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True Discipleship

by Christopher Esget ~ June 21st, 2008

Peter and Andrew and the other fishermen left their nets, their boats, and their companions and followed [Jesus]. The decisive thing was that they followed him. Thus they came under his influence. They began to learn from him. They saw and heard such matters as they otherwise would never have experienced.

A disciple therefore is a person who lives under the influence of the word of Jesus and consciously wants to do just that. Jesus himself said to the disciples who had chosen to follow him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” Something happens to him who becomes a disciple, and it is the word of Jesus which is the acting power.

-From Bo Giertz, Preaching from the Whole Bible, on Trinity V

1 Response to True Discipleship

  1. Retrosixty

    “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
    I’ve been wondering lately about this verse and have to ask the Lutheran question: “what doe this mean?”
    What does this mean for those churches which continue, ever so minutely,
    to preach the Gospel, but continue in error, i.e. the Bible is not inerrant, women can hold any position in the church that they choose to, the Lord’s Supper “is to be interpreted by the person receiving it.” etc.
    Because they preach the gospel, even in a simple reading of it from the Bible, does this mean that “they continue in His Word?”
    I would appreciiate any comments in this regard.

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