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Many people say I follow Jesus. How do we follow Jesus today?

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//nothing has changed since jesus walked the earth//

just a few of the many things that have changed

Matt4:23, Matt 9:35, Matt 19:21 Mark 10:21 Luke 9:6
Luke 12:33 Luke 18:22
---michael_e on 6/30/11


the early nostic writings,in i believe the gospel of thomas,and possibly peter mention that everyone is saved,and all will go to heaven.for this reason they were never cannonized.scripture clearly tells us especially in revelation that those whos name were not found in the book of life (saved) were thrown into the lake of fire,God can not,and does not lie,God also reveals truth ,and this truth is only hidden for 2 reasons,either you arent saved,or you are and either wont accept truth,or arent ready in your walk with God so he will reveal it to you
---tom2 on 6/30/11


the truth is jesus came into the world to save us,that is the good news,we have a choice to make,believe,or not believe. One thing that really bothers me is how so many christaians live as tho gods word has gray areas,open for PERSONAL interpretation,sorry there is light,and there is dark,there is black,and there is white,there is right and there is wrong,yes there is ongoing santification,and even backsliding,but God doesn,t tolerate,or have a different word for anyones specific lifestyle,we attempt to justify our actions,or decisions many times in direct disobidience to the word.
---tom2 on 6/30/11


Tom2, a big AMEN to that! :-)
---John.usa on 6/29/11


nothing has changed since jesus walked the earth.we are told the signs we can tnterprute that will tell people who we follow ,love one for another,and being a servant to all,also humility,he who would be first must be last.a lifestyle that reflects these beliefs,that people can clearly see.
---tom2 on 6/29/11




Mark, well, we've said what we needed to say. I'll only say further that there is a venerable tradition in the church for my position, starting with Clement of Alexandria and Gregory of Nyssa, both of whom were Trinitarian and orthodox in theology. You are no less of a brother because we disagree. God be with you.
---John.usa on 6/29/11


John usa, I also respect your view but what you do is put Scripture to contradict Scripture. And it does not contradict when we read the context and the whole of Scripture. No where are we told the wicked will get a bye after been judged. In fact it says what they will face. And Jesus is the biggest speaker on hell. Thousands of passages speak about the condemnation of the wicked. To change a passage to contradict others is a personal intend. No genuine believer who is a student of Scripture would do that. Aren't we all here to find the real Truth? That is more important then anything. I mean denomination, or teaching from anyone other then God's.
---Mark_V. on 6/29/11


Mark, I respect your view, but disagree. If the Many of Rom.5.19 is not the same as the All of v.18, then there are some people who were born sinless. First Timothy 4.10 is so blatantly clear in what it says that it needs no comment. It's okay if you disagree. That's what these blogs are for. Thank you for being courteous in your response. God bless.
---John.usa on 6/29/11


everlasting life in hell=They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might

are you saying... everybody, no matter what, gets to be with God and this was what Jesus taught?
---aka on 6/29/11


"Many people say I follow Jesus. How do we follow Jesus today?"

"When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." Matthew 19:25,26

"All that the Father giveth me shall come to me, and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out." John 6:37

"I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me, and they have kept thy word." John 17:6
---christan on 6/29/11




John usa, when interpreting Scripture you forget to read the context. Picking passages. Romans 5: You left out (v. 15-17) which speaks of "many" not all. And (v.19) right after (v.18) that you gave again says,"For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience "many" will be made righteous" Nothing here about every single person. And no where does it say the wicked will be saved at a later time after the sentence.
1 Tim. 4:10, is speaking of all nations, not just Jews. Paul is not teaching Universalism, since he has told us what 1 Thess. 1:5-9 says. If you follow Jesus, you would know that in Scripture He speaks more of hell then anyone else.
---Mark_V. on 6/29/11


aka, I am very familiar with that passage. It doesn't mention hell at all. It talks about destruction of the wicked. Nothing about their everlasting life in hell. If God is the Saviour of all mankind as it says in First Timothy, then even those people will be reconciled to God as some point. :-)
---John.usa on 6/28/11


//[Paul]...didn't seem to believe in [hell]//

2Th 1:5-9 This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering-- since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might...
---aka on 6/28/11


