Difference between salvation and discipleship

I’m sure that most Christians have heard or read “As He spake these words, many believed on Him. Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on Him, If ye continue in My Word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:30–32

I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t want to know the truth.  Well here is some truth.  There is a GIGANTIC difference between salvation and discipleship.  I could give you many detailed distinctions but I will just mention a few.  One is based on pure grace .. a gift you cannot earn at any price while the other is based on your effort to obey and follow.  At salvation, you receive a gift, eternal life (John 4:10 and Romans 6:23); in discipleship, you give a gift, your body (or self) (Romans 12:1).  The salvation decision in Christ alone for eternal life only needs to be made once and can never be lost (unless you intentionally give it up). (Romans 10:9) discipleship is a continual commitment to obey Christ and must be made over and over (Luke 9:23).  You gain eternal life as the result of salvation; eternal rewards are gained through earnest and honest discipleship (Matthew 16:27).

Yes, I do believe there will people in heaven who have not been great disciples.  Disciples do sin and fail, but are still saved.  We must let Christ be their judge, for everyone who is saved shall stand at the Judgment Seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10).  I hope that you have made the salvation decision by asking Jesus to come into your life. (Romans 10:9)  If you have .. congratulations, but please consider the next step.  This truth will truly set you free and you will not regret it.

August 29 2013 11:43 am | Bible Study and Uncategorized

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