Is the Bible the Word of God / False Jesus

Sound doctrine, it is something the Scriptures tell us is important.  Doctrine is what we believe.  Anyone claiming to “believe” has doctrine or a theology…..a way of looking at and understanding God.  The Apostle Paul tells the young man Timothy to “watch his life and doctrine closely and by doing that he will save himself and those who hear him.” (1 Tim. 4:16.)

Peter says: “Therefore dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position.” (2 Peter 3:17.)  In this context Peter is referring to men who distort the Scriptures.

Again Paul tells Timothy to “correctly handle the Word of truth (2 Tim. 2:15.)   Scripture goes on to tell us that people will gather around many teachers who will tell them what their itching ears want to hear.   “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine.  Instead to suit their own desires they will gather around themselves a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear” (2 Tim 4:3)

A couple of things we quickly learn is that our “secure position” in Christ can be lost… or that we can fall from this, and the downfall is wrong theology or belief systems, which come from twisting the Scriptures.  A second and powerful thing we notice is that people don’t want sound doctrine and find  teachers to tell them what they want to hear.  The sad thing here is that these people themselves have quit reading the Scriptures. They look to others to support their doctrine.  The Scriptures are a secondary influence if at all anymore in their lives.  As people progress this way, they will notice that the Bible becomes less and less a part of their lives,  yet their belief system continues to grow and change.  From where then are they drawing their beliefs?

The next step then is to discredit the Bible and to say it is not the Word of God.  But is this true?  What does Jesus Himself say about this?

One of the perversions out there, says this “The Bible is not the Word of God, Jesus is.”  Now interestingly enough where do they find the foundation for this belief?  In the very Bible they say is not the Word of God!  If it is not the Word of God why trust what it says about Jesus or anywhere?

Their thinking goes like this.  Jesus is the exact representation of God.  This is true. Hebrews tells us this and Jesus Himself claims to only do and say what the Father is doing.  Jesus does reflect the heart of God to us.  However, the next step they take is to say that if we don’t see it in the life of Jesus than it is not of God.  Meaning the God of the Old Testament and the judgments He made on people; the storms, destructions, telling Israel to entirely destroy nations etc….

If there is teaching in the New Testament they don’t like they say: “ well Jesus didn’t do or say that so that those passages can’t be inspired of God”. This leads to a second perversion….a false Jesus.  Paul who personally was chosen by Jesus to reveal Christ to the Gentiles says:  

“But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and PURE devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.”  2 Cor. 11:3-4

It is indeed true that Jesus is the the Word, (John 1:1) but it is also true that Scripture is the Word of God (John 10:34-35).  If we see difference in how God is revealed does that mean one is wrong?  No.  In fact the people that say “the Bible is not the Word of God but Jesus is” will not accept the Biblical Jesus and His teaching found in the Gospels and the NT. They will pick and choose what they like, things He said or did  but  won’t accept all of what He says.  

Example 1.  Jesus teaches the written Scriptures ARE the Word of God

Jesus Himself calls the Scriptures the “Word of God.”  John 10-34-36: Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your Law, I have said you are gods.   If he called them gods to whom the Word of God came–and the Scriptures cannot be broken, what about the one the Father set apart as His very own and sent into the world…..”

The Greek word here for “Word” is logos and the word “Scripture” is the word “graphe” literally the word “writing”.  Here Jesus CLEARLY links the Word of God as a writing/passages.  This also makes sense of the passage in James 1:22: “Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves.  Do what IT says.”   (WORD = LOGOS IN JAMES 1:22). Jesus is not an “it.”

What about Jesus words in Matt. 4:4 “Jesus answered, It is written {(graphe/Scripture}: Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

Here is a powerful verse.  The Greek  root word for “word”  here is “Rhema”, a thing that is spoken, a word, a saying, a report.  So it is the Words of God given to us in written form, which is Scripture (graphe).   You live off of God’s Word.

Example 2. Jesus teaches and sustains the Jewish understanding of Sodom and Gomorrah’s judgment and destruction and a coming Judgment Day, God’s OLD Testament judgments against sin.

The false Jesus they ascribe to, is only “love” in their definition of love.  

Will they accept the fact that Jesus told believers that if they are not accepted with their message in a place that they are to “shake of the dust of their feet” as a testimony against them” declaring it will be better than Sodom and Gomorrah on the Day of Judgement? Matt. 10:14-15 & Luke 9:5.

