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.”
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?”