Jesus Trumps Bad Doctrine

Jesus has declared the Father. He has declared his heart, his words, and his love for us.

‘And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.’ – John 1:16-18

‘Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.’ – John 14:9-11

If there is anything that we believe about God – any bit of doctrine whatsoever – that does not line up with the life of Jesus – then why do we believe it?

What do you believe about yourself and your identity, the nature of God, sickness, healing, the church, and loving others? Examine your beliefs in light of the life of Jesus. And let the life of Jesus be your example, and pray that the spirit of God would guide you in truth.

Let Christ be your one and only mentor.

We have a new covenant with Christ. And God has revealed himself through his Son.

‘God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, ‘ – Hebrews 1:1-2

‘Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? ‘ – Romans 2:4

There is one – Satan – who temporarily has dominion over this world of unbelievers – who has come to steal, kill, and destroy.

‘I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me. ‘ – John 14:30

‘whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, ‘ – II Corinthians 4:3-4

‘in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, ‘ – Ephesians 2:2

‘And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. ‘ – Luke 4:5-6

And there is one – Jesus – who has come to give us life, and life more abundantly.

‘The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.’ – John 10:10

He is our STRENGTH in time of need.

He is the good shepherd. He gave his life for us.

‘I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. ‘ – John 10:11

Our FAITH brings us through all circumstances, all trials, all problems that are inherent to this world. Jesus is our answer in this world of trouble.

Please don’t blame God for anything in this world that burdens you.

His yoke is easy, and His burden is light.

‘Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.’ – Matthew 11:29-30

Rest in Jesus. He stands with us in the fire.

We have a good father, and His love is wild for us.

11 thoughts on “Jesus Trumps Bad Doctrine

  1. Brother Matt – Good word. I have one question… So you are saying that God does not give us burdens? Throughout OT and NT, God put some heavy burdens on His people – Abraham, Joseph, Gideon, Moses, David, Daniel, Ruth, Esther, all the Prophets, Israel in the Wilderness, Israel in Captivity, etc. He also put a big burden on Jesus as He went to the cross. He put some huge daily burdens on the disciples as all of them were eventually martyred. He put a daily burden on Paul as he went forward proclaiming the gospel in every town being thrown out and eventually beheaded.

    Yet, we do know that all of the burdens that the Lord placed on all of His people throughout the story of redemption were for them to “not rely on themselves but to rely on God who raises the dead.”

    2 Corinthians 1:8-9 For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.

    Your brother in Christ (with many burdens).

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    1. Hello smashall99, thanks for commenting!

      I’m saying look to the Word, and the life of Jesus.

      ‘Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.’ -Matthew 11:28-30

      These are the words of Jesus. This is the truth of who God is – and how he cares for us. He calls us to come to him – and he will give us rest. He does not say “come to me, and I will burden you”.

      We have been guaranteed tribulations in this world. No doubt about that.

      ‘These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”’ – John 16:33

      Notice in Jesus – you will have peace. And that in this WORLD you will have tribulation. But – be happy – he has OVERCOME the world. Surely that does not mean that he is the source of your burdens, or that he asked any of us to overcome Him?

      It’s not God’s fault that we have burdens. But He does get the credit for giving us strength, peace, and the power to overcome. This is the faith that He’s called us to.

      ‘Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.’ – Revelation 12:10-12

      Check that out … “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”

      The NEW COVENANT of Jesus is grace and truth. He is our strength in time of need. He is now, and forever!

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      1. You write, “It’s not God’s fault that we have burdens.”

        I would just simply say, God is in our burdens and many times the author of our burdens when our burdens are not sin burdens, but even then He uses sin and its consequences for my good… “SO THAT I run to Him for strength, peace, and the power to overcome. That is the faith that He’s called us to.”

        The most clear example of this is with Joseph’s life and then the response, yet I see it on every page of Scripture:

        Genesis 50:15-21 When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “It may be that Joseph will hate us and pay us back for all the evil that we did to him.” 16 So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this command before he died: 17 ‘Say to Joseph, “Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.” ’ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 18 His brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.” 19 But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? 20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. 21 So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

        All responses are written with a happy heart as brother’s in Christ.

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      2. I understand where you are coming from… I understand having a “burden”, or better put – a “godly desire” for people to come to the knowledge of Christ.

        It gets really complicated however when people start believing that Jesus is the author of their sickness, or affliction, or tribulations.

