2012-11-21 - The Only Truth
The Epistles of John ~ Part 76 ~ 1 John
Lesson Number 1: John was warning believers against the dangers of being caught up by false teachers, and Christians are just as vulnerable today. They get taken in by in the Campings, Copelands, Hines, etc. But they don't need to do so. If we remember the call to test the spirit - the teachings of men against God's word, His truths - His Spirit will always give us discernment. But we need to be more concerned for truth than for our own opinions - or what makes us comfortable.
Lesson Number 2: There really is no way into the presence of God, other than for judgment, without coming to Christ and accepting His offer of salvation. It doesn't matter how arrogant this may be perceived by the lost; it is still the only Truth that matters. So let us be willing to lovingly present it to the lost who God places in our path.
So Truth serves two aspects. The first is the way to salvation.
"Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6).
The second is a basis for the believer to have discernment in distinguishing those who are speaking for God, and those who are speaking for themselves.
"Dear friends, don't trust every spirit. On the contrary, test the spirits to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. Here is how you recognize the Spirit of God: every spirit which acknowledges that Yeshua the Messiah came as a human being, is from God, and every spirit which does not acknowledge Yeshua is not from God" (1 John 4:1-3 CJB)
Harry Ironside closes this section by stating:
""He that knowelth God, heareth us; he that is not of God, heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error." Any man who knows God will hear the Word of God. We can test ourselves by that. Do you accept the testimony given in this blessed Word, the testimony of our Lord Himself? He that is of God hears this testimony, and he that is not of God rejects it, and John says, "Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error." What a blessed thing it is to know God as revealed in the Lord Jesus Christ. What a wonderful thing it is to realize that He has come so close to us. He, the infinite holy One whom these poor finite minds of ours could not comprehend, has become Man, that we might see in Him God fully revealed. Shall we not praise Him and adore Him?" 1
Praise God, from whom all blessing flow;
To be continued.