A common discussion in Christian circles when looking into following Jesus includes, “Does one have to be a disciple of Jesus? Or, can one just be saved, get on with their life in the world, and go to heaven when they die?”

In the midst of Jesus’ sermon on the plain he drops this HUGE Truth bomb. Luke 6:40 – “A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.”

While we’re not going to address that discussion here, we will address what being a disciple means according to Jesus. But then again, referring back to Luke 6:40, Jesus mentions “everyone.” Is that everyone believing in him or everyone who is willfully a disciple? Oh but I digress…

Jesus says everyone, when fully trained, will be like him (their teacher). What does it mean to be like Jesus? Paul says of Jesus in Colossians 1:19 – “For in him [Jesus] all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell.”

Paul prays that we would experience that same fullness in Ephesians 3:19 – “…that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”

Paul notes the ministers [apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers] Jesus appoints to get us there. He gives the aim of all these ministers in Ephesians 4:13 – “until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.”

Being like the teach as a disciple of Jesus is being filled with the fullness of God, the fullness of Christ. This just doesn’t come upon you in a moment but is the result of sanctification along the WAY Jesus prescribed.

Listen as we explore the prescription.

Maranatha, DrZ

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