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Have you ever heard someone teaching something that you are not sure about? Maybe you had a certain belief that was questioned, and you didn’t know if it was true or not? What I am about to share with you is no secret. But it is very possible that no one has ever shared it with your before.
There are many people who say that we can not know for sure what is true or not, when it comes to certain doctrines. For example, some people claim that the Bible teaches salvation can be lost due to sin, and others teach that it can never be lost for any reason. Wouldn’t you like to know for sure which doctrine is true?
Psalm 11:2-3 tells us the danger of not having a solid foundation to stand on.
“2 For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart. 3 If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
When you’re in a fight the most important thing you can have is a sure foundation. If you’re off balance then you give your enemy a strong weapon to use against you. Make no mistake, our enemy is shooting arrows at us.
I had gotten into a fight with someone one day, years ago (I was much younger and not a Christian at the time). I was very calm and had a strong balance. He was very angry though, and seemed almost clumsy on his feet. He had an unstable foundation.
So when he threw the first punch I grabbed his arm and stepped back, while I placed my other hand around the back of his neck. If you have ever seen a karate movie you know what happened next. I flung him over my shoulder and onto his back in front of me. I still had his arm in my grasp and could have done anything I wanted to do at that point. The fight was over before it had even started because he didn’t have a strong foundation.
This scripture really paints this picture for me. If we do not have a firm foundation then we will fall under the attack of Satan. When someone comes to you and says, “Lets take our vengeance,” how would you know if it was right or wrong? You wouldn’t, if you didn’t know that the Bible says vengeance belongs to God.
People say, “How can it be a sin if it feels so good?” But if our only foundation, that keeps us level, is what we feel then we are in sad shape. Feelings come and go. But there is one foundation that never moves.
1 Corinthians 3:11 says, “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
We know Jesus is our foundation. But what does that mean? Does it mean we should stand only on the words that are commonly listed as red in the Bible? Remember though that in the book of John, Jesus is called, “The word.” He was God, and with God, from the very beginning. So that would mean the word of God (all of the words in the Bible) can be seen as our foundation as well, seeing as they are the words of God…sure and unmovable.
The Bible calls Jesus the cornerstone. It is the one block that everything else fits against. Now what happens when you remove a cornerstone? The building falls apart. But what happens if you only have a cornerstone? There is no building.
Without scripture, Jesus has no purpose. Without Jesus, scripture falls apart. But with both, you have a sure foundation. This is because Jesus and His word can not be divided.
It is so crazy for someone to say “I believe in Jesus and I am saved, but I don’t trust the Bible.” That’s what we call an oxymoron. You can’t have one without the other, especially since you see Jesus Himself endorsing the scriptures as His own words!
I heard someone once say, “God told me I should follow my heart and not the bible.” This person said they were a Christian. But how will they know what they are following when God said, “The heart is deceitful above all things who can know it?” How can this person even say God told them if they do not know the word of God to begin with?
Without scripture any fallen angel can lead you to hell with them, just by saying follow your heart. So what do you have to stand on? We need a firm foundation to fight against Satan who has the mission to steal, kill, and destroy. Without having the word of God in us he will do what he wanted to do with us from the beginning.
So if you have any confusion about a particular teaching, read about it in the Bible. Because if you know what is in the scriptures you will never have to say, “We just can’t know for sure what God says.” Because you and I both know that God would not have given us the Bible if He didn’t intend on us knowing the absolute truth.
If every Christian knew the scriptures as well as they should, there would be no division of churches into separate denominations. There would be no question on whether or not you could ever lose your salvation. And there would be no false doctrine taught in our midst.
Instead we would be united in one mind with the same judgment. We would easily spot the Devil when he opens his mouth. We would be sure of what we believe. And no one could cause us to doubt. All of that, just by reading and knowing the scriptures intimately. So pick up your Bible today.
Obviously there is a lot more that can be said about the division of churches into denominations. I run an online, non denominational ministry myself. I can tell you that even in the non denominational churches there are smaller groups of divided people in what they believe. So it seems there is division everywhere.
But, even though this is true, and even though none of us seem to have a total understanding of pure doctrine, we can still be united through our foundation. Because it is what connects the building together. If we all stand on the firm foundation, then whatever lies we may believe can be rooted out… until we all come together to the fullness of Christ.
August 26, 2015 at 11:48 pm | | No comment