Rejecting The Words of Jesus?
Have you ever wondered why "professing" Christians often dispute the words of Jesus?
We know the devil’s ongoing strategy is to lead Christians away from their pure devotion to Christ
(2 Cor. 11:3). One of Satan’s most successful techniques has been to convince man that God’s Word is not sufficient, that it must be combined with extra-biblical revelation or experiences. This strategy produces an apostate form of Christianity whereby the master
deceiver leads people away from the faith of the Apostles and convinces them they are genuine Christians when they are not.
When a "professing" Christian does not believe the words of Christ, it shows their faith is
ultimately in someone or something else. But what on earth could cause "Christians" to reject the very words of God? Clearly, "it is impossible for God to lie" (Heb. 6:18).
Why Do Some Follow the Words of Men?
Without the Spirit of God no one can know the things of God and without faith no one can understand
the word of God (1 Cor. 2:12, 13; Heb. 11:3). According to Jesus, the reason people do not understand what He says is because they cannot hear His word (John 8:43). They cannot hear because they are not "of God" (John 8:47). Jesus said, "You do not believe, because
you are not of My sheep" (John 10:26). The ears of unbelievers are tuned in to the wisdom of the world (1 Cor. 1:21).
Satan who is the prince of the world uses the wisdom and principles of the world to veil the Gospel from those who are perishing (2 Cor. 4:4). The Apostle Paul wrote that the message of Christ is foolishness to "those who are perishing" (1 Cor. 1:18). He said, "A natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised" (1 Cor. 2:14). The veil that covers an unbeliever’s heart can only be removed by turning away from other mediators and turning to the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 3:15-16).
Why Do Others Believe the Words of Jesus?
Those who believe the words of Jesus are those who receive His word in humility, for the salvation
of their souls (James 1:21). The Lord Jesus describes them as being "of God" and "of the truth" (John 8:47, 17:37). Jesus said they follow Him because they know His voice (John 10:4, 27). They trust Him as the Good Shepherd to feed them spiritual truth and protect
them from error. Clearly, it is a sovereign act of God to draw His lost sheep to the Shepherd (John 6:44). Those who believe Jesus are a gift from the Father to the Son (John 6:37). Jesus promises never to cast out or lose anyone the Father has given Him (John
6:37, 39), He said, "I give eternal life to them, and they shall never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand"
Those who believe the words of Jesus Christ have the assurance of eternal life based on the power and faithfulness of the Father and the Son. By keeping His words they will never taste spiritual death (John 8:52; 11:26). Jesus gave this promise, "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life" (John 5:24). There is no condemnation or judgment for believers because all the sins of all believers were judged and punished at Calvary’s cross.
Whoever rejects the word of God is rejecting the "imperishable seed" which brings forth divine life. It is for this reason Jesus warned, "Take care how you listen" (Luke 8:18). He said, "The ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast" are the ones who "bear fruit with perseverance" (Luke 8:15). Let us look at some of the words of Jesus that many Roman Catholics have rejected or renounced because they oppose the teachings of their church.
You Must Be Born Again
Jesus declared: "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God" (John 3:3). The way to be born again is "through the living and abiding word of God" (1 Pet. 1:23). When one, who is dead in their sins, looks into the word of God, enabled by the Sprit of God to trust the Son of God, they become a child of God. Yet, it is interesting to note, this essential requirement to be "born again" does not appear in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC).
No One Comes to the Father But Through Me
Jesus also made it perfectly clear that
there is only one way to the Father.
It Is Finished
The Catholic Church repeatedly rejects the words of Jesus in its daily sacrifice of the Mass. When
Jesus declared, "It is finished," then gave up His Spirit, the punishment for sin was paid for completely (John 19:30).
Behold, Here is the Christ
The Roman Catholic tradition of calling Jesus Christ physically down from heaven through the
"miracle" of transubstantiation is a direct assault against His word. Jesus said when He returns physically to the earth, it will be "after the tribulation" (Mat. 24:29; 23:39).
Pray To The Father
Catholics who pray the rosary by reciting repetitious prayers to Mary are disobeying the words of
Christ on two accounts.
Worship God Only
Jesus said, "You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only" (Mat 4:10). Yet Catholic priests are taught to disregard what Jesus said by declaring: "devotion to the Blessed Virgin is intrinsic to Christian worship" (CCC, 971).
The apostle Peter spoke of the importance of heeding the words of Christ over anything else.