Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Misconceptions - Service

Where are we missing the mark?

I have been doing some studying lately on a particular doctrine and have come across some amazing truths that some folks just do not want to believe.  The question came to mind, “What will happen to those who have accepted Christ, properly, yet do not live their lives based upon the proper doctrine?” 

I know of a man who decided to build a deck using rocks as the main support for the four-by-four posts which would hold the deck off of the ground.  This is something he would do quite often because that is the way he was taught to build.  Today, that deck is falling to pieces; it is uneven, and unsafe for anyone to walk across.  He was building based upon the knowledge that he had.  Yet, if an inspector came along to inspect the work, he would not pass the deck when it was originally constructed.  If the builder really believes that he built the deck properly, does that mean the inspector will accept the work he is shown?  Absolutely not!  Neither how vehemently the builder feels about the work, nor how strong his convictions are about the deck; his work will not pass inspection.  However, had the builder built the deck using the proper foundation and the proper building materials, then his work would be accepted by the inspector? 

What if the same builder built a deck using the proper foundation, but he used pipe cleaners to build the deck.  Would the work be accepted by the inspector?  Absolutely not!  Once again, the strong feelings, or the strong convictions do not make the work acceptable. 
In Act 18:24-28, we read of a certain Jew, whose name is Apollos.  This man was eloquent and mighty in the scriptures.  He was instructed in the way of the Lord and was fervent in the spirit.  This man spake and taught diligently.  Is this certain Jew passionate about what he is teaching?  Does he feel as though he has gotten everything he needs to understand God’s word?  The answer, of course, is yes!  Yet we find out that there is much he needs to know.
“And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John. And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly. And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace: For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publickly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ.” KJV
Aquila and Priscilla, hears this man speaking boldly in the synagogue.  Yet, they know something that he does not know.  Their response is to take that man aside and expound unto him the way of God, more perfectly.  They had some information that would change the way this man thinks.  Do you think he told them that he had an experience that only he could understand and that he just knows he is right?  I am sure he did. 
This is what is going on in many churches today.  Some people have the wrong foundation while others have the proper foundation.  Some of those who have the proper foundation, which is Christ, are building with the wrong material.  Therefore, the inspector will not approve your work.  Once again, it does not matter how much you think you are building correctly, or how sure you are using the proper materials.  If you are not using the proper material, it will not be accepted. 

Of course, this automatically brings to mind 1st Corinthians 3:9-15.
“For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building. According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.” KJV
“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:” KJV
Paul makes a statement that we must make mention of, “…I have laid the foundation…which is Jesus Christ…”. 
Questions – Has anyone in scripture ever preached about Jesus Christ?  Absolutely!  How can Paul make such a bold statement?  There is something in this message, given to Paul, which is unique to him and him alone.  How are we then built up?  By the gospel revealed to the Apostle Paul. 
Colossians 2:6-10 states:
You received Christ by trusting God’s word by faith.  You believed the verses where it says you are saved by grace through faith.  You agreed with God when He said you are saved by trusting that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose the third day.  (Romans 10:17; Ephesians 2:8, 9; I Corinthians 15:1-4)  That is how you are to walk in Him.  You trust the words on the pages of scripture; rightly dividing the word of truth.  Your faith should not be found in any other books.  Your faith should not be blindly trusting in an experience. Your faith should not be found in some ceremony. Your faith should solely rest in the word of God to you.  Build, with the proper materials, upon the only foundation.  This foundation is Jesus Christ.  The building material is found in the books of Romans through Philemon.

Grace and Peace,
Greg Resor
Complete in Him

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