DECLARING THE WORD OF TRUTH
A TRUE DISCIPLE OF JESUS CHRIST/ A FAKE OR A CARNAL DISCIPLE OF JESUS CHRIST;
A spiritual or a faithful Christian is, as we said, a person who not only has been born again, but who is also abiding in and walking by the power of the Holy Spirit, thereby producing fruit (Galatians 5:22; John 15:2, 5, 8). He has allowed God to rein in his own emotions and his own will, so that his works are done through God’s empowering, not the flesh (1 Peter 1:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:23). His motive for speaking, his strength for working, and his reason for living is simply the Love of God (1 Timothy 1:5). He is more concerned about what Christ thinks of him, than what others think. Christ’s presence in this believer brings about “a peace that passes all understanding” (John 16:33; 2 Corinthians 2:14).
It’s been a long time many people have been calling themselves the disciples of Jesus Christ but for sure no one of these people who call themselves the disciples of Jesus Christ reflect the image of Christ not even a quarter of his walks and his fruits that he showed to us, For this generation thinks when Jesus Christ after being nailed on the cross, he suffered all the problems they would suffer in this world. And they also think that since he died on the cross he took away the sins they would sin every day, so there is no need of repentance, they have this saying “kumusalaba e gologosa byona ebyange byagwa” All my things were nailed and are finished “this means that they have to continue sinning since all sins were covered for today and forever. REALLY??? THAT’S VERY WRONG ASSUMPTION AND DANGEROUS STATEMENT TO MAKE. Though it’s true that Jesus Christ died for our sins on the cross but people have not understood what it meant to crucify the sins on the cross.
For Jesus Christ was crucifying all the desires of the flesh so that we may be raised in spirit and live a righteous life and walk in spirit and bear fruits of the Holy Spirit because with flesh you cannot bear any Holy Spirit fruits and the spirit is alive because of righteousness Roman8;10,
Initially a Man had died in spirit and Satan was gloating himself on the works of the flesh and the Sin was having control over a man since Satan had authority over a man because of that sin. In other wards death had power over a man because Satan was controlling him through the sin. To understand this, we shall first have to look at the genesis where a man lost authority through submission to Satan and he slept with Eve and they disobeyed God so a result of that sin, death in spirit occurred and now sin over took them and they did also handed over authority which was given to them by God, Now Satan took control over a man because of the sin and brought death. God needed a Man without sin who could come and destroy the power of death from the one who was holding it.
Lets take an example of how Authority was blown away to Satan and since then Satan become the controller over human because of sin.
After God had created the earth, he said something really amazing.
Let us make man in our image, in our likeness,
and let them rule
over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air,
over the livestock,
over all the earth,
and over all the creatures that move along the ground (Gen 1:26)
God gave mankind authority over all the earth and everything living upon it. He delegated all his authority on earth to the people created in his image. This was an amazing gift. Creating a wonderful and beautiful world and giving authority over it to someone weaker was a risky decision, because this bold act transferred authority over the earth from God to man. The earth became our domain and sphere of control. This is confirmed in Psalm 115:16:
The highest heavens belong to the LORD,
but the earth he has given to man.
God still had full control over the heavens. The angels do his bidding in the spiritual realms without resistance. He has given authority over the earth to us.
Giving humans dominion over the earth was a big call, because once dominion and authority are given, they cannot be taken back. God understood the risk, because he said that if they rebelled, “they would be as gods” (Gen 2:5). They would not just have the power to decide good and evil, but would be “gods” controlling a world that had previously been created by God.
Authority Creates Responsibility
Authority and responsibility go together. When God gave Adam and Eve authority over the created world, he also gave them responsibility to care for it. God gave them freedom to use their authority as they chose, but they would have to bear the consequences of their decisions. They would be accountable for everything that happened on earth. That was a serious responsibility.
Adam and Eve could hear God’s voice, so his wisdom was available to assist them in exercising authority. His wisdom is perfect, so obeying the Holy Spirit was the best option. However, they could reject his advice, so their authority was not constrained. By imparting his authority to them and giving them freedom as well, God gave humans permission to reject his authority. However, if things went wrong, they would not be able to blame God, because their authority made them accountable.
