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Disciples of Christ

Discipline is derived from a Latin word which meant to learn. Hence also the origin of the English word disciple which meant one who learns. Disciple is used to translate the original Greek word of the New Testament, pronounced math-ay-tes, which means the same, a learner.

Today, "discipline," or disciplinary action," is very often defined as "an act of punishment," and as such it very often has a negative connotation. But originally "a discipline" meant a branch of knowledge, and from that, a system of conduct. Discipline meant both to know and to do e.g. if you are in the military, you know that discipline means to learn the rules, and then to obey them - it's only when someone fails to do both that the other definition of discipline, "an act of punishment," happens.

What Did Jesus Christ Say About His Disciples?

Holy Bible Those who believed in Him were called disciples of Christ before the term Christian was accepted as a positive title (a surprising fact to many, see Christianos) i.e. "the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch" (Acts 11:26 KJV). No where in the Scriptures is it recorded that the Christ used the term "Christians" for His disciples.

Jesus Christ made plain that His disciples were and are expected to put obedience to Him first in their lives. The use of the English word "hate" in the Scriptures below has a different connotation than the original Greek word that Christ spoke which literally meant to love less i.e. Christ's disciples aren't to "hate" their parents (which would violate the Fifth Commandment) or children; they are to love Christ more than anyone or anything.

"If any man come to Me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple."

"And whosoever doth not bear his cross [see also Carrying The Cross], and come after Me, cannot be My disciple."

"For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish."

"Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace."

"So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be My disciple. Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?" (Luke 14:34 KJV)

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