Are you Christian or Disciple (DoC)?

Are you a Christian or Disciple (DoC)

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35) (NASB)

You can read John 13 here.

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There are these moments when you suddenly realise that you are looking into the very heart of God. Everything you have ever thought, and everything that you have experienced that has been of God resonates with the truth that is revealed to you.

This final command which is given by our Lord Jesus Christ to his disciples, at their last meal, encapsulates for me the whole of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. (John13:34 – 35)

Let’s start out by setting the scene. Jesus, whom we know is both man and God is about to enter and fulfil the prophecy of the Messiah. (Isaiah 53: 1-6)This honour which Father has laid on His shoulders will burden him with the sins of the world. How easily that is said? Because he is, really is, and he is “I am!” He knows what lies ahead in the next hours.

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His nation, His disciples, His followers, will deny Him and mercilessly throw Him at the feet of the most vicious rulers that the world knew at that time. Yet Rome finds him innocent, but his own kind drive him to the cross. He knows that although the whole of the old Testament predicted his coming, they will deny him his right as their King. Judaism will crucify Him. (Psalm 22 – the crucifixion through Jesus’s eyes.)

He knows, that even though the nation has witnessed the the miracles he has performed and experienced the full love of God his skin will literally be flayed from his body (John 19) and every ounce of humanity will be wretched and torn out of him.

Then, as if that total loneliness of having to face the trials and tribulations leading up to the point where He is hung on the cross is not enough, He will be totally alone discarded and despised by humanity, and Father will turn his face away as he descends into hell on behalf of mankind. Then man cloaked in the blood of Jesus, his righteousness is restored, graced by love alone we approach the throne of our Father.

“Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34)

Jesus, with full knowledge of this excruciating tribulation which faces Him starts this last supper by washing the feet of his disciples. (John 13 you can read it here ) Not only is this action a pure symbol of servitude but also a demonstration of his love for them. Can you for one moment imagine what “The Son of man” was thinking and feeling as he carried out this simple humble and radical act of kindness. He is about to demonstrate the final sacrifice for our righteousness, and in all humility He bends, takes his disciples dirty feet one by one and washes them with tender love and kindness.

During this supper with his disciples Jesus gives this command :

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35) (NASB)

When we read John 13 we get caught up in so many other things that happen in this chapter that we often overlook this command. John 13 is so full of predictions of the coming crucifixion, and forms an integral part of our knowledge of what is to follow. This command of love which Jesus gives to his disciples is critically important because it displays and commands our lives as Disciples of Christ (DoC).

The word Christian in the Bible was never used by our Lord as a description of his followers. It is only used three times in the new Testament, and to a point it is a derogatory term, where it is used to refer to people who follow “the way”. Jesus referred to his followers as Disciples. Andy Stanley in his series about “Christian” accurately portrays how nebulous the word Christian is. He also points out how binding and well defined the nomenclature of being a Disciple is. This last command given by our Lord Jesus Christ fully describes his approaching sacrifice for us all, it is the encapsulating message of our relationship with God, one another and mankind.

Are you a Christian or a Disciple?

To find out if you are Christian or a disciple I suggest you watch the series by Andy Stanley:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BK6Ohz5DH0o&list=PLDK61ogvKEwnYSg6lpuXcfTONj2gE3cVT

It is really important to watch the first video in the series:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BK6Ohz5DH0o&index=1&list=PLDK61ogvKEwnYSg6lpuXcfTONj2gE3cVT

Let us as disciples of Christ (DoC’s) draw people in by displaying  to them our love for one another, never measuring the mile we have to go, and then extending our Lord’s love to humanity and  mankind around us.

 

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God is Truth

Nothing can be more degrading for God than man trying to understand God in man terms.

When we approach this awesome God and our mind is constricted by known physics and science then we are simply inadequate in every sense of the word and we are blaspheming God. So how does this go when we try to understand Genesis 1.

Gen 1:2  The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.
Gen 1:3  Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
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and now here before you stands the God of the biggest Bang man can ever be witness to.

Science is nothing more than man discovering God’s creation. We are often told we must learn from History so that we don’t repeat the mistakes that were made in the past. Well what I learn from history is that the science of the day is the not the final frontier. Science often gets it completely wrong and then we discover the next step in the infinite climb to knowledge. Today’s science is yesterdays lies.

Isa 25:1  O LORD, You are my God; I will exalt You, I will give thanks to Your name; For You have worked wonders, Plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.  (NASB)

and further in this Passage (Isa 25) in verses 6 to 9 Isaiah talks the Lord prepares the feast of the finest Spiritual delights. (Jesus) The veil of Satanic blindness that covers and shrouds the nations will be lifted by the death conqueror (Jesus).

Isa 25:6  And on this Mount [Zion] shall the Lord of hosts make for all peoples a feast of rich things [symbolic of His coronation festival inaugurating the reign of the Lord on earth, in the wake of a background of gloom, judgment, and terror], a feast of wines on the lees–of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined.
Isa 25:7  And He will destroy on this mountain the covering of the face that is cast over the heads of all peoples [in mourning], and the veil [of profound wretchedness] that is woven and spread over all nations.
Isa 25:8  He will swallow up death [in victory; He will abolish death forever]. And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces; and the reproach of His people He will take away from off all the earth; for the Lord has spoken it. [I Cor. 15:26, 54; II Tim. 1:10.]
Isa 25:9  It shall be said in that day, Behold our God upon Whom we have waited and hoped, that He might save us! This is the Lord, we have waited for Him; we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.
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In trying to understand God our humanity always tries to get the better of us. God the father is dimensionless in time, Jesus his son came to earth and displayed, in man terms, miracles, that went beyond death itself. He raised them from death and then did it himself. His miracles walked among us and still today his miracles walk among us. Then the most awesome of all things happened, the Holy Spirit was given to us.

If we can comprehend that the Holy Spirit is here amongst us, in us, and part of those who are in the Spirit then which boundaries would you put on Gods infinite capacity.

All mankind are made of flesh but in that flesh dwells a spirit. The question is is it a spirit or a Spirit? John 14:9 to 11 is a gift and reward that is available to all who seek God. We cannot make fruit without being grafted into the True vine, you me or any one else cannot bare the fruit if the Spirit does not flow through us as the branch. If we abide in Him we will bare fruit, but of our own accord we bare no fruit and the Father will cut us off. (John 15:1-2)

There is no limit to the infinite Triune God. He breathed the universe and all the stars into existence.(Psa 33:6, Heb 11:3, 2 Pet 3:5) We have no chance of understanding Him we can only look on in awe and use our minuscule children’s eyes when we glance in His direction. It has to be the fleetest of glances, because if we looked and truly saw we would die. (Exodus 33:20)