There is a lot of talk, throughout Christendom, about “doing what Lord Jesus did” and not enough talk about “being like Lord Jesus was”.
Many, who take pride in the fact that they think “doing what Lord Jesus did” is what Christianity is all about, also act as if the books ‘Matthew’, ‘Mark’, ‘Luke’ and ‘John’ is the whole Word of God because Matthew, Mark, Luke and John quote Lord Jesus.
Too many saints and religious people too, forget that holy men of God wrote every book in the Bible as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
2 Peter 1:19-21 And so WE HAVE THE PROPHETIC WORD CONFIRMED, which YOU DO WELL TO HEED, as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for PROPHECY NEVER CAME BY THE WILL OF MAN, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 ALL SCRIPTURE is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that THE MAN OF GOD may be COMPLETE, THOROUGHLY EQUIPPED for EVERY GOOD WORK. (man= human being used by Father)
Rightly divided or correctly interpreted by the Holy Spirit, no book of the Bible bears any more weight than any other book.
Too many saints and religious people also seem to willingly ignore the facts that:
1. we are humans with a sin nature and Lord Jesus was God in a human body
2. Lord Jesus was sent to die for the sin of mankind; saints are to die to themselves;
3. Lord Jesus’ earthly mission was to Israel ONLY; ours is NOT;
4. Lord Jesus was under the Law of Moses; we are NOT;
5. Lord Jesus IS Israel’s messiah; He’s our Savior, Lord and King
6. Lord Jesus had signs for John the Baptist and Israel that identified Him as Messiah:
Luke 7:22 Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.
Believers have a sign that is supposed to show ALL mankind that we belong to Christ:
John 13:35 “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
There are many other things that could be listed, but these are sufficient to make the point of why we can’t and shouldn’t put Matthew, Mark, Luke and John above the rest of Scripture.
The fact that our Lord was only sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, we MUST allow the Holy Spirit to show us how to distinguish between what was strictly for the Jews and what can be used by the Body of Christ.
Anyone who does the visible signs and wonders that our Lord, His apostles and other saints did is automatically going to draw attention to them. That kind of attention is very appealing to human nature.
Because Lord Jesus did those things and said to His apostles that they would do them too, it is very difficult for some saints to accept that their flesh is behind their drive and focus on doing the visible things that Lord Jesus did.
Many who have experienced some of these things are overcome with pride and don’t even realize it. They see themselves as above their fellow saints who don’t do what they do.
When Lord Jesus was on Earth, He called the religious people of His day hypocrites because they paid tithes of herbs (visible and physical); but left out the more important spiritual matters of the law.
Matthew 23:23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.
The more important spiritual matters that saints are leaving undone today and the things that Lord Jesus did that saints don’t seem too interested in are spelled out in the following Scriptures:
John 5:30 “I CAN OF MYSELF DO NOTHING. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I DO NOT SEEK MY OWN WILL but the will of the Father who sent Me.”
John 5:41 “I DO NOT RECEIVE HONOR FROM MEN.”
|John 8:54 Jesus answered, “IF I HONOR MYSELF, MY HONOR IS NOTHING. It is My Father who honors Me, of whom you say that He is your God.”|
John 8:29 “And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, FOR I ALWAYS DO THOSE THINGS THAT PLEASE HIM.”
John 14:10 “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I DO NOT SPEAK ON MY OWN AUTHORITY; BUT THE FATHER who dwells in Me does the works.”
John 14:15 “IF YOU LOVE ME, KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS.”
John 14:31 “But THAT THE WORLD MAY KNOW THAT I LOVE THE FATHER, AND AS THE FATHER GAVE ME COMMANDMENT, SO I DO.”
John 17:16 “THEY ARE NOT OF THE WORLD, JUST AS I AM NOT OF THE WORLD.”
John 17:20-21 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; “THAT THEY ALL MAY BE ONE, AS YOU, FATHER, ARE IN ME, AND I IN YOU; THAT THEY ALSO MAY BE ONE IN US, that the world may believe that You sent Me.”
There are many many saints who act as though their mission in life is to make sure that Lord Jesus’ prayer never gets answered.
There are many many saints want to do the things that Lord Jesus did, but not many want to be the kind of servant that Lord Jesus was.
The latter is the weightier matters of Christianity. We shouldn’t leave that undone.