Teachings of Jesus or the doctrines of men
The teachings of Jesus in large part have been replaced with the traditions and doctrines of men. Knowing of Christ, and Him knowing you represent two very unique events with that need to be reconciled in order to obtain the promise of Redemption through Him.
Christ’s teachings on Salvation, the New Covenant, and what it means to become Born-again are not understood by many. The deceptive teachers that are without the Spirit of God have blinded their followers from having a true knowledge of Christ’s Gospel. Without the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, the truth is a subjective phrase and is based upon individual or group-think rationalization. But through the teachings of God’s Spirit that dwells within each true believer, the Baptism into one singular body of Christ without any division transpires (John 16:13, Rom 12:5).
There is only one fold and one shepherd. There is only one body of believers that faithfully follow the true Shepherd, and his name is Yahshua the Savior (Jesus the Christ).
John 10:11-12 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep
Seventeen times in the New Testament the word shepherd is used. This word shepherd is always used in the singular, when referring to Christ. The teachings of Jesus are clear on this topic.
Jer 31:10 Hear the word of the Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.
When the Son of man comes in His glory, with all of His holy angels, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory. All of mankind shall be gathered together and He will separate the righteous from those who work iniquity, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats (Matt 25:31-32). This is what is commonly referred to as the rapture, which is the gathering together of the saints. However, no one is taken up to heaven, as Jesus brings all of the Elect to earth to reign with him for a thousand years.
This fulfills two promises namely:
- “Thy Kingdom come thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.”
- “When these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads for your redemption (which is also your Salvation) is at hand (Mat 6:10, Luke 21:28).
John 10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
There is only one verse in all of the New Testament where the word shepherd, is translated to pastors (Eph 4:11). The problem with this translation is significant.
This subtle yet deceptive change, wherein the word pastors is inserted in place of shepherd, creates a deadly precedence. This sets up albeit falsely, the justification for a hierarchy, wherein some men claim an authority over others. The teachings of Jesus expressly forbid the installation of a man-made hierarchy.
Christ is not only the Good Shepherd, He is also the only true shepherd.
John 10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
The teachings of Jesus on Salvation
The teachings of Jesus show that we can have the assurance of Salvation, through the Spirit of Truth provided by Him. Many religious people claim to have already obtained Salvation, but this belief is a false sense of security, and represents great deception.
Those who receive their Biblical insight from the teachings of men who have the spirit of this world, are completely lost. The doctrines of Jesus are revealed to us when His Holy Spirit dwells within us.
2 Tim 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
Multitudes today are constantly learning and yet they are unable to come to the knowledge of the truth. The reason for this is that they ignore the doctrines of Jesus, and obey the teachings of man. To have a form of godliness is to deny the power of Christ, and be counted as unworthy of His Holy Spirit, because of a self-centered and self-righteous lifestyle. These love the pleasures of this world, and the true love of God is absent in their lives (1 Tim 6:5-6, 2 Tim 3:17, 2 Tim 3:1-17, Isa 29:13).
John 14:26-27 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
For the real Christian, the assurance of Salvation according to the teachings of Jesus, is when we are Sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise unto our inheritance of eternal life with Him.
John 3:5-6 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
To truly understand Salvation we must gain access to the teachings of Jesus, submit to Him alone, and seek the Spirit of truth He alone can provide.
The answers men seek are contained in the Word of God; they are only a mystery to those who are not sealed by Christ through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
If any man does not have the Spirit of Christ, or the Baptism of the Holy Spirit he can not be of Christ. We must be transformed by the Spirit to put on the Mind of Christ.
Our Lord said the “words that I speak they are Spirit and they are Life”(John 6:63). Confusion, and ignorance of the truth, are several reasons why false teachings are accepted. Without the teachings of Jesus Christ, along with His Spirit of truth, we can in no way understand the truth!
John the Baptist proclaimed that are two Baptisms. One of them is unto repentance, and as a result of the other we can have an assurance of Salvation through the Holy Spirit.
Luke 3:16 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:
Christ spoke plainly when He said that unless you believe and are baptized you shall not be Saved. He did not say you are Saved, but that you shall be Saved. We can only have the assurance of Salvation through Him alone.
Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized (with the Holy Spirit) shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Emphasis added
The teachings of Jesus on when we are gathered
The teachings of Jesus on the end time gathering are very clear. He declared, One shall be taken and the other shall be left behind. As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be when the Son of Man returns. The ones taken are to be destroyed. The Elect are to be left behind, to inherit the Kingdom on earth, at Christ’s Second Coming.
Mark 13:24-27 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.
The teachings of Jesus confirm, that after the tribulation He would gather all of the elect together. It would be unnecessary to gather the heavenly host, if it were not for the fact that they also were to reign on earth with Him.
After this great tribulation we will receive a kingdom that cannot be moved (Rev 8:12; 9:2; Heb 12:28).
2 Tim 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
The apostle Paul understands the teachings of Jesus; he points out that he will receive his crown of righteousness at the same time as all those that love Christ’s appearing do. This occurs upon Christ’s return to the earth. To imagine that one shall be taken to receive the reward of eternal life before the tribulation, while the apostle waits until the end of the tribulation for his is utter nonsense.
2 Tim 4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
According to the teachings of Jesus, He judges the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom, which is His 1000 year earthly reign. If there is a pre-tribulation rapture then this group escapes the judgment. But this is impossible, as it is appointed unto man once to die and then the judgment (2 Tim 4:1; Heb 9:27-28).
Peter presents us with a message that the new age church does not want to talk about, because they do not want to understand it. We will partake in Christ’s sufferings and are able to endure through the power of His Spirit that lives within His Elect.
1 Peter 4:12-13 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
The teachings of Jesus on earthly tribulations, as well as His children enduring the Great Tribulation, should not be ignored (Math 5:10-12; Math 24: 29-31).
The teachings of Jesus about the New Covenant
Mark 2:21-22 No man also seweth a piece of new cloth on an old garment: else the new piece that filled it up taketh away from the old, and the rent is made worse. And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles.
The teachings of Jesus declare that it is impossible to mix the New Testament Covenant that has the saving blood of Christ, with the Old Testament Law that did not. Putting new wine into an old bottle will cause both to perish because the old bottle is not designed for the new. Under the Old Testament Law, there was a temple that God’s Spirit dwelled in. Under the new law according to the teachings of Jesus, we are the temple that he dwells in (1 Cor 3:16-17; 1 Cor 6:19).
The new law of Christ is not only better, it also happens to be the only choice available, as the old has passed away. Any man in Christ is a new creation and all things have become new (2 Cor 5:17).
John 2:10 And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now
Jesus Christ has brought forth the good wine last, which is the New Covenant. The first wine which was the Old Covenant was not nearly as good. Also the first was fulfilled or completed in him on the Cross, and has since vanished.
Heb 8:13 In that he saith, A new covenant he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.
Gal 3:2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Without the hearing of faith, the Spirit that Christ sent would not be received, and His New Covenant would not be understood. It is the infilling of the Spirit of Christ that allows us to understand His word. To operate in the flesh with self-righteousness, is unto dead works.
The teachings of Jesus on the Israel of God
The teachings of Jesus confirm that only Born again believers are the true Israel of God. This represents all that faithfully follow Christ in Spirit and in Truth. Those who truly understand the teachings of Jesus are the Israel of God, and they do not follow the masters of deception posing as pastors, rabbis or fathers. Preachers that don’t understand even the most basic doctrines of Christ, including Salvation and the New Covenant are simply wolves dressed up as sheep.
Gal 6:15-16 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
Whosoever abides not in the teachings of Jesus Christ, hath not God. He who has the Word of Life in his heart and mind, hath both the Father and the Son. Only Born again believers are the true Israel of God, and through the Spirit that dwells in them, a faithful walk with Him is possible.
If there come any unto you, and bring not the teachings of Jesus Christ, receive him not, neither rejoice with him. For he that rejoices with him is partaker of his evil deeds (2 John 1:10).
To recognize the deniers of Christ that reside in the modern man made state of Israel, as the Israel of God, or the chosen ones, is a dangerous and deadly deceptive doctrine. Those that despise Christ who created all things are definitely chosen, but it is unto destruction (Col 1:12-18).
So the obvious question we must ask ourselves is, “are we going to accept the Teachings of Jesus or the traditions of men?”