THE  COST  OF  BEING  A  DISCIPLE  OF  CHRIST!


MUCH  OF  THE  PROTESTANT  WORLD,  ESPECIALLY  THE  “FUNDAMENTALS”  ARE  FOREVER  THROWING  OUT  TO  THE  NONE  “CHRISTIANS”  THE  WAY  TO  BE  SAVED,  TO  HAVE  ETERNAL  LIFE.  THE  PET  PHRASE  IS  “BELIEVE  ON  THE  LORD  JESUS  CHRIST  AND  YOU  SHALL  BE  SAVED.”


O  YES  THAT  IS  VERY  TRUE  IF  YOU  KNOW  WHAT  BELIEVING  ON  JESUS  IS  ALL  ABOUT!


YOU  WOULD  THINK  THOSE  WHO  SAY  THEY  ARE  CHRIST’S  DISCIPLE,  WOULD  KNOW  ALL  ABOUT  THE  JESUS  CHRIST  THEY  SUPPOSEDLY  FOLLOW.  YOU  WOULD  THINK  THEY  WOULD  BE  BUSY  READING  THE  GOSPELS,  READING  THE  WORDS  OF  JESUS,  TO  KNOW  WHAT  HE  HIMSELF  TAUGHT  ABOUT  FOLLOWING  HIM,  OR  BEING  SAVED.


BUT  SADLY  IN  ALL  MY  YEARS  OF  LIFE,  NOW  76  AS  I  WRITE  THIS,  I  HAVE  FOUND  FEW  “CHRISTIANS”  WHO  KNOW  WHAT  JESUS  TAUGHT  AND  PREACHED.  THEY  ARE  MAINLY  BIBLE  ILLITERATE  WHEN  IT  COMES  TO  KNOWING  THE  TEACHINGS  OF  CHRIST.


HOW  ABOUT  YOU?  IF  YOU  CALL  YOURSELF  A  CHRISTIAN,  DO  YOU  KNOW  WHAT  JESUS  TAUGHT?  ARE  YOU  BUSY  READING  THE  WORDS  OF  CHRIST  JESUS?  DO  YOU  KNOW  WHAT  JESUS  TAUGHT  IN  REGARDS  TO  BEING  HIS  DISCIPLE?


WE  SHALL  SEE  IF  YOU  DO;  WE  SHALL  SEE  IF  YOU  BELIEVE  JESUS!


From  the  NewKJV


Luke 14: 27-35


Christ Call for Total Commitment


“And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. 


For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it— 


lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, 'This man began to build and was not able to finish.' Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks   conditions  of peace.


So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.


Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is neither fit for the land nor for the dunghill, but men throw it out.


He  who  has  ears  to  hear,  let  him  hear!”


PRETTY  STRAIGHT  FORWARD  I  WOULD  SAY.  TO  BE  A  TRUE  DISCIPLE  OF  CHRIST,  YOU  MUST  COUNT  THE  COST.  AND  NOTHING  MUST  COME  IN  YOUR  WAY—— NO  HUMAN  BEING [FATHER, MOTHER, SON, DAUGHTER ETC.]; NO  JOB;  NO  AMOUNT  OF  MONEY;  NO  AMOUNT  OF  FAME;  NO  AMOUNT  OF  YOUR  PERSONAL  DESIRES,  OR  PLANS.


YOU  HAVE  TO  GIVE  JESUS  YOUR  ALL  IN  ALL;  BEING  A  DISCIPLE  OF  CHRIST  MEANS  YOU  FOLLOW  HIM;  YOU  READ  WHAT  HE  SAID;  YOU  BELIEVE  WHAT  HE  SAID,  YOU  FOLLOW  HIM  IN  EVERY  WAY,  YOU  DO  WHAT  HE  SAID  TO  DO.  PRETTY  SIMPLE  FROM  A  MENTAL  POINT  OF  VIEW,  BUT  ACTUALLY  DOING  IT  IS  ANOTHER  BALL  GAME!


LUKE  13: 22-30


“And He went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem. Then one said to Him, ‘Lord, are there few who are saved?’

And He said to them, Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open for us,' and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,' then you will begin to say, 'We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.'
But He will say, 'I tell you I do not know you,  or where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.' There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob land all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out.”


O  WOW….. AGAIN  PRETTY  UP-FRONT  AND  PLAIN,  NO  PhD  NEEDED.


FIRST,  THE  GATE  IS  NARROW  THAT  LEADS  TO  BEING  SAVED.  IT  IS  NOT  SOME  HUGE  WIDE  OPEN  GATE  AT  ALL.  THIS  SHOULD  START  TO  TELL  US  SOMETHING.


SECOND,  SOME  WILL  NOT  ENTER  WHO  CLAIM  TO  HAVE  BEEN  TALKING  ABOUT  JESUS,  CLAIMING  THEY  KNOW  HIM.  THEY  WILL  BE  SHOCKED  TO  KNOW  THEY  ARE  NOT  “SAVED.”


