You may have authentic faith if… you hold to the truth about Jesus (2 John 4; 3 John 3-4) and defend it (Jude 3-4).
Welcome to Day Eight of “You may have authentic faith if …” Today, I will talk about holding onto the truths about Jesus and defending your faith. I have been asked on occasion what is the truth about Jesus. My answer back is usually what do you think the truth is or what have you heard from others? The real truth about Jesus can always be found in the Bible.
Truth About Jesus!
The apostle John had great joy in finding out others were touched by the Word and henceforth, are walking in the truth of Jesus. He knew false teachers existed throughout the region and started to pass along their version of the truth of Jesus, but he squashed all of their teachings. Remember, John is one of the original twelve disciples of Jesus, along with Peter and James, who were Jesus’ trusted disciples, and He took them to show His authority over life and death.
The apostles knew that many false teachers existed and they needed to describe what teachings were true and false about Jesus. They came up with true teachings of Jesus received the label of orthodox and apostolic. False teachings of Jesus received the label of heretical. If you are obeying the apostolic truth of Jesus, you are definitely “walking in the truth.”
WALKING IN OBEDIENCE TO GOD!
An example of walking in the truth comes from 3 John 3-4 as he discusses his protege Gaius, a traveling teacher of God’s Word. John received numerous reports from the brotherhood that Gaius was a “glowing example” of what a Christian ought to be. It gave John great joy to hear the news about Gaius. Why was Gaius’ testimony good? He lived in God’s truth. He walked in obedience to God every day. His entire life was wrapped in God’s truth.
Now, ask yourself this question? “How can I walk in obedience to God?” Do what Gaius did. He read the Word, meditated on it, delighted in it, and then mostly, he practiced it in his daily life. Do those four things and you will show others how authentic your faith really is.
Let us recall the second part of verse four, “just as the Father commanded.” Father, John writes, is God as He is our heavenly Father. He argued that God has commanded us to walk in truth and love. In the Gospels, Jesus used the word “commandment” to always discussed truth and love.
LOVE ONE ANOTHER!
Look at Matthew 22:34-40. The truth is to love God with all of your heart, soul, and mind. The love is to love your neighbor as yourself. The important question that arises is who is our neighbor? The answer, everyone around us, everywhere we go. As a result of this teaching, Jesus told us to love one another.
Each commandment is an expression of love and not the law. The will of God is the revelation of His heart and not solely of His mind (Psalm 33:11). Consequently, obedience to God’s Word is a revelation of our love for God and not living in fear or scared of God. He is a good and loving God, not one of hatred and spite. Henceforth, God wants us to keep His commandments and to realize they are not grievous or burdensome (1 John 5:3).
Therefore, are you walking in the truth as God commanded? it delights God if you are walking and holding the truths of His Son, Jesus. Never deviate from the truth. To walk in the truth, you are obedient to what God manifested, revealed, or made known.
Defend Your Faith!
As we are to uphold the doctrine of salvation, we are called to defend our faith. There are many people that will tell you a much different Gospel than that of Jesus, but know that they are not telling the truth (Galatians 1:7, 9). Jude stressed the importance of building a relationship between correct doctrine and true faith. Furthermore, our task is to bring the real Gospel to the lost, and moreover, we are defending our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Jude recognized some things and wasted no time in identifying the enemy in these four ways.
- First, do not allow ungodly people to pervert the grace of God. They showed their ungodliness in thinking and how they lived. They lacked the force of godliness (2 Timothy 3:5).
- Second, their deceitfulness crept into the church. The word “crept” means to slip in secretly. In 2 Peter 2:1, he warned they are coming and now arrived.
- Third, these false teachers are enemies of God’s grace. Their purpose was in an attempt to change doctrine and to turn the grace of God into lasciviousness or driven by lustful desires.
- Fourth, these false teachers denied God’s truth. They taught that Jesus was a great man and teacher, but they denied that He was the eternal God in human flesh. They agreed He is human, but would not accept the fact that He is also divine.
Therefore, if your faith is authentic, then you will hold the truth of the Bible and not allow it to be compromised at any time. It gives everyone the real facts of Jesus and salvation. The Bible is inspired by God (2 Timothy 3:16) and should never be distorted or influenced incorrectly, Amen!
I am Dale Van De Bogart and I approve of this message!
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