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I had a very deep desire to go through Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John recently to truly evaluate what Jesus is saying throughout His ministry. I came across a few passages specifically in Luke that kind of left me speechless as I disected a bit further in what Jesus was saying to His disciples and ultimately the masses that were following Him throughout Judea.
The verse is in Luke 12:33 and is as follows:
"Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys."
I thought maybe Jesus was simply telling this to a select group of people in this account, but I got to Luke 14:33 and Jesus is saying the same thing to thousands of people.
"So therefore every one of you who does not give up all that he himself possesses, is not able to be My disciple."
What really drove it home for me is when I remembered the account in Antioch in Acts 11:26:
"So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch."
Am I reading this right? From what I am gathering, disciples and Christians are the EXACT SAME THING and Jesus is saying that if I don't sell EVERYTHING I have and give it to the poor then I cannot be a Christian?