THE BETTER WAY

Witness – one who reports what they saw, heard, or experienced

Jesus taught by example and parables and illustrations which He then lived out before them and they followed His examples.

This is the purpose of scripture

2Ti_3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

All scripture is based on the spoken word of God (except when God wrote the 10 commandments in stone), it is used to confirm that it speaks of Jesus.  It instructs us in righteousness but is not able to lead un into righteousness.  Like the law, it is a schoolmaster to lead us to Jesus Christ.  But conforming us to His image is given to the Holy Spirit, not scripture.  When the Holy Spirit re-speaks scripture to us, it changes us.  Apart from the Holy Spirit, scriptures are just words on a page.  Good words, true words, sure words, but not words of life until the Holy Spirit brings life to them.  c

It says true things such as

Jas_2:8  If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:

But can not cause any to do as it asks or commands.  It never says it does, it never says that is its purpose.  It says that such is the purpose of the Holy Spirit.  We need to let the Holy Spirit do His job and scripture to do its job.  The Holy Spirit is the source of present truth, to guide and reveal.  Scripture is the written mind of the Holy Spirit, which He will not violate.

Why do preachers constantly say, “let us turn to the bible” when they are trying to explain something?  How much more effective would it be to say, “Let us turn to the Holy Spirit to give life to the scriptures we are about to read”?  Why have we allowed scripture to replace the function of the Holy Spirit?  The Holy Spirit uses scripture when He speaks and reveals and we are to test, by the Holy Spirit, all utterances made by man and those utterances must not be in disagreement with scripture.  That is the purpose of scripture.

Isa_55:11  So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

We wrongly think that merely repeating scripture makes it happen according to scripture.  But that is not what scripture says.  It is the present word proceeding from the Mouth of God that can not return void.

If scripture did not return void and did accomplish what God intended, then why do we have so many differing and conflicting doctrines and denominations?  Only when we live by what God IS SAYING  and let Him speak His words through us does the certainty of Isa_55:11 is true.

Mat_4:4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

That is how Jesus lived and why the Father did signs and wonders by His word through Jesus.  Reading scripture can help us know about Jesus, but only the Holy Spirit can help us KNOW Him and be like Him.  Don’t abandon the reading of scriptures, but allow the Holy Spirit to reveal Jesus through them.  Knowing Jesus was never meant to be an intellectual activity.  We need to obey scripture and learn of Him – not just about Him.

Mt 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn [1c) to learn by use and practice] of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

  • Leanring OFJesus brings rest to our souls, Learning ABOUT Jesus produces hypocrisy, trying to be something we can’t be without the work of the Holy Spirit.

OBEDIENCE
We have disconnected God’s words from obedience.  We do not treat His words as commands, but something to be studied, and to have opinions about, but not to obey (except the ones we can do in our own strength).
The reason why most don’t obey is because they know they can not do it.  And the reason they think they can not obey is that they look at their own resources, not the resources of God that He has given to those He has created anew.
His commands are meant to cast all of our dependency upon Him and count on Him to accomplish all things He has said.

Mt 7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

  • Seems we do not hear nor do, we just read, study, memorize. In the same manner and the same reason we do in secular schools.

Mt 17:5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.

Joh 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

  • We have His commandments in our heart and can keep them,  Having them in our head only brings condemnation

Joh 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

Joh_6:63  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

  • His words are spirit and life and the mind is not the organ that can hold or grasp or understand them.  Yet we continually try to educate the mind about God.
  • God has never changed His method of bringing life, it is always by His spoken word.  All of scripture testifies to that truth.  For it was only as God’s people responded to His voice and words through His spokesman that He accomplished all.

2Co 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Heb 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

  • more than obeying doctrine or written, obeying HIM.   We are not built to obey written words, but the spoken words of our Father, for our response then is out of love, not duty.

2Th 1:8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:

  • a strong warning to not just hear but OBEY

Heb 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

  • we must examine ourselves to see if we are truly in the faith.  Obedience to His voice proves we are.

Mt 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

  • This goes beyone morality, or trying to obey scripture.  He personally has commanded us
  • Joh_10:27  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
  • They follow His VOICE and He speaks to them and they HEAR Him if they are true sheep.

Lu 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

  • Can we answer that question?

Lu 6:47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:

Eph 4:20 But ye have not so learned Christ; 21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him (not by scripture apart from Him), as the truth is in Jesus: 22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

  • This is how we do His works and are able to obey Him

1Jo 2:6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

  • It is about abiding, above knowing doctrine

Jer 6:16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.

  • Are we seeking the “old” orginal foundations or trying some new thing?

Heb 4:3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

Heb 4:10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. 11 ¶ Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

  • Not lack of learning, but unbelief

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