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Thursday, May 27, 2021

Freedom in Mature Discipleship

“Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity...” (Hebrews 6:1)

Edward F. Lundwall, Jr.

The Greek word "disciple" in the New Testament has the sense of being an apprentice who works with his teacher until he has mastered the skill. He then becomes an agent for his master, and his skills and knowledge would reflect those of the Master. This is a picture of the growth of a disciple of Jesus Christ. 

We are trained by Him through the Holy Spirit, prayer, and Scripture. However, we are always His servants and disciples. He is ever the Master and Teacher.

The Apostle Paul uses a similar analogy for the Law. It was given to train up a child, that the children of Israel might learn obedience. 

"Before this faith came, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until faith should be revealed. So the law became our guardian to lead us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. Now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian." (Galatians 3:23-25)

Through obedience the Gentiles would be influenced to know the Lord also:

“For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.” (Acts 13:47, cf. Isa 49:6).

The Lord Jesus said that a true disciple is one who allows the ministry of God’s Word to make him free from the bondage of sin (John 8:31–36). Sadly, many think of Christianity as a religion of rules, however, it is fundamentally about true freedom.

The Master's teachings and the worship of Him as the long-awaited Son of God, are to be faithfully received and faithfully passed along to the younger generations. 

The Apostle Paul made this the point of his final instruction to Timothy: “The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” (2 Tim 2:2,3).

Related reading: The Distinctive Disciple's Desire; Responding to Jesus' Authority; Get a Grip! Be Steadfast

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