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My God is…our instructor Matthew 23:10

Matthew 23:10 – Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Messiah.

They can't put it on the internet if it isn't true

They can’t put it on the internet if it isn’t true

Definition of INSTRUCT

1: to give knowledge to : teachtrain
2: to provide with authoritative information or advice <the judge instructed the jury>
3: to give an order or command to : direct

To give knowledge to : teachtrain
There is a lot of information out there that people want to instruct you on. There are books on nearly every topic known to man. Ever heard the phrase – “Everyone’s an expert”? The thought is that everyone knows a lot about something. Knowledge is a very important thing for us. We need information to work, live and provide for our families. We educate ourselves in numerous ways (computer, school, reading, tv and more). In the verse above, Jesus is reading the pharisees the riot act. He’s giving them a piece of His mind.

He’s giving them a piece of His mind. 
Jesus was warning the disciples and the people listening that the teachings of the Pharisees was true, but that their actions didn’t match what they taught. People looked up to them and followed how they were leading. Check out the preceding verses:
Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on the shoulders of others; but they themselves are unwilling to lift a finger to move them. They do all their deeds to be seen by others; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long. They love to have the place of honor at banquets and the best seats in the synagogues, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have people call them rabbi. But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all students. And call no one your father on earth, for you have one Father—the one in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Messiah. The greatest among you will be your servant. All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted.

A lot of what we’re taught is true, but not all of the actions of those teaching us are right. Many of the books we read, the schools we attend, and the self help books we read speak some truths. Some of the information is useful and necessary, but often they draw our focus away from what we’re really supposed to learn. It reminds me of classic parenting phrase, “Do what I say, not what I do.” Obviously that’s not a fantastic way to parent, instruct or teach. Just because someone calls themselves a guru, doesn’t make them one.

Bonjour

Have you seen this commercial http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DZbSlkFoSU? It’s the commercial from State farm where the man is showing the girl some apps, and she says she didn’t think State Farm had apps? She says she read it on the internet. Then she says she’s meeting her date – a french model – a man (clearly not a french model) walks up and says “Bonjour”. She says in the commercial, “they can’t put it on the internet if it isn’t true”. We are bombarded with untruths all around us. It is sometimes hard for us to discern fact from fiction, but for the Christian, there is hope.  

For you have one instructor, the Messiah
We don’t have to look to others to see what is true and good. The Messiah, Jesus Christ is the Truth. When we compare the things of this world to what we’re taught by Jesus through His word, we can find truth. This world cleverly disguises truth, but we know the source of all truth. When we’re able to keep our focus on our Lord, spending time in His word each day, we’re less likely to end up with a french model we met on the internet. There are some useful things in this world that are outside the Bible. I’m not saying that the Lord has not blessed some with true wisdom, but as Christians we need to check it against the Truth of Jesus Christ. If it flies blatantly in the face of that Truth, we need to consider ignoring that advice, that instruction. In the end we have one instructor: The Messiah, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
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My God is…True 1 John 5:20

I John 5:20 – We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may Survey or Questionnaireknow him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

Definition of TRUE

a : steadfastloyal
  b : honestjust
  c archaic : truthful
(1) : being in accordance with the actual state of affairs<true description> (2) : conformable to an essential reality(3) : fully realized or fulfilled <dreams come true>
 b : idealessential
 c : being that which is the case rather than what is manifest or assumed <the true dimension of the problem>
 d : consistent <true to character>
a : properly so-called <true love> <the true faith> <the true stomach of ruminant mammals>
  (1) : possessing the basic characters of and belonging to the same natural group as <a whale is a true but not a typical mammal> (2) : typical <the true cats>
4: legitimaterightful <our true and lawful king>
a : that is fitted or formed or that functions accurately
  b : conformable to a standard or pattern : accurate
6: determined with reference to the earth’s axis rather than the magnetic poles <true north>
7: logically necessary
8: narrowstrict <in the truest sense>
9: corrected for error

Do you know what is true? 

Before I looked up the definition of the word “True”, I thought, what’s the point, we all know what true means. And that may be, but I did not expect the fullness of the word and how it may relate to my God. Besides the very last definition, I feel like reading the definition of true gives such a full, almost 3-D picture of the True God, my true God. Read the definitions again slowly, thinking about how God is true and see if it feels like more than you thought it did when you first read the Bible verse above. Amazing the depth of it all.

We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true.

Jesus has given us understanding. Before Jesus came, believers were trusting that God would one day send a savior. They had faith that God would do what He said He would do. When Jesus came and fulfilled the many prophecies, He gave us a fuller understanding of God. Because Jesus fulfilled all those prophecies to the nth degree, we can see that God is true to His word. And He is so much more, true in so many ways, so many ways included in the definition above. But I think there is a very important part of this section of our verse that I don’t want to miss. Jesus came to give us understanding so that we may know Him who is true. God wants us to know Him. How do you get to know someone? I’m not talking about acquaintances. I’m talking about those people who really know us. Is it your family? Your best friend? Maybe it’s your enemy. How do they know you?

Spending time with someone and going through things with people is the way we get to see the character of a person. Our perception of someone may not be the same as their other friends, because it may depend on your shared experiences. When you get married and join another family, you quickly realize how well your family knows you and gets you (good or bad). You understand and know each other better than you know your new family. You’ve been through a lot with them (usually years and years). They’ve seen you at your best and at your worst. You’ve not always treated them kindly, but they haven’t always been kind to you either. But you know each other. God wants you to know Him, inside and out too. He wants you to be able to say, “That God, He’s so funny.” or “It’s so nice to spend time with someone who gets me”.

