They will know
What a beautiful scripture to meditate upon at the beginning of this New Year of 2023. We are encouraged to look at a few things that are necessary and important for every Jesus believer to note, especially those who follow whole-heartedly after the word of truth bound upon their necks and written in their hearts.
John 13:34-35 👇🏼
34: "I am giving you a new commandment that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too are to love one another.
35: By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you have love and unselfish concern for one another."
Here are some questions that you may have asked yourself after reading the above-mentioned Scripture Verses. The answers are provided beside the questions for your understanding.
- Who will know? Everyone.
- What will they know? That you are His disciples.
- How will they know? If you have love and unselfish concern for one another.
We Understand and Take Note of the Following:-
- 'Everyone' is every person and everybody. No one will be spared from knowing about the love of God even if they chose to reject it and turn away from the Word of God.
- They will know 'that you are His disciples' because a 'disciple' is a disciplined one who follows the path and footprints of their teacher. We have seen in more than one occasion the people called Him Teacher even His own disciples called him Rabbi too.
- We know that people want to be recognised in this world for many things and sometimes the things that they become most recognised for, is not of good character or proper attitude. The systems of this world have pushed many to live a life of selfishness, practising immoralities and other manner of evil, believing solely in the wisdom that they have acquired through science and technologies. But a born-again believer knows that it takes a lot more to live in this world. It takes the grace of God to properly manoeuvre through the ups and downs of this age. So far the righteous of God have been able to live peacefully among the ungodly but what is the defining factor that differentiates between the called of God and those who have not yet responded to the calling of God for their life. The defining factor is this, 'if you have love and unselfish concern for one another', it is the mark that everyone will recognise as proof that we are His disciples. What a wonderful way for others to know and recognise us. Some people want to be recognised for their family's name, job, social status and the persons they are connected to. But God wants us to be identified as His and for others to know that we are truly His by the way we function and dwell with other believers. God wants the world to see and recognise His family upon the earth.
The word Rabbi is Hebrew in origin and covers the meaning "my master" or "my teacher."
Here are some examples of when Jesus was called Rabbi:-
- Matthew 26:49 ~ Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, "Greetings, Rabbi!" and kissed him.
- John 6:25 ~ When they found Him on the other side of the lake, they asked Him, "Rabbi, when did You get here?"
- John 9:2 ~ His disciples asked Him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents that he was born blind?"
- Matthew 26:25 ~ Then Judas the one who would betray Him, said, "Surely you don't mean me, Rabbi?" Jesus answered, "You have said so."
- Mark 14:45 ~ Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, "Rabbi" and kissed Him.
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