Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Not To The World (LS28)

          'Last Sermon of Jesus'

John 14:21-22 "He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him." Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, "Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?"
   Judas posed this question because he doesn’t understand God’s will and plan. Similarly today, there are all types of contradicting and destructive doctrines, which were prophesied by Hosea;

Hosea 4:6 "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children."
    Whenever we interpret scripture, we must ensure that it is not against the Attributes of God, His words of the prophets, Jesus' words and promises, nor the whole counsel of God.

Some of God’s Attributes: He is the Almighty God, Creator of heaven and earth, never changes, a God of justice, righteous, just, faithful, merciful, love, upright, etc.

Righteous:-  God cannot sin,
Just:-  Everyone who believes in Him will be saved,
Faithful:-  He must fulfill His word,
Upright:-  His works are meant for the good of man,

             Words of Jesus
Mark 13:31 "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away."

         Promises of Jesus
John 15:14 "You are My friends if you do whatever I command you."

    If we can discount Jesus’ words and promises (which do not need to be fulfilled), then this distorted doctrine or heresy has made our Lord Jesus Christ a liar and deceiver.

Titus 3:4-7, 9 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.... But avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and striving about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless.
    Throw away all denominational doctrines, which are unbiblical, and come back to the word of God. Then, we will be able to find the love and unity that our Lord requires of us. Brethren, just imagine the sorrow we have given Him by our divisions, caused by our pride in keeping the traditions of men.

Mat 15:7-9 "Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: 'These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'"