Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Embracing the Teaching

"We study the Bible because it is the whole counsel of God."

After He fed the five thousand, Jesus taught the people that He is the true bread of life and that people must eat His flesh and drink His blood to be truly satisfied. The account then reads, "As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore," (John 6:66).

Because of a difficult teaching, many of those who had joined the group of disciples ended up jumping ship. They were done walking with Jesus because His call was too extreme. He was stating that He desired more than mere public association; He taught that true disciples will fully embrace His Person and work. He told them that there is no life outside of embracing Him completely.

Yet, not all of the disciples left. "Jesus said to the twelve, 'You do not want to go away also, do you?'" (6:67).

Peter, who is sadly most remembered for his gaffes, responded with bold faith: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life. We have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God," (6:68-69).

Herein lies a simple and steadying principle: When you encounter teachings of the Bible that rub you the wrong way, remember that these are the words of life. Permit Scripture to have authority in the situation. You're not the judge of God; the Holy One judges you. May each verse of the Bible find full acceptance in our hearts as we study it to show ourselves approved.

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