In the gospel of John, the Lord Jesus identifies five distinguishing characteristics of being His disciple. We’ll look at the first two today.
A Disciple Abides In The WordThen Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you continue in my word, you really are my disciples. (John 8:31, CSB) According to Jesus, you are truly a disciple if you “continue in His word.” To “continue” in His Word, is to abide and remain in it. As Robby says, “You get into the word until the word gets into you!” Paul shares this some idea in Colossians: Let the word of Christ dwell richly among you, in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. (Colossians 3:16, CSB) 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 taught or preached
- Reading it
- Studying it
- Memorizing it
- Meditating on it
- Teaching – 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.
- Singing – Even when we sing we ought to proclaim the gospel! The words we sing should be scripturally based and doctrinally sound!