psychological make-up, has been molded to be a reflection of the divine. Kind David rhetorically asks: “What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him?” (Ps. 8:4). We have to understand with more accuracy God’s chief creation – man. Therefore, it is tremendously important to comprehend God’s encompassing plan starting with Creation, the Fall, and continuing with Redemption.
Human emotions before the Fall:
Emotions existed in humans in the pre-fallen, created order. We have been created in God’s image (Genesis 1:26-27). That means that our emotional capacities are part of God’s design and purpose. After God created man He looked at everything He did and declared that “it was very good” (Gen. 1:31). The Garden of Eden was a perfect environment for Adam and Eve and we can assume that all of their emotional expressions were positive, pleasant and happy. “The exact nature and purpose of human emotions in the pre-fallen state are unknown. It is believed that emotions assisted humans in fully appreciating God and allowed them to experience a more complete relationship with Him.” (Campbell, Clark D. and Bufford, Rodger K., “A Christian Perspective on Human Emotions” (2012). Faculty Publications - Grad School of Clinical Psychology. Paper 90. (http://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/gscp_fac/90). Our ancestors were delighting every day in God and in each other. My understanding is that the capacity for emotions is according to His design and part of God’s marvelous and divine plan. In other words, our emotions, virtues, values, and affections are an integral part of the emotionally healthy and mature children of God.
Human emotions after the Fall:
Before the Fall there was harmony and consistency among thoughts, emotions, and actions. But, as we very well know, this state was interrupted by the disobedience of Adam and Eve. From that very moment forward, Adam and Eve died spiritually. Consequently, . . .
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“If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” -Jesus Christ (Luke 9:23)
If we read and study the New Testament with an open heart, if we are setting our minds to understand its teachings, and if we are committed to apply it in our lives we cannot ignore the aspect of discipleship. I strongly believe that in order to see the practical results in the field of discipleship we need to comprehend the three important pillars on which discipleship stands. I call these pillars the 3-BIG C's of discipleship. These pillars are: (1) Commitment, (2) Continuation and (3) Consistency.
If we look carefully into the Word of God we can see this as clear as day. Dr. Luke writes: “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me” (Luke 9:23). (See also Luke 14:25-35). Jesus’ words are clear; His requirements are spelled out: deny self, pick up the cross daily, and follow Me. He wants to invest His live in committed people. People who are ready to embrace His calling. For more about this subject please watch: “Discipleship Call – A Deeper Look at Luke 9:23”.
C 2 – The second C of discipleship is continuation
Jesus is not looking for part-time followers. No doubt about it – He is loving and compassionate. But He desires to closely associate with people who do not abandon the cross when the road is getting tougher. (See Hebrews 10:38-39). Christ commands His disciples to be steadfast, to continue, to abide and remain with Him, in Him, and for Him. When it comes to loyalty Jesus’ view is very well defined. writes, “He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters” (Matthew 12:30). The Bible exhorts Christians to ‘stand firm’ (Philippians 4:1), ‘continue in My word’, (John 8:31), ‘abide in Me’ (John 15:5), and commit one hundred percent to Him and for Him (Luke 11:23). The Word of God is full of examples of faithfulness, dedication, and continuation with the calling of discipleship in spite of life circumstances. John writes, “So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:31-32). Genuine discipleship is not a program. True discipleship is a life-long process. Genuine discipleship is a lifestyle. Indeed, their life is continually refined, purified, and transformed inside out by the indwelling Christ enthroned in their hearts.
C 3 – The third C of discipleship is consistency.
We all know that nothing in life can be done without consistency. Becoming a good pianist requires practice again and again with great consistency. The same is true for a good tennis player. He must exercise and practice regularly. Consistency applies in the spiritual realm too. No one has arrived. That is why we too must continue with great consistency. Paul writes from his own experience, “Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead” (Philippians 3:12-13). The great apostle was well aware of the ‘pressing on’ principle. No wonder that Paul is the apostle who dares to declare: “Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ” (1 Cor. 9:1). At the same time he recognizes his own limitations and relies entirely one hundred percent upon Christ, His grace, and God’s provisions for life and ministry. He writes, “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me” (1 Cor. 15:10). His consistency is observed over and over again in the New Testament. He writes, “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14).
I pray God’s blessings will continue to shower over each and every one of you in the days to come. I pray the guidance of the Holy Spirit will be upon you in all you do. I ask God’s light to illuminate everyone’s path as you move forward as disciples of Christ with full commitment, with determination to continue in His Word, and with tremendous consistency towards the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
With love in Christ's service,
Spiritual Mentor / Life Coach