Thursday, April 20, 2017
Faith comes by hearing what is received from the word of God (Romans 10:17). Christianity is a taught religion. Learn error and falsehood is your reward. Learn truth and you can develop an eternal relationship with God. We know from Luke, Paul, and Peter’s writings that some taught a perverted “Good News” (Galatians 1:6-9; Acts 15:1-5; 2 Peter 3:15-16). Jesus told his apostles to take heed how and what they heard (Mark 4:24; Luke 8:18). You can’t “know” unless you have been taught!
One is not a Christian because he is born into a family that follows the Good News. Neither is he one because his spouse is a saint. One is not a disciple because he owns a Bible, or assembles with those who have died to sin. Those on Pentecost heard the Good News, asked what to do, were told, gladly received the word, obeyed Peter’s instruction and were added to the saved by God (Acts 2:14-41).
Some believe they “earn” their salvation by belonging to an “error free” church, and blind themselves to that failed thinking. They talk a good game, but it ends the same as those they believe they have bested! Rose colored glasses disappoint as a “t” or an “i” is found incomplete! When perfection is the game, failure rewards the player with disappointment and he sidelines relationship as an unworthy goal. Eve desired to fill her stomach with what she thought was good, her sight with what she thought was pleasant, and her mind with what she thought would make her wise. Her deception made her a zealot desiring to share it with her husband! Their relationship with God took a nose dive! Such a “gospel” makes assurance illusive and eternal life impossible. When relationship is cheapened, so is the individual who exchanges it for what is worthless. We continue to follow Eve and Adam’s footsteps by following the wrong standard!
Some look for perfection in others, but don’t want others expecting it of them! God doesn’t look to you for perfection, but for a relationship. He gave His Word to die for your sins so a reconciliation of relationship could happen (John 1:1-14). When that relationship takes place, God has made an exchange with you. We give him our sins and He bestows upon us His righteousness. That’s His Good News!
So, are you seeking perfection, or looking for a relationship?