TruthBro. David Chancellor
3/16/2003 6:00 PM
2 Peter 1:15-21
Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance. For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
Peter was telling these that he wanted to deal with them in such a way that when he was gone they would still have the gospel. This is a minister's concern. Each person has to decide how things will be with him. We want the gospel to be here as long as the world stands. If people would have the gospel, they must have the word of God. This word is not "ours." We didn't write the gospel. It didn't come from some man. It came from God through men. It is God's work. The gospel isn't "our little thing." If God's word gets through to someone it will be the same wherever you go. Man tends to claim things as "mine." This is what causes sectism. This says that it isn't ours to claim exclusively. We don't need some man's point of view; we need God.
Peter received the word of God. His was more sure than a feeling, emotion or wonderful observance. God's word has come down to us. We can claim it as our own, but this doesn't mean that others can't have it, too.
Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught. And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned? Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.
These marvelled because Jesus hadn't been to school. Even today, people want to know what school the ministry have been to. Jesus wasn't willing to claim his doctrine as his. He got it from God. Christ was only going to speak what God gave him to speak.
Catholicism says that the church has the authority to write its own rules. The church doesn't have the authority to write its own rules. It's the word of God, or it's not. The doctrines of the church of God should be the word of God. When we look into the word, we don't look there to find "what we believe", but, we look to find what God says. When it is in our hearts to do God's will, we will get God's yardstick to check things out.
If Jesus said that the words he spoke weren't his, but God's, how much more should we endeavor to find what God has to say. Every Christian should be a Bible scholar. Everything that speaks of itself seeks its own glory. We want to be careful not to misrepresent the word of God. It's HIS word, not ours. Seek God's glory and lift him up. We want his word just like it is. The church isn't given authority to write its own rules; we should seek to know what the word of God says. If someone knows enough gospel to know that you can be saved and have the Holy Spirit, he can let the Holy Spirit be his teacher. The Holy Spirit is important if we would k now the truth.
It's not "ours"; it's God's. Focus on God's word, and learn what he has to say. Hear it the way God intended.
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Paul didn't claim what he preached to be his gospel. Not everyone will approve when you tell what God has to say. Our goal should be to please God. We don't want it twisted or bent out of shape to match our ideas. Check the scripture to see what it has to say. Don't search for scriptures to justify an idea, if it isn't the word of God.
Paul told them if they got some other gospel, to throw it away. His message didn't rest on his authority as a minister; it rested on something higher. The Holy Spirit will teach the same throughout the generations. If an idea of man clashes with the word of God, we need to let it go. Spend time finding out what the word of God says. Make sure that it is God's word. The word has one author and it out to all work together. Men's ideas will contradict each other. Before long you'll have sects because each group will be following their own ideas. If something seems to contradict, dig deeper, and find the real meaning. God's word won't contradict itself.
God's word is his, and we need to treat it with reverence and respect. Keep it exactly as it is.
1 Thessalonians 2:1-7
For yourselves, brethren, know our entrance in unto you, that it was not in vain: But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention. For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile: But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts. For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness: Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:
Paul didn't go as a vain man. He came and spoke in the same way as he had at Philippi, even though he'd been treated shamefully. Paul treated the gospel as a great treasure. He was careful to live a life that wouldn't bring reproach on the gospel. He didn't use flattering words; he wasn't seeking his own gain or the glory of others. He saw the trust he was entrusted with. He saw the gospel as a trust. He didn't want it to be harmed or to suffer loss in any way.
Our lives need to match the word. The gospel is a trust to each one of us from God. Don't treat it lightly or be indifferent about it. The gospel can be personal to us, and still not be private (ours exclusively). It's God's. It is a trust we must carry carefully. We don't want people to make light of the word of God.
It's a wonderful thing to say that we have the truth, the word of God. Yet, we want others to have it, too. We need the Holy Spirit with us to open it to us. It takes him to reveal it.
1 Corinthians 2:7-10
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
Paul was speaking to them the word of God. If men had known the word of God, they would have recognized. They had the word, but didn't comprehend it. With all their reading, they didn't have the word of God. They had the words on paper, but didn't understand what it conveyed. For much of humanity, they can read the Bible, but not understand it. They don't have the Spirit of God to open their understanding. The gospel is there for every man. The word of God has been there all the way through. In every case, the gospel has been revealed by the Spirit of God to man.
God's word works with his Spirit to reveal the truth to men's' understanding. People find salvation when they can come to understand the truth. This is for everyone everywhere. Just get a Bible, and read it, and seek understanding. It's there for our benefit and for our help. God's word is for everyone, and he can teach each one his doctrine.