What is the "Doctrine of Christ" as opposed to the "Doctrine of Men"?
Matthew 7:28-29 - "And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes."
It would be good to know what the doctrine of Jesus is versus the "doctrine of men", so we move into Matthew to read what Jesus "sayings" are because those "sayings" are His doctrine."
Matthew 5: 1-2 sets the stage: "And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And Jesus opened his mouth, and taught them, saying:" all that is found in Matthew 5, 6 & 7.
Happy are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Happy are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Pastors are to teach this: Without salvation, man has no righteousness before God.
"Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven."
Matthew 6:33 - But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness."
What is the kingdom of God? Heaven.
What is the one thing that gets you there? Righteousness.
Who has righteousness on the earth? Jesus.
How do you obtain His righteousness? Salvation.
How do you find salvation? Repent - and ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins because He died on the cross for those sins. Only Jesus can forgive sins.
In the Old Testament - Leviticus 6:30 tells us how man was "reconciled" to God. "And no sin offering, whereof any of the blood is brought into the tabernacle of the congregation to RECONCILE withal in the holy place, shall be eaten: it shall be burnt in the fire."
The Greek word for "RECONCILE" is "kaphar" - "to cover over, atone", and this would require a blood sacrifice, at least annually, for the sins of Israel to "atone" - "cover over" - "reconcile"..or put Israel into a "right standing (a legal term) with God...and this was a temporary measure to "cover over" the sins confessed to God by Israel...it would be done annually.
The Hebrew word found in our Old Testament Book of Leviticus 6:30 is the same as that found in the Torah....and the Hebrew word is ėōųä
That Hebrew word is found in The TORAH - in their Book which we (and they) call Leviticus.
In English, that is "kippur", and the translation of that is "atonement". They get "Yom-Kippur" from it...the Day of Atonement".
My Jewish friends don't have Leviticus 6:30.
The Torah goes to Leviticus 6:23, and that is where it uses the direct word "Atonement"....to cover over their sins (annually) to maintain a right relationship with God.
The word "Reconcile" came about in the 1300's and the 1611 King James Bible uses that word in Leviticus as the same word the Jews used - "Atonement".
Paul, a Hebrew scholar, knowing Hebrew and Greek, used the word "exchange"
for "reconcile"....and it was the best possible word to use to describe Leviticus 6:23 in the context of what Jesus just did.
So Paul said, in context of Leviticus 6:30, "in order to "atone", or get into a right relationship with God, Jesus made a permanent "exchange"/reconciliation between man and God, and that exchange is His righteousness for our sins.
The apostle Paul said this in Romans 5:10 - "For if, when we were enemies, we were RECONCILED (Greek word is "katallavssw" or "exchanged") to God - How? "By the death of His Son, much more, being RECONCILED, we shall (a legal term) be saved by His life."
dikaiosune - is the Greek word found in Matthew 6:33 for "Righteousness" that is to be sought FIRST - in order to gain access to the kingdom of heaven.
According to the Greek Lexicon - "dikaiosune" means the following:
1. in a broad sense: state of him who is as he ought to be,
2. RIGHTEOUSNESS, the condition acceptable to God
a. the DOCTRINE concerning the way in which man may attain a state approved of God
b. integrity, virtue, purity of life, rightness, correctness of thinking feeling, and acting
3. in a narrower sense, justice or the virtue which gives each his duemany churches ARE NOW TWISTING THIS WORD "RIGHTEOUSNESS" AND "RECONCILIATION"...the DOCTRINE of CHRIST into a NEW doctrine of men....
For example, this is an actual paragraph taken from a preacher who is taking that pathway with a large congregation:
“Reconciliation”, or “the ending of conflict or renewing of a friendly relationship between God and us”, is an idea that came from Jesus. The idea that we can have a direct relationship with God was a new concept that Jesus brought."
2 Corinthians 5:20-21 (NIV) “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Matthew 6:33 (NIV) tells us to “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you.”
