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Defending God’s Truth in Church Doctrine and Political History – Renette Vermeulen
CHRIST’S NEW TESTAMENT COVENANT IS THE ONLY WAY TO GOD
The Lord Jesus Christ declared in Jn. 14:6, “I Am The Way, The Truth, and The Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
‘The Way,’ ‘The Truth,’ and ‘The Life’ is not a church system, a religion, or a certain Christian denomination.
The Way, Truth, and Life is a Person – God Himself.
Jesus is God Himself.
He is the Most High God and King of Salem; Prince of Peace.
He is without genealogy – without a physical father or spiritual mother, (Heb. 7:1-3)
He has neither beginning of days nor end of life.
He is the Creator God. “All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.” (Jn. 1:1-5.)
Jesus is God, Who was “made like the Son of God” to stand, born as a human man, in the place of all the sinners of the whole world, (Heb. 7:3; Jn. 3:16.)
He is the Savior God, Who, as the Sacrificial Lamb of God, took away the sin of all those who personally and sincerely believe in Him, (Jn. 1:12-13.)
In HIM is, always was, and always will be life, and His life is the light of all people.
Jesus Alone is the Resurrection and the Life. Although we might die, if we die in Him, we will live.
He is the Only True God and High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek, (Heb. 7:16-17.)
During the Old Testament dispensation, God spoke through human prophets, who were ‘mediators’ between God and His Old Testament physical nation, Old Israel. During the New Testament dispensation, human ‘mediators’ do not exist. God speaks directly to every sincere believer “through His Son Jesus Christ, Whom He has appointed Heir of all things.” (Heb. 1:1-4.)
We hear the True Voice of Jesus Christ when we study His Word, the Bible, contextually and without the defilement of false church doctrine.
To understand His Voice through the Bible, we need to rely on the Holy Spirit, Who is God Himself, to guide us “into all truth.” The entire Bible, understood in context, is “all truth,” (Ps. 119:160.)
We have to realize that Jesus’ Voice or Word, the Bible, exists in two different dispensations, also called ‘Testaments,’ or ‘Covenants.’
The Old Testament pertains to everything physical under the reign of God: a physical kingdom, (Old Israel,) a physical temple, physical priesthood, physical sacrifices, physical altar, etc. The New Testament pertains to everything spiritual: a spiritual kingdom in the hearts or human spirits of sincere believers; a spiritual temple of believers, indwelt by the Holy Spirit Himself, (1 Cor. 6:18-20;) a spiritual altar (Jesus Himself;) a spiritual priesthood consisting of all sincere believers, etc.
In the beginning, at God’s creation of the physical world, “was the Word, [Jesus,] and the Word was with God, and the Word WAS God”.
The Way is therefore not merely a philosophy, a way of living, a way of doing, or a way of thinking.
Because The Way is a Person, only One Person – the Christian ‘church’ is not The Way to God. Pastors/ministers/priests are not The Way to God; denominations, church-doctrines, and doctrinally explaining catechism (Afrikaans, ‘kategismus’) are not The Way to God.
Humankind can only come to God the Father through The Way, Who is His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
It is through the Person, the Lord Jesus Christ, that we may have a personal relationship with God. Thus, one cannot have a relationship with a religion, a statue, or a church building. So, we cannot have a relationship with God by bringing our money into His ‘storehouse;’ hanging curtains in His palace, or polishing His throne – in a physical sense, He simply has none of these. As a result, even our best church works ‘are as dirty rags’ before the Most Holy God and cannot be “The Way,” (Acts 7:48.) God simply does NOT live in any temple or church building made by human hands!
We simply cannot DO anything for God; He does not require workers, only worshippers, (Jn. 4:23-24.) If ever we do anything ‘for’ God, it is simply because we love Him, worship Him, and exalt Him. Works do not and can never save us. Works merely prove our faith in Jesus Christ, The Way to God, (Jam. 2:14-20.)
All we can do to benefit others and ourselves spiritually, emotionally and physically, is to worship God and obey His New Testament commandment of Love according to all the precepts of the Moral Law – and we cannot even do that in our own strength, only in the power of His Holy Spirit: Jn. 15:4-5.
As a result, the Only Way to serve God, or actually, to show our love for Him through our Moral obedience to Him, is to remain faithful to The Truth, (the full contextual Word,) His Son Jesus Christ. To remain faithful in the gifts and everything else, which the Holy Spirit had entrusted to us. To declare His Gospel to a spiritually dead world, and to care for those in real need – especially the body of believers who are in real need, because they (we) are the spiritual body of Christ Himself: Mt. 25.
