31 Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you continue in my word, you really are my disciples. 32 You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
These two verses made me realize something very important. What makes a TRUE follower of Jesus Christ?
The answer in the passage is “If you continue in my word…” What does that really mean anyhow?
It is to believe every word that is written in Holy Scripture. To live one’s life based upon the Scriptures. If a person has the Holy Spirit, he or she will do so, for the Spirit of God will urge them on.
A person is free because they walk in the light of God’s Word [Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path”] and not in the shade of false doctrine. A person is blind [captive] because of the dark. They are set free [can see] because of the Scripture who points them to the real Jesus.
When a professing Christian says that there are errors in the Bible, contradictions, and even deny authorship of the Scripture to the Holy Spirit, that individual is NOT a disciple of Christ.
You want to know who follows Christ and loves Him? Ask the person what they feel about the Bible and do they believe it is the very words of God? The last question would be, do you stake your life on it?
The answer they give you will reveal their heart towards Jesus.