Hi Mark. If Jesus had not died on the cross, there would be no salvation for anyone at all. That is quite obvious from Romans 5. You will find there that all humanity was acquitted (v.18). The salvation of humanity takes place in stages (1.Cor.15:20-28). And 1.Tim.4:10 says God is Savior of all. If He weren't, it wouldn't say that. Those are my views in the space alloted here. God bless. :-)
---John.usa on 6/28/11


John usa, you surprise me with your last post that Paul believed in Universal salvation. If he did why would he preach the gospel? If everyone is going to be saved in the end, there is no need for Christ to die on the Cross for the sins of those who are lost. Where do you get the idea that Paul believed in Universal salvation? Just because he never used the word hell in his writings does not mean he believed in Universal salvation. You must have read something to that effect in order to believe that. I would like to see what you have concerning your opinion if you don't mind.
---Mark_V. on 6/28/11


Paul was chosen by Christ for two very good reasons, one of which was a testimony, a testimony that we can relate to.
---David on 6/28/11

Yes, Paul worked out his own salvation on the battlefield of life....
---kathr4453 on 6/28/11


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Actually, the reason Paul never mentioned hell was because he believed in universal reconciliation.
---John.usa on 6/28/11


//If we claim his authority, we just have to take his word for it. I sort of like Paul myself, since he never mentiones hell, and didn't seem to believe in it. :-) John.usa on 6/27/11//

Peter figured it out late in his life.
2Peter 3:15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation, even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you,

The reason paul never mentions hell is that he is writing to believers.
---michael_e on 6/28/11


barb--
Haven't you wondered why Paul, a highly respected pharisee, whose primary goal was to persecute and murder Christians, suddenly quit this activity and began preaching Christ. (1Cr 2:2) For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

As an important Jewish figure, he knew what his preaching would lead to. He suffered torture,humiliation and imprisonment himself...but never denied Jesus as Lord.
---Donna66 on 6/28/11


Barb has a point, since Paul claimed in Galatians to have received all his doctrine direct from God, unmediated by the Twelve Apostles or anyone else. If we claim his authority, we just have to take his word for it.
---John.usa on 6/27/11

Very good point John, that Paul also tried to make to those who called themselves followers of Paul.

One of the greatest differences between the writings of Paul and the Lord's disciples is that within Paul's letters is Paul's testimony.
The Lord's disciples do not have the same testimony as do the rest of us.
Paul was chosen by Christ for two very good reasons, one of which was a testimony, a testimony that we can relate to.
---David on 6/28/11


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A question the Church never addresses, one that clarifies the religious confusion.
It's simple, Why Paul? Why did the Lord reach down from heaven and save Paul the Apostle?

The Scriptural answer is
Rom 11:13 "For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office" Paul says, "I magnify mine office." Not himself. He magnified His God-given office as "the apostle of the Gentiles." to magnify the fact that he is God's chosen apostle for today is to make much of that which God Himself magnifies: the office that Christ gave to Paul, and the ministry and message He gave to us through him. Incidentally, Paul refers to Christ over 350 times in his writings
---michael_e on 6/28/11


Barb, what you are doing is trying to bring doubt to the Authenticity of Scripture. And assuming that because Jesus did not choose Paul when He chose the others that that itself proofs your points. Jesus did not do things so that they could fit barbs logic. Everything had a purpose. The conversion of Paul while on the road was like no other apostles. To suggest he was not chosen by Christ is to bring to question every book he wrote. And when I say he wrote, many times the apostles had someone to write for them as secretaries. Peter had Silvanus, known as Silas. Peter said he wrote this letters "by Silvanus." I would suggest that before you attempt to trash the apostles and those whom Christ used, you read and study first.
---Mark_V. on 6/28/11


//Paul was not among the twelve and anyone who is honest with themselves would have to ask why Jesus did not choose him at the same time.//

why did Jesus choose one who he knew would betray Him and kill himself. Honestly, didn't he also know there would be a gap to fill?

Perhaps, it would be an avenue to fulfill old testament scripture.