        Show me in the life of Jesus – in his words, in his actions, in the many NAMES OF JESUS that describe him (Wonderful, Counselor, Prince of Peace, etc.) – and in the new covenant of grace and truth – where do we see supporting doctrine that Jesus is “many times the author of our burdens”. Which of the many names of Jesus means “The author of your burdens?” As you can imagine – if this was true – this would introduce a huge problem in our understanding of Jesus and the Father.

        That’s where we get in trouble. That’s where legalism comes from. Can you imagine trying to determine which burdens/troubles are from Christ, and which are from Satan? How do we know what to pray, or how to pray, or when to pray? What fear would set in! How then is fear perfected in love? Perfect love casts out all fear. He is perfect love.

        Let’s not misunderstand God’s disposition towards us.

        We need to make sure that we don’t hold an Old Testament view of who God is and how he dealt with His people – because all of the old testament pointed to Jesus. And now that Jesus is come – all has been fulfilled. And the new covenant between man and God exists – and His name is Jesus.

        This “author of your burdens” mindset has crept it’s way into so many people’s doctrine, and the enemy is eating their lunches. It causes fear (not godly fear), and it causes burdened lives, and confusion – and ultimately a wrong identity. Because now we think we have a harsh, and heavy handed Father (opposite of grace) – who at any time may strike us down – why? Because he loves us? Yikes – what an awful view of a loving father. I know I am quick to correct my children – but couldn’t ever imagine wishing sickness or death on them because of “love”. And we also fall into the trap of relating our problems in life to God’s discipline (at least we hope it’s God, but how could you know?) – when it’s very clear that the cross was the finished work of Christ… all forgiveness, all atonement, all hope, all healing, all the grace that is so completely sufficient – all available through faith.

        The point is – no matter what life hands us (whatever THIS WORLD hands us) – Jesus is our promise – and he is The Way. He’s the solution, he’s the deliverer, he’s the answer. His love for us is immeasurable. All he requires is our full surrender… and life is no longer about us, but rather all about Him in us. And He is good. Good thing for me that he is also amazingly patient!

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      3. A loving reply for the unity of the bond of peace:

        You said, “That’s where we get in trouble. That’s where legalism comes from.”
        Q: Where does legalism come from?

        You said: “We need to make sure that we don’t hold an Old Testament view of who God is and how he dealt with His people – because all of the old testament pointed to Jesus. And now that Jesus is come – all has been fulfilled. And the new covenant between man and God exists – and His name is Jesus.”
        Q: So the OT God is different than the God of the NT? God changed?

        Burdens… does that include, trials, testings, tribulations, discipline, reproof?

        1 Peter 1:6-7 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

        James 1:9 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

        1 Peter 4:12-14 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.

        Who is doing the testing?

        Romans 8:20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.

        Who subjected all of creation to futility?

        Hebrews 12:3-11 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. 4 In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?

        “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
        nor be weary when reproved by him.
        6  For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
        and chastises every son whom he receives.”

        7 It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8 If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9 Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. 11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

        Revelation 3:19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.

        Who disciplines?

        Plus the entire story of redemption from Genesis to Revelation prove that God is Sovereign over all burdens to fulfill His promised kingdom. Nothing is outside of his control – not even Satan.

        Brothers in Christ.

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      4. Thank you brother for awesome questions!

        Legalism – a works-based religion. Our salvation is through grace, not works. The idea that afflictions, tribulations in a believers life come from God is a dangerous path to works-based mentality.

        God has not changed – of course. I like what Nick said – his dealings with mankind dramatically changed. It’s the Gospel – and all of us Gentiles praise him for it! Yay God!

        Faith is made strong through tests and trials – amen. Because Jesus is faithful – and stands with us in the fire. That’s his promise. Would be kind of weird and strange if he was always responsible for the fire, yes?

        Creation was subjected to futility through the fall of man – Adam. Christ came to restore what was lost! Woohoooo! Believers are justified through Christ!

        Discipline is love. No doubt about it – Our heavenly father loves us, and disciplines those he loves. But don’t lose site of the fact that we are talking about the discipline of a Father, who greatly loves his children. What does that look like in each of our lives with our own children? It’s sensible, fair, necessary for training up in the Lord. It’s not trials, tribulations, afflictions… If we were to deliver those things to our own children – that would be – well – illegal.

        “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ” – 1 Thess 5:9

        When God disciplines us, that’s because he’s our FATHER. If he slayed us, he’d be our SLAYER? AFFLICTOR? KILLER? DESTROYER? LIFE RUINER? TRIAL MAKER? Back to one of my previous questions – is there a name of Jesus that refers to his desire to author our burdens? If that’s truly part of his character, it would be one of His names.

