Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Who else has the words of life?

There comes a point in every ones life, whether they do it consciously or unconsciously, follow some persons teachings. It may be your parents, your teachers, your bosses, society, your spouses, your friends, a politicians, a famous persons, a religious figure or you name it. You say, "I only follow what I believe" - the question arises how did you come to the knowledge of those beliefs? Probably from the list above. Look at how many people follow people like: the pope, Oprah, Buddha, L. Ron Hubbard...now I would ask are these people fallible or infallible?

Haven't all of them been taught by someone, some school, some religious routine to come up with their life's frame of reference? How about you? Who has given you the words of life to live by and how have you fashioned your life around what others have taught?

When Jesus was gathering a big following of many goats He unleashed one of the hardest sermons for the Jews to hear and understand. After hearing it this is what took place:

Joh 6:66 After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him.
Joh 6:67 So Jesus said to the Twelve, "Do you want to go away as well?"
Joh 6:68 Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life,
Joh 6:69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God."

The question for today is where are you? Notice it doesn't say that they no longer believed Him but that they no longer walked with Him. They went on to go back to living from the frame of reference that they were comfortable with, the one that they had known - even though they had seen miracles and Jesus had taught as no other person had ever taught.

Can you say as Peter says "To whom shall we go?" Peter recognized that Jesus and Jesus alone had the words of eternal life...do you recognize that? Are you living in such a manner or are too many things and distractions getting in the way of hearing His voice? Then notice the progression that Peter says.
  1. We have believed - when you hear the Words of Jesus do you believe? Do you appropriate His words as the only thing you can gauge as truth or is He brought down to just another good guide for our lives.
  2. Then Peter says we have come to know...one of the most often asked questions is how can we know? Jesus makes it clear how we can know that we know that we know that He is whom He says He is.

Joh 14:21 Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him."

Here is a promise directly from the mouth of the one that gave us life. If we love Him and keep (obeys) his Words then He will manifest Himself to us. The greek for manifest can also be defined as exhibit, disclose, declare or show. It is a promise of God that when we are in obedience to Him and His words, He shows Himself to be whom He says He is.

I came across this video and it ask the question what else must God do for us to trust and obey?

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