Remember, the Jewish people are only a subset of the seed of Abraham. A very important subset...but a subset nonetheless. The covenant was to Abraham, or do you deny scripture?
---aka on 6/27/11


Barb, like any of us, has a right to question. She has a point, since Paul claimed in Galatians to have received all his doctrine direct from God, unmediated by the Twelve Apostles or anyone else. If we claim his authority, we just have to take his word for it. I sort of like Paul myself, since he never mentiones hell, and didn't seem to believe in it. :-)
---John.usa on 6/27/11


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You follow Jesus by obeying his Commandments.
---Eloy on 6/27/11


barb, you cannot prove anything that you just said. the authenticity of every book that fully reveals Jesus as the Savior is challenged.

is the theory of evolution true because Darwin and many others say that it is true?

there is synopsis in the four Gospels and a truth interwoven in the whole Bible that reveals the whole truth that you don't like.

i cannot figure out the bottom line to what you are trying to sell, but it seems it has its roots in Judaism and denies Jesus as the Savior.

ironically, paul said to not be of him but be of Jesus like you are, but you did not have the benefit of being taught directly by Jesus Christ, so i will stick with Jesus as Paul presents it.
---aka on 6/27/11


Aka, The book of Peter was probably written long after the apostle Peter had died. Google who wrote the book of Peter.

Jesus taught the twelve disciples, prayed for them and sent them out to preach the gospel to the world. Paul was not among the twelve and anyone who is honest with themselves would have to ask why Jesus did not choose him at the same time.

Paul was hostile to the apostles of Jesus. He said he never learned anything from them, he calls them super apostles, so called pillars of the church and brags about confronting them to their faces. Gal: 1 & 2 Acts 9:26.

Jesus said "By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, that you have love one for another." John 13:35.
---barb on 6/27/11


Aka, what barb does not understand is that what the apostles were teaching was the New Testament. Everything that God wanted us to know was presented by them though the Holy Spirit who was to teach them all things that Jesus promised the Spirit would do. Paul and all others who taught the gospel of Christ were actually teaching what became the New Testament canon.
Of course the only Scriptures they had at that time were the Old Testament Scriptures and that is the reason there was so much dispute, because the apostles were bringing something new. What God wanted to achieve was achieved by them and is now our inspired word of God.
---Mark_V. on 6/27/11


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Jesus said, "If you love me, you'll obey me."

We follow Him by obeying His Word, His commands, His statues, and doing what HE says to do, Forgive and it shall be forgiven you. Give and it shall be given unto yo, good measure, pressed down, shaken together, turn the other cheek, etc.,
---Donna5535 on 6/27/11


//Please remember that all scripture is not inspired as stated by Paul in Timothy. // ---barb on 6/26/11

What about the writing of Peter who was also a personal witness of Jesus with Matthew and John?

2Pe 3:15 And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him,
2Pe 3:16 as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.
---aka on 6/26/11


//Please remember that all scripture is not inspired as stated by Paul in Timothy//

Paul must be quite a story teller to make up most of the New Testament, try finding salvation apart from his God inspired writings.
John 13:20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send
Acts 9:15But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he(Paul) is a chosen vessel unto me,(Jesus) to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: receiveth me,
Rom. 15:18 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed,
---michael_e on 6/26/11


more_excellent_way,

Jesus, when he used "son of man", was referring to Daniel 7:13, which was a Messianic title. Man is Aramaic and can speak of man or human beings in general. In Daniel 8:17 "son of man" is used again, but this time it is the Hebrew word Adam that is translated as man. So "son of man" is either the Messiah or a "son of Adam" which are to very different things. Considering Jesus was not a "son of Adam", as we are, but the "son of God"(a man),which we are through him, making us holy(sanctified). I am not sure were your definition comes from.
---willa5568 on 6/26/11


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Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and was sent as an example for those who which to become the Sons of God.
Since Jesus is an example, for one to follow Jesus, they must walk as Jesus walked.
---David on 6/26/11


We follow Jesus by abiding in his words and following him only. You can find the words of Jesus in the eyewitness accounts of Matthew, John and Rev.

The old testament is a good source to weed out the truth from the lies that have been planted into the new testament.

Please remember that all scripture is not inspired as stated by Paul in Timothy. The only scripture at that time was the old testament.
---barb on 6/26/11


Paul followed the risen Christ not His earthly ministry.
We follow Paul as he followed Christ
1 Tim 1:16 God gave us a "pattern"
1 Cor 4:16 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.
1 Cor.11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
Phil. 3:17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.
1 Thess 1:6 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost.
---michael_e on 6/26/11


Paul tells us in Corinthians, though you have 10,000 teachers but not many FATHERS, for I have begotten you throuhg the Gospel. Be ye followers of me, THE WAY I FOLLOW CHRIST.

