Can I Discern Truth From Falsehood?
Galatians 1:8,17- 18 GW Whoever tells you good news that is different from the Good News we gave you should be condemned to hell, even if he is one of us or an angel from heaven. ...I didn't even go to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was. Instead, I went to Arabia and then came back to Damascus. Then, three years later I went to Jerusalem ...
How can we recognize a false gospel unless we are well acquainted with God's Word and have a close relationship with Jesus? If we don't constantly study God's Word, if we aren't allowing God--not some stand in substitute be that pastor, parent, president, or some charsmatic guru--to speak to us through His Word, we'll be easy prey for those who seek to pervert, discount or add to the simple but profound message of salvation through the cross. Everything we hear needs to be checked against God's Word as a whole, not passages pulled out of context to prove a point.
Galatians 2:16 GW Yet, we know that people don't receive God's approval because of their own efforts to live according to a set of standards, but only by believing in Jesus Christ. So we also believed in Jesus Christ in order to receive God's approval by faith in Christ and not because of our own efforts. People won't receive God's approval because of their own efforts to live according to a set of standards.
Do I know Jesus on a personal level? Am I reading, studying and memorizing His Word? Am I living for Him? Finally, am I insulating myself from false doctrines by knowing God's truth?
Help me, Jesus, to "Study earnestly to present myself approved to God, a workman that does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth." 11Timothy 2:15 Mkjv
Posted by Carolyn R Scheidies
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