JESUS  SAYS  HE  WILL  NOT  KNOW  THEM,  DOES  NOT  KNOW  WHERE  THEY  HAVE  COME  FROM;  THEY  WERE  AS  FAR  AS  HE  WAS  CONCERNED,  NOT  A  PART  OF  HIM,  NOT  ONE  OF  HIS  DISCIPLES!


JESUS  SAYS  THEY  ARE  NOT  BECAUSE  THEY  WORKED  “INIQUITY”—— JAY P. GREEN SR.  IN  HIS  GREEK/ENGLISH  INTERLINEAR  TRANSLATES  THE  GREEK  WORD  AS  “UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.”


WHAT  IS  RIGHTEOUSNESS?  DO  WE  HAVE  A  BIBLE  DEFINITION?  YES  WE  DO!  IT  IS  FOUND  IN  PSLAM 119: 172.


GOD’S  COMMANDMENTS  ARE  RIGHTEOUSNESS!


UN-RIGHTEOUSNESS  IS  THEN  DOING  NOT  WHAT  GOD’S  COMMANDMENTS  TELL  US  TO  DO.


LOOK  AT  THE  TEN  COMMANDMENTS  IN  EXODUS  20.


MOST  CHRISTIANS  DO  NOT  HAVE  MUCH  PROBLEM  WITH  9  OF  THEM.


BUT  LOOK  AT  THE  4TH  ONE;  THE  LONGEST  IN  WORDS  OF  THE  TEN.


I  DID  NOT  FIND  THIS  COMMANDMENT  HARD  TO  UNDERSTAND,  NOT  EVEN  WHEN  I  READ  IT  AT  AGE  8, 9, 10  YEARS  OF  AGED, AS  I  WAS  RAISED  IN  A  CHURCH  OF  ENGLAND  SCHOOL.


THE  WEEKLY  SABBATH  DAY  IS  THE  7TH  DAY,  NOT  THE  5TH  OR  THE  6TH,  NOT  THE  1ST  DAY.  IT  IS  THE  7TH  DAY  THAT  IS  THE  WEEKLY  SABBATH,  AND  THAT  GOING  BACK  TO  THE  BEGINNING,  WHEN  IT  WAS  SANCTIFIED  IN  GENESIS  2.


IF  YOU  ARE  NOT  KEEPING  THE  7TH  DAY  SABBATH  YOU  ARE  THEN  BREAKING  THAT  COMMANDMENT;  YOU  ARE  THEN  UNRIGHTEOUS!


IT  IS  JUST  THAT  SIMPLE!


MANY  TODAY,  EVEN  UNDER  THE  NAME  OF  “CHRIST”  WANT  TO  SAY  IT  IS  JUST  FINE  WITH  GOD,  TO  HAVE  SAME  SEX  MARRIAGE.


NOTHING  COULD  BE  FURTHER  FROM  THE  TRUTH.  


GOD  MAKES  IT  VERY  CLEAR  IN  HIS  WORD  THAT  PRACTICING  HOMOSEXUALITY, LESBIANISM,  SAME  SEX  MARRIAGE  IS  SIN !


GOD  MAKES  IT  VERY  CLEAR  IN  HIS  WORD  THAT  FORNICATION [SEX  BEFORE  MARRIAGE]  IS  SIN!


GOD  MAKES  IT  VERY  CLEAR  IN  HIS  WORD  THAT  ADULTERY  IS  SIN!


NO  “CHRISTIAN”  OF  ANY  SOUND  MIND,  WOULD  SAY  IT  IS  JUST  FINE  TO  TAKE  GOD’S  NAME  IN   VAIN,  WITH  PROFANITY.


MOST  “CHRISTIANS”  HAVE  NO  PROBLEM  WITH  9  OF  THE  10,  BUT  WHEN  IT  COMES  TO  THE  4TH,  THEY  HAVE  A  HUGE  PROBLEM  WITH  IT.


BUT  IF  YOU  PRACTICE  NOT  OBSERVING  THE  4TH  COMMANDMENT,  YOU  ARE  SINNING,  YOU  ARE  UN-RIGHTEOUS.


AS  JESUS  SAID,  THERE  WILL  BE  WEEPING  AND  GNASHING  OF  TEETH,  WHEN  A  HUGE  NUMBER  OF  “CHRISTIANS”  FIND  THEY  ARE  OUTSIDE  LOOKING  IN  ON  THE  KINGDOM  OF  GOD.



LUKE  13: 1-9


The Necessity of Repentance


“There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had 'mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus, answered and said to them, "Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and; killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.

He, also spoke this parable: A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it mess up the ground? But he answered and said to him, Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can cut it down.” 


GOD  SAYS  REPENTANCE  IS  AN  ABSOLUTE  REQUIREMENT  TO  NOT  PERISHING.


