The Authority of Jesus and the Holy Spirit — John 3

From John 3:31-36, we learn that Jesus Christ is above all, and He has come from heaven to earth. We learn that Jesus Christ speaks and “testifies” about what He saw and heard in heaven before He came from heaven to earth. We learn that those who accept the testimony of Jesus Christ certify that “God is true.” We learn that Jesus Christ spoke the words of God. We learn that Jesus Christ gives to those who believe in Him the Holy Spirit without measure or without limit. We learn that because God the Father loves His Son, Jesus Christ, that He has placed all things in the hands of Jesus Christ. We learn that Jesus Christ has authority and power over all things, and no being and no created thing has more authority and power than Jesus Christ.

Therefore, it is abuse of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, if not a moral and spiritual crime, for someone to say that the Holy Spirit is leading them or leading a church to contradict the teachings and words of Jesus Christ. Remember also what Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.” It is abuse of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, for someone to teach that the Bible is no longer “inspired by God” and parts of the Bible are no longer useful “for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” They make matters worse when they say that the Holy Spirit is leading them or leading a church to contradict the Bible, Jesus, and the words of God, so they can teach unrighteousness while claiming that they are following the leading of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will never contradict the teachings of Jesus and the Bible. In this day and age, we must be careful not to follow anyone or believe anyone who says the Holy Spirit is leading them (and others should follow them) to turn from the clear teachings in the Bible regarding true and false, right and wrong, righteousness and unrighteousness. Remember, we also learn in John 3:36, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but must endure God’s wrath.”

Remember what Jesus himself preached about those who claimed to be His followers who instead followed the culture. In Mark 8:38, Jesus declared, “Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” Too many today are ashamed of Jesus’ words because of the culture in which we live.

If this warning of Jesus were not enough, when a church leader or a church contradicts the words of Jesus and the Bible, who are Christians to listen to? On the Mount of Transfiguration, God the Father gave the answer in Mark 9:7, “Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!'” Those who believe in Jesus will listen to Him.

Finally, what are some of the consequences for those who tell us the Holy Spirit is leading them away from the teachings of Jesus and the Bible? Jesus has told us in Mark 9:42, “If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea.” These are sobering words in our world today; therefore, much prayer, discernment, and faithfulness is required of those who claim to be followers of Christ.

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May God continue to bless your Bible study and teaching and encourage you by His Word and Spirit!

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Teaching the Truth in Love for the Love of God’s Word and His people,
L.G.

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