How exactly did Paul FOLLOW CHRIST.

Just read Paul's sufferings and hardships etc, his testifying of the cross, our identification with Christ in death and resurrection...THAT cannot be immitated.

Satan can immitate EVERYTHING but the Cross.."I am Crucified with Christ..no longer I but CHRIST IN ME!!" is the only way we can follow Christ.
---kathr4453 on 6/26/11


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I believe that the only 'EXPLANATORY definition' of the term "son of man" is 'SANCTIFIED man'. References in scripture seem to INCLUDE Jesus as being the FIRST/[born] son of man, but also 'sanctified persons' are mentioned in scripture.

Father God is NOT a "son of man" (doesn't need to be sanctified, needs no redemption/repentance), Numbers 23:19...."or a son of man, that he should repent".

But even a sanctified person (human "son of man") cannot be beneficial in safeguarding someone's soul ...Psalm 146:3 "a son of man, in whom there is no help".

The "3 sixes" will cause you to become a "son of PERDITION" ("a HUMAN number", Revelation 13:18).
---more_excellent_way on 6/26/11


josf: "Amen Christina, I did not mean to imply otherwise."
I know:o)
---christina on 6/26/11


Psalm 82:6
"But I say, you are gods, SONS OF THE MOST HIGH"...(the word "gods" is PLURAL...oh, son of man).

God gave GRACIOUSLY...
"expecting nothing in return"..."and you will be sons of the Most High" (Luke 6:35).

The truth about God has been taught WRONG. We have NOTHING to fear from satan.

2 Thessalonians 2:6 "restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time".

...the MYSTERY of LAWLESSNESS will remain a MYSTERY until you realize that the 3 manifestations of God have been taught as though the 6th day creation should be glorified.

If you glorify man and self, you will SERVE MAN.
---more_excellent_way on 6/25/11


Do you resent your dad for teaching you the error of your way (it is NOT "hate/punishment"). By now your love for your HEAVENLY father also should have become PERFECT LOVE...

1 John 4:18
"fear has to do with punishment, and he who fears is not perfected in love"....don't have a spirit/attitude of WEAKNESS either.

2 Timothy 1:7
"for God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power".

We need not choose to be a "SLAVE" to to God (as the Jews chose to be), we can choose to BE A "SON" of the most high...

Romans 8:15
"For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear".
---more_excellent_way on 6/25/11


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"josef, I agree but wish to add to "1 John 4:17, verses that precede:" 13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us." ---christina on 6/25/11
Amen Christina, I did not mean to imply otherwise. Maybe mimic was a misleading word, perhaps I should have used the word reflect, or better yet reflex. After all, it is all empowered of Him, including the acknowledgment.
---josef on 6/25/11


//do I offend your sense of PRIDE?.//

1. this is not about your reputation or my pride. this is about what you said. it flies in direct opposition of what is written in scripture.

2. i am a bottom line person. if i am not mistaken, the eventual end of your message is that we can be part of Godliness, which also is a perversion of scripture.

if i am wrong about what you wrote, then show me. Jesus, Peter, Paul, and others talk of following. A King has subjects. A family has parents. an army has a commander-in-chief. there are benefits of being a good follower.
---aka on 6/25/11


//God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.//

my son and i love one another. we are a part of each other...or "in" each other. but, he will follow me until he is on his own. then, we still will be in each other hopefully both in Christ following him.
---aka on 6/25/11


aka, Are you aware that the book of Proverbs says "Get UNDERSTANDING". The book of Proverbs is already providing "wisdom", we should go beyond "wisdom" and pursue "UNDERSTANDING".