God gave humans authority over the earth without recourse, so he could not take it back, even if they abused their authority. He could not demand his authority be returned, even if it were handed to the devil. One reason that Jesus had to come as a man was that authority on earth belongs to humans in perpetuity. Only a human could hold that authority, so if it was lost, only a human could take it back.
When Jesus went to the cross, he was doing what his Father had done before him. He was making himself helpless in the hand of men who had the power to harm him. That is what the father did when he gave dominion and authority over the earth that he created to humans. He made himself vulnerable to humans who had the freedom to rebel against him. He was committing himself to sustaining the creation, even if his creatures shut him out of it. He made them free to be atheists, while living the life that he created. This was cross behaviour. The Father made him powerless before with the people he had created.
Humans gained responsibility for everything that would happen on earth, but they lost the right to blame God for evil that occurs as the consequence of their decisions.
Adam and Eve rejected God’s authority and chose to act independently of God. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil represents human ability to define good and evil. They thought they were gaining true freedom, but they soon realised that they had just replaced the authority of God with the authority of Satan. As a result Sin destroyed their relationship with God, but that was not the only consequence. Their fall caused a dramatic shift in authority.
When Adam and Eve submitted to the devil, all the authority that God had given to them passed into his hands. Sin made them slaves of unrighteousness (Rom 6:20), so their authority now served the father of unrighteousness. To understand the seriousness of this action, we need to understand an important principle.
When we agree with someone,
we give them influence in our lives.
When we submit to another person,
we give them authority over our life.
By agreeing with Satan’s lies about the tree, Adam and Eve gave him influence in over them (Gen 3:6). When Adam and Eve submitted to Satan’s advice, they gave him authority over their lives.
All the authority that humans would exercise in the future was lost at the same time. The potential authority in institutions yet to be established was lost. Instead of being exercised according to God’s will, this authority was available for evil. The fall changed the shape of authority in every institution on the earth. Authority that should have been exercised by humans submitted to God passed into the control of his arch-enemy. The fall was a transition of authority from the Kingdom of God to the Kingdom of darkness (Col 1:13).
The kingdom of darkness has a spiritual dimension and an institutional dimension. When Satan was testing Jesus Christ, he showed him the “institutions of the world” and gloated,
I will give you all their authority and splendour, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to (Luke 4:4-6).
Satan is usually a liar, but this time he was gloating, so he spoke the truth. He has authority over all the institutions of the world, because it has been given to him by those who had been given authority by God. This is why the history of the earth has been dominated by evil. Most authority in the institutions of the world has been given to the devil.
This transition dramatically changed the authority situation on the earth. God had given control to humans. The representatives of humanity had given authority over the lives to the devil. This gave the forces of evil significant control over the earth. From that day forward, humans only had partial authority, because the spiritual powers of wickedness have usurped substantial authority.
This transfer of authority created a huge problem on earth and explains why evil has often been rampant on earth. It also created a huge dilemma. God had the power to put things right, but he did not have authority to act, because he had given authority on earth to humans. God is trustworthy and faithful, so he does not change his mind or go back on his decisions. He does not say one thing and do another. His promises are irrevocable, so despite humans making a mess with their authority over the earth, God could not just take it back and intervene on earth.
For Jesus Christ says ;
For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins. Therefore he came into the world; he said “sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you have prepared for me.” In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin you had no pleasure.
Then I said, behold I have come –in the volume of the book it is written of me—to do your will, O God. By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once and for all.
And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after He had offered once sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God. Hebrews10; 4-12”. And he continues to say
“And again I will put my trust in him” And again he says, “Here am I and the children God has given me”
Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that’s the Devil—And free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death, for sure its angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. Hebrews2; 13-16.
For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 1corrintians15; 22.
