Christ's True Disciples
1. Disciples Are Students
Jesus invites us, "Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me" (Matthew 11:28-30). The word DISCIPLE basically means one who LEARNS. In the Greek New Testament, the words for LEARN and DISCIPLE are similar and related words.
2. They Imitate Christ
Disciples are learners, but they are not merely to learn by rote. They are expected to live what they learn, and to be committed to and imitating the Master who taught them. (Matthew 16:24, Luke 14:25-27, John 8:31).
3. They Obey Christ
Jesus expects obedience from His disciples, and those who do not abide in His word are not really His disciples (John 8:31). Only those who "bear much fruit" prove to be His disciples (John 15:8).
4. They Are Friends Of Christ
Jesus counts those who follow Him as his "friends" (John 15:13-15). This shows that a close personal relationship exists between each disciple and the Lord.
5. They Are Devoted To Christ
Christ should be your Master. You must think like Him. Your commitment and devotion to Him should be total — even to taking up your cross every single day (Matt. 16:21-24, Lk. 14:25-27).
6. Their Only Master Is Christ
In things to do with religion, Jesus Christ must be our only Rabbi, the only master teacher we follow (Matthew 23:6-10).
7. They Are Simply Christians
The terms DISCIPLES, CHRISTIANS, BELIEVERS, BRETHREN, SAINTS, are equivalent terms in scripture (Acts 11:26, Acts 18:27, Colossians 1:2). All these terms generally refer to the same group of people.