Likely there have been more positive results in people's lives than there have been negative results from my writing. You yourself are not known to me for complaining about what I write, yet you express resentment to me now, WHY?...do I offend your sense of PRIDE?. I never said that I am a master of knowledge (if you believed otherwise, you're WRONG). If you believe that readers cannot possibly appreciate what I have always written, then you've been neglectful by not speaking up so as to prevent others from being misled.
---more_excellent_way on 6/25/11


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//Don't be a "follower" of anything (it is psychological reduction/abasement), be a MEMBER OF the one who hung on the cross...//

paul encourages us to become a member of the body of christ (his church) who follows christ.

there are different ways to try to convince us we can be gods too. not true. we can only be followers in God.

following is not psychological reduction/abasement. thinking we can be a god is.
---aka on 6/25/11


//Don't be a "follower" of anything (it is psychological reduction/abasement), be a MEMBER OF the one who hung on the cross...//

paul encourages us to become a member of the body of christ (his church) who follows christ.

there are different ways to try to convince us we can be gods too. not true. we can only be followers in God.

following is not psychological reduction/abasement. thinking we can be a god is.

john.usa gave good examples of how to follow christ jesus. also homeless, single parents without other family, the sporadic visitors of church, hard workers (who can't afford cable/vacations/fast food every night/movies/ample transportation and housing, who can barely make ends meet...
---aka on 6/25/11


In John 13:34 Jesus tells us ... " Love one another as I have loved you..." Think about how much Jesus loves you. Study his life and teachings. Fully live by His teachings ,and follow His example. You will be a follower of Christ Jesus
---dowanor on 6/25/11


Some "follow Jesus" as teacher/prophet,imitating, or think WWJD? I wish to do more then follow in my flesh,but through the Spirit.
josef, I agree but wish to add to "1 John 4:17, verses that precede:" 13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
---christina on 6/25/11


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//I have been writing here for years. No doubt, people have enjoyed what I write because I offer UNDERSTANDING (not mere "wisdom",....Proverbs) about God and His ways,...

a legend in your own mind! are you the author of the psychological babble in the book "a more excellent way."

2Ti 1:13 Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. (Paul)

1Pe 2:21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. (Peter)

How many times did Jesus directly say to his disciples, 'follow me'? how many times did they?
---aka on 6/25/11


According to the Bible, the way to follow Jesus is: (1) Obey God and His Word (law) (Jn 8:31-32, Jn 14:15, 1 Jn 2:3-6), (2) Love (Jn 13:34-35, 1 Jn 4:7-8), (3) Death to yourself, sacrifice, surrender, forsake everything/everyone (Luke 9:23-26, 14:26-27,33), (4) fruitfulness in character and service (Jn 15:8), (5) live holy and righteous, imitate (copy) Christ (Eph. 5:1, 1 Pet. 1:15-16, 1 Jn 2:29), (6) Be taught, controlled, and led by the Holy Spirit (Jn 14:26, Rom. 8:5-14, 1 Cor. 2:6-16, Gal. 5:16-18, 1 Jn 2:27). If you are not doing these, you are NOT a follower of Christ, but just a fan.
---Leslie on 6/25/11


" How do we follow Jesus today?
"Be ye therefore followers [imitators] of God, 'as dear children'," Eph 5:1
" 'Imitation' (to mimic the behavior of another) is the highest form of flattery."
"In this is love perfected with us, that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, 'because as he is so are we in this world'." 1 John 4:17
---josef on 6/25/11


I have been writing here for years. No doubt, people have enjoyed what I write because I offer UNDERSTANDING (not mere "wisdom",....Proverbs) about God and His ways, but when I mention the "Incident at Antioch" (Council of Jerusalem), people LOCK UP TIGHT and refuse to face the truth...(they refuse to love THE TRUTH and so be saved).

Don't be a "follower" of anything (it is psychological reduction/abasement), be a MEMBER OF the one who hung on the cross...

John 14:6 "I am THE WAY....".
---more_excellent_way on 6/24/11


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Satan is not just the author of LIES, he's also called the "god of confusion" (a VERY appropriate name because he causes CONFUSION) and does everything possible to cause us to believe falsity and wrong attitudes.

One of the WRONG ATTITUDES is that we should be a FOLLOWER TYPE OF PERSON with no real mind of our own (a puppet "follower").

At the "Incident at Antioch", we are clearly shown that Paul was never a "FOLLOWER" of anything (God does not want us to be "puppets" or a mindless "self"). Paul was a "MEMBER OF" the one who hung on the cross (he was NOT a "follower type" of person, he was a REAL TRUE "human being", a MEMBER OF the Way).
---more_excellent_way on 6/24/11


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