Now this is what I am talking about that Jesus Christ came that we may be made live again through his Holy Spirit. And in fact he says if you have been made new you shouldnot go back to the old ways, that’s sinning, for if you come into Christ you become a new creation, the old goes and the new comes. 2corrinthians5;17, For this means after being born again you are new because you have received Christ Jesus in you who has no sin in him and therefore you become a new creation. Now the scriptures goes ahead to tell us that if you are a new creation the Old goes, but the old is sin , it goes after accepting Jesus Christ, therefore you are supposed to live the new life without sinning. For Jesus Christ becomes your righteousness and your Holiness and how can you again take the same Jesus Christ received to fornication? This is very insane.
The scriptures again say;
“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave up himself for us as a fragrant sacrifice and offering to God, But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or any kind of impurity or of greed, because these are improper in God’s holy People. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking which are out of place. But rather thanks giving, for this you can be sure: No immoral, impure, or greedy person- such a man is an idolater—has any inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and of God.
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them. For you were once in darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of Light. For the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth and find what pleases God.Ephesians5; 1-10.”
I think it’s all seen from the above scripture that Jesus Christ died so that we may live a righteous life not a sinful life, as people may take it that he died for all sins that I don’t need to repent, For I assuredly I tell such teachings are heresies and it’s a wrong doctrine from Satan who has been sinning from the beginning and For Jesus Christ appeared to destroy his devil works (1john4; 10). For God is Holy and he wants us to be Holy and he sent his beloved Jesus Christ to give us all his righteousness and holiness because we were rotting in sin and we needed a redeemer, so I rebuke all those false teachings that people are having that there is no need of repentance because Jesus Christ died for all the sins. By his grace he called us from our sinning ways to come into a righteous life.
Let’s look at the true disciples of Jesus Christ and the fake disciples with associated characteristics.
CHARACTERISTICS OF A TRUE DISCIPLE OF JESUS CHRIST.
When we receive Christ many things happen. Our sins are forgiven; we become children of God and joint-heirs with Christ Romans8;17. We begin the great adventure of following Jesus. In the gospels, those following Jesus are called “disciples.” This session considers what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.
The essence of discipleship is our right response to God’s call on our lives. Discipleship is a matter of being willing to become all that God wants us to be.”
- Disciples are learners.
The Greek word for `disciple’ is mathetes, which means `learner.’ Disciples are those with a heart for God and a teachable attitude. Disciples are ready to receive whatever Jesus has to offer; His forgiveness, love, direction and commandments.”[Have the class individually come up with at least two key traits of a disciple from Matthew 11:28-30. Have a few students share their findings.]
- They follow Jesus and learn from Him (Matthew 11:28-30).
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
“Disciples come to Jesus as the one who will meet their every need. He is the one who will give them `rest’ in the midst of life’s burdens. Disciples are those who take Jesus’ yoke upon them, linking their direction and priorities in life with those of Jesus, sharing in His life and ministry . Disciples are those who `learn from Jesus.’ Disciples’ entire lives revolve around learning, growing and changing more and more into the image of Jesus Christ .
- 2. Discipleship is a life-long process (Philippians 3:12-14).
“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:12-14
“Disciples are learners for a lifetime. We will never fully arrive as people who are complete reflections of Jesus Christ. But, disciples keep moving in that direction, learning from Jesus throughout their lives.”
- Disciples are in the process of becoming like their Master.
- When fully trained, disciples are like their Master (Luke 6:40).
“Just as students desire to be like their teacher, so disciples want to become like their Master, the Lord Jesus. Toward this end we are to strive as we grow and are trained. Jesus’ ultimate desire for His disciples is that they be like Him.”
- Disciples of Jesus increasingly reflect His character, conduct and commitments (Ephesians 4:13).
“As we become more and more like our Master, we will increasingly reflect the Lord Jesus in all that we are and do. Discipleship is a commitment of our entire lives toward the end of becoming entirely like Jesus.”
