Three Important Roles of Christ’s Disciples

(MatthewThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » 5:13-20)

By Rev. Dr. Sergio E. ArevaloTuloy Po Kayo! (Welcome!). Read more ... », Jr.

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February 09, 2014

Introduction

In a river or let say swimming pool, when somebody throws a stone in the middle of the waterA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... », how do we knowHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » that there’s stone threw in the water? Yes, when the middle or vortex in the ripple is seen.

How do you know that our musicians are here in our churchProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... »? Simply because we hear them either singing, or playing their instruments.

In our passage, JesusThe Physician Doesn’t Want Her Daughter be Entertained, but Look What She Does to Get What She Wants. Read more ... » told us the three importantThree Important Teachings of Jesus. Read more ... » rolesThree Things Required in Discipleship. Read more ... » of a discipleThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... » to know that we are a ChristianHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... »: as salt of the earthCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... », as lightIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... » of the worldJesus is the Redeemer. Read more ... », and as fulfiller of the lawCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... ».you-are-the-salt-of-the-earth

1. The Disciples as Salt of the Earth (5:13, KJV). We know that salt is used for seasoning our food (Job 6:6) and preservative. In the Old TestamentThe Messiah as The Lamb of God. Read more ... », salt was used in meat offerings (Lev. 2:13).  Salt was used in a covenantYou Have No Right to Keep it!. Read more ... » of perpetual obligation (Num.18:19; II Chro.13:5). New-born childrenJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » were rubbed with salt (Ezek.16:4). So when Jesus said to his disciplesThe Protagonist Narrates the Trailer of His Story, His Avid Fan Does not Like it. Read more ... », “You are the salt of the earth”–it means that the disciples should be served as seasoning and preservative in a decaying community.

Let me ask you all, when you are discussing politics, educationThe Genesis of Wesley Divinity School. Read more ... », finance, moneyCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... », problemsA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... », currents events, romance, gossips, etc. do you flavor them with the salt of Christian wisdomThe Two Disciples’ Heart Burning Experience. Read more ... »? Do your friends notice that you are a disciple of ChristNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... » when you talkThe Two Disciples’ Heart Burning Experience. Read more ... » with them?

2. The Disciples as Light of the World (5:14-16). The idea of this is similar with the “salt of the earth,” but the difference here is that the disciples do not need to talk to show their light. By being present there in darkness, Christ’s light is revealed.

The only thing that we need to do is to placeThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » the light in the center of darkness. Putting ourselves in the center of darkness may mean the depletion of our light, and the melting of our being. Jesus died for showing us the light. JohnPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » the Baptist was beheaded by telling the truthHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... ». Jesus says, “That man John was a lamp that burns and brightly shines, and for a while you were willing to rejoice in his light” (John 5:35).

Have you heard what happened to some ChristiansThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... » when they shared their light? PastorProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » Martin LutherThe Three Temptations of Jesus. Read more ... » KingThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » was a leader of civil rights movement in the 50’s and 60’s who was assassinated for his belief in the issue. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs.

Pastor Dietrich BonhoefferThe Messiah as The Lamb of God. Read more ... » was hung by the Nazi due to his belief that a Christian should do something to eliminate cruelty in Germany.

Pastor SamuelGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » LambThe Messiah as The Lamb of God. Read more ... » (not real nameHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... ») was in jail in China for more than 20 years due to his belief in Jesus ChristMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... ».Light-of-the-World_1433

3. The Disciples as Fulfillers of the Law (5:17-20). W. G. Barrett explains that (a) Jesus Christ fulfilled the law in His teaching when he completedTetelestai! Tetelestai! Tetelestai!. Read more ... » it. (b) Christ fulfilled the law by His own personal, unbroken obedienceThe Obedience of Joseph. Read more ... ». (c) Christ fulfilled the law by His sufferings and deathLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... ».

We as disciples of Jesus Christ who live in this modern timeThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » have many laws613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... », rules and policies. In our community, government, streets, schools, familyJesus is Missing!. Read more ... », neighborhoods, etc. how do we fulfill them? Are we involved in red tape just to hasten our cause or business? Do we follow the rule that recyclable materials must be put to Blue or Green bins, and not to Brown or Black bins? We should drive if we have driver’s license, insurance and car registrationGlory to God in the Highest. Read more ... ». Right? Disciples must be fulfillers of the law, and not breakers of the law.

Conclusion

How do you feel being free to exercise our faithHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » and being LutheranIn Everything Give Eucharist!. Read more ... » believersHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » nowadays?

Do you know that long time ago, being a Lutheran would mean death to believers?

Johann Esch and Heinrich Voes were the first two Lutheran martyrsThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » persecuted and executed by the Roman Catholic ChurchThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... » for their adherence to Reformation613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... » doctrine. They were burned at the stake in Brussels on July 01, 1523.

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In 1522 all Augustinian monks of St. Augustine’s monastery publicly professed Lutheran doctrine, but Bishop“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » Cambrai had them arrested and imprisoned. When the monks found out that they risked being burned alive if they did not recant, all except three—Esch and Voes and Lampertus Thorn—recanted. The monks who recanted were released, but were not allowed to return to the monastery, and was declared defiled and soon demolished.

Many attempts were made by the Catholic inquisitors, but they did not recant so they were brought to secular court and sentence to death.  Thorn asked for an additional four-day period to study the scripturesHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » with respect to his views, and thus he was not executed then with Esch and Voes. However, Thorn was also died in that year. (Wikipedia.com).

If we are going to face that kind of challengeHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » of our faith. Do you think GodCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » will find us still faithfulThe Four Kinds of Seeds: A Reflection of our Spirituality. Read more ... » as salt of the earth, light of the world, and fulfillers of the law? So help us God.

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