Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Follow Jesus

Follow Jesus

John 1:35-37, Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples;  (36)  And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!  (37)  And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.
John the Baptist was happy when people left him to follow Jesus, because his ministry focused on Jesus. “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30).

When people get saved they follow Jesus, not the preacher, the people, or the program. They believe, follow, and tell others.

The word "follow" means to imitate or mimic, to submit, and it speaks of Lord-ship. We as followers of Christ journey toward Christ-likeness and walking in His steps. We desire to walk as He walked.
"If any man come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me" Luke 9:23

Those Troubling "if" Clauses

Those troubling “if” clauses

 Hebrews 3:6, But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

We need to understand this in the light of the total context, which is Moses leading Israel out of Egypt and to the Promised Land (3: 7-19) and many did not continue proving they were not saved!

The writer is not suggesting that Christians must keep ourselves saved. This would contradict the major theme of the book, which is the finished work of Christ and His heavenly ministry guaranteeing our eternal salvation (Heb. 7:14).

The writer is affirming that those who hold fast their confidence and hope are proving [no maintaining] that they are truly born again, note "whose house we are, not become" [see 10:38].

Some believe these mere professors were in danger of losing salvation. The opposite was the case. If these turned out to be mere professors then departed, they did not lose salvation but by not continuing they proved they never were saved.

Three other times in this epistle, the writer exhorted the readers to hold fast to this confession (Heb. 3:14; 4:14; 6:9;10:23). It was this same confession that characterized men and women of faith in the ages past (Heb. 11:13).

Note other passages in the NT that speak of continuing or holding fast (Acts 13:43; 14:22; Col. 1:23; 1 Cor. 15:2; 1 John 2:18-19).

We should not have confidence in ourselves, because we are too prone to fail; but we should have confidence in Jesus Christ who never fails.

In other words, those who have trusted Christ prove this confession by their steadfastness, confidence, and joyful hope. They are not burdened by the past or threatened by the present, but are “living in the future tense” as they await the “blessed hope” of their Lord’s return.

It is this “heavenly calling” that motivates the believers to keep on living for the Savior even when the going is gets tough.