SOME ESSENTIAL CHARACTERISTICS OF DISCIPLES OF JESUS
“There are many things that disciples do by way of activities. We will look at these in detail in a later message. In this point we want to discuss only essential characteristics of disciples–traits which distinguish disciples of Jesus from those who are not serious about following Him. These essential characteristics are the foundation for all we do by way of discipleship activities. Who we are is the basis for all we do.”
- Disciples of Jesus are growing in their love for God and others (Matthew 22:36-40).
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36
- God calls us to love Him with our whole heart, soul and mind.
“The aspiration, pursuit and compelling commitment of disciples is to love God with their entire being. Our love for God determines the question of the lordship of Christ. To love God is to submit our entire life to Him. We do this not out of obligation, but in response to His great love for us. Our love for God is the source out of which flows all our specific acts of obedience under the lordship of Christ.”
- God calls us to love others as ourselves .
“1 John 4:19-21 says that our love for God is manifested in our love for others. In fact, we cannot say that we love God unless we love others also.”
- Disciples of Jesus submit to Christ as Lord of their lives (Luke 14:25-33).
Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said. “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters‑‑yes, even his own life‑‑he cannot be my disciple. And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it. For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him. Saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand. If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:25-33
Jesus is to be Lord of:
- Our relationships (v. 26).
“Our love for our family dims in comparison to our love for Jesus. Jesus demands nothing less than first place in our lives, even taking priority over family relationships.”
- Our possessions
“Jesus calls His disciples to submit all that they own to His lordship.”3. Our total selves.
“Jesus wants to be Lord not just of our possessions and relationships, but of our entire lives. He asks that nothing be held back. Disciples are people who do what Jesus Christ wants them to do. You cannot be a disciple if you are not obeying Him as a way of life.”
- Disciples of Jesus seek the kingdom of God (Luke 9:57-62).
- The priority of the kingdom.
“Jesus told this man that the kingdom of God laid claim to his life even over the legitimate obligations he had to his family.”
- The necessity of single-mindedness.
“Our pursuit of God’s kingdom demands our single-minded commitment. Once again, even the legitimate desire to serve our family must be submitted to Jesus’ call to serve Him as disciples.”
- Disciples of Jesus are internally motivated to follow and serve God.
Why is this true?
- Because of who God is and what God has done for us (Romans 5:6-8; 2 Corinthians 5:14; Hebrews 12:28-29).
“The more we know Jesus, the more we will have a picture of who God is. The more we meditate on what Jesus has done for us, the more we will serve Him out of a thankful heart. Jesus wants us to serve Him out of love for Him.”
- Because of the eternal significance of ministering to others (1 Corinthians 15:58).
“Jesus calls us to a ministry of eternal significance. Our labor as disciples is never in vain. We have the opportunity to be used of God to see lives changed for eternity. As disciples, we are investing our lives in the two things that count, the word of God and people.”What exactly is a true disciple of Christ? The answer is: A true disciple has “a lifestyle alongside his belief.”
Continuing our study of the supernatural power of God, we said that in order for God’s power to become apparent, “all self-confidence and self-dependence must be exposed, repented of and put at the Cross.” If we are clean and open vessels, then God can pour His power through us in His plan of redemption. What, then, is the difference between a believer who lives for himself, follows his own will and depends upon his own strength and a Christian who has laid everything down at the Cross, lives only for Christ and depends only upon His power?
How can we tell them apart? What exactly is a true disciple of Christ? The answer is: A true disciple has “a lifestyle alongside his belief.”
A true disciple of Christ is one who not only has “partaken in Christ,” meaning he has received God’s Spirit, but one who has also “partaken of Christ,” meaning he is living Christ’s Life, His Love, and His power. In other words, he is not only following Christ around and listening to His sermons, he is also obeying and doing what he hears. Just because we are followers of Christ does not necessarily mean we are “true disciples.” Remember Judas? He was a follower of Christ, but not a true disciple (John 12:4). Being a true disciple indicates that a life action is accompanying our belief. A true disciple not only proclaims the message of Christ with his words, he also shows forth Christ’s Life in his actions (Galatians 5:25).
