“My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority. He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him. Did not Moses give you the law, yet none of you keeps the law? Why do you seek to kill Me?” John 7:16–19
I’m running late this morning so this post will be short.
In today’s focus text Jesus strongly states that the reason for the Jewish leaders’ opposition to him was a result of their lack of connection with God.
The lesson we need to bring home is that you and I are fundamentally incapable of knowing truth and recognizing anything worthwhile apart from a connection with God.
I’ve known many people that have pursued a course of knowledge of scripture and church doctrine without an intentional pursuit of a personal relationship with their Heavenly Father.
Friends Jesus point is clear without a personal connection with the Father any pursuit of truth will be futile. Just as the scribes and Pharisees pursuit of knowledge left them ignorant and antagonistic to the Savior as he was sacrificing himself to bring this world salvation just so will we be.
The book of Revelation’s closing chapter of this world’s sinful history describes a situation in which truth and error are in mortal combat. Our only hope of ensuring that we choose the side of truth is to daily chose to draw closer to our Heavenly Father and to know him better.