There are hundreds of thousands of teachers who seek to make their opinions, their interpretations known. You could spend a lifetime reading or hearing countless theological systems, books on doctrine, the web is full of them. Thousands of YouTube videos and blogs. Countless organisations each with their statements of faith and mission statements claiming to be correct and biblical.
So who are you to believe? Where, how, from whom, do you find truth?
When Jesus astonished the Jews in the Jerusalem temple with his surprising teaching and wisdom, they questioned how this Galilean could possibly have received such perfect understanding. So Jesus explained how. And his explanation was amazingly simple . . .
“My teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me. If anyone is willing to do His will, he will know of the teaching, whether it is of God or whether I speak from Myself. He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who is seeking the glory of the One who sent Him, He is true, and there is no unrighteousness in Him. John 7:16–18
His teaching was actually not his at all. He had no input of his own.
Astoundingly, he had no initiative at all in what he taught.
At the same time, there was tremendous variety as He spoke by the Holy Spirit. His approach to people was different on each occasion.
He teaches us to “call no one Rabbi (that is teacher), you have One Teacher” (Matthew 23:8)
Are you seeking truth? How important is truth?
Surely we are living in a culture where knowing truth is not cool.
Post-truth. Anything goes. How it feels is what guides. What works for me.
Back in the 1960’s Francis Schaeffer saw Post-truth coming and found it necessary to coin the term, true truth.
True truth. We all know there are physical laws that are always true which we ignore at our peril . . . defying gravity, eating poisonous substances and so on.
So there are meta-physical things that never change. Faith, love, righteousness, goodness, for example.
Does your belief system come from someone you respect, admire, even place as your guru, bypassing, shortcutting the Lord Jesus? Wrong beliefs can kill, can lead to destruction and damnation. Cursed, wrote Paul, of those who decide to be justified by law.
Your fav preachers may want to get admiration from men and not from God. They may seek recognition, praise, reputation, advancement. Their desires colour what they teach. No wonder we are in such a poor state spiritually.
How do we recognise true teaching? Jesus said to make God’s will your will—no other. If you desire to do the will of God, you will know what teaching is true—the one who teaches will not seek his own glory but God’s glory alone. He will not speak from himself—the true teacher from God does not dare bring anything beyond what God has said in his son Jesus Christ.
Ultimately, the one teacher of righteousness is Jesus. Are you surprised?
So, just humbly following Jesus, we shall be like him. Being like him, listening to him, we will desire above all else, to will the will of God.
So, passionately desiring to do the will of the Father, we shall recognise the truth when we hear it, and the truth will set us free.
Simple, isn’t it.
So when will you abandon your own belief system, your treasured traditions, and begin to love His rule, His will?