A true disciple is one who does the will of God. He is one who denies himself, picks up his cross, and follows Christ (Mark 8:34). He is one who has forsaken all in order to follow Him (Luke 14:33).
Everything that Paul taught in his epistles, he actually lived out daily. He daily walked by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). He preached the gospel and taught all the counsel of God, “not in the letter that kills” but in the power of the “Spirit who gives life” (Romans 1:16; 2 Corinthians 3:6). He suffered every sort of persecution there is for his Lord’s sake (2 Corinthians 11:23–27; Romans 8:17–18). Everything he did, he did so that he might share Christ’s glory. His life was, in every sense, a pattern for all to follow. Paul also told us that if we need to boast, we are to do so only in our infirmities. That way the Lord will be glorified, not us.
Paul saw weakness not as a liability, but rather as a way of being totally surrendered to the Lord. “I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10).
A true disciple of Christ, therefore, is one who has done a complete reordering of his life. He constantly relinquishes his self-life to the Lord and in exchange, Christ gives him His. He is one who not only spends time in the Word, but he also lives what he preaches. Power seems to be the mark of a true disciple of Christ (2 Corinthians 12:9). Weakness (or yielding to Him) is the prerequisite for this kind of divine power.
A real disciple is always concerned with the personal application of truth first. Then he becomes willing to share what he has learned. “For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me [first], to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed” (Romans 15:18). God’s truth must first be personalized in a disciple’s life, before it can be shared.
It’s one thing to know God’s principles in your head, but it’s something totally different to walk out those principles in your everyday life.
Christ told us that our mission is to go out and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and teaching them to observe all that the Lord has told us in His Word (Matthew 28:18–20). Not just talking to them about the gospel, but actually showing them how to live it.
- A Love for the Word of God
They Hear It
As John the Baptist and his disciples were standing by the Jordan River, Jesus walked by. Once again John states, “Behold, the Lamb of God.” [iii] This was a biblical message. John’s disciples understood this to be a declaration from God Himself. They recognized John the Baptist was a prophet sent from God and that prophets spoke the Word of God. They had followed John for some time and they listened intently to what John had to say. When they heard John speak they knew his words were of God.
God’s Word is exactly what Christians need for direction in their lives. “The Bible, not the church, is supreme in all matters of faith and conduct. Church councils, committees and organizations and their decisions do not supersede the Word of God. God’s Word is final.”
- They Heed It
It was not enough for the disciples to just hear what John said. They took what they heard to heart. True disciples will not only hear the Word of God, it will move them to action. James states, “But be ye doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” I once heard a man say it is not how much we get into God’s Word that matters but how much God’s Word gets into us. Reading, studying and applying God’s Word in our lives is essential.
That’s why the scripture say;
Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John8; 31-32”
A good or a true disciple of Jesus Christ, must suffer with him and this shows that if you suffer with Jesus Christ you share in his glory. But the believers today or call them Christian Born Agains think that Jesus Christ suffered all that we may not suffer and in fact you find them grumbling when bad situations arise, they often get offended because of Jesus having accepted him and they are suffering, But we shall look at what Good and True Disciples should be in Suffering with Christ. Jesus Christ suffered on our behalf for remission of our sins and indeed he was setting us as an example that those who suffer in Christ have their reward and He suffered so that we may be a live and also we ought to suffer with him in collecting and gathering to his Kingdom. Now there is no perfection in salvation if there is no suffering in Christ Jesus, so whenever we suffer in Christ we are perfected well In his salvation therefore, I am not talking about the suffering you suffered before accepting Jesus Christ, Not really because that suffering everyone goes through for their perfection in their lives. Meanwhile suffering in Christ Jesus Brings perfection in our lives. A True disciple of Jesus Christ must suffer with him for the sake of God’s Kingdom to be built. Let’s look at what the scriptures say about Suffering in Christ;
- For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. 20 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. 21To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his steps.
