The root of the word DISCIPLE is the word “discipline.” It takes discipline to follow Christ wholly, Crucified Ones.
I’m preaching to the choir when I say: Only the highest caliber of saints allows their sin natures to be completely crucified. Through the ages, saints who have endured the cross to live in this high and lofty place of common union with the Most High God have been few and far between. People like Enoch, Moses, and John the Apostle were totally separated from the world, which allowed them to live an overcoming life in a crossover place with God, so sacred and beautiful that it begs description. Even though resurrection life (complete crucifixion of worldly and fleshly passions) is not a new grace, it’s been preferred by, and fixed on, by a small number of extremely devout saints. I believe that one of the new things that God is going to do in our day is to extend this crucified life grace (authentic death, burial, resurrection life reality) to a large company of believers.
“That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His suffering, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:10-12 NASB).