The Test of Discipleship

Every scholar recognizes that a test is simply an examination of one's understanding of a subject, an opportunity to give proof of proficiency. Without it, there would be small evidence that the student was assimilating a teacher's instructions, consolidating them, and demonstrating their practical usage. The results of a test make it apparent to the entire classroom which students are grasping a subject and which are not.

Christ Jesus recognized that his disciples must pass the test of demonstration in order to prove not only their acceptance of what he taught but their understanding of it. Toward the end of his ministry, he outlined the determining condition of true discipleship (John 13:35): "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

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