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The Source of Your Doctrine

And the Jews marveled, saying, “How does this Man know letters, having never studied?” Jesus answered them and said, “My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me.” John 7:15-16 (NKJV)

Could you imagine Jesus coming to your church while you’re having a festive celebration?  What if He began speaking biblical scriptures with amazing authority and love, only to have your church leaders begin to attempt to discredit Him because they were intimidated or jealous?  Sounds absolutely preposterous, but this is exactly what happened when Jesus went into the Temple to teach during the Festival of Tabernacles, as recorded in John 7. 

We’re told that when Jesus spoke, the religious Jewish authorities marveled at how Jesus knew so much, and yet they didn’t respond with respect, nor a heart to receive. Instead, they responded by making a statement to discredit Him because He had not received any formal rabbinic training as would be customary for those who taught in the Temple. They asked, “How does this Man know letters, having never studied?”  Jesus answered them by saying, “My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me.” 

Jesus wasn’t trying to impress people with His knowledge — He was attempting to share God’s truth with them; knowing it would bring spiritual healing. Jesus didn’t get all caught up in pride when being challenged about the message He was bringing to them, He simply told those who were challenging Him, hey, this is God’s word.

As I think about this, I am reminded of how we should see this as a fantastic example for us when we are rejected or mocked when trying to share the Gospel message or some scriptures with others.  We don’t need to get puffed up, nor should we feel as though we need a degree from seminary to speak God’s truth.  All we need is to rightly divide God’s word with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and then allow Him to teach others through us.  

When it comes right down to it, God sent Jesus, and God equipped him with His message.  You might say, He was always conscious of what His Father wanted Him to do.  Should we be any different?

"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Matthew 28:19-20 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today. Remember, your doctrine shouldn’t be your own — it should be the Lord's.  

STUDY QUESTION: According to John 7:15-16, whose doctrine did Jesus bring to the world?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you bringing God’s doctrine and Word to the world?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Stay focused on what God has asked you to do.  Stand firm on the truth of His written Word.

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, thank You for giving me Your Word. Thank You for helping me to understand and remember it.  Help me to share it with others today, and to stand upon the authority You have given in it.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Blessings upon your day, Scott


Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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