My doctrine is not mine!

John 7:16 “My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. 
17 If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority. 
18 He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him. 
19 Did not Moses give you the law, yet none of you keeps the law? Why do you seek to kill Me?”

The Jews were wanting to kill Yahshua Christ, and questioning His knowledge of God’s Word they said,

“How does this Man know letters, having never studied?” (John 7:15) They just could not grasp the fact that He was of the Father and the Father spoke through Him.

Yahshua explains, “My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. (Vs 16)

It is as if the Spirit of God is completely in control of Yahshua, delivering the Word of God, and of course those who have not the Spirit cannot grasp it.

John 14:17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

This same Spirit comes and resides in those who love God and desire to please Him.

“If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority.” (Vs 17)

Anything else is not of God, but of questionable origin. We must not seek to glorify ourselves in what we do or say, but that God may be glorified in all that we are, and all that we do. This is the function of His Holy Spirit!

“He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him.” (Vs 18)

Surely this is what Messiah did! He glorified the Father at every turn, and every time he was tested this is what came out of Him. Honor and Glory to God the Father! 

“Did not Moses give you the law, yet none of you keeps the law? Why do you seek to kill Me?” (Vs 19)

The Pharisees boast of Moses, and proclaim themselves to be the keepers of God’s Law, but as Christ pointed out to them many times, they were in error. What they kept were man made traditions, not God’s Statutes, and ordinances.

Here is why He said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me.
7 And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’
8 For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men—the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.” (Mark 7:6-8)

They follow the Talmud, rather than submit to the commandments of God according to the scriptures.

In the days of Moses, there was no Talmud, only the Scriptures, and this is what Yahshua said, “For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” (John 5:45, 46)

There are men and women today who are doing the same thing as those Pharisees who persecuted Yahshua in those days, they too Have doctrine that is not of God, and following the traditions of men, they do not keep His Word. Many of them think that they are serving God, but their heart is far from Him, and the same thing Christ the Messiah said to the Pharisees over 2000 years ago can be said to them. “And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’” (Mark 7:7)

There is only one way that these may be redeemed, and that is to discard their false man-made doctrine and begin to search out the truth of God’s word. But the Holy Spirit is required in order to do this.

No amount of man-made education can give us the Holy Spirit. But a sincere desire to serve and obey God is what brings the Spirit of Truth roaring into our lives.

Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. 
14 And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.

It was, and always will be the deeds of uneducated men who will bring Glory to God, and not be limited by the traditions of men. Our education awaits us, when we follow God’s Word, and discard the traditions of men!

Proverbs 4:2 For I give you good doctrine: Do not forsake my law.

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

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