Safeguarding the truth

I sometimes look at the content of my blog and wonder if there is enough variety to keep readers interested. This comes from a human mindset that always wants to hear new things and constantly be entertained. In itself it is not a bad mindset to have – but in terms of Christianity it can lead to many churches straying away from the core focus which is Jesus. He is, and should always be, the center of the Gospel.

Paul also wrote about the same topic in Phillipians 3:

“For the rest, my brethren, delight yourselves in the Lord and continue to rejoice that you are in Him. To keep writing to you [over and over] of the same things is not irksome to me, and it is [a precaution] for your safety.” Phillipians 3:1

By repeating the truth over and over again, Paul wanted to protect their newfound safety in Christ. They were surrounded by lawful voices telling them to do various things in order to establish righteousness. He repeated over and over again that Jesus is the only source of their righteousness, and the only way to salvation.

Just like Paul, I will repeat these truths in order to protect my own spiritual safety and that of all the readers.

Stay safe in the singular focus of the Gospel which is Jesus. Stay safe in the knowledge that faith in Him is the only way to attain righteousness. Stay safe in the knowledge that none of your own works can save you. Stay safe in the knowledge that God does not condemn you, and that He loves you without condition.

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Nothing but the truth

Jesus told us directly: “You shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall set you free.” John 8:32

There is no freedom outside of the Gospel of Jesus. There is no liberty when you have to uphold traditions and adhere to a long list of laws. There is no honoring of God if all the emphasis is placed on your works, and how holy you live. True humbleness means admitting you are nothing without the grace and reconciling work of Christ. Proclaiming that Jesus has already accomplished everything necessary to make you holy before God places all the honor and glory in front of His throne, not our own throne.

You cannot experience the divine freedom which Christ came to give whilst living under the law. Jesus came to fulfill the law and adhere to it 100% – so that whomever believes in Him will be blameless before God (through grace).

“Do not think that I have come to do away with or undo the Law or the Prophets; I have come not to do away with or undo but to complete and fulfill them.” Matt 5:17

On the cross, breathing His last breath, Jesus said: “It is finished” (John 19:30). This statement convinces us that He has accomplished all that He came to fulfill and complete (see verse above). Therefore, a new testament was put in place (instead of the old covenant) – where only faith in this completed work can now lead to righteousness.

“By abolishing in His [own crucified] flesh the enmity [caused by] the Law with its decrees and ordinances [which He annulled]; that He from the two might create in Himself one new man [one new quality of humanity out of the two], so making peace. And [He designed] to reconcile to God both [Jew and Gentile, united] in a single body by means of His cross, thereby killing the mutual enmity and bringing the feud to an end.” Eph 2:15-16

The truth that changed my life

God will always reveal Himself to the hungry heart. I experienced this myself on the 11th of March 2004. For a while before this (at that stage being in a legalistic denomination) I felt like my Christian life was filled with half-truths and many contradictions. I prayed that God would break down the lopsided building and start rebuilding the foundation from scratch. He did not hesitate to answer my hunger and prayer with an amazing revelation on His character and truth through a ministry in Potchefstroom – Immanuel Bedieninge.

Some of the truths that became the core of my Christian foundation after that introductory night include the following:

Today I just realized again how precious this truth is, and how once we have experienced it, we should protect it and appreciate it. It truly has the power to change your life.

God’s opinion of you

In life we can sometimes become preoccupied with what people may think of us. When we become born again we are translated into a new Kingdom – a Kingdom where our thoughts will become renewed to reflect the truth.

Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude]” Rom 12:2

The truth is that God’s opinion of you is the only opinion that matters. Read the following previous posts in order to gain more insight into His opinion of you:

Knowing that we are made perfect in Christ is liberating. This will give us the freedom and boldness to approach God without condemnation in our hearts – knowing that He sees us as holy, faultless and blameless.

A quick recap

I thought I’d share some of my older posts from the last few weeks. The wonderful thing about truth is that you can never hear it enough. It will continually change you from the inside out.

Hope you enjoy it!

The Door (Part 2)

In the previous post I spoke about Jesus being the only door through which preachers should approach their church.  In this same chapter (John 10), Jesus refers to Himself both as the Door, and the Shepherd (John 10:11). This means we are part of His flock.  We belong to Him, not a specific denomination.  He is the only truly committed Shepherd and we are under His protection. He has fully dedicated himself to us – He does not flee when danger approaches. He defended us even to the point of laying down His own life. No other earthly shepherd can compare with Him.

The verses I want to focus on is 3 and 5:

“The watchman opens the door for this man, and the sheep listen to his voice and heed it; and he calls his own sheep by name and brings (leads) them out.” John 10:3

“They will never [on any account] follow a stranger, but will run away from him because they do not know the voice of strangers or recognize their call.” John 10:5

We have a built-in voice recognition system which only responds to the voice of Jesus. It is only His voice that will resound in our hearts – any other voice will be of an intruder. This means I don’t have to fear succombing to a lie or being mislead by any other doctrine. As part of Jesus’ flock I will know the true voice of Truth, the voice which confirms every good thing I have heard about the work of the cross and testifies about the love of God.

I am safe and secure.

God’s gift to us (Part 3)

In the previous two posts we spoke about the incredible gift God gave mankind in the sacrifice of Jesus.  He saved us entirely – body, mind and soul.  We’ve already established that faith in the sacrifice of Jesus leads to salvation of our souls and reconciliation with God.  We’ve also established that Jesus took it upon himself to carry every sickness and disease in order for us to experience health.  The third aspect of this complete salvation is the salvation of our minds.

Let’s look at Isaiah 53:5 again:

“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.”

The highlighted part of the verse refers to our minds, and the fact that we can now enjoy peace.  Peace of mind means calmness, composure and freedom from worries.  It is a quiet place of contentment and joy, free from all depression, sadness and anxiety.

John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you.”

“May grace (God’s favor) and peace (which is perfect well-being, all necessary good, all spiritual prosperity, and freedom from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts) be multiplied to you in [the full, personal, precise, and correct] knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” 2 Pet 1:2

A gift needs to be received in order to be enjoyed.  We just need to realize God’s heart towards us, and how blessed we are the moment we are born again.  We must get to know Jesus, who is God’s gift to us.  It is knowing the Truth that will set us free, really and unquestionably free (John 8:32, 36)!