This is “The [Only] Way” to God the Father, and to please God the Father
Likewise, no one can come to the Father through church doctrines, a religious system, or any other person, ONLY through “The Truth.” God revealed The Truth to us in the entire CONTEXT of the written Word, as taught by the Holy Spirit. The Truth is Jesus Christ Himself. As the writer of Ps. 119:160 declared, “THE ENTIRETY OF YOUR WORD IS TRUTH…” The entirety or the whole context of the Word is Jesus, the Son of God the Father: Jn. 1:1-5.
“The Truth” is a Person – not any person, The Person: the very Nature or Being of Christ Jesus Himself. Manmade religion, its doctrines, catechisms, pastors/ministers/priests, teachers, leaders, or church denominations all belong to the system of religion; they are not The Truth. Therefore, none can say that we love, belong to, or have The Truth - the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible - if we are not teachable in Truth. If we are not growing in the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. If we do not love, seek, accept, honor, obey, stand for, advance in, do, and speak The Entire Contextual Truth of the Word: Jam. 2:17-20.
Amongst all the gods that are worshipped and Saviors that are revered, ONLY the Lord Jesus Christ, “the Word that Is God, REALLY became flesh, [a Person,] and dwelt among us.” Only Jesus GENUINELY suffered and died in our place, had risen from the dead, ascended into heaven, and will return to judge the whole unbelieving world.
We can only follow “The Way” through our sincere belief in, and obedience to “The Truth” – which is Jesus and His complete atonement for us all personally, (Jn. 1:1 & 14; 1:12-13; 3:3,5; 4:23-24.)
Similarly, “The Life” is not simply being alive; the religious church life we may lead, or spiritual life towards which we may still strive. Jesus Christ is The Life; our spiritual rebirth, our Everlasting Life. We can only have The Life – spiritual life in the spiritual Kingdom of God, now and for all eternity, through a Person, Who is God’s Life-giving Mediator between man and God.
The Life is not something; it is Someone – not just anyone; the Man Jesus Christ; God Himself, The Hebrew Messiah or Christ. Thus, there is no life in religion. Religion, not even the religion called Christianity, can save your soul. Religion be anything: Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, even Satanism. Therefore, religion is not alive and it cannot give life. Neither can religious works, religious icons, norms, forms, beliefs, teachings, structures, agendas, social clubs, or any other religious thing, which man might deem as ‘spiritual life,’ be The Life!
The Life is not ‘out there’ in some sermon, building, sign, miracle, or religious work. The Life is Christ IN ALL His sincere believers. The Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, Who Personally, through His Holy Spirit, indwells all those who personally and sincerely accepted Him as their Lord and Savior: Gal. 4:6; 1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19.
Does any sincere believer hunger for ‘more’ of Jesus? Then study The Way – “All of Scripture” or the entire context of the Word. Ask the Father for The Truth. Search for The Truth. Hold on to The Truth. Remember, only our Savior, the Man Jesus Christ, is “The Truth.” DO what The Truth commands. Real Scriptural obedience is truly worshipping God the Father, (Rom. 12:1-2; Jn. 4:23-24.) Remain in The Truth, and He will remain in you, because Jesus had promised, “He who has My [New Testament] commandments, (the words of Jesus Christ Himself,) and keeps them, it is he who loves Me… and I will love him and MANIFEST, [reveal or make real] Myself to him.”
‘Fill’ yourself with The Truth – Who is Spirit and Life - and you will find that the Spirit of Truth ‘fills’ you; reveals Jesus to you, teaches you, guides you, comforts you, and gives you power to witness and obey, (Col. 3:16.)
At Calvary, God replaced the Old Testament covenant, the Law, with the New Testament covenant of grace through Jesus Christ. “For this cause Jesus is the Mediator of the New Testament, [the Covenant of Grace]. This is the blood of the New Testament which God has joined unto you.” - Heb. 9:15-20.
The Covenant of the New Testament is the only covenant between God and the spiritual nation of New Testament believers. It is exclusively obtained through our faith in Christ and maintained by our contextual obedience to Him: Rom. 3:28; Eph. 2:8; Acts 5:32b; Jn. 14:21-24.
A covenant is a ‘partnership’ and consists of both giving and receiving.
