Family Bible Study lesson for July 24: Discerning Truth : Friday, July 1, 2005
July 1 2005 by Chadwick Ivester

Family Bible Study lesson for July 24: Discerning Truth : Friday, July 1, 2005
Friday, July 1, 2005

Family Bible Study lesson for July 24: Discerning Truth

By Chadwick Ivester
Focal Passage: Colossians 2:6-19

Build on the Foundation

Col. 2:6-7

Doctrinal heresies invaded the church even in the days of the apostles.

Paul told the Colossians to embrace the "sound doctrines" of the gospel that he and the apostles taught them. His "sound doctrine" was anchored in Christ being the Messiah - God in the flesh.

We should base all of our doctrines on Christ and His gospel. The legalistic religious leaders noticed that the uneducated apostles' boldness and uncompromising stances on the doctrines of the gospel were anchored in "being with Jesus" (Acts 4:13). Charles Spurgeon wrote, "I love the doctrines of grace, I love the church of God, I love the Sabbath, I love the ordinances; but I love Jesus most!"

Evaluate the Teaching

Col. 2:8-15

The biggest problem our church generation faces is the outbreak of theological heresy that replaces sound biblical theology and Christology with carnal philosophy and empty deceit based on human tradition.

Biblical heresy floods into millions of households via conventional, cable, and satellite TV. Many churchgoers have acquired "Touched-by-an-Angel" theology while watching TV and using their Bibles as drink coasters. They have no perception of sound biblical theology.

When I enrolled in Fruitland, I was challenged to align my beliefs with the doctrines of the gospel and not with the "traditions of men." I found that many of my doctrines were based upon Della Reese and "Hair-Channel" theologies that distort the Christ of the Bible.

Every philosophy we have should be based upon the God-Man Christ via the Holy Scriptures. Christ (the Living Word) and the Scriptures (the written word) can never be separated. The Jesus of the Bible must remain the Jesus of the Bible. "Jesus loves me this I know! For the Bible tells me so!"

Paul refuted the heresy of the Gnostics and Jews by boldly proclaiming Christ's deity - fully God and fully man. This doctrine is what distinguishes orthodox Christianity from cults cloaked with Christian rhetoric.

Christianity cannot be blended with cults or other religions. Jesus clearly stated, "No one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6). This statement from Jesus is the most offensive truth in the Bible. It destroys the myth that all religions lead to heaven.

He lives

Col. 2:10-12

A question and a pastor's dreadful comment caused a reaction in one of the hearers. The question was this: "Why should I worship a dead Jew?"

The sermon began this way: "Good morning - it's Easter! You know, folks, it really doesn't make any difference to me if Christ be risen or not. As far as I am concerned, His body could be dust in some Palestinian tomb. The main thing is, His truth goes marching on."

That question and statement inspired Alfred Henry Ackley to write the famous hymn, "He Lives," that includes the powerful statement: "You ask me how I know He lives: He lives within my heart!"

Transforming power

Col. 2:13-15

Paul amplified the transforming power of God that is evident in a believer's new birth. The sins of every believer were eradicated on Christ's cross. This truth is portrayed in the great hymn, "It is Well with My Soul." The writer stated that "Christ has regarded my helpless estate, And hath shed His own blood for my soul! ... My sin - Oh, the bliss of this glorious tho't: My sin not in part, but the whole, is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more, Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my Soul!"

Stick with the Substance

Col. 2:16-19

The same gospel that saved Paul is the same gospel he preached to the Colossians, and the same gospel that saved them. How glorious the thought as I recall the contents of the gospel message that saved me: god is holy and hates sin. Man is a sinner and is separated from God. Christ saves sinners.

The same gospel that saved me in 1992 is the same gospel I must faithfully preach now until I breathe my last breath.

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