The Terms of Discipleship 07/24/05
The Terms of Discipleship • Jesus was to bear the cross for man 21 Jesus strictly warned them not to tell this to anyone. 22 And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.” (Luke 9:21-22)
The Terms of Discipleship • There was another cross—a cross which man was to bear for him. 23 Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. (Luke 9:23) • Discipleship demanded it
Three Terms of Discipleship if a Person Wills to Follow Christ • A person must deny himself. • Man’s tendency is to indulge himself and do exactly what he desires; • but the Christian is not to indulge himself:
Three Terms of Discipleship if a Person Wills to Follow Christ • A person must take up his cross and do it daily. • People in Jesus’ day knew what it meant to “take up” a cross. • The cross doesn’t mean merely bearing one’s particular hardship in life. • The cross is always an instrument of death, not just an object to carry or bear.
Three Terms of Discipleship if a Person Wills to Follow Christ • The Christian is to die mentally and actively (Phil 5:2-8; 2 Cor 10:3-5). • He is to put his will, his desires, his wants, his ambitions to death. • Instead he is to follow Jesus and to do his will all day long. • A person has to act, work, get to it, be diligent, consistent, and enduring in order to die to self.
Three Terms of Discipleship if a Person Wills to Follow Christ • A person must follow Jesus. • But man’s tendency is to follow someone else, and to give one’s first allegiance to someone else. • There are so many things for us to serve and put first: 1 Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Eph 5:1-2)
Three Terms of Discipleship if a Person Wills to Follow Christ 5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a man is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. (Eph 5:5) 21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. (1 Pet 2:21) • Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. (1 John 2:6)
Conclusion “We must live a life of self-denial, mortification, and contempt of the world; we must not indulge our ease and appetite, for then it will be hard to bear toil, and weariness, and want, for Christ. We are daily subject to affliction, and we must accommodate ourselves to it, and acquiesce in the will of God in it, and must learn to endure hardship. We frequently meet with crosses in the way of duty; and, though we must not pull them upon our own heads, yet, when they are laid for us, we must take them up, carry them after Christ, and make the best of them .