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Seven Marks of a Disciple

A Changed Life

II Corinthians 5:17

John Shearhart

July 21, 2010

Introduction

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. (II Corinthians 5:17)

Marks of a Changed Life:

1. The disciple of God experiences freedom over sin

How shall we who died to sin still live in it? 3Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? 4Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. 5For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; 7for he who has died is freed from sin. 8Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. 10For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, 13and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace. (Romans 6:2-14)

2. The disciple of God experiences a change in priorities

Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. (Colossians 3:1-2)

3. The disciple of God experiences the ability to practice righteousness

If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness is born of Him. (I John 2:29)

4. The disciple of God experiences an understanding of spiritual things

As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him. (I John 2:27)

5. The disciple of God experiences a love of God’s Word

If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine. (John 8:31)

6. The disciple of God experiences the bearing of much fruit

My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. (John 15:8)

7. The disciple of God experiences a love for Christ’s church

We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death. (I John 3:14)

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