Saturday, March 26, 2011

Ultimate Truth – How are we to determine if we know the truth?

The Distinguishing / Decisive Eternal Feature of Christ's Teaching

Every time I come to the Gospel of Matthew in my reading of the Christian New Testament, I am awed and struck by 2 specific phrases: “……..and the door was shut.” [Matthew 25:10] and, “……I know you not.” [Matthew 25:12] I am convinced that these 2 sayings of Christ, are, perhaps the most definitive and terrifying, in all the Gospels! These words are spoken by Christ in his parable of the “Wise And Foolish Virgins.” Matthew 25:1-13

The parable speaks of preparedness for the Bridegroom’s Coming. 

Five virgins were wise – in that they were ever watchful and prepared; and, 5 virgins were very foolish [unprepared].  The foolish virgins hadn’t equipped themselves with the needed oil for their lamps.  And when they left the premises to equip their lamps with oil, the Bridegroom arrived and entered into the marriage celebration.  And, so did the 5 wise virgins.  And, the Scripture says:  “………and the door was shut."  Matthew 25:10

We know that Christ “makes no bones” about referring to Himself, as “the ‘door’ of the sheep.” [Gospel of John 10:7] Christ also says (in what is termed, as an “eternal grammatical 'tense'”): “All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers……” John 10:8


Christ also says:  "“I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father [God] except through Me." [John 14.6] When a person who has been confronted with the eternal claims of Christ, fritters away this knowledge and acts in careless fashion as the 5 foolish virgins – the "door" will be eternally shut! [Luke 16:19-31] That’s the reason the Scriptures speak so seriously of not neglecting “so great a salvation.”  Hebrews 2:3

The true God of all human history made Himself available to His creation in the sinless flesh and blood person, of Jesus Christ.  It is because of His sacrificial blood, shed, for the forgiveness of human sin, and His Resurrection from the dead, that He becomes the entrance (door) to divine forgiveness and eternal life. 


Those, however, who find no use for the Savior from their human sin and think that they have no need to be forgiven of all their sins against Gods' holy commandments, will find the door of heaven shut to them. Hell and all its agonies of soul and body await them.  They will be forever tormented for having spurned the One who lived a holy life to be sacrificed for their sin against God and their fellowman.  To reject Christ the Savior is the worst action that any person could commit to themselves and their priceless soul.
Luke 16:19-31

         
May all of you who are confronted in your lives with the claims of Christ, never personally experience His ultimate words: “I know you not.”  [Matthew 25:12]  Be assured, if that is the case, it will not be a “cold day in hell,” for you who reject the entryway [Door] into life everlasting.  Rather than life eternal, it will be death eternal.  Hence, all the more reason to take Christ’s Words seriously; put your faith in Him and be truly repentant over personal sin. Amen.


Related Scriptures [below] -- Intended to be utilized in a simple worship format:

Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures:

Psalm 1:1-6 – A comparison between the righteous and the unrighteous Psalm 33:1f – The sovereign Lord reigns with truth (Psalm 33:4)

New Testament Christian Scriptures: 

Matthew 25:1f – Christ’s Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins and later on in the chapter, the judgment and separation of the sheep (righteous) from the goats (unrighteous)

John 18:37 – Christ’s unashamed answer to Pontius Pilate –  “….Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”

John 14:6 – Christ proclaims Himself to be the truth

Colossians 1:13-20 – The totality of reality wrapped up in the person of Jesus Christ                                  


Colossians 2:2-3 – Treasures of wisdom and knowledge are in Christ

Colossians 3:6-10 – Completeness in Christ


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Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- Isaiah 53:1-12 -- an in-depth view of and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.
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Pastor (emeritus) Nathan Bickel

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Note:  The above message (with minor editing) was previously posted online by Nathan Bickel

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