Pentecostal Church Mannheim
Message from the Monthly Flyer from April 2008
Your attitude concerning more truth
1. Corinthians 13:9-10 "For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away."
1. No matter how much we have learnt from the Word of God, we should
always maintain a teachable spirit. If you set your mind against everything
that is new, you can miss out on many things which could have been a blessing,
including even your own salvation. The more often that you search through
the Word of God with an open heart, the more things you can see which
still yet have to be learnt.
2. Additional knowledge will enhance the truth about the Word of God even more. A genuine love to the truth is the greatest stabilizing power for a disciple of Jesus. If a person loves something else more than the truth (his own way, personalities, fame, the world, career, revelations and miracles) he will believe deceitful signs and end up being lost (see 2.Thess. 2:10-11)
3.How can you prove whether a doctrine is the truth?
A. Does it glorify Jesus ? The more truth that we receive, the greater Jesus will be for us.
B. Does it bring us closer to the first church, like we see in the book of Acts? Paul warns us in Galatians 1:8-10 and writes "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed." In Hebrews 8:5 we are warned like Moses Heb 8:5 "Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount." In Jude 3, it is written: "...and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints." . Let us believe that which has been written for us!
C. Is the doctrine in agreement with the Word of God? It is written in 1.Thess. 5:21 "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good."
We can firstly only say that the doctrine is correct, if it is in accordance with the whole of the Scriptures and does not contradict it!
4.Does the doctrine support the idea of living a holy life? Divine truth will lead a person to want and be able to live a holy life, and to watch out how he lives.
Here is an example: The belief in the truth about the coming again of Jesus is a call to living a holy life; it is a purifying hope (1.John 3:2-3)
It would be good for every person, if he himself would closely examine and compare every doctrine with the Holy Scriptures. We should ask ourselves: Does it bring us closer to God or to the world; does it glorify man or God? Does it contradict God’s particular plan of salvation or does it support it?
2.Corinthians 10:3-5 "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; "
Worldly doctrines lead those who believe in them to be lukewarm. We need to acknowledge the Holy Scriptures as being the highest authority. Human traditions are exactly that what they are: human traditions. It is necessary to reject and abandon human tradition if it opposes the Word of God!
God’s testimony is true! There is nothing wrong with believing in the Word of God; on the contrary, it is essential! Whoever seeks Him with their whole heart, and desires to know His doctrine and live so accordingly, HE will reveal Himself to that individual! That is exactly what He hopes for. 1. Samuel 2:30; 3:16-18 rw