Are you making you own personal Jesus?

I was recently came across a Facebook post comment that seemed was unique in some way. In fairness, I do not really know this person, and I am not making a judgment on their personal relationship with Jesus.  The statement struck me as interesting, and it made me think further. I can’t say with 100% certainty that this person shares this view, but I seem to come across “believers” that do. What is that view? That the Jesus or God they claim to know is the God of the Bible, but has different attributes than those mentioned in the Bible.

So what is the danger? We have to be careful that we do not create a Jesus or God that fits our views instead of what Scripture tells us. That is idolatry and deception.  In order to really know, and believe the God of the Bible you must A) have a personal relationship with Jesus. B) read Scripture, and C) believe His Word as complete truth. We may not understand it all, but we cannot pick and chose what parts we believe, and do not believe.

Where do we start? The authority of Scripture. God’s Word reveals to us who He is, His nature, and attributes.

  • In 2 Timothy 3:16 it says, “All Scripture is inspired by God or God breathed.
  • In Hebrews 1:1 we read, “God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways.
  • In 2 Peter 1:21 it says, “for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.”
  • Jesus said in John 17:17, “Sanctify them in the truth ; Your word is truth.”

We can know about God from Scripture, and He is equal in all of His attributes, meaning He is not more love than light or loving at one time and righteous at another.

  • God is Love: The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. (1 John 4:8)
  • God is Light: This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. (1 John 1:5)
  • God is Spirit: “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24)
  • God is Righteous: for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. (Romans 3:26)

Wrath is not a very popular word these days with all the talk about God’s love in the church. Still, this should not be looked at as a bad thing, but it is actually good. God intensely hates all sin, His wrath burns hot against sin, and it is wrath that consumes those who reject Jesus, and continue to sin.

  • “He who believes in the Son has eternal life ; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” (John 3:36)
  • For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, (Romans 1:18)

He has given us a commandment, in fact the 1st Commandment.

  • 1 Then God spoke all these words, saying, 2 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 3 “You shall have no other gods before Me. 4 “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. (Exodus 20:1-4)

This doesn’t just mean something that you physically make with your hands. This includes, and more importantly, any other god that you make in your heart. We can’t say we know a God that meets our personal requirements, but violates Scripture. We have an enemy that will always try and twist our view of the one true God, and try to convince us otherwise.

  • But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, (1 Timothy 4:1-2)
  • For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine ; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, (2 Timothy 4:3)

Does it matter what we believe and speak about God? Yes it does! After God has finished answering Job, He shared His anger toward Job’s friends that did not speak rightly about God. We the Saints, should always contend for the faith!

  • It came about after the LORD had spoken these words to Job, that the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My wrath is kindled against you and against your two friends, because you have not spoken of Me what is right as My servant Job has. (Job 42:7)
  • Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints (Jude 1:3)

We must speak absolute truth when it comes to Jesus, God or the Bible. It is my prayer that they would know and believe fully so that they are not deceived, and do not withhold glory to God.

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