- There are multiple millions of people who claim to be
disciples of Christ.
- However, a disciple is one who follows the teaching of
- There are certain qualities that a true disciple of
the Lord must possess.
- The only way to be truly pleasing to Him is for us to
be in possession of those essential qualities.
- Let us now examine Matthew 16:24-26 in order to learn those essential qualities of
“IF ANY MAN.”
God desires ALL men to follow Him.
Tim. 2:4, “Who
will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of
The doctrine of Unconditional Election is false.
Pet. 3:9, “The
Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count
slackness; but is longsuffering to usward, not willing that any
should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
Jesus gave the invitation to all who were weary and heavy
unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give
you rest. Take my
yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in
heart: and ye shall
find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Since all who are accountable have sinned, all are weary
and heavy laden with sin (Rom.
Jesus invites us today through His gospel.
Thes. 2:14, “Whereunto
he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of
our Lord Jesus Christ.”
1. For example, the eunuch was converted after he heard
preached (Acts 8:35-39).
CHARACTERISTICS OF A TRUE DISCIPLE.
“Let him deny himself.”
whosoever will save his life shall lose it:
and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find
16:25, “And at midnight Paul and Silas
prayed, and sang praises unto God:
and the prisoners heard them.”
ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of
one accord, of one mind. Let
nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of
mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
Look not every man on his own things, but every man also
on the things of others.”
This is not talking about being materialistic or selfish.
This is talking about not loving ourselves supremely.
It is talking about humility.
Great examples for us to follow:
11:23-24, “By faith Moses, when he was
born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he
was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s
faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the
son of Pharaoh’s daughter;”
3:4-8, “Though I might also have
confidence in the flesh. If
any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in
the flesh, I more: Circumcised
the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of
Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a
Pharisee; Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the
righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for
doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of
the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord:
for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do
count them but dung, that I may win Christ,”
2:5-8, “Let this mind be in you, which
was also in Christ Jesus: Who,
being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal
with God; But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him
the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself,
and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
Ill examples: Achan,
Ananias and Sapphira, Judas, & Diotrephes.
“Take up his cross…”
This is not simply talking about everyday trials.
Everyone endures these.
He is talking about being willing to endure hardships for
These are voluntary trials.
First century Christians faced these trials willingly.
Today, we face trials of standing for the truth.
I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?”
AS DISCIPLES WE MUST LOOK TO THE LORD FOR GUIDANCE.
HE SAID, “FOLLOW ME!”
We must look only to the Godhead for spiritual guidance
by way of the inspired Word.
10:23, “O Lord, I know that the way of
man is not in himself: it
is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.
every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the
kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which
is in heaven.”
whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord
Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”
B. We must not look unto:
Horoscopes, fortunetellers, Buddha, Mohammed, Psychics,
REWARD FOR FAITHFULLY FOLLOWING CHRIST:
what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and
lose his own soul? Or
what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father
with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to
Our souls are worth more than the whole world.
If you are a faithful disciple, then you will be rewarded
according to your works.
Cor. 5:10, “For
we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that
every one may receive the things done in his body, according to
that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”
the importance of obeying the gospel and remaining faithful.