What We Need to Be Effective for GodBro. David Chancellor
10/8/2006 11:00 AM
And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
Jesus is compared to the religious leaders of his date, and the people were surprised at the difference. The scribes and Pharisees didn’t teach like Jesus taught. His teaching had authority that the scribes’ teaching didn’t have. The reason for this was that the scribes were teaching for doctrine the commandments of men, and the commandments of men never hold the same authority that the word of God has. Jesus’ words gripped people because they knew they’d heard what God had to say about things.
We desire to see God’s work accomplished. We want to be able to be used of God to touch hearts and minds. To do this, we need to live our lives to accomplish God’s purpose and work. We should desire to do his work, and have people see him in us.
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.
The people wondered how Jesus became educated in the law. What Jesus had went beyond education. Letters alone won’t make you effective for God. Credentials don’t make you authoritative. There’s benefit in learning, but it isn’t enough alone. Jesus had authority in his teaching because he got it from the author. What we carry to others isn’t ours. It doesn’t matter what I say, because that’s just my opinion. Jesus didn’t come to offer an opinion. He was sharing what God had to say. We need to carry the word of God to others. The word of God will have an effect on people. People can figure out whether or not what you are saying is from God. If it is just your opinion, they probably won’t pay attention to what you have to say.
"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." Your motive in what you have to say does matter. When you promote your own opinion, your motive is to lift up yourself. When we speak the word of God, what we speak is not ours. You can’t copyright the word of God. We want others to receive the benefit of the word of God. We want to glorify God. This isn’t about us, it’s about God.
But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake. And it shall turn to you for a testimony. Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
People marveled at Jesus’ words because he hadn’t been educated in the law. His words had authority because he was sharing what God had to say, and his motive was to lift up God.
When you get put on the spot, you don’t have to write out a script. The intellect of man can only take you so far. When God gives you something to say, it can’t be argued with. No one can argue with God and win.
Some churches are dogmatic. They decide what the church will teach. This puts you back where the scribes and Pharisees were at. It lacks the authority of the word of God and comes across as man’s opinion.
But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them. And the gospel must first be published among all nations. But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought before hand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.
Only when the Holy Ghost speaks through you will it be irresistible. As humans, we can be wrong, even if we’re Spirit-led. When people are wrong, we don’t blame that on the Holy Spirit. If we’re wrong, we should want to know what is right, because we want to be right with God. When the Holy Ghost speaks, we need to listen. The Spirit of God will grip our hearts and minds, and help us to see how to live. Your conscience will let you know when it is God’s word.
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.
The Spirit of the Father was speaking through Jesus. We should be able to speak to people about what concerns their souls. It takes the Spirit of God to be able to say what is needed to touch people’s hearts.
I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself, but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
Jesus was telling his disciples how much they needed the Holy Spirit. We need the Spirit, too. We need him to guide us into the truth. God’s Spirit will get it right and help our understanding.
Jesus was showing that the Father, Spirit and Son are one. They bring what is needed to help our understanding. They give us what we need to speak.
2 Corinthians 10:7-13
Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ’s, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ’s, even so are we Christ’s. For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed; That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters. For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful: but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible. Let such an one think this, that, such as we are in word by letters when we are absent, such will we be also in deed when we are present. For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves are not wise. But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the ruler which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you.
We don’t want to just look at the outward. Many could claim to speak the word of God. We don’t want to boast of our authority. We want to speak with the Spirit of God gives for the edification of others.
"For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful: but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible." Paul didn’t think of himself as some great person. His letters were weighty and powerful because he spoke what God gave him to speak. He wrote to them because God stirred him and gave him something to say.
We want to have the word of authority for edification. We want to speak what will grip people’s souls and help them spiritually.
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Paul experienced being brought before the council. He asked for prayer to be able to speak, not in his own defense or to argue his case, but to speak the gospel as it ought to be spoken. He wanted to speak as God would have him to speak.
We need to be able to pray for each other that we would all be able to speak what is needed to influence others for God. We want the Spirit of God to speak through us, so that others will hear from God.