WAY OF TRUTH PT 1 – FOLLOWING JESUS
When a person claims to be a Christian, a union of Christ and the believer is involved. It will be the same as the union which exists between God and Christ. “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.” 1 John 2:6. It is evident that abiding in Christ involves the everyday life of the Christian.
1. How did Christ walk?
“I have kept my Father’s commandments.” John 15:10. Read John 17:4; 4:34
2. When Jesus called His early disciples what did He instruct them to do?
“Follow Me.” Matthew 4:19; John 1:43
3. What does Jesus require of His servants today?
“If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honour.” John 12:26. Read Colossians 2:6
4. Who is our example?
“For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps.” 1 Peter 2:21.
5. What does following Jesus involve?
“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” Matthew 16:24-26. Read Mark 10:21
6. How will Christ’s sheep respond to His voice?
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” John 10:27
Following Jesus will require a sacrifice on our part. There is no middle ground. “So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:33