Luke 9: Jesus teaches discipleship

When we read Luke chapter 9 we see what Jesus speaks to His disciples (including those He has chosen to be with Him at that time, and those who come to Him and try to follow too).

My notes:

1. He speaks of and shows them the right motive for using His authority and the power of the Holy Spirit.

2. He speaks of the only way of receiving and using His authority and power: one has to totally let go of self. Otherwise, one does not qualify and will misuse them.

3. Jesus shows that the use of His authority and power is for good and not for evil. The motive (heart’s desire) of having them is to save and heal the weak and vulnerable, the poor, the sick, the lost and the oppressed.

4. He warns of the spiritual forces behind a man’s motive. True disciples must be spiritually discerning of the spirits affecting one’s motive.

5. He also warns of the hindrances from our flesh (refusing to let go of self).

~~~~~~~~~~~~~Bible verses (quoted in parts; boldness added)

Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. And He said to them, Take nothing for the journey, neither staffs nor bag nor bread nor money; and do not have two tunics apiece.

“Whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart. And whoever will not receive you, when you go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet as a testimony against them.”


13 But He said to them, You give them something to eat.”

18 And it happened, as He was alone praying, that His disciples joined Him, and He asked them, saying, Who do the crowds say that I am?”

20 He said to them, But who do you say that I am?”

21 And He strictly warned and commanded them to tell this to no one, 22 saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.”

23 Then He said to them all, If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily,[a] and follow Me. 

29 As He prayed, the appearance of His face was altered, and His robe became white and glistening. 35 And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son.[b] Hear Him!”

41 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here.”

But while everyone marveled at all the things which Jesus did, He said to His disciples, 44 Let these words sink down into your ears, for the Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men.”

48 and said to them, Whoever receives this little child in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me. For he who is least among you all will be great.”

50 But Jesus said to him, Do not forbid him, for he who is not against us[c] is on our side.”[d]

55 But He turned and rebuked them,[f] and said, You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. 56 For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.[g] And they went to another village.

58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”

60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.”

62 But Jesus said to him, No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”


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