GOD  MAY  GIVE  SOME  TIME  FOR  A  PERSON  BEING  CALLED  TO  KNOW  TRUTH,  BUT  THERE  COMES  A  TIME,  WHEN  IF  REPENTANCE  IS  NOT  FORTHCOMING,  THAT  PERSON  IS  CUT  OFF  LIKE  THE  TREE  THAT  BROUGHT  FORTH  NO  FRUIT.


REPENTANCE  IS  REQUIRED  TO  NOT  PERISH!


THIS  IS  A  TEACHING  OF  JESUS  THE  CHRIST!


IT  IS  NOT  A  TEACHING  OF  KEITH  HUNT;  IT  IS  A  TEACHING  OF  CHRIST;  IT  IS  A   TEACHING  OF  THE  NEW  TESTAMENT!


THE  SUBJECT  OF  REPENTANCE   IS  LARGE!


NAVE’S  TOPICAL  BIBLE  GIVES  9  PAGES  TO  COVER  VERSES  ON  REPENTANCE.


THE  WORD  REPENT  IS  FOUND  45  TIMES  IN  THE  KJV  BIBLE.


THE  WORD  REPENTANCE  IS  FOUND  26  TIMES  IN  THE  KJV  BIBLE.


THE  WORD  REPENTED  IS  FOUND   32  TIMES  IN  THE  KJV  BIBLE.


AS  NAVE’S  TOPICAL  BIBLE  BRINGS  OUT  THERE  ARE  DOZENS  OF  “UNCLASSIFIED  SCRIPTURES  RELATING  TO”—— VERSES  THAT  DO  NOT  USE  THE  WORD  “REPENT”  BUT  OTHER  WORDS  THAT  SHOW  THE  SAME  MEANING  IS  BEING  PORTRAYED,  ALL  HAVING  TO  DO  WITH  CHANGING  YOUR  MIND  AND  HEART,  TO  THINK  AND  PERFORM  THE  WAY  OF  GOD,  THE  WAY  OF  RIGHTEOUSNESS,  AS  OPPOSED  TO  THE  WRONG  WAY  OF  GOD,  OR  AS  WHAT  THE  BIBLE  CALLS  SIN.


OVER  AND  OVER  AND  OVER  THE  BIBLE  USES  THE  WORD  SIN,  FOR  ANYTHING  THAT  IS  CONTRARY  TO  THE  WAYS  OF  THE  ETERNAL  HOLY  RIGHTEOUS  GOD.


WE  DO  HAVE  THE  BIBLE  DEFINING  FOR  US,  WHAT  SIN  IS? —- YES!


1  JOHN  3: 4


ROMANS 7: 7


JAMES 2: 10-12


SIN  IS  BREAKING  THE  COMMANDMENTS  OF  GOD;  THINKING,  SAYING,  DOING,  THINGS  THAT  ARE  NOT  THE  WAYS  OF  THE  LORD.


SIN  IS  THEN  MAGNIFIED,  OR  WE  COULD  SAY  RIGHTEOUSNESS  IS  THEN  MAGNIFIED,  BY  THE  WHOLE  BIBLE,  AS  YOU  READ  IT  FROM  GENESIS  TO  REVELATION.


OUR  ATTITUDE  SHOULD  BE  THE  ATTITUDE  THAT  PAUL  HAD,  AS  HE  GAVE  TO  US  IN  ROMANS  7.


OUR  OVERALL  LIFE-STYLE  IS  FOR  CHRISTIANS,  AS  GIVEN  BY  THE  APOSTLE  JOHN  IN  I  JOHN  1  into  1  JOHN  2.


I  HAVE  COVERED  THE  SUBJECTS  OF  REPENTANCE  AND  SIN  IN  OTHER  STUDIES  ON  THIS  WEBSITE.


JESUS  TAUGHT  REPENTANCE!


TO  BE  A  TRUE  DISCIPLE  OF  JESUS  IS  WAY  MORE  THAN  WHAT  MANY  TEACH.  


BELIEVING  ON  JESUS  IS  BELIEVING  WHAT  JESUS  TAUGHT.


BEING  A  DISCIPLE  OF  CHRIST  IS  READING  HIS  WORDS,  AND  DOING  WHAT  HE  TAUGHT  TO  DO.


AND  JESUS  SUMMED  IT  ALL  UP  IN  MATTHEW  4: 4


“MAN  SHALL  NOT  LIVE  BY  BREAD  ALONE,  BUT  BY  EVERY  WORD  THAT  PROCEEDS  OUT  OF  THE  MOUTH  OF  GOD.”


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YOU  MAY  HAVE  QUESTIONS  ON  LIVING  BY  EVERY  WORD  OF  GOD.  I  HAVE  GIVEN  YOU  THE  ANSWERS  IN   A TWO  PART  STUDY  ON  THIS  WEBSITE,  CALLED  “LIVING  BY  EVERY  WORD  OF  GOD - HOW?”