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#107 Continuing-in-the-Word Type Folks                                                              May 4, 2014

Note to the reader: Last Sunday I asked a dear friend of mine what he had taught at his Fellowship that morning, and after he was kind enough to share it with me I was so thrilled at the accuracy of God’s Word I told him I might write about it this month.  Here ’tis, in my own words from his summary.

John 8:31  Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

It would certainly seem that this is the most authoritative definition of a “disciple indeed” of the Lord Jesus Christ - since the Lord Jesus Christ said it himself.  “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed.” 

Those who continued in the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ during his earthly Ministry were those who continued to learn and believe and apply what he taught during the time of his earthly Ministry.  Continuing in the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ today would also include learning, believing and applying God’s Word according to the Revelation in God’s Word as to what the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished in his earthly Ministry.  That would include the Revelation of the Mystery of God’s Will in what he accomplished, as revealed in the seven Church Epistles.

Although most of the occurrences of the word “disciple” are in the Gospel records, there are quite a few in Acts, and if we take how Jesus Christ defined a “disciple indeed” and apply that meaning to the occurrences of “disciple” in those records, they’re very revealing.

Acts 9:10  And there was a certain disciple [one who was continuing in the Word] at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.

Ananias, who brought God’s deliverance to Saul, who later became the Apostle Paul, was one of those continuing-in-the-Word-type folks.  Let’s continue in the book of Acts.

Acts 9:36  Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple [one who was continuing in the Word] named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did.
37  And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber.
38  And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples [those who were continuing in the Word] had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them.
39  Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.
40  But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.

Tabitha was one of those continuing-in-the-Word-type folks, wasn’t she?  Those that came up with the idea to go and get Peter and then sent for him were some of those continuing-in-the-Word-type folks, weren’t they?

Acts 11:26  And when he [Barnabus] had found him [Saul], he brought him unto Antioch.  And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people.  And the disciples [those who were continuing in the Word] were called Christians first in Antioch.

Notice it says “the disciples.”  It was these continuing-in-the-Word-type folks who were first called Christians in Antioch.

Acts 14:19  And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and, having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead.
20  Howbeit, as the disciples [those who were continuing in the Word] stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.

I would think Paul would have been very thankful that there were some of those continuing-in-the-Word-type folks who “stood round about him” at that time, wouldn’t you? 

These continuing-in-the-Word-type folks seem to have played noteworthy roles in these records from the first-century Church in Acts, didn’t they?  I’d like to be one of those continuing-in-the-Word-type folks in our day and time. 
Wouldn’t you?

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