John 14:23 Jesus replied, â€˜Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.'
Introduction: True Discipleship
True Discipleship is living in Union with Jesus!
Much of the Christianity that I have experienced does not show this Union with Jesus at all.
True Discipleship is an exciting and fulfilling
experience. A consciousness, where personal communication or exchange between a
divine God in three persons and a created human being is the secret of the whole
Revelation 3:20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. (NIV bible)
When you study the Holy Bible over a period of time you will see with great clarity that it describes those who are right with the Lord Jesus Christ, as having a living relationship with Him, His Father, the Holy Spirit, and each other.
Jesus is Head of the Church.
Jesus desires union.
For union with Jesus to exist, He must be in you.
And you must be in Him.
To be united with Jesus is to also be united with God.
For union with Jesus is of God.
How is this Union Maintained?
You must have faith in Him alone.
You must continue to abide with Him.
His word must abide in you.
You must feed on Him.
You must obey Him.
The Holy Spirit witnesses to your union.
The gift of the Holy Spirit is an evidence of your union.
Have union with Jesus:
In His death.
They have assurance of their union.
They enjoy union in the Lord's Supper.
They are identified with Christ by their union.
They are complete through their union.
They are exhorted to maintain their union.
Union is necessary to growth in grace.
Union is necessary to fruitfulness.
The Beneficial Results of this Union with Jesus.
Freedom from condemnation.
Being created anew.
The spirit alive to righteousness.
Confidence at His coming.
Answers to prayer.
They who have it ought to walk as He walked.
Their union is indissoluble.
False teachers do not have this union.
Those who do not have it will be punished.
Union with Jesus is illustrated by.
Vine and Branches.
Foundation and Building.
Body and Members.
Husband and Wife.
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