|1.||a follower of the doctrines of a teacher or a school of thought|
|2.||one of the personal followers of Christ (including his 12 apostles) during his earthly life|
|[Old English discipul, from Latin discipulus pupil, from discere to learn]|
a scholar, sometimes applied to the followers of John the Baptist (Matt. 9:14), and of the Pharisees (22:16), but principally to the followers of Christ. A disciple of Christ is one who (1) believes his doctrine, (2) rests on his sacrifice, (3) imbibes his spirit, and (4) imitates his example (Matt. 10:24; Luke 14:26, 27, 33; John 6:69).