Christian Discipus Christ: The Importance Of Obedience To Christ

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Introduction According to The Lexham Bible Dictionary “a person became a disciple as he sought out a teacher and followed him and his principles. Similarly, in the rabbinical tradition, a ‘learner’ or ‘student’ (תלמיד, tlmyd) attached himself to a rabbi (literally ‘my great one,’ with the additional meaning of ‘teacher’ or ‘master’) . . .” By definition, a Christian disciple is to focus on the life, teachings, and commands of Christ. Christ is to be at the center of all the disciple does. This paper will examine the Christian disciple’s relationship with Christ by discussing the importance of the centrality of Christ to the relationship, the importance of obedience to Christ in the relationship, and the stages of the disciple’s relationship…show more content…
This means completely breaking through anything preprogrammed, idealistic, or legalistic. No further content is possible because Jesus is the only content. There is no other content besides Jesus. He himself is it. So the call to discipleship is a commitment solely to the person of Jesus Christ, a breaking through of all legalisms by the grace of him who calls.” In Jesus’ last words to his disciples in Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus emphasized how he was to continue to be central in the disciples’ life and mission after Jesus’ departure. The disciple was to first function under and with the authority of Jesus (Matthew 28:18). Next, the disciple was to make disciples of Jesus by baptizing them and teaching them to obey all of Jesus’ commandments (Matthew 28:19-20). Finally, the disciple was to continue to walk and minister with Jesus; Jesus promised to be “with” his disciples to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20). Obedience to Christ in Christian…show more content…
The disciple moves along this continuum from the birth of curiosity about Christ toward being a mature and complete follower of Christ. The apostle Paul describes the end goal of this growth process as “the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13). Francis Foulkes in his book Ephesians: An Introduction and Commentary provides further explanation of this goal: “Whether the goal can be realized in this life or not is irrelevant. The point is that the Christian is to press forward with no lesser ambition than this. This is human life as it is intended to be, measured only by all that we can understand of the human life of Christ

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