If we read our Bibles and read them with understanding… it’s not a mystery as to how to become true disciples indeed.
What is a true disciple indeed?
Well, according to the scripture text located in John 8:31 we are true disciples if we continue in the word of God.
In the KJV the word “continue” is used. I like to think of this as a power word.
The Biblical Definition of Continue
The biblical definition of the word “continue” means to remain or abide. But it goes a little deeper than that though.
You see when we study the word “continue” in the biblical text, we are allowed to view it in three different ways.
What I mean is that we get to have an understanding in reference to place.
Meaning to sojourn, tarry, not to depart to continue to be present to be held, to be kept, or continually kept.
We also understand it in reference to time.
Which speaks in this way…to continue to be, not to perish, to last, endure of persons, to survive, live.
And lastly, we understand “continue” in reference to a state or condition.
Which means…to remain as one, not to become another or different to wait for, or to await one.
We all Need A Strong’s Concordance.
I thought you might appreciate a more formal definition as well. So, I went ahead and added the Strong’s Concordance definition.
Strong’s Definition: A primary verb; to stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy): – abide, continue, dwell, endure, be present, remain, stand, tarry (for), X thine own.
If you are familiar with the Gospel of John 15:4 you will also be familiar with the word… “abide.”
Verse 4 reads like this…
Abide in me, and I in you… We know this to be the Lord Jesus speaking.
But the point that I want to make here is that the same word in the Greek language for “continue” is the same word for “abide.”
Therefore, to continue is to abide, and to abide is to continue.
So, I guess the question that remains to be answered is…
How do we continue in the Word?
I believe that everything that God commands us to do in his word can be done… That’s with his help and guidance of course.
I’m always reminded of John 15:5 where the Lord Jesus tells us that without him we can do nothing.
I could probably write a whole article showing you just how true and profound that statement is… but I won’t.
For now, I want to give you 7 practical ways of what it looks like to continue in the words of Christ.
You see we are preached at so often and so often we don’t get the proper counsel on how to execute what’s being preached.
Oh… Before I forget I need to tell you why I consider the word “continue” to be a power word.
To Continue means Staying Power
When I say to continue means staying power — I mean that you have the power to stay put.
There’s a verse in the epistle to the Church at Ephesus that admonishes us to be rooted and grounded in love. Eph.3:17
That my friend is the key to continuing
7 Ways to Continue
Well, as I mentioned in the article about salty disciples the Lord gave us the main traits that we need to be his disciples.
So, what I want to do in this article is to give 7 things to put into practice that could not only help you but be a blessing to others as well.
There are 59 verses in the Bible that mention “one another” I’m only going to give you 7 as I said.
But you can check out this cool infographic that shows you the rest of them.
So without further ado… The Keys to Continuing Disciples
1. We love the Lord and the things of God.
2. We do what God commands and we are not grieved in doing so.
3. If we love one another.
4. We are kind and tender-hearted to one another.
5. We speak truthfully to one another.
6. True disciples bear one another burdens.
7. We edify or we uplift one another in the Lord.
As I Conclude I pray you Continue
I’m quite sure that you have more ways of running through your mind that will prove us to be true disciples of our Lord.
So, here is what I wish you to do…
Please take a moment and jot down one or two of those thoughts in the comment section below this post. I would definitely appreciate it.
Also if you would show your faithfulness to our Lord by sharing this article with your friend if you have found it to be helpful.
Well, that’s going to about do for me on this end for now… But in the words of the apostle Paul.
Continue on like a good soldier in the Lord.