¿Por quién deberíamos Votar los Cristianos?

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Glory Full of Truth John 1:17

His Glory is Full of Truth

This is our third look at John 1:17. “The Word became flesh and we beheld His glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” We looked first at the emphasis placed on God’s glory in the Bible. Last week, we emphasized that there cannot be divine glory without grace. This week, we emphasize there can be no glory without truth.

God's Grace cannot be Separated from His Truth.

God’s Grace cannot be Separated from His Truth.

Grace Without Truth Can Lead to Lewdness

There was a major problem in a doctrine which threatened the early church. When men heard of grace, false teachers forgot that grace cannot exist without it being tied to truth. Jude 1:4 described them as “…ungodly men who turned the grace of our Lord into lewdness.”  They really thought that moral purity did not matter, believing they could teach and practice immorality and still be saved. Tragically, that same problem exists in our world by Christians who fail to exercise restraint in their dress, their actions and their entertainment.

Grace Without Truth Can Lead to Disobedience

When the Word described the final judgment, He described an attitude of religious individuals who thought that as long as they were doing notable works in the name of Jesus, God’s grace would cover them. Jesus said, “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness’” (Matt. 7:22-23). What a vivid description of the attitude of many leaders of denominations today. Ignoring what Jesus teaches about worship, the Lord’s supper, salvation, baptism and Bible authority, they feel justified thinking that God’s grace will cover these “small” matters. Jesus clearly says they will be lost.

Grace Without Truth Can Lead to Infidelity

The practice of ignoring truth and teaching that God’s grace will be given to all who serve the Lord in any way is the basis of the religious division which permeates religion in America. The night of Jesus’ betrayal, He prayed fervently that all who believed on Him might be one, just like He and the Father were one. What did He see as the result of all believers being dedicated to the one truth He had given to the apostles? “That the world may believe that You have sent Me” (John 17:21). Why are there so many unbelievers in our land? Read His prayer again—religious division among believers creates infidelity!

Grace and Truth Must Be in Us

When we are the light of the world, it will see our light and glorify the Father (Matt. 5:16). Jesus’ glory was full of grace and truth. Both of these must be in us!

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Authority of Scriptures

The Authority of Scriptures and the Unity of the Body

“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive” (Ephesians 4:11-14).

Is congregation organized according to scriptural authority?

Is congregation organized according to scriptural authority?

The authority of the scriptures must be primal as we seek to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  All authority comes from Christ (Matthew 28:18).  Christ has given apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers for the church to remain united under His authority.  The roles of apostle and prophet produce the authoritative scriptures.  The roles of pastors and teachers hold us accountable to the scriptures.  Evangelists bring others to the scriptures.  With these roles fulfilled, we have unity with one another in the body of Christ.

However, when we dismiss the authority of the scripture, we bring disunity and division to the body of Christ because we will no longer have one standard by which to determine what is right or wrong.  We will be children tossed and carried by every wind of teaching.  We will be prey for the sleight and craftiness of men, and we will succumb to their deceit.  What happens when we dismiss the authority of the scriptures?  We lose our anchor to Christ and His church.May we respect the authority of the scriptures.God bless you, and I love you.

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