Monday, April 5, 2010

daily text 4/5

Monday, April 5th, 2010
"The Word became flesh and resided among us." (John 1:14)

Why is Jesus called "the Word," or Logos? Jehovah used his Son to convey information and instructions to other spirit sons, even as God used that Son to deliver His message to humans on earth. The fact that Jesus is the Word, or God's Spokesman, is echoed in what Christ said to his Jewish listeners: "What I teach is not mine, but belongs to him that sent me. If anyone desires to do His will, he will know concerning the teaching whether it is from God or I speak of my own originality." (John 7:16, 17) Jesus continues to bear the title "The Word of God" even after his return to heavenly glory. (Revelation 19:11, 13, 16) Just think about what this title implies. Although Jesus is the wisest of all of Jehovah's creatures, he does not rely on his own wisdom. He speaks as his Father instructs him. He always directs attention to Jehovah rather than himself. (John 12:50) What a wonderful example for us to imitate!
(Watchtower issue: 12/15/08, 3:6, 7)

Jesus set the perfect example when it comes to obeying direction to teach what we've been commanded to teach. If everyone followed Jesus' lead in this regard, there wouldn't be thousands of different Christian denominations with so many interpretations of the Bible.
The early Christians came from a variety of cultural and religious backrounds, but once they converted to Christianity they were all harmoniously united by ONE set of Scriptural beliefs, and ONE gospel message to preach to the people. Going beyond what God originally set forth in the Scriptures is what has led to so much confusion and deviation from the truth of the "Word"

(Ephesians 4:3-6)
"...earnestly endeavoring to observe the oneness of the spirit in the uniting bond of peace. One body there is, and one spirit, even as YOU were called in the one hope to which YOU were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all [persons]..."

It doesn't get much clearer than that, when it comes to delivering the message which God instructs us to (rather than substituting it with our own ideas and interpretations).