Paul's Warning to the Church
To know Jesus is to know both Him and the Father, you cannot know the Father without knowing Jesus.
Matthew 24 states that many false Christs will come into the world, there will be false prophets that deceive many.
1 John 4:1 echoes the same sentiment by saying that many false prophets have gone out into the world.
That is the point of this sermon, to show in Scripture WHO Jesus is and how our knowledge of Jesus affects the Gospel. Our Knowledge of who Jesus is, comes directly from the source of that Knowledge. IF the source of that knowledge is wrong, we will unavoidably come up with wrong conclusions and fruit that may mimic Christ but ultimately lead us astray.
The world seeks to lead us astray from pure devotion to Christ. Through False Religion, False Christs, False Prophets, Different Gospels, and Different Spirits. They all seek to subvert the person and work of Jesus Christ. They are all different sources of knowledge that lead to reinterpretations of Jesus Christ and to slavery.
The word Gnosis (which is applied knowledge) comes from the word Ginosko (experiential knowledge) which is knowledge gleaned from first-hand (personal) experience.
Our walk with Christ can be understood in this way, we have a relational, or personal experience with Christ (ginokso) which then is applied in our everyday lives (gnosis) the application is the fruit of the source.
So the question is, is the source for your relational knowledge of Christ coming from the sources (the means of grace) that Jesus gave us, which are necessary to know Him? Or is it coming from a source that is not of God, and are you putting up with it readily enough?
|May 28, 2023
|2 Corinthians 11:3-4