From Salvation to Discipleship - Part II
Read Luke 14:25-33
Last week, we began looking at some aspects of the connection between salvation and discipleship. These notes will hopefully be helpful in your reflection and meditation on Scripture.
Every believer is called to the full standards of God’s righteousness in Christ (2 Cor. 5:21). Believers often do not fulfill those discipleship standards (Luke 14:25-33), but we press on regardless (Phil. 3:13-14).
With salvation the emphasis is upon what God has done (1 Cor. 15:3-4). With discipleship, the emphasis is upon what man must do to follow Jesus (Luke 14:25-33). The focus of salvation is upon the finished work of Christ (1 Cor. 1:18). The focus of discipleship is upon the inerrant Word of Christ, His teaching (John 8:31).
Salvation is God’s commitment to His Word based on the work of His Son (Rom. 3:24). Discipleship is the believer’s commitment to Christ’s Word based on his relationship to Christ (John 6:68).
A believer is a saint (1 Cor. 1:2), perfectly set apart and holy in Christ (a position shared equally by all believers). The disciple is a student (Matt. 11:29).
The invitation to salvation is “Come to Me” (John 6:37; Matthew 11:28). The invitation to discipleship is “follow me” (Luke 9:23).
Salvation requires repentance and belief (John 3:36). Discipleship requires obedience to all of Christ’s commands (1 John 3:23a; Matthew 28:19-20).
Salvation is the sinner hearing His Word and believing in Him (John 5:24). Discipleship is the saint sitting at His feet and hearing His Word (Luke 10:39).
We must not try to fulfill the demands of discipleship in order to be saved. This would be salvation by works. The saint seeks to fulfill all the demands of discipleship because he is saved. He is saved “unto good works” (Eph. 2:10).
As you reflect on these thoughts, take some time to visit the "40 Days of Love" website and consider how you can get involved - https://www.40daysoflove.net/ - Don't make it another obligation in your life, but let it flow from who you are in Christ and the fullness of the Holy Spirit in you.
Every blessing for a wonderful week ahead
Bishop Josep Rossello, CCE Minister