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Bible Ballistics: BBs #407 Leading To Or Following What???
“Be ye followers of me,
even as I also am of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1
We are to be followers of Jesus, and as part of the body of Christ Jesus, we are to lead one another to the cross. Paul called those he had influence over to be followers of him, “as I also am of Christ”! And friends, that is the only thing that we can trust in. As we follow anyone, the litmus test must be “Are they following Jesus and His Word?” It’s truly all about Jesus, and He calls us to testify of His Gospel, and to encourage and call each other to the cross!!!
“Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.” Proverbs 27:17
We are to be iron sharpening iron—helping one another! We are called to be iron, not plastic—changing shape with every wind of change around us.
“For when they speak
great swelling words
they allure through the lusts of the flesh,
through much wantonness,
those that were clean escaped from them
who live in error.” 2 Peter 2:18
There have always been false teachers and leaders around:
“But there were false prophets
also among the people,
even as there shall be false teachers
who privily shall bring in
even denying the Lord that bought them,
and bring upon themselves
swift destruction.” 2 Peter 2:1
We must beware of those who twist the Word of God, and to do that we must know The Word for ourselves, so we won’t be led astray. In fact, one of the words used in this passage to describe these false teacher’s words, is a root that we get our English word “plastic” from! In other words they “molded” their words to fit the listeners! We must know truth to discern whether others are speaking truth or error!
“That we 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
15 But speaking the truth in love,
may grow up
in all things,
which is the head,
even Christ:” Ephesians 4:14-15
And we can only gain maturity as we dig out the truth for ourselves, by searching the scriptures.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God,
that needeth not to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica,
in that they received the word
with all readiness of mind,
and searched the scriptures daily,
whether those things were so.
12 Therefore many of them believed;
also of honourable women
which were Greeks,
and of men, not a few.” Acts 17:11-12
May we be like the Bereans, who “searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so”; measuring everything we hear and read by the Word of God, to know if any person is speaking the truth or error. We are not to be blind to the lies of false teachers, but know the truth so as to recognize and discern the things that we hear and see, whether it’s truth or error.
“Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.” Matthew 15:14
Rather than blind, we are to have our eyes opened by truth.
“The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,” Ephesians 1:18
May we have only one message—the truth of Jesus Christ our Lord and His Word (Which IS Jesus! See John 1)!
“For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.” 2 Corinthians 4:5
Who are you following? Who are you leading? Where? We are either leading people “to” the cross, or away “from” it! Are you on the broad road or the narrow? There is a test!