Today, I have some random Red Letters for you because today is another Red Letter Day!
There are tons of folks out there who want to tell you that Jesus’ words are unreliable, that they can’t be trusted. Some of them are scholars who have spent decades researching ancient languages and documents. Others are those who use seemingly impenetrable arguments and logic to “prove” the Bible to be full of holes.
Jesus makes a statement in John 7 that helps me to understand who I should listen to.
If anyone wants to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority. ~ John 7:17
Before you can believe anyone’s theology, you need to take a peek at their life. Jesus tells us that the only ones who can rightly judge Jesus’ doctrine are the ones who desire to do the will of the Father.
That word ‘will’ (the first one - thelō) means:
1) to will, have in mind, intend
- to be resolved or determined, to purpose
- to desire, to wish
- to love
2) to like to do a thing, be fond of doing
- to take delight in, have pleasure
Do you see it? Only people who are trying to do the will of God have the right to judge the word of God. [Tweet This]
So next time someone tries to talk you out of something Jesus told you – check the fruit. If this is a person whose main desire is to do the will of God, who is striving to walk in the light, and bring light to all around – he might be a good source. But on the other hand, if he is casual about life in general, and careless about the will of God for his life – that is a bit suspect.
If he or she simply rejects Jesus altogether, your job then is to simply love them, pray for them, and preach the Word (Jesus) to them. Leave the rest up to Him.
See you again soon.