Unity of Faith, Not Religions: Ephesians 4:13-15
Monday, September 21, 2020
Today began with this thought:
What GOD deems as sin is sin. He is the Judge of all. He sees the hearts of all.
Jesus’ true disciples will be hated by all because of truth (John 15:18; 16:13). Jesus 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” (John 7:16-18).
If I do not speak and someone dies in their sin, am I remiss? What kind of a servant am I to God? If I seek men’s approval rather than God’s, I make myself repugnant to God my Savior.
“It is better to be divided by truth than to be united in error. It is better to speak the truth that hurts, and then heals, than falsehood that comforts and then kills. Let me tell you something, friend, it is not love, and it is not friendship if we fail to declare the whole counsel of God. It is better to be hated for telling the truth than to be loved for telling a lie…” Adrian Rogers
The Bible is the inerrant Word of God. The Holy Spirit came into my life when I was born again. He—the Spirit of truth—leads me into all truth, and is no lie (1 John 2:27). I can relate to Paul's words, “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord… And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is of GOD by faith” (Philippians 3:6-9).
Educated in Catholic doctrine from the age of six until my college years at a Catholic university, “doing” had preeminence over genuine faith. Over time, practices that the RCC accounted as sin no longer were sin: eating meat on Fridays, touching the host, attending Mass on Sundays only, etc. Many man-made regulations changed (Matthew 23:13). I began to question what is sin? How can something be sin one day and not the next? How can you alter these things especially if your eternal destiny depends upon it? What else had I been trained that was false?
What is truth then? What is real? If life after death and eternal judgment are real, where do I go and to whom do I go to find out? Well, that was discovered by me through a conversation with my son’s Sunday school teacher. She had converted from Lutheranism to Catholicism. Bewildered, I asked her, “But what is the basis, the foundation of what you believe?” Her answer: the Bible. The Light went on. From that moment, I came home, and found a Bible, and began to read. From there, God opened a door for me to participate in a home Bible study group. Jesus baptized me with the Holy Spirit, and my new life in Christ began. That was 1985. If there is one Scripture the Holy Spirit has proven to me, it is 1 John 2:27.
When Jesus opened the book of Isaiah, “He found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord (Luke 4:17-18).” Jesus said to those present, “This day is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears” (vs. 21).
With what category do you identify? brokenhearted? poor in spirit? poor in health? captive? bruised? The Lord delivered one of my children from meth addiction and continues to be faithful to Acts 16:31. Jesus procured deliverance for all. He is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). He is God’s Messiah. He is our kinsman-Redeemer. Clearly, the Stone rejected by the builders is become the chief Cornerstone, “…a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious” (1Peter 2:4). “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me…I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain” (Galatians 2:20-21).