John 20:30-31 “And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: but these are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and believing you might have life through his name.”
How simple. How profound. Not all that Jesus said and did is written for us to read, but a sampling of them.
John 21:25 “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the- books that should be written. Amen.”
So what is written is so that we might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. And that in believing we might have life through his name. So by reading the gospel message we are enabled to believe. Faith comes to us by reading this book, the Bible. Faith also comes when we hear the book read aloud, taught, or preached. The problem we have is that instead of going directly to the Bible and allowing the Holy Spirit to teach us, we let man do the teaching. So if someone is called being a Baptist, they will become a baptist. If someone is called being a Pentecostal, they will become a Pentecostal. For this reason there are thousands of groups who say they believe the Bible, but they teach different doctrines. Even though they teach from the same book, they teach very different things. So to be taught of men is very dangerous. It is so easy to be deceived in these last days. To know the truth we need to cry out to the Lord to give us eyes that see, ears that hear, and hearts that understand. Ask the Lord to personally teach you, so that you are not deceived.
John 14:25-26 “These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
John 16:12-13 “I have yet many things to say unto you, but you cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of Truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he shall show you things to come.”
Remember that the words Jesus spoke were for his disciples and not for the world.
Matthew 13:10-16 “And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speak you unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but unto them it is not given. For whosoever has, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever has not, from him shall be taken away even that he has. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophesy of Esaias, which says, By hearing you shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing you shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes for they see: and your ears, for they hear.”
So two of the main reasons why people are deceived are covered in these verses. The first is that people are indoctrinated by men. They listen to and believe whatever religious group that they belong to.
John 3:9-10 “Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? Jesus answered and said unto him, Are you a Master of Israel and know not these things?”
John 3:25 “Then there arose a question between some of John’s disciples and the Jews about purifying.”
Instead of allowing men to indoctrinate us, God has a better way.
1 John 2:20,27 “But you have an unction from the Holy One, and you know all things. But the anointing which you have received of him abides in you, and you need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it has taught you, you shall abide in him.”
The second reason why people are deceived is because they are not true disciples of Jesus Christ. A true disciple lives like Jesus lived and obeys all of his commands. The rules of discipleship are found in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. They are found nowhere else. Again, Jesus told his disciples “Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.” (Matthew 13:11). You see, the four gospels are written to two types of people and to no one else. They are written to disciples and to those who will become disciples. No one else will accurately understand or appreciate them. There is also a third main reason.
James 1:22 :But be doers of the Word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”
Matthew 7:24-27 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And everyone that hears these saying of mine, and does them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”
As soon as we hear the Word of God, and do not do it, we are self-deceived. Everything from then on that we read, study, think, teach, or preach from the Bible will have error mixed in it. The solution is to cry out for eyes that see, ears that hear, and a heart that understands. Cry out to God for truth. “Please Lord, don’t let me be deceived and go to hell! Please have mercy upon me and show me the truth. By your grace and strength I fully intend to obey what you show me.”
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