"Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?" (John 6:60.) As Jesus then asked, so do I ask, "Doth this offend you?" (John 6:61c.)
My heart goes out to you as you receive this revelation of TRUTH. Yes, it is indeed vexing to see the plot of the Great Deceiver unfolded. But praise the LORD that it has been so unfolded before us, His TRUE Children of the LORD! Alleluia!
Furthermore, consider the context of what the disciples in John 6:53-64 considered "an hard saying". It had sounded as if our Lord Jesus was advocating cannibalism! To wit, in John 6:56: "He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him." Indeed, "From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him." (John 6:66.)
And what matter of TRUTH has herein been revealed in this writing unto you? Is it of any such weighty matter as that which Jesus had taught about "eating and drinking" His flesh and blood? I think not. Yet, the seriousness of the matter of this revelation herein is certainly great.
What? Do some respond, therefore, that Jesus can say what He will but I cannot say that which the Holy Ghost brings unto our remembrance? Indeed, the Lord Jesus is, beyond comprehension, far far "mightier than I,... the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to... unloose". (Mark 1:7b-c.) Yet our Lord and Saviour loves me. (Praise the LORD!) If the Holy Ghost uses this my tabernacle as but one instrument for bringing forth the TRUTH unto our remembrance, who am I that I should disobey? God forbid that I would not obey. Would some have me so disobey? God forbid.
What about Paul? Why do you believe what he has written? Is it not by the Holy Ghost? Indeed, Paul never spent even one single day during the years that the Lord Jesus taught on the earth. Paul simply had what would be called in modern times as a "vision". Thus, two thirds of the epistles in what we call the New Testament Scriptures were written by a man who never once studied under the "earth-time ministry" of the Lord Jesus before His Crucifixion and Resurrection! In carnal terms, what credibility is that?
Yet, does not the Scripture show in Galatians 2:11-16 that Paul actually reproved Peter who had indeed studied under the "earth-time ministry" of Christ Jesus? Yet, does not the Scripture show in 2_Peter 3:15-16 that even Peter considered Paul's epistles as scripture as well? Did they not have two different callings, Paul to the Gentiles and Peter to Israel, as detailed in Galatians 2:7?
Thus, is it any great matter that I be called to be but one instrument through whom the Holy Ghost brings still more TRUTH unto our remembrance? (Who am I? I am nothing but the clay to the Potter.) Likewise, why do you believe Paul? As he said in Galatians 1:11-12: "But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ." In the very same way, if the Holy Ghost uses this my tabernacle to bring more TRUTH unto our remembrance, proving by Scriptures and "speaking TRUTH in love" (Ephesians 4:15a), why do you thus believe? Indeed, to the TRUE Children of the LORD, it is only by the Holy Ghost which Christ Jesus said "the Father will send in my name, he ((the Holy Ghost)) shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance". (John 14:26c-e.) Thus do we believe Paul because we believe the Holy Ghost by the Holy Ghost.
And if the Holy Ghost likewise uses me, then what matter is that? Does not the Holy Ghost bring the TRUTH unto our remembrance? Indeed, the Holy Spirit does; and that is the TRUTH because our Lord Jesus has said so. (See John 14:26, for example.) To say otherwise, would that not be speaking against the Holy Ghost, and thus be committing the only unforgivable sin (as Christ Jesus had said in Matthew 12:31-32)? Indeed, let anyone speak against me, but God forbid that they should speak against the Holy Ghost.
So how do we know TRUTH?
I either follow the standard or am to be "corrected" and reproved. (Did not Paul reprove Peter?) And anyone else who would so "correct" and reprove me must also follow the standard. (Did not Paul follow that standard?) What is that standard? How do we know who is of God and who is not?
First, as John wrote: "We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. HEREBY KNOW WE THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH, AND THE SPIRIT OF ERROR. Beloved, LET US LOVE one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love." (1_John 4:6-8.)
Second, as Paul wrote: "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 PERFECT, throughly furnished unto all good works." (2_Timothy 3:16-17.)
Therefore is the standard set by love and by Scripture.
Indeed, have I not, by my love for you, cast off the fear that I would have in bringing forth such powerful TRUTH? Indeed, "PERFECT LOVE casteth out fear." (1_John 4:18b.)
As well, have I brought forth such great a matter when compared to Paul bringing the gospel to the Gentiles? And when Paul "reasoned" to the Jews in the synagogues, does not the Scripture show him quoting Scripture to prove the TRUTH which he was called to bring forth? Indeed It does. What about Romans 15:8-13, did Paul not offer such quotes as Psalms 18:49, Deuteronomy 32:43, and Psalms 117:1? (For your understanding, "Gentiles", "heathen", and foreign "nations" are all the same word in Scripture.) Thus, have I not followed Paul's example by quoting Scripture? Was Paul not following the Lord's example?
Did not our Lord Jesus confound the manmade doctrines of the Pharisees of His day by quoting Scripture? In Mark 2:23-28, did our Lord not refer to David of Scripture of 1_Samuel 21:6? In John 7:22-23, did He not refer to Moses of Scripture of Leviticus 12:3? If our Lord Jesus could teach TRUTH by referring to David and Moses, did He not therefore set the example for us to follow as the Holy Ghost brings unto our remembrance?
As well, does Scripture show Paul or our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ citing the exact location of verses in Scripture as they proved the TRUTH? No, indeed. Furthermore, does Scripture show Paul or Christ Jesus citing dozens and scores and scores and dozens of verses in proving the points of the TRUTH about which they were teaching and exhorting? No, indeed.
Yet, I, only by the leading of the Holy Ghost, have brought a smaller matter of TRUTH. Yet, I have so "reasoned out of the Scriptures" by quoting more verses than Scripture shows us Paul or Jesus quoting. Yet, I have also cited the exact location of verses for you to inspect on your own (to your greater edification that you may trust Scripture far above even my own words). Yet, (although not smaller in seriousness as to be armed against the wicked paradox!), though I bring a much, much smaller matter of TRUTH, and while supported with much, much greater Scriptural proof, still "there are some of you that believe not" as Jesus said in John 6:64a.
But to those who do believe the TRUTH as herein revealed in love and proven by the Scriptures, "...henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But SPEAKING TRUTH IN LOVE, may ((we)) grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ". (Ephesians 4:14-15.)
It is, therefore, out of absolute love for you that still more Scripture must now be offered unto you for your very protection! That you may be well-armed to face the devils boldly when they bring you that wicked paradox, "Did Jesus sin or is Scripture wrong?", the following are still more Scriptural proofs given to you that you may TRULY be armed, "prepared/'ready'", speaking ONLY according to Scripture, thus having that LIGHT, to fight back against the wicked devils and the Great Deceiver's diabolical wicked paradox. Indeed, would it be by love to leave you un-armed when confronted with that wicked paradox? I think not. Rather, by so arming you with the TRUTH, is this not REALLY, TRULY, and VERILY "speaking truth in love"? Indeed, it is only by love that I warn you and even arm you with the proof of the TRUTH. Beloved, be bold and be firm. I beseech you in all love, gird yourselves for the battle with the sword of TRUTH, so arming yourself by the following proof of Scripture, the very TRUTH and Written WORD of God.
© October 4, 1995, The Standard Bearer
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