by Baruch Okpulor
“You cannot be the Custodian of God’s power and blessings until you become the evidence of his discipleship” Baruch Okpulor, Author of Breaking the Hold of Self-Slavery.
To become a fellow heir with Jesus, without any conflict of principle and contradiction, and for God not to be accused of favouritism, it is required that the individual who desires this divine honour fulfill some fundamental divine requirements.
Until these requirements are met, he cannot be known and addressed by heaven as a Christian or born again.
He would be denied the power to grow from childishness to that of spirituality, from the shore of carnality to that of spirituality. He cannot become like Jesus Christ, the Master Trainer.
Discipleship is a process whereby a Christian who has voluntarily surrendered himself or herself to the Lord Jesus Christ is being made to become like his Master, Jesus, by various exposures, activities, and discipline, administered by the leadership and determination of the Lord Himself.
Therefore, the first step in becoming a disciple is to become a Christian or born again.
Take a deep breath on this:
“Jesus answered and said unto him, verily, verily I say unto you, except a man be born again, he CANNOT see the kingdom of God……
Except a man be born of WATER and the SPIRIT, he CANNOT enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of flesh is flesh and that which is born of the SPIRIT is spirit” (John 3:3-6)
Jesus Christ in this passage revealed the two aspects of birth-natural and spiritual. The pattern of creation and the divine purpose of redemption is that every individual should undergo both aspects of birth. One is temporal as it terminates on this earth while the spiritual birth is eternal as it secures eternity with God for the individual. That’s why the apostles reminded us that flesh and blood (through parental conception and birth) cannot inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 15:50)
Basically, the natural man doesn’t receive the things of the Spirit of God for they are foolishness to him, neither can he know them because they are spiritually distinguished (1 Corinthians 2:14)
These passages confirm the reality that except a person is born a new by the Spirit of the Most High God, he has no potential and power to become like Jesus and share in the blessings in the heavenly places.
A baby dog cannot grow to become a tiger no matter the training, type of food given to her or exposure except she is born by a tiger.
Even if all the principles of a Christian or discipleship are applied, a sinner who has not repented cannot grow to become a saint by training. He has to be born anew to receive the Holy Spirit of God who empowers him and his spiritual eyes to perceive, see, understand and apply the supernatural attributes of discipleship.
It is at this level that he would possess the ability to submit to God’s Word and please Him.
Discover yourself today by discovering your Creator. Get into His presence today by becoming a member of the body of Christ. Fellowship with the Church of Christ around you.
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Baruch Okpulor, Author of The Irony of Love, Premarital And Extramarital Relationships
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