Thursday, October 26, 2006

This passage states emphatically Jesus is the Truth! John 17:17

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This passage states emphatically Jesus is the Truth! John 17:17

John 17:17. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

In an article that is really not very good, a certain Gregory Koukl, tries to show that the emerging church is teaching a lie, or I will give him this, a half truth…

He seems to think that in this passage that Jesus is saying that God’s word is truth… meaning from his misunderstanding of that the word “word” in this passage actually says in Greek, that it must mean something other than Jesus Himself. My bet he thinks it is "scripture"... again, it does not.

In the Greek in John 1 the Word for “Word” is Logos, if one just take a second to look this passage above in the Greek… it is Logos… so Jesus states, “Sanctify them by the truth; your word (Logos) is truth”. So what Mr. Koukl is actually doing is denying Jesus is the “Logos” that John carefully sets up in the very first sentence of this same Gospel… talk about a convoluted argument! What the issue is, is that Mr. Koukl is denying the Trinity in this article… for Jesus is the incarnation of the Godhead… the God made flesh… or Logos, He was also the written word of God…. Or Torah. God is Spirit, yes, and he came and dwelt amongst us… and we did not see Him for who He was, nor do some see Him for Who He still is…

God with us… made flesh.

I will and have always proclaimed the Risen Jesus as Lord, Saviour and the Logos… the One through Whom all creation came. Jesus is not just words on a page in a bible… that just teaches us by propositions to live a good lives, He is Alive and now indwells those who believe on Him… and Lives His Life in and through those believers…

Phillippians 2: 12-13. Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed--not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence--continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.

It is by the work of God in us and through us that we are perfected in the faith… It is the Life lived (Jesus’), not living a good life. We do believe that propositional truth plays a part in our faith... as all TRUTH comes form the source of all TRUTH and that is Jesus... funny that these modernist can't grasp that in it's simplicity! What they are in fact promoting is humanism... plain and simple. It is the belief that man is able to "based on the ability to determine right and wrong by appeal to universal human qualities—particularly rationalism" . None of this affirms the teachings of Scripture... in fact cuts across the very grain of man being a fallen creature. I see that the one good thing about postmodernism is that it has the calling to remind modernists that we are in a fallen world... and that secular enlightenment is a false system of belief that man can reason himself out of the wages of sin... which is death. This is in fact teaching that man can save himself apart from Christ Jesus.

I live the Life of Christ and not my own… I do not live by just understanding propositions apart from Christ. You cannot separate the Life of Christ from Truth. You can not learn by human reasoning your way to heaven, but only by surrendering to the Life of Christ and letting God make you a New Creation… empowered by His Spirit, and living by the Eternal Life and power of the Resurrected Savoir Who is Jesus… Who is TRUTH incarnate. To deny that is to deny the very foundation of the Christian faith.


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