Frequently I hear people say that the major, serious commands in the Bible are directed at higher Christians, people who are disciples. They have made an extra commitment and have put off Clark Kent faith and are now in Superman faith.
This is a handy excuse for the “nominal” or “carnal” Christian who is looking for a loophole out of doing anything. “Oh, I don’t have to study (pray, love, give money, etc), that’s for disciples, I’m just a believer.”
What is immensely ironic is that the NT uses the term disciple several times to refer to people who are unbelievers (John 6:66; Matthew 10:1-4 for example). Being a disciple does not imply salvation. A disciple is a learner and some learners quit learning and leave.
This is especially juicy when you consider Matthew 28:19, the Great Commission. The KJV says we are to “teach all nations.” Teach has the root word disciple in it in Greek. Which is why the NAS says “make disciples of all nations.”
Oh the juiciness! Seems to me the idea would be this: teach people to learn. Many interpret the Great Commission as a command to save people. However, we all know salvation is from the Lord, it’s His deal. We plant and water, God gives the increase.
We teach, that’s our job. What do we teach? The Word, which is able to make thee wise unto salvation. Our job is to teach, not to get people to believe or be saved. We love to see that outcome, but we cannot manufacture it. Be ready to teach, in season and out.