20. 1st John 2: 6…walk even as He walked (NKJV) (Unless otherwise indicated
March 9, 2020
The Cost of Discipleship
In Matthew 11: 27-30, Jesus is speaking not only of New Covenant Believers. His words extend back to the beginning. Every Old Testament saint could only know the Father if the Son, as The Angel of The Lord (Theophanous) revealed Him. Some are invested in only one name from the Old Covenant; Jehovah or Yahweh. I won’t take the time to list every name of the LORD. However, if you really want to know, there is a Bible called “The Names of God Bible”. It can be purchased on my website through https://www.amazon.com. The one name that tells the whole story is the name He revealed to Moses:
Exodus 3: 12 “Elohim answered, “I will be with you. And this will be proof that I sent you: When you bring the people out of Egypt, all of you will worship Elohim on this mountain.” 13 Then Moses replied to Elohim, “Suppose I go to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The Elohim of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ What should I tell them?” 14 Elohim answered Moses, “Ehyeh Who Ehyeh. This is what you must say to the people of Israel: ‘Ehyeh has sent me to you.” (NOGB)
In my Emphasized Bible verse 14 reads as follows: “And God said unto Moses, I Will Become whatever I please. And he said-Thus shalt thou say to the sons of Israel, I Will Become hath sent me unto you.”
That is awesome. Most bibles read “I Am That I Am hath sent me”, but here we see a prophetic element involved. The omnipotent Yahweh can become whatever He chooses. Most importantly, He (The Word) became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14}.” (KJV)
Undeniably, our God can manifest Himself in whatever form or personage He chooses. Christ Jesus was, is, and will always be God, while simultaneously being (and some won’t like this) mankind: 1st Tim. 2: 5 “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, 7 for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle—I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying—a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.” Those are the words of the Apostle Paul.
Let us be clear about one thing, we are not disciples of Paul, Peter, or John. We are disciples of the LORD Jesus Christ. He is our Eesh (Husband), and we are His ish-shaw’ (wife). Those two words are taken from the Hebrew language. We are married to Him and no other. We are not wed to John Calvin, Martin Luther, John Wesley, John Smyth, or any other man. When we hold these men in such high regard as being their disciples, we may as well say we are a throuple. If we are going to be Christians, i.e. married to Christ, then we are named by that name. The cost of discipleship is high. We often have to make sacrifices for the sake of our calling in Him. Remember, He said, “I Will Become whatever I please.” Well, it pleased Him to become our Father, our Brother, our Friend, our Husband, and so much more. God has become so much for us I cannot put it all in one post if I did the list would be way too long and you would never read it. Suffice it to say, He is our everything…why would we diminish that relationship by being in a throuple?
Luke 9: 57 Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, “Lord, I will follow You wherever You go.” 58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” 59 Then He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.” 61 And another also said, “Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.” 62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” To be continued…