22“He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” 23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 24“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed. 1 Peter2; 19-25” As you can see from the above a true disciple must follow the footsteps of his Master, we too must suffer on behalf of others for our deliverances and their deliverances. For we should be rejoicing when passing hard times or suffer is Christ Jesus for the sake of his people and work as well as the kingdom. Let’s look at more of the scripture about suffering taking examples;
13Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.”c 15But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 17For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 18For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. 19After being made alive he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— 20to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 21and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God.e It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him. 1 Peter3; 13-22. The suffering that is accepted is that is in Christ Jesus for doing the will of God or for the sake of the Kingdom. Therefore Brethren I argue when suffering be rejoicing because by your suffering in Christ Jesus shall bring you Glory and pure reflection of Jesus Christ in you. But when you fear to suffer in Christ then you are not yet perfected in Christ Jesus salvation that he has brought us into through his suffering.
Characteristics of a Carnal (or Secular or Nominal) Christian/ A fake Christian Disciple Of Jesus Christ.
Conversely, a “carnal, unfaithful or nominal Christian” is one in whom the flesh is in control, not the Spirit of God (Hebrews 5:12–13). He is a saved believer, but he loves the world and himself more than he loves Christ. And, thus, he operates out of his own desires rather than God’s will. He simply does not let God rein in his own thoughts and emotions. He can’t, because the Spirit of God is quenched in Him. Thus there is no life transformation in his soul (Romans 12:1–2), no Agape Love, no resurrection power, and no fruit (Romans 7:22–24; Galatians 5:17).
This type of carnal Christian professes to be born-again, and yet has not allowed the Cross to slay his self-life (2 Timothy 3:5). He claims to know God, but in truth he actually denies Him by the way he lives. Galatians 5:19-21 tells us that those who live by the flesh will not inherit the coming kingdom.
Instead of overcoming the flesh, the world, and the enemy by the power of God, unfaithful Christians have been overtaken by them. The flesh rules over them, the world has a hold on them, and the enemy has acquired an entrance in them.
Some of the characteristics that a carnal and unfaithful Christian might display are a bad temper, anger, fretting, murmuring, pride, selfishness, malice, worldliness, evil speaking, bitterness, jealousy, envy, quarreling and hatred. They also portray self-confidence, self-centeredness, self-exultation, self-reliance, self-importance, self-love, self-ambition and pride. On the other end of the spectrum, they can also be totally consumed with themselves through self-pity, self-condemnation, and self-doubt. Either way, they are pridefully consumed with themselves and not God (Romans 7:18; 1 John 2:16).
A carnal Christian often makes himself the center of attention and values his own will above God’s. He is a “soulish” Christian, which means his self-life rules. He can do righteous deeds and do them well. But, Scripture tells us that any good deed that the flesh does is an abomination in the sight of God.
Carnal Christians say one thing, but often do another. They are also often talkative and flippant, making themselves the center of attention. They tend to use many words and have the attitude that they are more advanced than others. As a result they are often fault finders and judgmental. Working for the Lord is of the utmost importance to them; however, they feel that everything must be done in a hurry and all must be done to attain the glory for themselves. They do not wait on the Lord for His direction and His answers. Thus, they walk by sight not by faith. They are often uncommonly gifted, have great talent and magnetic personalities, but at the same time are worldly, ambitious, and self-pleasing (1 Corinthians 3:1–3). In the Old Testament, Saul, Solomon, Lot, and Uzziah have similar profiles (Ezekiel 18:24).
Many carnal believers try to satisfy their curiosity by studying. They believe that knowing something mentally is the same thing as possessing it experientially. Thus, they are often double-minded, living two lives. They have an abundance of acquired knowledge, but very little Spirit-revealed knowledge. They don’t realize that increased spiritual head knowledge can often become a trap. Head knowledge can strengthen our carnality and deceive us into thinking we are spiritual. The danger is that because God’s Spirit is suppressed, the soulish and bodily realm will rule. God designed the sanctification process to remove all hindrances such as these, so that the Holy Spirit can control and direct us.
