When Discipleship Ends

Michael Beck

“When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? … From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?” (John 6:61,66,67)

The truth Jesus spoke separated those who loved the Father from those who didn’t; those who were willing to keep His word from those who wouldn’t. Jesus knew it didn’t matter how many miracles He did in front of the Pharisees – they had no eyes to see because they had no ears to hear. The issue is simple: have we received a love of the truth? If we have, we will not fall away or be drawn to a false Christ; we will be drawn to and stick with the true Jesus.

Gathering a company of true disciples is simple: keep preaching the truth until those who are offended by it go away. When we harden our hearts to the voice of the Holy Spirit we stop being led into all truth. God does not depart from us; we depart from God. We are Christ’s sheep when we hear His voice; we are no longer His sheep when we no longer hear His voice. Don’t let man’s theology deceive you. There is such a thing as a fall from grace. Such can and does happen to many who began in the Spirit and once ran well.

Apostasy is never from Christianity, it is always from Christ. He calls those who follow Him to partake of Him. Those who turn back are those who are offended at the word that they must eat His flesh and drink His blood. Those who continue in the faith gain more than heaven, they gain Christ. From glory to glory, they become as He is in this world.

“Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end” (Hebrews 3:12-14)

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.