The true “good life” only comes through Jesus Christ.
God did not say “I will save you—so hang on and endure until you die.” Instead, He promises that we can have an abundant life ON THIS EARTH! The key is to trust God as to your position in Christ:
. . . having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us and which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. —Colossians 2:14
As Christians, it is an incredible privilege to live our lives knowing:
- God will never leave us.
Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,” —Hebrews 13:5
- We can’t leave Him.
nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. —Romans 8:39
These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may KNOW that you have eternal life. —1 John 5:13
Your statement re Paul’s teaching taking precedence over Christ’s reinforces my decision to attend a Messianic congregation instead of a mainline ‘Christian’ church. I have long felt that most churches today are more Pauline than Christian. While highly honored in the congregation, Paul remains secondary to the Messiah, as he should.
When Jesus was on the earth, He was addressing Jews who were under the Jewish Mosaic law. If you want to be a Jew under the Law, good luck with that.
But Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures…” —Matthew 22:29
By saying that Jesus’ words are more important than Paul’s, you’re making a mistake that is quite common today, that is, failing to understand God’s distinctive time periods, referred to as “dispensations.” God never changes, but He changes how He deals with people on the earth at different times.
You have to begin with the fact that the entire Bible is inspired by God.
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.. —2 Timothy 3:16
“All” means all. What Paul penned through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit is no more, or less, inspired than what Jesus says in the Gospels. So if you come up with a verse that contradicts another verse, you have to look at the context and assume “progressive revelation.” Which means God revealed himself, and scripture, over time.
and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things… —Ephesians 3:9
that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints… —Colossians 1:26
In the above verses, you can clearly see that some things were hidden from the Jews, things that were later revealed to Believers in the Church Age who have God’s discerning Holy Spirit living inside them.
Often there appears to be a contradiction between what Jesus said to the Jews and what Paul said to the Believers through divinely inspired Scripture. But by looking at who God was talking to at the time, it almost always clears up any contradiction.
Consider what Jesus said to the Jews under the law…
“For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.” —Matthew 6:14-15
This verse says that if you fail to forgive someone, God will not forgive you. It sounds like you might lose your salvation—or never gain it. But consider what Paul revealed to those of us living in the church age, post-cross…
Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. —Ephesians 4:32
having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. —Col. 2:14
Here God reveals to us, through inspired Scripture, that our forgiveness is in past tense. Because of what Jesus did on the cross we are fully forgiven of all of our past, present and future sins. So this is an example showing that things Jesus said to the Jews under the law do not always apply to us living in the Church Age.
There are so many other examples of these dispensational differences between what Jesus said to the Jews and what Paul says to us—so many that we made a video called Satan’s Top 10 Lies, Lie #5, Do Everything Jesus Says.
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I am a senior in high school and have a friend that recently confided in me about something she is doing that I think is very wrong—stealing clothes from department stores. She told me not to tell anyone. Other than the stealing, she has been a great friend and I don’t want to lose that friendship. Also, she goes to church with me and I’m not sure she is a Christian. If I were to expose her, I’m certain she would end our friendship and my witnessing to her. My parents aren’t Christians, and I don’t know who to talk to. What do you think?
You need to immediately tell your parents. They are your first line of defense in any situation, and it doesn’t matter whether they are Christians. God wants you to be under their authority AND protection. Their insight and counsel is a valuable commodity not to be dismissed lightly.
Also, the Bible encourages you to go to the offender in private.
If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother. —Matthew 18:15
But keep in mind that the problem addressed isn’t stealing. The real problem is her refusing God’s will in her life. Pray for God to grant you the proper response so that you may gain her confidence and be used to lead her to Jesus.
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