We Can’t Have Jesus On Any Other Terms But His
There’s certain phrases I’d like to see leave believers lips: “we’ve always done it this way,” “I can’t imagine Jesus would…” or, in my mind, the worst of it “my Jesus wouldn’t…” The problems with these phrases is that we’re putting Jesus on our own terms. And we can’t have Jesus on our own terms, we MUST surrender to Him on His Terms. Jesus died for us, yes. That is very true. “For God So Loved the World is exactly” what God meant to say. But that word that follows, “whosoever,” that places it in no uncertain terms that one must believe in Him to inherit everlasting life. And this word believe, used in both the Old and New Testaments isn’t merely an acknowledgement of, but a complete surrender to.
To believe in Christ means to believe what He says, not merely to acknowledge what He says. It means that we do things as Scripture says, not as we would have them say. So many people who say the above phrases usually when they say “my Jesus wouldn’t do/say…” are saying “I don’t care what Scripture says, I want Jesus the way I want him, and he cares about my thoughts and feelings, and requires nothing of me.” This is why, when you confront someone with the word, they become indignant, and even violent, because it disrupts the idol they’ve created, and the image they want Christ to be, as opposed to surrendering to Christ for who He really is. So, loved ones, surrender. Surrender to who Jesus is, follow His word, His teaching, His example, and the examples of faith and perseverance presented to us in the Scriptures. Surrender to Jesus completely, and watch the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard and hold you fast as He conforms you by His word and Holy Spirit.
2 Corinthians 11:1-15
I wish you would bear with me in a little foolishness. Do bear with me! For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough. Indeed, I consider that I am not in the least inferior to these super-apostles. Even if I am unskilled in speaking, I am not so in knowledge; indeed, in every way we have made this plain to you in all things.
Or did I commit a sin in humbling myself so that you might be exalted, because I preached God’s gospel to you free of charge? I robbed other churches by accepting support from them in order to serve you. And when I was with you and was in need, I did not burden anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia supplied my need. So I refrained and will refrain from burdening you in any way. As the truth of Christ is in me, this boasting of mine will not be silenced in the regions of Achaia. And why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!
And what I am doing I will continue to do, in order to undermine the claim of those who would like to claim that in their boasted mission they work on the same terms as we do. For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.