Marks of a Disciple

Updated: Jan 13, 2019

Galatians 6:17 HCSB From now on, let no one cause me trouble, because I carry the marks of Jesus on my body.

1. A Spirit of Meekness Dear brothers and sisters, if another Christian is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to full into the same temptation yourself. (Galatians 6:1)

Note: a. Overcome by sin. This means that a person has been surprised by a temptation and suddenly fallen. It is another matter entirely to enter into sin deliberately through rebellion. b. Gently. Gentleness does not mean that we don’t try to correct or rebuke. It means we do not approach the issue with wrath and passion as though we will somehow conquer over our brother. It means we temper our approach with love and do no more than is absolutely necessary.

James 3:17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no partiality and is always sincere.

c. Humbly. Humility is indicated when we realize that we are just as likely to fall into the same temptation.

 Titus 3:3-7 Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled by others and became slaves to many wicked desires and evil pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy. We hated others, and they hated us. (4) But then God our Savior showed us his kindness and love. (5) He save us, not because of the good things we did, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins and gave us a new life through the Holy Spirit. (6) He generously poured out the Spirit upon us because of what Jesus Christ our Savior did. (7) He declared us not guilty because of his great kindness. And now we know that we will inherit eternal life.


d. Restore. In Greek, this word was used to mean to put a dislocated bone back in place. This can often be a painful process. However, it is necessary for the proper functioning of the body.

e. Careful. We must remember that the next time we may be the ones who need the correction. Correct the person in the same manner you would like someone to treat you in the future.

2. A Bearing of Burdens

Share each other’s troubles and problems, and in this way obey the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2) Note:

a. Share. We are to exercise empathy, trying to understand what led the person to fall.

b. Troubles. This can also be taken to mean that we are to help through general life issues, offering what support and aid we can.

c. Problems. When a person is struggling with sin, we are to give them what help we can to get out of it.

d. Obey. It is not a matter of waiting until you feel like it. It is a matter of duty – of obedience. e. Law of Christ. Though we are no longer under the old Mosaic Law, we are under a law – Christ’s. And that law is characterized by seeking the good of our neighbor. It is marked by sacrificial love.

Romans 13:8-10 Pay all you debts, except the debt of love for others. You can never finish paying that! If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill all the requirements of God’s law. (9) For the commandments against adultery and murder and stealing and coveting – and any other commandment – are all summed up in this one commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (10) Love does no wrong to anyone, so love satisfies all of God’s requirements.

3. A Proving of Work

If you think you are too important to help someone in need, you are only fooling yourself. You are really a nobody. Be sure to do what you should, for then you will enjoy the personal satisfaction of having done your work well, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. (Galatians 6:3-4)

a. Too important to help. We must not allow the vanity or self-seeking spirit of life to overcome us. We are never so busy, nor so important that we cannot take the time out to do what is right. 1 Corinthians 9:19 This means I am not bound to obey people just because they pay me, yet I have become a servant of everyone so that I can bring them to Christ.

b. Fooling yourself. Self-conceit is self-deceit.

c. Do what you should. Again, we are reminded to do our duty. We are to do what is right regardless of the personal cost. In doing this, we will truly be disciples of the Master.

d. Personal satisfaction. This disregard for personal cost, this willingness to do what is right, this seeking out the good of others even over our own, will inevitably lead to true satisfaction.

e. Done your work well. Thus, our work will be proved. Thus, we will know that we have pleased the Master and will hear His commendation at the Bema Seat.

f. Compare…to anyone else.

2 Corinthians 10:12 Oh, don’t wor