Understanding the Kingdom of God in our world is difficult. Being part of the Kingdom of God doesn’t mean being “saved” or self-righteous, but instead it means righteousness or“dikaiosune” in Greek. This word has three attributes:
• Right standing or relationship
• Covenant faithfulness
Bishop N.T. Wright has a new translation of the New Testament, which he calls the Kingdom New Testament, and he translates Matthew 6:33 as follows: Matthew 6:33 (KNT) “Make your top priority God’s kingdom and his way of life, and all these things will be given to you.”
THese preachers are heading down the road to "SOCIAL JUSTICE" and they use the "NEW WAYS" to convince the flock to head down the dangerous road toward destruction and away froom SALVATION, hell, the cross, the atonement, reconciliation between man and God....and they will be "ACCURSED" for dodging their responsibilities.
The Bible clearly states that "There are NONE righteous (a sinless perfection required by God for one to attain entrance into heaven -NONE - except Jesus), and the New Testament spells that verdict out in Romans 3:10 - and Paul, the apostle and writer of Romans, got it from the only Scriptures he had available...the Old Hebrew Testament....scrolls - Isaiah 64:6 - " But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags."
What was Jesus' ministry? - Matthew 4:17 - "From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
Therefore....without "REPENTANCE", there is NO forgiveness of sins, and this will keep anyone from entering into the kingdom of heaven.
Luke 13:3 is but one of many Bible verses calling for "repentance" which is the key that unlocks the first door toward salvation and seeking the kingdom of heaven. " I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish."
Churches today fail to do the ministry that Jesus did..that John The Baptist did before Him..that the Apostles were instructed to do while with Jesus...and after His death and resurrection.....and failed to do the same thing that Paul, the final apostle chosen my Christ did in his outreach.
John, the Baptist - Luke 3:3 - " And John The Baptizer came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins."
The Apostles: - Luke 9:1-2 - "Then He called His twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And He sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick."
And what exactly did Jesus say to His Apostles of what to preach that would get sinners into the kingdom of God? - Matthew 4:17 - "From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
And what were the instructions from the apostles to the preachers who were to become the shepherds over the flock (congregations) of the new churches - and the ones that are in existence today?
And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem" - Luke 24:47
… And Jesus said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent." "I must preach salvation......and I expect my apostles, preachers, disciples to do no less. This is MY PLAN.....carry it out...or face the consequences of not carrying out my doctrine....Galatians 1:8-9. So, it is not a good thing to wonder what God's plan is for CCC, when He laid it out clearly in His 66 Books.
In the event that one wonders if this is pleasing to God Himself, one only has to confer with 1 Corinthians 1:21 - Paul said, " For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe."
It is by "The foolishness of preaching the gospel - the kingdom of God - salvation - the cross - hell and the consequences of it - yes, even speaking to homosexuality (and every other "politically correct taboo") in the church pulpit, that THE WORD is taught. Preachers are avoiding doing what the "doctrine of Christ is"...in favor of doing the "doctrines of men who are deemed "academics and scholars".
How can they hear - without a preacher who understands the mission of Christ, the apostles, the preachers and the disciples?
Shall we then preach another gospel besides the cross? Shall we preach social issues, feed the poor, dig wells for the poor in third world countries - find jobs for them? Sure, but the instructions for that are also found in the Word - 1 Corinthians 1:17-19 - "For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God."
See..."the PREACHING OF THE CROSS" IS FOOLISHNESS TO MANY MEN WHO TEACH CONGREGATIONS THE "DOCTRINE OF MEN" AND NOT THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST.
Galatians 1:8-9 tell what the punishment for those pastors who fail to teach the doctrine of Christ and, instead, preach any other doctrine. "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. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed."
So - preachers who deliver any other gospel than the one John the Baptist delivered, Jesus taught, the apostles taught, and the pastors of the churches were taught...you are on your own, and God will cause bad things to happen to you. Good luck!
Jesus said, "But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."
Those who preach the "doctrines of men" are opening themselves up to being accursed by God. Worse yet, did you know that if you are a pastor, you are worthy of "double honor", but you also place yourself into "double jeopardy"? You - unlike anyone else on the planet, must not only give an account to God for YOUR SOUL...but for those who you teach!
Hebrews 13:17 spells it out - "Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you."
John Tyler, Author
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