With the disciples there was a PROGRESSION OF FAITH.
Faith was not instantaneous with the followers of Christ. They started out just like us. They heard Jesus speak and they began their walk of following Him. In these series of studies we will learn how to move from faith to faith. The Word also teaches us how to move from grace to grace and glory to glory, but those are for another time. For now, we are moving from faith to faith.
In study Part 1 we said...
FIRST: Our Lord Jesus came on the scene and two of the disciples of John the Baptist leaves John to follow our Lord.
SECOND: We find that the doctrine of leaving and cleaving.
Leaving and cleaving is the first command God gave Adam and Eve as a marriage command. The command was to leave the parents and to cleave to one another.
This was a shadow of the substance in the spiritual when we are called to leave the world, leave the law, and leave anything that would cause divided devotion and to cleave to the Lord Jesus Christ.
One of the disciples that left John the Baptist to follow our Lord Jesus was Andrew. He left the teachings of John the Baptist, who was pointing to the light to cleave to the Lord Jesus Christ who was the light. Too many believers have left the world and sin but they are cleaving to a denomination, to a building, or to a creed or code of moral ethics. Jesus said one command to these young believers, "Follow me." After over 2,000 years the command remains the same. "Follow me."
John 1:40 ESV One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother.
Charles Morris. Founder and Senior Pastor of RSIM USA.