Don't Get This Wrong! Teaching Blog #12
We are looking at leadership and doctrine in, John 8:33-39, when Jesus is saying you have another father and it is not God because your father is the devil. Jesus is talking to people who should know better because they have the Word of God and they are God’s chosen people and they are indentified as Believers. Now remember, they did not recognize Jesus when He showed up, yet, as Believers they had the Word of God. Jesus told them there are two fathers, I have a Father Who is in heaven, and you have a father who is Satan. They each have a voice and you are not listening to the Father’s voice that I listen to because you are listening to another voice.
In Verses 39-47, Jesus is saying that you cannot hear My Words because My Words have no place in you but He is talking to people who had what would have been considered the Bible back then. Here, Jesus interacts with Old Testament people and for now we will call them Believers; however, they should have known the truth because they celebrated Passover and everything they knew was pointing to Christ. Even still, they could not receive the truth because they believed in another voice and we wonder if we could be influenced this way.
In Matthew 16:13-23, God the Father revealed to Peter Who Jesus was, and then, Jesus tells His disciples about God’s gospel plan. Now, even though Peter had good intentions he was influenced by two fathers. Peter’s old father before salvation was Satan and his current Father is God, right? And, what do we see here in Scripture? We see that we can be influenced just as well. Therefore, we must be able to discern what is of God and what is not of God.
Let me tell you, Satan’s voice will seem very familiar to you because it will identify with your fleshly urges and it will make common sense to you, but God’s Word and His Voice will not make sense to you. However, as Believer’s, we live by faith and not by sight! The world lives opposite of us because they live by sight and not by faith. For instance, it does not make sense to walk on water or to leave a good job and go into the mission field, right? This is faith and to the world it looks foolish but Who is the voice behind our actions? The voice behind our actions is God and so we hear God’s Word and we go with it in faith but the world hears Satan’s voice and they obey him because they are listening to him! Amen.