        And another strong point – we are in fact – His Bride. That’s an amazing image of how God sees us and treats us – his beloved Bride – whom he has loved from the very beginning – and whom he’s extended the invitation for marriage. One day we’ll celebrate at the wedding feast – and until then, he courts us in his love – and calls us to him – through the most amazing invitation.

        God is sovereign. God is NOT CONTROLLING us, or the world. Control and love usually don’t work too well together. He is our King – and we are his people – actually we are his own, adopted children (another amazing metaphor of his love – adoption). But when bad decisions are made in our lives – he’s not behind them. When the pains of this fallen world poke us, taunt us, and try to break us – that’s not the hand of Jesus.

        The point of my blog was that Jesus is the father, revealed. Our ideas of who He is and what He may or may not bring into our lives need to be stood up alongside the life and words of our savior – and the Holy Spirit – also called THE COMFORTER! That’s another blog post!

        Thank you smarshall99 for your comments… coffee soon? 😉

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  2. SMArshall99:

    Q: So the OT God is different than the God of the NT? God changed?
    A. Of course not but how he deals with man has drastically changed from the old covenant to the new. Hence, if you are still trying to understand Father through the lense of the OT, you will not have a clear understanding of His disposition towards man.

    Who is doing the testing? We live in a fallen world under the weight of sin. Not Father.. Does He allow it? Yes. If you can find me any scripture in the NT that shows Him as the SOURCE of testing, trials, and tribulation, I’ll need to take another look but you wont find one. And if we want to look into the Old Testament, you will never find Father as the SOURCE. In fact, Psalm 34:19 – The righteous person may have many troubles but the Lord delivers him from them all. The Lord delivers righteous people from troubles that He sends? That doesn’t even make sense.

    Discipline is NOT a burden. Discipline and reproof have love as their source. Trials, trouble, tribulation have sin as their source.

    Who subjected all of creation to futility? It appears to me that you are saying that Father did? So God created Adam perfect, like Himself and then caused Him to fall so He could then subject His perfect creation to sin and futility? “him” in this scripture refers to Adam, not Father. Father did not subject creation to futility. Instead, He created man, gave him a free will, gave him dominion over all of it, and we believed a lie from the enemy that God was withholding something from us. Hence, Adam subjected creation to futility.

    God is Sovereign over all burdens to fulfill His promised kingdom. Nothing is outside of his control – not even Satan. So because God is sovereign over all burdens, He must then be the source of these burdens and uses them to discipline His children?

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  3. I thought of something else to add as well…Matt said “Show me in the life of Jesus…” in his reply at 2:02PM…

    Hebrews 1:3 says this: “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.” If Jesus is the EXACT representation of the Father’s being like Hebrews says, we need to find a scripture somewhere where Jesus put a trial, tribulation, or trouble on someone to make this point.

    Again as Matt pointed out in John 14, Philip asked Jesus to show them the Father, and Jesus’ reply was that if you have seen Him you have seen the Father.

    If we can’t find it in the life and ministry of Jesus, we can’t attribute it to the Father. They are the same God, different persons. If we know the life and ministry of Jesus, we know the Father.

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    1. Brothers, I have never questioned Jesus’ and the Father being ONE. I am not sure where that came from – i guess that is the joy of having conversations on a blog which I have never done until now. As I look over what has been said I need to wrap up with saying I think we have a natural tendency to fit God/Jesus into a box of either/or-ness instead of letting our wonderful majestic God fit into His own category of both/and- ness. He is perfectly loving and perfectly holy as He drives us to sanctification He will perfectly place trials, tribulations, burdens, testings, etc into our life for our good and his glory.

      There is one scripture I would have have to ask you to look into more closely. Romans 8:17-21 which cannot be separated from chapter 8 as a whole. We suffer with Christ in order to be glorified with Him. I think it is clear God did the subjecting of creation to futility IN HOPE THAT IT WOULD BE FREE FROM ITS BONDAGE. I understand that is a LONG conversation that should be down face to face as brothers in Christ with our Bible’s open.
      I am not sure how Adam or Eve could have subjected anything to futility WITH HOPE.

      So, these would be great face to face conversations.

      Brothers in Christ.

      and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
      18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.

