Leap of Faith: Daily Lessons About Jesus Christ
Chapter: Discipleship: What God Asks of Us (Pages 127-130)
Discipleship demands studying the written account of Jesus’s life in order that we may know how to live according to God’s order. Any person who attempts to create a foundation away from the lessons of Jesus Christ is accountable for leading people astray. “Little children, do not fall into the traps of society. The world will reject you on account of My name…” The world disagrees with the ways of living a life of Christ. The world is full of lust, envy, and deceit. The reality that disciples need to face is that we are servants of God here to inform the world of God’s plan for each person. Disciples are put into the world to establish peace and to hand out discernment, which will help the world to identify deception when it is taking place.
Jesus came to be the example of how to perceive all things according to God’s senses. God’s senses allow us to recognize the evil infiltration that has taken place all over countries across the globe. Who is one that deceives other than Satan himself ? Who is one that attempts to wage war with the Son of God other than Satan and his army (the beast) and his followers?
Here is a picture of a modern day Jesus:
“Over the course of Jesus’s life, he had many experiences with his disciples, whom he calls friends, where he learns how to minister. Living in a vastly different world means that he is forced to learn the new world and how to adapt in order to make the changes needed. The truth behind the new world that he faces is one centered on a religion other than that of Christianity. This new world brings about new challenges. The dynamics that Jesus and his disciples face regarding family dynamics and choices in his life as a man before union with the Holy Ghost has brought about a great deal of strife. His early years along with his friends and family will be discussed later in this account of the life of Jesus.
As a man Jesus was given free will, just as any man but was without deceit to God. He is always loyal to God in all of His Words. His Words will endure forever on account of God confirming the validity of His testimony.”
First Peter 2:6 (nasb) says, “For this is contained in Scripture: ‘Behold I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner stone, and he who believes in Him shall not be disappointed.’”
Revelation 2:17 (nasb) says, “He who has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it” (emphasis added).
The stone that is referenced here is one that symbolizes a renewal and cleansing of the sin that has overtaken the world. As opposed to the “blackstone”—which much of society relies upon as their source of direction. You see the blackstone writings can trace back to Islamic theocracy. Your new stone has your new name and identity in God’s kingdom. This new name is part of the understanding of the revelation of the things that are hidden. Believe in the words of Jesus, and you will not be forsaken.
This is in no regard to race or ethnicity. All of humankind is created equal in the sight of God. This is symbolic of the truth, which comes from the cleansing of our body and our new life with Christ.
The challenges that a disciple of Christ Jesus endures are those of a magnitude incomprehensible to those who have not made an attempt to live a life according to God’s plan…
A Picture of a Modern Day Jesus Continued:
The trials and tribulations that He faces in His early childhood are difficult. He is challenged to go out on His own and decide who is to be the sound voice of wisdom that will direct His life. His manhood consists of learning to become a man who would seek to discover His divine existence. However, first He endures the trials and tribulations that, at the time, He could not understand but that would eventually allow Him to know how he will minister to the world, through living out the example of Christ and writing to the world in order that they might once again understand how to reestablish God’s creation.
The role of Jesus and His disciples is to be the light of the world. The role of Jesus is to be the chief cornerstone and foundation of our existence. He has come in the flesh, built up in the fullness of God in order that humanity will know how to make decisions and establish ways of living that are pleasing in God’s sight.
1 Peter 3:18-19
“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison (the depths of hell…)”
Jesus has not come to punish or to put anyone in chains but to grant you freedom that you might once again know how to live without suffering from the cruel nature of the accuser, Satan. Jesus has come to bring to light the nature of Satan and his methods of deception. Deception is the one key that Jesus left with Satan— after descending into Hell and rising in His resurrection. This was part of God’s plan in order for man to have free will. Jesus comes to inform you on how to discover your gift of discernment in order that you may overcome the schemes of the devil.
The one truth that we hold is that there are many loyal witnesses to Jesus, who having believed in Him have been brought into a new life with God. These are true disciples of Christ or those who understand what Jesus suffered and endured in order that He might help to bring life to those who were without hope. These ministers have seen and understand the Kingdom of Heaven. They have been brought into a place in their life where they will never be led astray. Their children will prosper and grow into mature adults living in the Spirit, and they will forever be called adopted children of God. This is one demonstration of the miracles that God has performed through His Son Jesus.
Know that God desires to use each person to seek out their own understanding and to become a part of His adopted family (just like Jesus) in order to set us free and to transform the world back into a state that is pleasing to God.