Inner Truth~The Effective Messenger
WATERMARKS OF A DISCIPLE
1 John 2:6 says, “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.” A true disciple observes how Jesus walked, and walks in the same way. Jesus glorified the Father in all that He did. John 17:4 says, “I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.”
We are created for the express purpose of glorifying the Lord. Isaiah 43:7 says, “Everyone who is called by My name, whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him.”
How do we glorify the Lord? John 15:8 says, “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.” There are two kinds of fruit. Romans 6:21-22 says, “What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.” Galatians 6:7-8 says it in a different way. What we sow we reap.
The high watermark of a true disciple is abiding. John 15:5 says, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” John 8:31 says, “…If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.” The result of abiding is experiential truth that brings inner metamorphosis. Verse 32 goes on to say, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” This is truth that brings such radical change, that we are not the same person we once were.
We see this example in the life of Saul of Tarsus. This man who was dragging believers to prison, became a minister of God’s grace. His writings still affect you and I today as we read his epistles. Acts 9:20 says, “Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God.” Look at the reaction of his change in verse 26. It says, “And when Saul had come to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, and did not believe that he was a disciple.”
Do others recognize that you are a disciple of Jesus? Acts 4:13 says, “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.” This boldness in the Greek means a divine enablement that comes to ordinary and unprofessional people exhibiting spiritual power and authority. Peter and John were apprehended and questioned by the Sanhedrin. Acts 4:7 says, “And when they had set them in their midst, they asked, ‘By what power or by what name have you done this?’”
Another watermark of a true disciple is walking in the Spirit. 1 John 2:24 says, “Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father.” The result of that abiding is supernatural power through the Holy Spirit. Verse 27 says, “But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.”
Paul makes it very clear that it was the Spirit who empowered him. He wants them to understand that it was God’s power alone. 1 Corinthians 2:1 says, “And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God.” Verse 4-5 says, “And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”
His resurrection power abides in us. Ephesians 1:19 Amplified says, “And (so that you can know and understand) what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength.” Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” His power works in us and through us to do His will.
Philippians 1:11 says, “Being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” What fruit is evident in your life? Proverbs 11:30 says, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.” What fruit do others eat from your tree? Do they bite into something bitter and throw it away? Rather, do they bite into something so succulent they want more?
John describes what life was like walking with Jesus. 1 John 1:1, 3 says, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life. That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us…” The true disciple delightfully shares the Lord with others. j marilyn adams ~ October 22, 2015