Discipleship is Life-Changing

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The Christian is a happy, confident individual: confident in God's love, confident in God as a good Father and confident in what Christ has done for them.

What is discipleship?

It is a relationship with the Trinity resulting in profound changes within the relationships and emotions of believers. Paul has given three symptoms of the truly discipled individual. These are in Colossians 2:1-3. He has already said the discipled person will be encouraged and affectionate towards other believers. Now in verse two he adds the third element: “...and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding." The richest man in the world could easily be the most unhappy man in the world. The reason is that wealth does not equate to peace and joy. Peace and joy comes from deeper sources.

A Christian, who experiences the love of God and is thrilled with the sacrifice of Christ, is a person who has great emotional wealth. This wealth, Paul says, comes from the full assurance of understanding. The phrase full assurance is actually one word in the Greek New Testament. It means literally to have a good foundation. The way this phrase is used refers to a solid foundation of positive and healthy emotions resulting in true confidence. This means the Christian is a happy, confident individual: confident in God's love, confident in God as a good Father and confident in what Christ has done for them.

 

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