We have seen how important it is for us to make sure that when a prophet or teacher talks about Jesus, that they are talking about the Christ of Scripture Who is fully God and fully Man (John 1:1,14; Colossians 2:9). John tells us that by this simple test of identity, we are able to determine the Jesus of Scripture from another Jesus (2 Corinthians 11:3,4).
However, our faith is not some simple academic exercise or head knowledge. Truth according to Scripture is much more than an intellectual conclusion as when one is engaged in figuring out a math problem on a chalk board. The faith that is ours is one that stems from a new birth (1 Peter 1:23), which is a birth that is from above, a work of God, and not of man (John 3:3- 8). This faith is a verb that is shed abroad from our hearts (Romans 5:5). This faith in Jesus is a faith that works by love (Galatians 5:6). It is a faith that is visible (Matthew 5:16). This faith and truth that we walk in follows the example that was set for us by Jesus Christ when He laid down His life for us on the cross (Ephesians 5:1,2).
Herein we see the beautiful balance of Scripture. As important as doctrine is (2 Timothy 3:16-17), apart from practical application (James 2:14-26), it is cold and sterile. This combination of truth and love enables us to make an impact in the culture that we live in. As we live out our faith before those who are lost and apart from Jesus, it provides a witness of Christ that is undeniable (Philippians 2:15). How beautiful it is to see the work of God’s Spirit in a person’s life (Galatians 5:22-23).
May we never forget that we once were those who were dead in trespasses and sin (Ephesians 2:1-3). But God, in His wonderful grace, regenerated us the very moment that we heard and believed the truth of the gospel (Ephesians 1:13,14; Titus 3:4-7). Grace – God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense – is what reveals truth and produces love in our lives. For this, we bow low before our King (Revelation 19:16) and praise His holy Name.