John 13:34 (NIV)
“A new command I give you: Love one another.
As I have loved you, so you must love one another."
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A journey through the scriptures on a path of life changing inspiration.
"What is a Church?"
No matter the response, one thing will be certain. You will receive quite a few different answers. The building with the cross, the Body of Christ, or the multitude of all believers everywhere. The same holds true if you replace "Church" with "Disciple." The answers will be different, with some falling void of the truth. We all have our perceptions, however well intended. The real answer, the only one that really carries any weight, and the one we all should seek an understanding for... is found in this broader question.
"How did Jesus use the term and what did He intend for us to understand about it?"
This was the starting point of our study, a study which took the words spoken by Jesus to those who could clearly be identified as His closest Disciples to try and form the answer.
The eleven men who comprised His inner circle were given a new command. That command...
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples..."
(John 13:34-35 NIV)
"The Jesus Command"
is both simple and impossible to carry out under our own power.
Even when we give it our all, we still fall short.
The key is in first being willing to love and then obedient to the pattern that Jesus first laid down.
“Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things,…”
I've heard many, who, when quoting this passage, all seem to stop at the colon, without making mention of the fact that the servant has faithfully carried out a task to the Masters delight. Just how much of our Christian walk is in line, faithfully, with the Masters liking? Are we doing all we can to live out the command of Jesus, or are we busy making excuses as we push our service further on the back burner. “The Jesus Command” is an examination of Christ’s charge to love one another as He has loved us. It takes into account His point of view and what would be expected of anyone who would be called His Disciple.
A word of caution… there may be a few hard bits to swallow.
John 6:60, 66 (KJV)
Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?
From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
The New Testament is full of instruction of how we are to regard one another. Our study and discussions took these instructions as a guide.
They form the pattern of our attempt to better understand this...
and the qualities necessary for Christ following.
According to John’s gospel, God Himself is love. The basic core of Discipleship must begin with a devotion toward an understanding of what godly love is, and a willing effort to display that love to others. This book and the discussions contained within, uses that premise as the viewpoint from which to look at both the scriptures, and the actions being taken in the effort to obey them. It should not be that difficult to see why His commandment… “The Jesus Command”, was to love one another as He had loved us. Nor should it be so hard to understand why in doing so, the world would know that we are His Disciples.
"The Jesus Command"
uses the life of Christ and the inspiration of those closest to Him,
to unravel the meaning of Discipleship.
Beginning at the threshold of love,
the book is a serious exploration and look at what it is to love as Jesus did,
He loved us.
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