Tuesday, November 30, 2010

                                  MY TEACHING IS NOT MINE
     Not even the brothers of Jesus believed in Him being the Son of God. (Jn. 7:5)  Yet Jesus did not spend His time in endless discussions with them but simply kept letting His words and works reveal His true identity.  In the midst of the Jews, who questioned His knowledge and its origin, Jesus simply said, "My teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me."  (Jn. 7:16)
     There is something significant in these words.  As I think about Jesus and the many things He taught, I could easily put aside where He came from and the origin of His teaching.  The Jews were not giving any thought to the words of Jesus that spoke of the divine authority of His teaching.  Regardless of whether or not these Jews wanted to accept Jesus as the Messiah was not the point.  The main point that went unheeded by the Jews is that the teachings of Jesus came from the very one whom they were trying to please.
     Jesus continually tried to get man to look beyond Himself to the glory and the authority of the heavenly Father, but many times people could not look beyond their own bias to actually allow what Jesus said to sink into their hearts and minds.  The Jews are no different than people of today.
     Most people have no problem with God's word until it begins to touch something very close to them, or actually begins to expose something about them.  When sins or errors in teaching begin to be addressed, we lose sight of the fact that the teachings we're dealing with came from God.  Jesus tried to get those of His day to see it, and still today, it is the faithful of God who are attacked when error is exposed.
     While it is true that Jesus is at the right hand of God and not walking the earth, it is also true that He gave to His apostles what they were to teach (Mt. 28:20), and those teachings began to be proclaimed on the Day of Pentecost. (Acts 2:42)  From that time forward the Lord has called upon faithful men to uphold the authority of the word, helping the lost or erring to realize that the teachings we set forth are not from the minds of  men but from God.  Paul also affirmed this in his ministry. (Gal. 1:11,12)
     While it is true we are not apostles, we are to be faithful men, and the church is to be faithful in its service to God as well by upholding the authority of God's word.  If we are to be the mirror image of Christ, let us as Jesus, seek not our own glory, but truly seek to glorify our heavenly Father by boldly proclaiming His teachings.  Rodger

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