In the gospel of John, the Lord Jesus identifies five distinguishing marks of being His disciple – First a disciple
- Abides in the Word
“So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples.” (John 8:31 ESV)
According to Jesus, you are truly a disciple if you “abide in His word”. The “abide” in the Word, is to continue and remain in it. You get into the word until the word gets into you!
Paul shares this same idea in Colossians –
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” (Colossians 3:16 ESV)
The word “richly” literally means in full measure. Let the word burst out and overflow into every area of your life! How do you do that? You do it individually by:
- Hearing it preached
- Reading it
- Studying it
- Memorizing it
- Meditating on it
You do it collectively through:
Teaching here refers to doctrine. Pastor teachers are to equip the saints for the work of ministry and the building up of the body of Christ.
Admonishing has to do with instruction in Christ like behavior. It is important not only to teach doctrine in the life of the church, but to warn against living in a manner that does not bring God glory.
Even when we sing we ought to proclaim the gospel! The words we sing should be scripturally based and doctrinally sound!
The first mark of a disciple of Christ is that a disciple abides in the Word.
Do you abide in the word?
What are some practical ways that you abide in word?