The Requirements of Discipleship

Romans 8:28-29 KJV  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  (29)  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

NOTE:  the Greek word translated Son in KJV and others is Stong’s #5207 and is  vital in our Understanding of what is being Said and Required of those who can respond to the Call.

The Requirements of Discipleship

In the gospel of Luke, we find the requirements of discipleship outlined by our Lord.

“Now great multitudes were going along with Him; and He turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.

For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost, to see if he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, saying ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and take counsel whether he is strong enough with ten thousand men to encounter the one coming against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks terms for peace. So therefore, no one of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions” (Luke 14:25-33).

“A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master. It is enough for the disciple that he become as his teacher, and the slave as his master. If they have called the head of the house Beelzebub, how much more the members of his household!” (Matthew 10:24-25).

In Christianity, the term disciple primarily refers to dedicated followers of Jesus. This term is found in the New Testament only in the Gospels and Acts. In the ancient world a disciple is a follower or adherent of a teacher. It is not the same as being a student in the modern sense. A disciple in the ancient biblical world actively imitated both the life and teaching of the master. It was a deliberate apprenticeship which made the fully formed disciple a living copy of the master.

Romans 8:28-29 YLT And we have known that to those loving God all things do work together for good, to those who are called according to purpose;
(29) because whom He did foreknow, He also did fore-appoint, conformed to the image of His Son, that he might be first-born among many brethren;

NOTE:  The Greek word translated “SON” by KJV and others is Strong’s #5207 huios and understanding how it differs is VITAL to understanding what is being Said here.


“Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:27)

“And He was saying to them all, ‘If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me” (Luke 9:23)

NOTICE This:  Why does Galatians 6:2 directly “seem” to contradict Galatians 6:5?

Galatians 6:2 KJV  Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

Galatians 6:5 KJV  For every man shall bear his own burden.

The word translated “burden” in both verses is a different Greek word and should have been translated differently.

In 6:2 the word translated burden, Strong’s #  G922, indicates an OVERLOAD where the person is “going down” under the burden:

G922 = baros  pronounced bar’-os
Probably from the same as G939 (through the notion of going down; compare G899); weight; in the New Testament only, figuratively a load, abundance, authority: – burden (-some), weight.
Total KJV occurrences: 6

In 6:5  the word translated burden is Strong’s # 5413, which is each of our responsibilities and obligations as Christians:

G5413 = phortion pronounced for-tee’-on

Diminutive of G5414; an invoice (as part of freight), that is, (figuratively) a task or service: – burden.
Total KJV occurrences: 5

“If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, … he cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:26).

What does Galatians 6 Tell us

Galatians chapter 6 is a Commentary for Those who have Ears to understand Christ’s Command to take up your own Cross in Order to follow Him and Qualify for Discipleship. Let’s look at the rest of the verses:

Galatians 6:5-10 KJV  For every man shall bear his own burden.  (6)  Let him that is taught in the LOGOS communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.  (7)  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, THAT shall he also reap.  (8)  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.  (9)  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.  (10)  As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

Pay close Attention to the words Taught and Teacheth, both Strong’s #2727 they refer to ‘VOICE’ not the Law, or the Writings.  Here is Thayer’s instruction:

Greek # 2727 katēcheō
Thayer Definition:
1) to sound towards, sound down upon, resound
1a) to charm with resounding sound, to fascinate
2) to teach orally, to instruct
3) to inform by word of mouth
3a) to be orally informed  (NOTE:  This is a reference to the Mysteries, especially the Higher Mysteries that could ONLY be transmitted orally mouth to ear-mdw)

I think you will see what we are being Instructed in is the Law of Sowing and Reaping, the Law of Karma, a necessary part of the Process of Evolution.

We are Required to help with overloads, but, must allow another person to bear their own “Bread of Necessity” their individual karma, their personal Cross, to the extent that they can.

Proverbs 30:8 Rotherham (8) Vanity and falsehood, remove far from me, Neither poverty nor riches, give me, Feed me with the food appointed me:

Proverbs 30:8 RV Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me:

Proverbs 30:8 JUB Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the bread of my judgment:


Isaiah 30:20-21 JUBILEE VERSION But the Lord shall give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction; thy rain shall never more be taken away, but thine eyes shall see thy rain: (21) Then thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, that ye not turn to the right hand and that ye not turn to the left hand.  [No more BROAD WAY, this is our Call to the Narrow Way.  Hearing a Voice BEHIND us is the wrong place to hear the Voice!  His Sheep know His Voice and Follow Him, right. This is correction for us.