Do we truly know what it means to follow Christ?
Lately I have been experiencing many conversations with believers and some non-believers, that have voiced different ideas that revealed a confusion or ignorance many are not aware of, and me being one of them at one time.
One may say to a person, “You are not following God through your life by His instructions, ways and teaching He is has given you through His word. The other person may respond by saying, “The word computer, car, and electricity is not in His word either but we still use them, so why can’t we use all the other inventions and ideas man has come up with that are not in His word if we are glorifying Him through them?
Today many get confused with the meaning of following God, His ways and instructions with using His inventions, he invents through people.
Let us begin by what it means to follow God, His ways and His instructions. This does not mean we must live in Biblical times, but it also does not mean His word changes. First what is the definition of each word. Let us ask our Father and find out what He says about man-made traditions, His word, and inventions.
Mark 7:6 He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites, as it is written: “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain: their teachings are but rules taught by men. You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men. And he said to them: “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions.”
Verse 13 Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.
The word tradition in Greek is the word paradosis, it means a substance of teaching that is taught or acted out that is inherited or handed down from one generation to another.
The Holy Bible is God’s instructions for everyone who has received Christ, all is children are given a craving for His word and is drawn too it by His presence, those who want to listen to Him and follow His voice will crave it more and more. These are the only Words His children want to hear, listen, live, and do through His Spirit and grace.
His instructions are given to His children to receive through His Son by crucifying themselves daily to Him by the faith He continually gives them. If a person wants what He is freely giving them they will crucify themselves willingly so they can hear and never lose what He is freely given them through His Spirit. His Spirit is real, He speaks and talks to them through His Word and many other things including His other children He lives in and through. His children know His voice and learn to live by His voice, and through His Spirit His understanding of his word is revealed.
His Spirit will never add to His word or take away from His word. His children do not twist His word to suite what they want to believe, and how they want to live. His true children do not want to listen to teachers that only want to give people what their itching ears want to hear.
John 10:25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father’s name speak for me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.
John 15:7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given to you. This is for my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
2 Timothy 4:3 For a time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what heir itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist discharge all the duties of your ministry.
Inventions man uses in the world are different than God’s instructions. Inventions help us get to places sooner to share His message, spread his word, make our lives easier so we will have more time to have fellowship with Him, and jobs for others to create the things all of us use. Of course, the words that represent these created things, or inventions are not in the Bible because they were invented after the Bible was written. God creates through people inventions to help us live in each generation.
This does not mean we change His instructions but we still live by them whether He is inviting or creating new things through us to use or not. The Bible and God instructions were written and arranged by men that was carried along through the Holy Spirit of God. The Bible was not made for man’s private interpretation, but inventions or things he created us to use are different than God instructions.
His word will never change and His Spirit will always remain the same and so will His word, we do not ever add anything to it. There are many words of His that warn us that we hear from our hearts, when a person has given Him their whole heart, about adding to His word or commands.
Deuteronomy 4:2 Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the LORD your God that I give you.
Deuteronomy 12:31 You must not worship the LORD your God in their way, because in worshiping their gods, they do all kinds of detestable things the LORD hates. They even burn their sons and daughters in the fire as sacrifices to their gods. See that you do all I command you: do not add to it or take away from it.
Proverbs 30:6 Do not add to His words or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.
Matthew 24:34 I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Haven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
Ecclesiastes 3:14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing can be taken from it. God does it so that men will revere him. Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account.
Revelation 22:18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if any takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his hare in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.
Of course, as far as I know, people do not sacrifice their children in fire to their gods today, but many things people do promotes greed, material possessions being what they treasure, giving to others based on their own motives he did not intend, boasting about themselves and their own accomplishments, their own works more than Him, and all are detestable to Him as He clearly tells us through out His word that His children have experienced now through His Spirit.
People today have other gods in this generation as they did in every generation that they put higher than Him in different ways, and this happens and has happened each time his children have added or taken away from His word since the creation of man.
2 Peter 1:19 And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of men, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
Invention – to think up to create or produce for the first time.
When we make up something that is not in God’s word in how we are to worship, or how we are to follow Him, those are man-made traditions, or cleaver stories that man has made up for the first time that is not in His word that can take us away from God’s truth. Peter tells us this,
2 Peter 1: 16 We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him form the Majestic Glory saying, “This is my Son, whom I love, with him I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.
We who are His today can hear His same voice within ourselves telling us “This is my Son whom I love, with Him I well pleased,” and all the invented stories that man has made up that are not Him that grieves His Spirit of truth the same way they grieved Him then, they still grieve Him now.
These stories, and traditions that are invented to explain His word, or that are added for us to follow are different than the inventions we invent to help us live that are not in His Bible. Tradition’s that are taught by men in how we worship Him can lead us away from God’s Word and who we are in Him by the power He wants to work in and through us to bring Him glory and praise. Therefore, most of His “church” today is not manifesting His power like His true church did His New Testament proclaims because many are living by man made traditions and stories they have created.
My hope is that all who live by these invented false traditions and stories will repent, listen only to Him, the Son that God loves, and begin truly following His life, crucifixion, resurrection, and teachings through His Spirit His Word follows. We can still have great inventions to live this life He has given us to use, but do not add to His word invented traditions, and stories that distort His truth and instructions all of us are supposed to live by through His Word in following and fellowshipping with Him. Our lives will be less busy, and more simple in how we worship Him, and more fulfilled in and through His power and grace!! More of us will begin living His majestic miraculous life He intended spiritually, physically, intellectually, and emotionally!! Our true abundant life can begin, and we can use all the new inventions He creates through us to glorify Him in who He is in our lives.