Beware the False Prophet – In all forms

20 Oct

As we look about us we find so many teachings that sound nice and appeal to our senses that we stumble. Just as Eve in the Garden of Eden was tricked by the serpent into believing a higher good could come from eating that forbidden fruit, we to today have put before us so many postulates as to what it means to love one another.

One such writer proposed make the correlation between his entrance to a speaking engagement early to find out who was coming to hear him, to that of the Lord’s entrance into the lives of the disciples. In his writing he tries to denigrate the relationship between the disciples and God to casual friendship.

In just casual observance of people, God did not meekly sneak into a crowd of people and slyly get to know them was proposed, but God came in the flesh and introduced himself with his power and by miracles. The disciples were not slowly made friends in the usual manner of friendshps. They lived in a time when life was simple, and man was not awestruck by his own accomplishments and could recognize that this man was different, upon seeing the miracle, their relationship started more like, here is a celebrity, in fact the mindset of the time, and we see over and over the praising of miracles as being actions of a god and not friends meeting at a concert.

There were no awkward moments just as there are no awkward moments with a child meeting a person they look up to.

The figure of God on Mt. Sinai being connected to God’s walk as Jesus just cannot be made either. God on Sinai was in all His Glory, but in flesh as a man Jesus still many times did say “be not afraid”? Quite often in fact, but not to a terror struck people as in Sinai.

The writer quotes John 15:15 at the end of his narative and forgets the previous verses. Like so many he takes one verse out of a long narration of our Lord and builds a case around that misconception.

It is hard to take one verse out of the many when the narration or sermon is so all encompassing and revealing as to our relationship to God, and so powerful.
Clearly our relationship to our Lord is not one of friends meeting on the street or at a concert but the friend aspect has to be tempered by the words proceeding, in John 15:1 He sets the tone, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.”

In Verses 2 through 7 God clearly lays out our relationship with Him in such a way as to temper the words following. Some men would reduce our relationship to God into a casual manner when clearly we are branches who can do nothing without Him.
Vs 2 “Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

God then is laying the relationship out before us so that we may look at it and praise Him, this is not something casual.
Vs 8,9 “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. 9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

In the following verse the KJV uses the word Commandments, which is often confused with 10 Commandments which God proves man cannot fulfill, and which God put in its place. But the word is orders or commands.

In John 15:10-11 God says, “If ye keep my orders, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s orders, and abide in his love. 11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” I do not hear in these words a God who wants to be friends like my neighbor or brother but he has something more in mind.

Vs :12 “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.” And how do we love one another?
Vs :13 “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” We too lay down our lives for one another by surrendering ourselves to God’s word and then having no fear we proclaim His Word to our fellow man, “Loved ones”.

Vs :14 God spells out the way that we might identify His friends. “Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

Clearly God has gone to great extent to lay the groundwork for this statement in Vs :15 “Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends;” Bingo here is the key, “ for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.” Ahh, the beautiful sound of instruction both in the doing of His will and in the relaying of His message, and in the discerning of the spirits of the men around us. Over and over God reinforces the need for acceptance of Him as a little child and through living in His word we put on the whole armor of God (Eph. 6:9-18) and Pick up the sword of His word and slay the lies that would creep in and wound our relationship to Him.

Unlike our earthly friendships, we did not make friends with God. In vs :16 “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. 17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.

There is a price to pay for being a friend of God, Are you willing to lay down your life for your friends in order that you may be friends with God. Remember, vs :18 “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son – John 3:16

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