Part 31 – What Was The Priority Of The First Disciples?
What was the priority of the first disciples? What did the disciples consider was the most important thing about Jesus? What was the main issue in the heart of the disciples? Let’s examine what the Apostles John and Peter said.
(1) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (2) He was with God in the beginning. (3) Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. (4) In him was life, and that life was the light of men. (John 1:1-4, NIV).
(14) The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. … (16) From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. (John 1:14,16, NIV).
(1) That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched — this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. (2) The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the Eternal Life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. (3) We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. (4) We write this to make our joy complete. (1 John 1:1-4, NIV).
“If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. (1 John 1:6, NIV).
“Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. (1 John 2:6, NIV).
“See that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. (1 John 2:24, NIV).
“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. (1 John 4:4, NIV).
“This is how God showed His love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. (1 John 4:9, NIV).
“We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true — even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. (1 John 5:20, NIV).
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead …” (1 Peter 1:3, NIV).
“For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. (1 Peter 1:23, NIV).
“But in your hearts set apart 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. (1 Peter 3:15, NIV).
“Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. (2 Peter 1:4, NIV).
… the Word was God … In Him was Life … the Word of Life … The Eternal Life … our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son … fellowship with Him … live in Him … remain in the Son and in the Father … the one who is in you … live through Him … we are in Him … He is the true God and Eternal Life … new birth … born again … of imperishable seed … participate in the divine nature …
So what was the priority of the first disciples? What did the disciples consider was the most important thing about Jesus? What was the main issue in the heart of the disciples? It was to get each person to understand how to partake of God’s divine nature, and live by that Life, the Life of God Himself within them.
(Note: I am indebted to Gene Edwards for many of the concepts in this series.)
… Next time …. Part 32 – How Were The Gentiles Told To Live The Christian Life? – The Galatians