Breaking Away from the World (Discipleship)
- Matthew 10:34-39 Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon
the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to part asunder a man from his father, and a daughter from her mother, and a newly married wife from her mother-in-law - And a man's foes will be they of his own household. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me; And he who does not take up his cross and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conforming wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying also] is not worthy of Me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life on My account will find it.
- Matthew 19:29 And anyone and everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for My name's sake will receive many times more and will inherit eternal life.
- Mark 3:33-35 And He replied, Who are My mother and My
brothers? And looking around on those who sat in a circle about Him, He
said, See! Here are My mother and My brothers; For whoever does the things
God wills is My brother and sister and mother!
- Mark 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. (King James)
- Mark 8:34-37 And Jesus called the throng
with His disciples and said to them, If anyone intends to come after Me,
let him deny himself [forget, ignore, disown, and lose sight of himself
and his own interests] and take up his cross, and follow with Me. For whoever wants to save his life, will lose it; and whoever gives up his life for My sake and the Gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man to
gain the whole world, and forfeit his life? For what can a man give as an exchange (a compensation, a ransom, in return) for his life?
- Luke 9:23-25 And He said to all, If any person wills
to come after Me let him deny himself and take up
his cross daily and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to
My example in living and, if need be in dying also]. For whoever would
preserve his life and save it will lose and destroy it, but whoever loses
his life for My sake, he will preserve and save it.
- Luke 9:59-62 And He said to another, Become My
disciple, side with My party, and accompany Me! But he replied, Lord,
permit me first to go and bury (await the death of) my father. But Jesus
said to him, Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and
publish abroad throughout all regions the kingdom of God. Another also
said, I will follow You, Lord, and become Your disciple and side with Your
party; but let me first say good-bye to those at my home. Jesus said to
him, No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.
- Luke 12:49-53 I have come to cast fire upon the
earth, and how I wish that it were already kindled! I have a baptism with
which to be baptized, and how greatly and sorely I am urged on (impelled,
constrained) until it is accomplished! Do you suppose that I have come to give peace upon earth? No, I say to you, but rather division; For from now on in one house there
will be five divided, three against two and two against
three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father,
mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against
her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
- Luke 14:26-27 If anyone comes to Me and does not hate
his father and mother and his wife and children and brothers and sisters -
and even his own life also - he cannot be My disciple. Whoever does not
persevere and carry his own cross and come after (follow) Me cannot be My
- Luke 14:33 So then, any of you who does not forsake
(renounce, surrender claim to, give up, say good-bye to) all that he has
cannot be My disciple.
- Luke 16:15 But He said to them, You are the ones who
declare yourselves just and upright before men, but God knows your hearts.
For what is exalted and highly thought of among men is detestable and
abhorrent (an abomination) in the sight of God.
- John 12:25-26 Anyone who loves his life loses it, but
anyone who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal.
[Whoever has no love for, no concern for, no regard for his life here on
earth, but despises it, preserves his life forever and ever.] If anyone
serves Me, he must continue to follow Me [to cleave steadfastly to Me,
conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying] and
wherever I am, there will My servant be also. If anyone serves Me, the
Father will honor him.
Recognizing, Believing, & Following the Representative from
the Kingdom of Heaven
End of Appendix B