I have a burning, unpopular question.
Does anything in the Bible matter more than the 4 Gosples in Testimony to Jesus Christ?
Everything in the Old Testament was formed in God’s covenant with Israel. Any message after Jesus’s death comes from an apostle. (AKA a mortal man who is capable of being wrong.)
Why are these scriptures used to back up Christian claims or arguments, instead of the very words of Jesus?
Are you a disciple of Paul? Of Moses? Or Abraham? Or are you a disciple of Jesus Christ?
Will Paul save you on your final day? Or will Jesus?
I truly wish everyone would read the 4 Gospels, and really know in their heart’s what Jesus’s message was, and is. What he expected of his disciples, and what he asks of US! And use this for the basis of their faith, discipleship, behaviour and personal relationship with Jesus and the Father. Jesus is supposed to be our North Star, our example and our teacher. Jesus is the ultimate authority. And yet in my own personal circles I hear corinthians quoted more than Matthew, Mark, John or Luke. This bothers me because I worry the message of Jesus is watered down or not told at all. Sometimes I feel like Christianity has become ‘get out of jail free card’ where everything is forgiven and tolerated because God ‘is a loving God.’
Please don’t forget that he is also a righteous judge.
Confessed sin can, of course be forgiven if we are willing to also forgive those who have hurt us. I know all too well that this forgiveness is only possible through a personal relationship with Jesus.
However, the way we act and what we say is important to Jesus, so it should be important to us too. Jesus spent much of his time preaching, trying to teach us how we should live, and conduct ourself if we want to be given eternal life in his fathers kingdom. If none of it mattered, why would Jesus bother to teach us about it?
Ask yourself, how well do you know Jesus? How well do you know his teachings? Do you recognise his voice and follow his commands?
Do you know his words?
‘Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’ Matthew 28:19-20
‘Not everyone who says to me “Lord,Lord” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.’ Matthew 7:21.
‘Unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.’ Matthew 5:20
‘For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.’ Matthew 12:37
‘What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.’ Matthew 15:11.
‘But these things that come out of a persons mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. For out of the heart come evil thoughts-murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.’ Matthew 15:18-20.
Every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the spirit will not be forgiven. Anyone who speaks a word against the son of man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age, or in the age to come.’ Matthew 12:31-32
The sheep and the goats. Matthew 25:31-46
‘This is how your Heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.’ (torture until he should pay back all he owed) Matthew 18:34-35
There is only one who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments…..you shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honour your Father and Mother and love your neighbour as yourself.’
Truly I tell you unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.’ Matthew 18:3
There are so many more scriptures from Jesus I could quote, but I pray all who read my words will be prompted by the Holy Spirit to seek Jesus and his teachings ABOVE ALL ELSE and read all of his scriptures. Jesus gave us all we need to be his disciples. If in doubt, always look for Jesus. I am not discrediting the rest of the bible as it is useful and purposeful once we are most familiar with the words and ministry of Jesus first and foremost. Gods love, compassion and forgiveness towards us is important, but so are his commands, and our obedience to him.
God bless you.