God’s part of the New Covenant comprised of sacrificing His only Son in our place. Our part of the New Covenant comprises of obediently accepting His Gift and, in return, sacrificing our entire lives in His service: Rom. 12:1-2; Jam. 1:21. In this regard, many believers accept the atoning work of Christ, but never surrender their old will and ways, and their entire lives to Him. They confess Jesus and all He has done for them, but they never serve, obey or follow Him. However, our covenant-relationship with God, as any other relationship, is a two-way street. Obedience, self-sacrifice, or crucifying the old sin-nature, is our share of the Covenant, which we must continually uphold in a practical way: Mt. 24:13; Gal. 2:20; 2 Cor. 5:17.
Once, a dying woman said to me, “Although I knew Jesus nearly all my life, I never really served Him. And soon, I will meet Him…”
This heartrending statement reminded me of Jesus’ words in Mt. 7:21-23: “Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of My Father Who is in heaven… So everyone who hears these words of Mine and act upon them, obeying them, will be like a sensible man who built his house upon the rock.”
The main cause of such sad circumstances is the many manmade dogmas, which are all detrimental to our spiritual health. All these poisonous potions is a mixture of the Old and the New Covenants in the Bible. This is the most deadly methodology Satan could ever invent. Since the early centuries after Christ, Satan has been abusing these two separate Covenants to confuse and delude the believers. His purpose, of course, is to rob them of their spiritual life and their blessed state in Christ on this side of life, as well as their eternal life in the presence of God: 2 Pet. 2:1-3.
Truth is that, at any given time, we can only live in one of the two Covenants.
God annulled the first, His Old Testament Ceremonial Law. To become partakers of the second, every person must execute their own free will to choose Jesus as their Christ. With one foot in the Old Covenant and the other in the New, no one can ever be saved, redeemed, cleansed and blessed in Christ: Heb. 10:1,14; Jn. 1:12-13.
Some denominations teach that, under the New Covenant of grace, believers can never experience God’s punishment, [see Heb. 6:4-6; 2 Pet. 2:18-22.] We should understand that the completed work of Christ only pertains to those who made a sincere, deep commitment to Him, and to those who continually and steadfastly, until the end of this life, walk sincerely therein: 2 Ths. 1:8.
In addition, another false doctrine declares that every warning and teaching from Scripture must be ‘balanced’ with grace or love to be true, otherwise it does ‘not build up the believers’; consequently it ‘cannot be of God’. However, if we rule out carnal criticism and needless bickering, we can safely view every Moral commandment and warning from Scripture AS the grace and love of God. Without considering the full context of Scripture, these people draw on texts like Rom. 5:20b: “Where sin abounds, grace much more abounds.”
To them, this means that the more sinfully and disobediently they live, the more God’s grace abounds to them.
The followers of this once-saved-always-saved doctrine of ‘unconditional security’ do not realise that the Word was written for believers, not the unbelieving world. They ignore important warnings from Scripture and search for texts, which express grace, when they should merely repent with a willing decision to obey God: 1 Jn. 1:8-10.
The truth is that all of God’s grace is available through the New Testament Covenant in Christ.
God does not allow humankind to diminish His grace; neither are they allowed to add anything to it. The only way to receive God’s grace is to obey Him contextually in everything, which Christ had commanded - Jn. 14:22-24.
The full context of Rom 5:20b is therefore the following, (from verse 1): The Law cannot make us acceptable to God; we need the redemptive work of Christ. By way of one person - who represents the whole of humankind - sin entered into the physical realm of the flesh and all people died spiritually. However, through one Man, Jesus, God gives life to everyone who chooses to accept Him. Where the sin that came through Adam abounds, the grace that arrived through Jesus Christ abounds much more.
As a result, the only ‘balance’ for sin is the atoning work of Christ.
This does not mean we may keep on sinning because we live under the Covenant of grace.
Paul warned in Rom. 6:1-2: “Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, who are dead to sin, [in order to live in the grace of Christ], live any longer therein?”
The belief that we may take the Word of God lightly, living a shallow church-life in ‘abounding grace,’ is a deceitfully ‘easy’ gospel that is rotten to the core: Rev. 3:16; 2 Tim. 3:1-9; 2 Ths. 2:10-12; 1 Tim. 6:3-5.
We either accept God’s Covenant of grace, only obtainable through our belief in Jesus Christ, or, in deliberate insubordination, we reject His Covenant completely: Jn. 15:1-6; Gal. 2:21.