So that we may know him who is true.

Do you get what a miracle it is that the God of the universe wants a personal relationship with you (and me). I’m amazed. The most important being ever, wants you to get to know Him. He wants to spend time with you, be there for you to lean on when you’re going through troubles and to know all of your inside jokes. Oh how different our lives would be if we truly tried to get to know our Lord.

And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ.

So how to we get to know God? By getting to know Jesus Christ. Spending time reading His word, doing Bible studies, worshiping and praying, and by spending time with other believers that build you up in Christ.

We don’t always want to know the truth.

In my Bible study that I do with a friend on Tuesday mornings, there was an interesting example of how we (and the people of Judah) sometimes react to hearing what is true. In Isaiah 30:8-11 it says, Now go and write down these words. Write them in a book. They will stand until the end of time as a witness that these people are stubborn rebels who refuse to pay attention to the Lord’s instructions. They tell the seers, “Stop seeing visions!”
They tell the prophets, “Don’t tell us what is right. Tell us nice things. Tell us lies. Forget all this gloom. Get off your narrow path. Stop telling us about your ‘Holy One of Israel.’”

Some times we don’t want to know what is True. Sometimes we rebel, but pulling away from the True God only leads to destruction. God is always waiting for us to return to Him. He’s always ready to help us get to know Him more fully. Later in Isaiah 30 it says, ”

So the Lord must wait for you to come to him
so he can show you his love and compassion.
For the Lord is a faithful God.
Blessed are those who wait for his help.

O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem,
you will weep no more.
He will be gracious if you ask for help.
He will surely respond to the sound of your cries.
Though the Lord gave you adversity for food
and suffering for drink,
he will still be with you to teach you.
You will see your teacher with your own eyes.
Your own ears will hear him.
Right behind you a voice will say,
“This is the way you should go,”
whether to the right or to the left.
Then you will destroy all your silver idols
and your precious gold images.
You will throw them out like filthy rags,
saying to them, “Good riddance!”

 

What do you want? True or False? 

 

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My God is…the Truth John 14:6

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Are you Askew?

Are you truthful? 

When we’re being truthful, we don’t use any falsehoods. I’m pretty sure I can hardly tell the truth. I know that’s shocking to my friends and family who probably consider me pretty honest, and by most measurements, that’s probably correct. But Truth is so much more than just being correct. It’s being the only way. The actual way. The perfect way. When I speak about myself, my family or others, everything I say is tainted by my own experience. Earlier in my life I thought that my mom considered my sister smarter than me. Now I know I’m smarter. (Hee Hee – couldn’t help it). Actually the truth lies somewhere in between. My sister and I are both smart, and sometimes we’re both not so smart (Sorry Gail).

The truth lies somewhere in between

For most of us our perception of life is tainted by our perspective. We think one thing, while someone else thinks something completely different, but we both think we’re telling the truth. You see it a lot during election time. People say things they’ve heard and swear it is the truth, but in all honesty the facts aren’t always so clear.

Witnesses sometimes disagree

Maybe you have been to a retreat, class or a camp where they have done an activity to show the reality of truth. They’ll stage a robbery in front of you, and have you write down what you saw. They may ask you to put down as much detail as possible. When all of the “witness” statements are collected, you’ll find all sorts of inconsistencies. Was he wearing shoes? What color was his shirt? How tall was he? Oh, wait…he is a she? She was wearing flip-flops? I thought she was barefoot. She had on a tank top? I thought she was wearing a t-shirt. Sometimes when we’re excited or something unexpected happens, we can get our facts turned around. But when they bring the “perpetrator” back into the room we can see the truth.

Christian witnesses sometimes disagree

Sometimes we hear and see things from Christians that make us wonder about what they believe. Sometimes they even do evil in the name of the Lord. But we don’t worship Christians, we worship Christ. He is our truth even when Christians get it wrong. We don’t live our life by what Christians say, but what our Lord says to us through His Word, Jesus Christ.

We can see the Truth

Jesus is the Truth. When we see Him represented in scripture, we see the Truth about our Lord. We see what He wants from us and for us. He has given us a perfect example of how to live, serve the Father in heaven and each other.

When builders build, they work hard to make sure the lines of the building are true. That they are not askew. That they will stand up straight, not falter and be strong. Our God is true. He is the line against which all of the other pieces of our lives must line up. If we do not align our lives with our God who is true, we will find ourselves askew. And anyone who has built something knows if you don’t start in line and true, you will be all out of whack when you get further on.

Being Rebuilt

Sometimes we do get askew. We lose our focus and start to take our eyes off of what is True. We take our focus off our Lord, and our priorities get rearranged. We get confused, distracted and manipulated by things that want to draw us away from Christian living. We think about our want for fun, money, sex, pleasure and lose sight of the only true way to have satisfaction forever. We must believe in God and trust in the Truth so that we might live forever with Him in paradise. John 14 is an amazing book of comfort. Reading it you’ll find a lot of amazing promises from our Lord. Truths that you can count on. Truths that come from the Truth – Jesus Christ. Lets start rebuilding our lives based on the Truth, so our lives may not go askew.

Is your life built on Truth?

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2012 in John, My God is the Truth

 

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