Many of these people don’t even believe there is a “Judgment Day. coming”

Do they accept the fact that Jesus told many “sinners” of their condemnation?  “Then Jesus began to denounce the cities in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent.  Woe to Korazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida if the miracles that were performed in you were performed in Tyre and Sidon they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.   But I tell you it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you.  And I tell you Capernaum , will you be lifted up to the skies?  No, you will go down to the depths.  If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom it would have remained to this day.  But I tell you the truth it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.  Matt. 11:20-24

Jesus here acknowledges the truth of God’s judgment on Sodom.  People will say “when did Jesus send a storm on anybody?”  How about the storm Jesus sent on Sodom and Gomorrah.  A storm that rained down burning sulfur?  Genesis 19:23-29 tell us clearly the Lord overthrew these cities from Heaven.  Who is the Lord………..Jesus is!

How about the Noah’s Flood?  The Word of God is clear that “the Lord was grieved that He made man of the earth and His heart was filled with pain.”

Question: who created ALL THINGS?  Jesus the Word did (John 1:3 Col 1:16-17) If this is true and Jesus made all things…..then He made man.  It was Jesus the Eternal Word, the Creator who brought the storm of all storms upon sinners.   Jesus Himself again acknowledges the Judgment of God (Himself) upon sin and sinners in the OT, (Matt.24:38-39.)

Jesus actually sanctifies these judgements in the OT by speaking of them as events that were true and of God.  In fact He Himself, the Word was the author of those judgments. He most certainly does NOT speak of them being contrary to who He was/is.  But says worse things will come upon the unrepentant.  (See again Matt. 11:20-24) This is the biblical Jesus.

Example 3. Jesus teaches the condemnation of unbelievers

Paul teaches there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, Rom. 8.  But what does the Biblical Jesus teach:  “Whoever believes in in him is not condemned, BUT WHOEVER DOES NOT BELIEVE STANDS CONDEMNED ALREADY BECAUSE HE HAS NOT BELIEVED IN THE NAME OF GOD’S ONE AND ONLY SON.” John 3:18.

Jesus is actually teaching the condemnation of unbelievers. Will these false teachers and their follower stand with the Biblical Jesus and teach the condemnation of the unbelievers?

Many of them are universalist who contradict the Biblical Jesus for a Jesus of their own making.

How about the resurrected Christ?  Some try to argue this is “pre-cross” talk and doesn’t apply to believers after the cross.  If this is true of John 3:18, it is also true of John 3:16.  No, Jesus refers to His death before stating that teaching in. v.18.  No, this teaching is for all believers and unbelievers at all times and all places.

But what about the resurrected Christ, what of His words:  Have you read how Jesus spoke to the churches and the unrepentant in the churches in Revelation?

The false teachers and their followers are quick to point to the Jesus they cherry pick out of the Gospels, but they won’t accept the New Covenant, post-cross, post-resurrection Jesus of the book of Revelation.

What about Jesus’ words to the Thyatira church will these false teachers and their followers embrace the Biblical Jesus?  “I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways.  I will strike her children dead.  Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.  Revelation 2:21-23

These are “red letters.”  Spoken by the post-cross, New Covenant Jesus.  And this has nothing to do with the A.D. 70 and judgment.  Thyatira is clear across the Mediterranean Sea and was not touched by Rome.

Example 4. Jesus teaches He Himself will reject people, even people who used His name and power to set people free from their afflictions

In Matthew 7:21-23 Jesus says He will not recognize/know or accept “workers of lawlessness or iniquity/sin and that they will NOT enter the Kingdom of heaven.  This is the Biblical Jesus.

He actually sends them away from Himself. He does not invite them in and He calls them a name, a name that denotes who they are by their actions…… “workers of iniquity.”   The people Jesus sends away thought they were doing His work,  they were being kind to the afflicted and setting them free, they were doing this in Jesus name, but Jesus rejects them.

Will the false teachers and their followers stand with the Biblical Jesus and teach what Jesus is teaching here?   Namely that Jesus will reject, send away and not allow into Heaven people who were kind and used His name and power to set people free from their afflictions?

The Biblical Jesus teaches the Scriptures ARE the Word of God.  The Biblical Jesus teaches of a coming Judgment Day where Biblical Cities and the peoples of those cities and all people will be judged.   The Biblical Jesus supports and OT judgments of God against sin, and since Jesus is God He was the giver of those judgments.  The Biblical Jesus teaches the condemnation of unbelievers and the rejection of those He “never knew.”     What Jesus are you trusting? Which Jesus is your Lord?  The Jesus of the Bible or the Jesus of your own making?

True Grace is beautiful, salvation is to be ultimately cherished and Jesus Christ above all is to be worshiped and through Him our Heavenly Father…all this by the Holy Spirit who does “not want anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9

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