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Wednesday | 13 December 2017
Submitting to our Master

A slave of Christ receives the word of their Master as a command. In his address to the Jewish council, Stephen declared that it was ‘the God of glory’ who appeared to Abraham and commanded him to depart from his country, and his relatives, in order to enter the land of promise. Abraham’s obedience to this command enabled him to receive the promise of sonship. Similarly, King David declared, ‘The Lord [Yahweh] said to my Lord [Adon, or Master], “Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool”’. David was referring to the Son of God as Adon, or his Master. These men acknowledged the lordship of Christ toward them, and received His word as a command. Consequently, they were described as ‘the friends of God’.

Jesus explained that we, also, could be His friends. He said, ‘You are My friends if you do whatever I command you’. His commandment to us is to love one another in the same manner in which He loved us. Christ loved us by laying down His life, or offering Himself for us, according to the command of the Father. Doing what we are commanded by Christ makes a person a disciple. Jesus said, ‘If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed’.

The word that Christ, a believer’s Friend, delivers them to, is the teaching concerning His death, burial and resurrection. This is the doctrine of baptism. It calls a believer to fellowship with Christ, for an obedience of faith, to learn offering. The doctrine of baptism becomes their master. The implication of the doctrine of baptism becoming a person’s master is that they join Christ in the fellowship of the offering that He made as the Slave of Yahweh. This is what it means to learn as a disciple from Christ, the Master.


Further Study:
Philippians 2
Daily Proverb:
Proverbs 13

References:

Act 7:2-3
And he said, "Hear me, brethren and fathers! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran, (3) and said to him, 'LEAVE YOUR COUNTRY AND YOUR RELATIVES, AND COME INTO THE LAND THAT I WILL SHOW YOU.'"

Psa 110:1
The LORD says to my Lord: "Sit at My right hand Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet."

Jas 2:22-23
You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected; (23) and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "AND ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS," and he was called the friend of God.

Exo 33:11
Thus the LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend. When Moses returned to the camp, his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent.

Act 13:22
"After He had removed him, He raised up David to be their king, concerning whom He also testified and said, 'I HAVE FOUND DAVID the son of Jesse, A MAN AFTER MY HEART, who will do all My will.'"

Isa 50:4
The Lord GOD has given Me the tongue of disciples, That I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple.
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