We do not arrive at the Truth by carefully aligning Biblical proof texts into systematically organized themes, topics, doctrines, or systems of beliefs. By doing so many have arrived at diverse teachings and truths, all supported by different kinds of inner logic and reasoning, yet more often than not at odds with each other – while claiming the sole authority of the Bible in their conclusions.
Neither do we arrive at the Truth by singling out a Bible verse or two, and turning them into a major doctrine or teaching. By doing so some have arrived, for example, at the weird practices of baptizing people for their deceased relatives, while others believe that handling venomous snakes during their church services is an important biblical statement of faith.
We will not arrive at the Truth through our prophesying or personal revelations either, unless both are tested firmly by the already verified Word of God. “Test the spirits to see whether they are from God”, warns John the Apostle. 1. John 4:1. Too many are dreaming and prophesying today out of their wistful thinking and wildest imaginations, and contradicting each other at the same time, while falsely believing that their dreams and visions are nothing less than the verified “Thus said the Lord”.
We arrive at the Truth by beholding Jesus Christ, and Him alone, as revealed in the Gospels and the on pages of the New Testament, and by letting Him interpret and reinterpret everything else – whether the Old Testament covenant, or my church tradition and denominational beliefs, or my cherished and fashionable beliefs of the day.
Each generation of believers has a duty to rediscover Jesus Christ afresh Each generation must challenge everything we believe afresh in the light of the truth of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. Each generation needs to press afresh towards the “Church reformed and always reforming” in the light of Christ and His Gospel.
Sadly many are still finding it very offensive and too radical to accept that Jesus Christ is the cornerstone upon which all our cherished notions of God, life, religion and the world, stand or fall. Many still prefer to treat Jesus as if He were an isolated doctrine, one among many. Many still prefer a Jesus-the-mascot to the living Jesus. We easily forget that Jesus would never let us treat Him as a piece of our religious furniture.
To look for the Truth away from Jesus means to remain under the veil of ignorance, confusion and without direction. Paul advises: “Whenever anyone turns to the Lord the veil is taken away.” 2. Cor. 3:16. The New Covenant of Jesus is not a patched version of the old one. It is the Covenant of the “surpassing glory” in which presence the old one has not choice but “fade away”. Read 2. Corinthians 3. Yes, we arrive at the Truth by beholding and trusting Jesus, alone.