Take Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus

This is a subsidiary post of Following Jesus.

There are five places (all in the Gospels) where Jesus speaks of taking up our cross and following Him.  (To find these, I searched all occurrences of “cross” in the NASB New Testament at BibleGateway.com.)

Note the slight variation in wording from one verse to the next.  What’s important is the idea being conveyed, not the exact words used in each case.  The meaning of these five verses is all the same.

Matthew 10:38 – “…take his cross and follow after Me…”  –  The context for this verse is Matthew 10:1-42.

Matthew 16:24 – “…take up his cross and follow Me.”  –  The context for this verse is Matthew 16:13-28.

Mark 8:34 – “…take up his cross and follow Me.”  –  The context for this verse is Mark 8:27-38.

Luke 9:23 – “…take up his cross daily and follow Me.”  –  The context for this verse is Luke 9:18-27.

Luke 14:27 – “…carry his own cross and come after Me…”  –  The context for this verse is Luke 14:25-35.

Commandments with a Promise

This is a subsidiary post of Commandments.
It is also a subsidiary post of Promises.

Foundation Verse

Ephesians 6:2-3

Verses

Ephesians 6:2-3

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Proverbs 1:23

 

Quarrels, Disputes, Dissensions…

Related words:  conflict, dispute, dissension, fight, quarrel, resist, strife, undisciplined, unruly, war

Contrasting posts:

Matthew 5:39  –  “…do not resist an evil person…”  –  Consider this in light of James 5:6 below.

James 4:1  –  “What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members?”  –  According to www.lockman.org, the Greek word translated as “conflicts” in this verse is Strong’s # 3163 which appears a total of 4 times in the NASB New Testament and is elsewhere translated as “conflicts” (2 Corinthians 7:5)  “quarrels” (2 Timothy 2:23),  and “disputes” (Titus 3:9).
James 4:2  –  “You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask.”
James 4:3  –  “You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.”

James 5:6  –  “You have condemned and put to death the righteous man; he does not resist you.”  –  Consider this in light of Matthew 5:39 above.

Jesus as Prophet

This is a subsidiary post of Jesus.

I went through all occurrences of “prophet” in the Gospels and Acts to produce this list.

Matthew 13:57  –  Jesus implies He is a prophet.

Matthew 21:11

Matthew 21:46

Mark 6:4  –  Jesus implies He is a prophet.

Mark 6:15

Mark 8:28

Luke 4:24  –  Jesus implies He is a prophet.

Luke 7:16

Luke 7:39  –  By challenging the notion that Jesus was a prophet, this Pharisee confirms that there was such a notion about Him.  See also John 7:52 below.

Luke 9:8

Luke 13:33  –  Jesus implies He is a prophet.

Luke 24:19

John 1:21  –  These questions imply that there was an expectation for “the Prophet” as there was for “the Messiah.”  See note on Deuteronomy 18:15 below.

John 1:25  –  Same as note on John 1:21 above.

John 4:19

John 4:44  –  Jesus implies He is a prophet.

John 6:14

John 7:40

John 7:52  –  As with the Pharisee in Luke 7:39, these critics confirm that others held Jesus to be a prophet.

John 9:17

Acts 3:22, 23 (quoting Deuteronomy 18:15 below)

Acts 7:37

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Deuteronomy 18:15  –  In Acts 2:22-23 above, Peter confirms that Jesus is the one of whom Moses prophesied in this verse.

Loving His Name

This is a subsidiary post of Our Love for God.
It is also a subsidiary post of Our Love for the Things of God.
It is also a subsidiary post of The Name of the Lord.

Related post:  Those Who Love God Have a Concern for His Name

Hebrews 6:10  –  “…the love which you have shown toward His name…”

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Psalm 5:11  –  “…that those who love Your name may exult in You.”

Psalm 69:36 –  “…and those who love His name will dwell in it.”

Psalm 119:132  –  “…those who love Your name.”

Isaiah 56:6  –  “…to minister to Him, and to love the name of the LORD,”

 

Grace Involves Subjection to Authority

This is a subsidiary post of Grace Involves Law.

Related post: Actualizing the Lordship of Christ

Matthew 7:23 (quoting Psalm 6:8)  –  “…’DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.'”  –  Grace without law is lawlessness.  Compare with Jude 1:4 below.

Matthew 11:29, 30  –  “…My yoke…”  –  Contrast with Acts 15:10; this is the contrast between the law of Moses and the law of Christ (The Law of Moses Versus the Law of Christ).

Jude 1:4  –  “…turn the grace of God into licentiousness…”  –   Grace minus law equals licentiousness.  Compare with Matthew 7:23 above.

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Isaiah 30:30  –  “And the LORD will cause His voice of authority to be heard…”

Micah 4:7  –  “…And the LORD will reign over them in Mount Zion from now on and forever.”

Micah 5:2  –  “…to be ruler in Israel…

 

A Listening Heart

This is a subsidiary post of Conditions of the Heart.

Contrasting posts:

Related posts:

Matthew 10:27  –  “whispered in your ear”

Matthew 13:9  –  “ears…hear”

Luke 24:32  –  “our hearts burning within us”

John 14:26  –  “bring to your remembrance”  –  Is this not also a form of listening?

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1 Kings 19:11, 12  –  “a sound of a gentle blowing”
1 Kings 19:11-12 KJV  –  “a still small voice”
1 Kings 19:11-12 ESV  –  “the sound of a low whisper”

Psalm 81:13  –  “listen”

Ecclesiastes 5:1, 2  –  “listen”

Ecclesiastes 9:17  –  “heard”

Jeremiah 32:33  –  “listen”

Jeremiah 35:13  –  “listening”

Bible Notes on “Christians should be about Christ”

The scripture references below go with today’s post of A Scriptural Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

2 Corinthians 11:3

Philippians 1:20

Any quotations of Scripture are taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.

Bible Notes on “God’s word is more powerful than any weapon that Satan has”

The scripture references below go with today’s post of A Scriptural Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Isaiah 54:17

Ephesians 6:15

Romans 16:20

2 Corinthians 12:9

Any quotations of Scripture are taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.

Bible Notes on “You must resist Satan if you want to walk with God”

The scripture references below go with today’s post of A Scriptural Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

James 4:7

2 Timothy 2:24, 25, 26

Any quotations of Scripture are taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.