The word disciple as used in the biblical ancient Near East has a different connotation or meaning to the way it is generally understood here in the West.
A disciple is not a student who is ready to learn, but more of a follower who imitates both the life and the teaching of his/her master. Discipleship is a deliberate apprenticeship that is meant to transform the follower into a living copy of the master.
A disciple in this context is a dedicated follower of Jesus, a person who is preoccupied with becoming an exact copy of Jesus by looking unto Jesus Himself – the author and the finisher of our faith (Heb. 12:2).
We can become like Jesus. 2 Cor. 3:18 NLT So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.
We can become like our master Jesus and, we are able to do the works that He did. In fact, he said we can do greater works (John 14:12) John 14:12 “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.
A disciple in this context is a dedicated follower of Jesus
In a nutshell, a disciple then is:
- One who believes in Jesus as Lord (John. 14:1) and therefore receives the spirit of adoption and sonship (Romans 8:15);
- Submits to the lordship of our Lord Jesus Christ;
- Accepts Jesus’ sacrifice for the remission of his sin (wrongdoing);
- Continues to imitate Jesus and becomes like Jesus in thoughts and deeds.
- Engages in spiritual disciplines in the quest to keep the desire of the flesh (worldly desires) subjected to the Spirit.
This takes a radical shift from the worldview of this current age. This is Kingdom worldview.
Pastor Chris Ifonlaja.
Billy Graham once said, “Salvation is free, but discipleship costs everything we have”. Disciples must be committed to Jesus as Lord. When General William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, was asked the secret of his amazing Christian life, he answered, ‘I told the Lord that He could have all that there is of William Booth”. In order to become disciples of Jesus Christ we must: “Deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him”.
The reality is that there was a veil that covered our eyes and caused spiritual blindness, ever since we came into this world – we were born with it. It’s not a physical veil, it can’t be diagnosed by the doctors and so can’t be medicated or removed surgically. Its spiritual in nature and it gave us the