“Follower of Christ”

By definition, a Christian is a “follower of Christ”.

As we follow Christ, we become a disciple of Christ. The word “disciple” means a “learner, i.e. pupil”. The word “follow” in its Greek meaning, has to do with “union” and “a road”. This is very interesting when you think on these two words. When you picture in your mind being in union with someone on a road to somewhere. Along with that, the word “follow” also means, “to be in the same way with, i.e. to accompany, reach”. When these meanings are combined, we can really see the union that is involved as one “follows”.

However, its is very important to be reminded just who we are to be “following”. This is not just anybody we are to be following. This is the Son of God. This is the Lord. This is the Saviour. A due honor and respect must always be in order as we follow.

When Jesus said to Peter and Andrew “Follow me,” (Mt.4:19) what it meant by definition was, “Come here and get behind me, or get to the back”. It is important to remember this. When we follow Christ, we are following behind him. Yes, we are in union with him, but following “at the back”. This is also good to visualize. “Where He leads, I will follow”.

In the book of Mark, he says, “Come ye (you) after me,” (Mk.1:17) Coming after Christ is a follower of Christ (Christian). We learn as we follow. We become disciples as we follow. I like what the prophet Hosea said regarding this. “Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord:”(Ho.6:3a) The words “follow on” here mean to “run after, pursue”.

The Lord willing, I would like to address in another post, the prime condition, or requirement for being a Christian (follower of Christ).


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3 Responses to ““Follower of Christ””

  1. Peter Says:

    Still here Richard? Your blog is as quiet as mine right now.

  2. Richard Says:

    Hi Peter! Yeah, i have been doing my “online ministry” through facebook. Just very recently, i have been thinking and asking the Lord about going back into blogging. We will see. I should at least, copy what i write on fb and post it here. I’ve done a little of that.
    Hope all is well! God bless you!

    • Peter Says:

      All well, thank you Richard, just coming off the back of a difficult year of ministry. This may be why I don’t see you around as much, I am an infrequent FB user!



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