10 things Jesus taught - a simple test of abiding in His Word and Gospel
John 14:23 Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me. 25 “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. According to this teaching of Jesus if you love Him you will keep or abide in His teaching. How many teachings of Christ would you have to hold to to follow Christ - what if you disagreed on one point - would you still be a follower?
1. What does Christ teach about my pre-existence and his pre-existence?
John 8:23 He said to them, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.”
John 8:31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word [teaching], you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
2. Marriage in heaven? -What did Jesus teach
Matthew 22: 30 For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. - This was to answer the question whom’s wife will she be in heaven?
3. Will Jesus do guest appearances on earth - after the resurrection/ascension?
Matt. 24:23 Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24 For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand. 26 So, if they say to you, ‘Look, he is in the wilderness,’ do not go out. If they say, ‘Look, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27 For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
-notice all appearances of Jesus after the Ascension are visions in/from heaven -Paul on road to Damascus (Acts 9, 22, 26) and 2 Cor. 12, Stephen while being stoned (Acts 7), the book of Revelation as John is taken up (Rev. 4) and in the Spirit (Rev. 1)
4. Do most people go to heaven?
Luke 13:23 And someone said to him, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” And he said to them, 24 “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.Matt. 7:13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
5. Does the true church cease to exist and become apostate?
Matthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Matt. 16:18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
6. Is there another way to get to heaven besides Jesus? -what about good Baptists and other religions?
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.
7. Am I basically a good person who needs a little help to get me going in the right direction?
Matthew 12:34 You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.Matt. 23:33 You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell? -Jesus talking to the most religious people of his day.
8. Do you choose God (free will / free agency) or does God choose you?
John 6:29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”John 6:44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me— 46 not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father. 47 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.John 6:62 Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) 65 And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”
Matthew 22:14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”
John 3:5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
Matt. 5:20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Matt. 5:48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Rom. 3:10 as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; 11 no one understands; no one seeks for God. 12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”
1Cor. 6:11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
Rom. 2:29 But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God.
1 Cor. 2:12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. -Can you list what God has freely given you - most people who have a man centered instead of God centered salvation can not list one thing God has given them in Christ.
9. How much of my own righteous energy and strength get calculated into the salvation equation according to Jesus?
John 15:5 “apart from me you can do __________”
John 3:3 “You must be b______ a__________”
-How much credit do you take for your own conception and birth?
John 1:12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
John 12:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.
10. The gospel is centered on the cross of Christ - his followers know the cross is essential for a new life.
John 8:28 So Jesus said to them, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me.
Luke 9:23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
Luke 14:27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.
Matt. 16:24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?
Paul wrote:Gal. 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
John's warning to the church:
2 John 1:9 Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, 11 for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.
How many of these 10 teachings did you disagree with? Can we pick and choose what our Master and Teacher is saying is correct or when we do that does He cease to be our Master and teacher?
Example: Peter in Matthew 16 disagrees with Jesus that He will suffer in the hands of the elders: Jesus' response: "Get behind me, Satan"
Matt. 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
This quote from Jesus is a warning which begins to wrap up the Sermon on the Mount - will we put into practice what Christ taught (build on the rock) or will we only listen then go our way?
The bottom line is God’s Word - in Luke 16:31 Jesus taught, “if they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.” Basically he is saying the power of the Old Testament is greater than a dead man resurrected knocking at your door telling you it is all real.
If a church moves away from the apostolic teaching of Paul, down playing the role to the cross - what happens?
Colossians 1:20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. Col. 1:21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
Finally if a church moves away from the teaching of grace and what the Holy Spirit has freely given they move us back to the shadow (Hebrews 10:1) of the Old Testament with temple worship which never brought about a changed heart unlike the blood of Christ and the circumcision of the Holy Spirit (Rom 2:29).
Heb. 10:19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.