So much of what a carnal Christian does, he does for show and to gain something for himself, even if it’s just the praise of men (Isaiah 29:13). He does these things for the love of self, not for the glory of God. Remember, a lack of Love for others shows a denial of Christ’s character (1 Corinthians 13:1–4).
Some works of the flesh of a carnal Christian are “adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and the like.” (Galatians 5:19–21) Obviously they do not display the fruit of the Spirit (Hebrews 5:12–13). They “deny” Christ through their actions (Matthew 10:33). There’s no Agape Love coming from their lives, no supernatural power being displayed, and no godly wisdom being shared. “Whoever shall deny Me before men, him will I also deny before my Father” (Matthew 10:33).
We should look forward towards becoming True disciples by following in the steps of Jesus Christ as we continue to reflect his glory to glory, For Love Jesus Christ is not on the lips by saying I believe Jesus Christ, No Love to Jesus Christ is not lips but rather we should obey his commands and follow what he says by doing he has commended us to do. I rebuke the sayings of born Agains who just think by saying that I believe in Jesus Christ shall enter heaven straight and for sure such an assumption is very dangerous and wrong it has taken many to destruction of Hell. To love Jesus Christ is to Hate all evil and obey his commands;
15 “If you love Me, keep[d] My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. 20 At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. 21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?”23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me John14;15-23 .
In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. 11Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. Hebrews2; 10-11.
Brethren let’s be true disciples of Jesus Christ by doing that we shall reflect in the likeness of God and the son Jesus Christ who is our savior, therefore let’s not be only hearers of the word but rather doers of the word and thus we shall bring the Kingdom of God come to all corners of the earth. A true disciple must reach the message of God’s truth to his or her family, friends and to all for the sake of the kingdom of God. Let’s over power the darkness and continue to live in the Light and save those who are dwelling in the sin by speaking and telling them the word of Truth. We only overcome Satan by declaring word of truth and that’s why Jesus did not tie Satan while tempting him but rather he spoke the word of truth and quoted, For Satan suggested to Jesus Christ and he declared truth below.
3The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”4Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’ ” As you can see the Devil was very right, because Jesus Christ was the Son of God, But the devil did not tell him that you are a son of God directly, He said if you are a Son of God tell these stones to become bread, Now the Devil always suggests like that whenever you are in a problem he makes statements that are half true, For example He will say you will die in few days the fact is that is you will die one day but not in a few days , Now if you accept it, the devil will bring you calamity to make sure he fulfills what he said.
Now the Truth is Jesus Christ saw that devil was going to make him submit by turning the stones into bread and since he was the son Of God he would do it, But Jesus Christ over saw that submission to the devil would bring another disaster and he did not accept, so He declared the word of Truth by saying that its written that A man shall not live on bread alone rather every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord, Meaning Jesus Christ was saying that it would be better to obey God than doing something that would bring disaster for the rest of your life in a few minutes by showing he was the son of God .
So each time Satan uses people to discourage you by saying so many things especially when you are passing through tough times, even they suggest that God doesn’t love you, How can he leave you to suffer? The only way to overcome such stupid suggestions is by declaration the word of truth, That for Jesus Christ Loves and he died for me on the cross that I may live and there is no greater love than that, he too gave up himself and suffered there I am a true disciple following his Steps. If you are suffering do not worry because you are sharing in the Glory of Jesus Christ and by your suffering you have not yet reached the point of death. And always know that as you are suffering the same is happening to your fellow brethren in Christ Jesus all over the world. Don’t worry Trust in God and His only Beloved Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit since we are not orphans he will be there to take us through all the sufferings in Christ to accomplish God’s will and Work for his Kingdom.
I pray that Brethren take heed for the things you have heard, learnt and have received from Him, Jesus Christ, him his Disciple the word he has given to share you with you all, Lest you drift away and the End will not be good.
Keep the Love of God the Father and Our Lord Jesus Christ with one another for the sake of the Kingdom, for if you do that then it means God is surely manifesting in you.
May the Grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ and God the Father be with you all AND let Jesus Christ find you spotless and blameless at his coming.