May. 5, 2018

Doctrines of Men Versus Doctrines of God

As helpful as it can be to compare doctrines of different men concerning the Scripture; it also becomes apparent that the doctrines of men about God can lead to a sandy foundation of division, confusion, and error which amounts to a weak and incomplete understanding of the full counsel of God which can only come through the hearing of Christ, which is the doctrine of God, not just about God. Jesus said that His sheep will hear His voice, and will follow no other (Jn 10). I referr you to (Prov 3:5-6, 29:18-19, Mt 16, 17:5, Jn 5:34-44). In order to establish this communication from God, the church must first get on it’s knees and humbly bow to God with unceasing prayer (1 Thess 5:17); My Father’s house is a house of prayer (Mt 21:13), but you have made it a house of merchandise (Jn2:16). 

No matter how sophisticated men become in their intellectual theological reasonings about God, they will never come to the place of knowing God except through a personal union with God through Jesus Christ formed in their own souls. Jesus said that in this alone is eternal life (Jn 17). Jesus clearly said that if we continue in His words we will know the truth and the truth will make us free (Jn 8:31-32). Jesus said that He Himself was the way, the truth and the life (Jn 14:6). Christ became the anointed presence of God to the church when the Holy Spirit was poured out at Pentecost (Ac 1-2). This is why John could say that the Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth (Jn 16:13); that we need no man to teach us truth, for the anointing teaches us all things, and is truth (1 Jn 2:20-27). 

This does not mean that an immature Christian can apply this directly to his own life without first becoming spiritually mature himself. Paul clearly taught that Christians must first  become mature through God gifted mature ministers before they themselves can do the work of Spirit directed ministry and become ministers of the Word of Truth (Eph 4). Jesus said that we would be either condemned or justified by our words (Mt 12:31-37). Paul taught on this need of becoming properly equipped as teachers before attempting to teach others in a way that they may taste God and become mature Christians, lest they crucified Christ afresh (Heb 5:11-6:6). This calling carries with it a great responsibility that will be judged by God Himself (Ja 3:1, 2 Pet, Jude).

May God have mercy on us all.

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