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      1. Thank you for encouraging a closer look at Romans 8:17. Yes, upon further inspection, that is correct that Romans 8 is actually referring to God subjecting creation to futility as a result of Adam’s sin WITH THE HOPE of the revealing of the sons of God. Here is a great article by John Piper on this whole topic: https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/subjected-to-futility-in-hope-part-1

        “In other words, don’t overly personalize your suffering. Don’t assume that this is some particular punishment or result of a particular sin. Search your heart in the time of pain. Let it make you serious and vigilant and humble. But don’t add misery to misery that is not intended. The whole creation groans. It is a general divine decree on the whole world. And Paul’s point is: even the precious children of God must suffer with Christ in it.”

        The difference in opinion here is that sin is the source of trial, trouble, and tribulation versus God as the source. The response is not “ what is God trying to teach me by sending me this trouble.” God did not send it. The proper Romans 8 response is, “how do I show myself as a son of God because of this trouble?” This is not an argument concerning whether or not we must suffer with Christ. We all know we must do that. We must be clear that the Father is not the source of this suffering – the world is. At the same time, He has provided all we need to be more than conquerors through Christ Jesus.

        Thank you for this great discussion!

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      2. Thanks Brother,

        There is some great unity to be discovered here – thanks to God.

        To my original post – the bible is clear that no one has ever seen God. No one, ever. But Jesus – the only begotten son – he has declared Him (John 1:16-18). Jesus stated that if you’ve seen Him, you’ve seen the Father (John 14:9-11). I don’t believe that this point is left open for interpretation – and I don’t believe that this truth is “fitting God into a box.” Truth is truth. It’s not both/and. Jesus is the visible expression of God. “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation” (Colossians 1:15). He is God, revealed to man.

        The origin of my post is this very truth. Man is so good at trying to select scripture verses to support ideas and doctrine. It’s not hard to do. It’s a problem. I’ve dealt with a lot of that in my own understanding of who God is throughout my life – we all have! We’ve all been schooled by someone, some institution, some doctrine, and usually men are behind the teaching. So when questions arise in our hearts and spirits, the only answer is to look to Jesus – and to the Holy Spirit for understanding.

        Let me ask yet one more time – if the belief is that Jesus is “the author of our burdens”, or that he even wants you to be burdened – as you have self described – or that he’s the maker of trials, and tribulations in our lives – give some examples of Jesus doing so – whether in His teachings, his words, his many names and attributes. Jesus is the new covenant. So in the new covenant, the new testament, the second testament, where does JESUS say, do, teach, show us this idea? How can we possibly say that God is both the problem, and the solution? I believe our enemy – Satan – the ruler of this world – has been laughing while the church has blamed God for centuries. Oh it is almost scandalous to say that we’ve “blamed God” for anything – but that is *exactly what has been happening. We’ve twisted our understanding of God to explain our life experiences. It’s a deception and a lie, and it renders the Church weak, burdened (as you’ve noted), and weary.

        Here are some names of Jesus that I see in the word… Wonderful, Counselor, Prince of Peace, Almighty, Advocate, Savior, Servant, Sunrise, Teacher, Truth, Way, Mediator, Messiah, Exact Representation, Immanuel, Indescribable Gift, Lamb, Judge, King, Light, and Life!! So many more… all amazing.

        Jesus is The Way. The Way to what? The Way out of trouble. The Way out of tribulation. The Way out of trials. The Way out of eternal punishment. The Way to healing. The Way to deliverance. The Way to PEACE. Faith is living in The Way despite our circumstances. If we keep reading in Romans 8 – we are presented with this amazing truth:

        ‘Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ – Romans 8:35-39

        It’s hard to read that without understanding that we are to conquer all of those yucky things – for which we are killed all day long – and that no matter what the world throws at us – nothing can separate us from God’s love. That very notion infers that *those things have been designed against us to separate us from God. God cannot possibly have authored these things – and HE does not have this twisted, dual nature. Jesus showed us the Father. We battle lies with Truth. Truth does not defeat Truth – Truth defeats the lies! That’s how and what we conquer!! We conquer the plots AGAINST us with THE TRUTH! And God is FOR US, AMEN!

        Why is this so important? Because God loves his church – his bride – and is even greater than we’ve considered – and wants us to know him. And the Church is perishing from a lack of relationship, knowledge and understanding of who God is, who Jesus is, and what he’s given to us as our inheritance, and who he’s created us to be now that we are in Christ.

        Brother I know we agree on so much of this – let Jesus reveal himself to us! He is our unity!

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