Jesus Gives Us the Inside Scoop

“I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe.”  John 14:29.

The reason is simple:  so you might believe.

It’s almost comical how little we trust the Word of God.  Claiming to believe in God is different, I guess, than believing Him.  I hear too many people make great claims to faith in Jesus but deny His teachings on a regular basis.

Now don’t get me wrong, having a difference of opinion on interpretation is different than disbelief, definitely.  But denying the authority of the gospels just so we can avoid certain painful teachings is foolishness and robs them of any ability to apply at all.  If we can pick and choose what is true in the gospels, then we become gods with the authority over them not the other way around.

People will continue their quest for being able to have their cake and eat it too, I suppose, yet it is such a self-defeating way of thinking.  Why not just declare all religions true, in that case, and be as ecumenical as possible?  It makes far more sense to see all gods as characteristics of the real one than to take one we like and infuse what isn’t there.

Jesus doesn’t allow for this kind of sidestepping at all—at least, according to this gospel He doesn’t.  John ratchets it up a notch later in one of his letters,  If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  If claim we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar and His word has no place in our lives. John doesn’t let anyone off the hook, either, because a few sentences later he goes on to say,  The man who says,   “I know Him,” but does not do what He commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. And, This is how we know we are in Him:  whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did. (John 1:8-10; 2:4, 6)  There’s not much wiggle room in those declarations.

Why is the accuracy of the Bible put down and dismissed so vehemently?

Lots of reasons.

I would say the definitive nature of the Scriptures to lay out sin and righteousness is the main reason many look for a way to discredit them.  I don’t blame them exactly, because I’d like to be able to do some things the Bible says are wrong.  The problem is believing in Jesus is different than believing about Him.  The historical fact of Him is pretty undeniable, so what other defense do we humans have than knocking the validity of the Bible’s authority?  At the same time, Christians who deny the murky history of some books need to recognize the possibility of those writings being true, or at least as accurate in truth as our accepted gospels.

I guess what I’m trying to point out here is there are plenty of reasons not to believe.  If we choose believe and submit to the Scriptures as an authority in our lives, Jesus gives us a valid reason to do so.  His purpose for predicting the coming of the Holy Spirit is so the disciples will have solid evidence for belief.  He also tells them of His immanent death and resurrection for the same reason.  We have the testimony of John again to encourage our faith:  That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.  The life appeared, we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.  We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us.  And our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ.  1 John 1:1-4.

Belief isn’t easy, and neither is faith, but there are rewards for those who confess Jesus as Lord.

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4 Responses to “Jesus Gives Us the Inside Scoop”

  1. chapter18 Says:

    True. The lord’s words are as true as himself. I have blogged on how to know higher truth at http://chapter18.wordpress.com/2010/04/17/pearls-and-the-pebbles/

    Regards
    Narayanan

  2. India Christian Says:

    Jesus speaks the words of God, because he is from God, and God gives the Spirit without limit. India Christian

  3. tlc4women Says:

    I was teaching a high school youth group a few weeks ago. These kids, 17 of them, were all dedicated to the Lord as children, raised in Christian homes. When I asked, “If you died tonight, will you judged at the judgment of believers?” A 17 y/o in the group spoke up indignantly, “You are not allowed to ask us that! That is not nice, and you aren’t allowed.” When I asked if not me then who? She said no one. No one is allowed to ask or judge them in any way because only God can judge. So how much has she been taught, seen or heard?

  4. jonnysoundsketch2 Says:

    Pretty sad commentary on our modern take of God, the Bible and truth

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