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John 1:4 "In Him was life, and the life was the light of men."

John 8:32 "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

 John 14:6 "Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." 

MONTHLY LESSONS DESIGNED TO CONVERT.

 

January, 2017 - NEW KING JAMES VERSION

“Don’t Jump to Conclusions”

A conclusion is the part of a chain of reasoning based on the sum of the whole of information gathered. Based on this description the best conclusions are those that are established with all the facts; however, not one of us has ever gone without jumping to conclusions (that is deciding something before we have all the information). Never has this concept of jumping to conclusions been more apparent than in the religious world today.

The Apostle Peter, writing to Christians scattered to northern Asia Minor prior to the destruction of Jerusalem, gives a warning concerning a coming calamity. In this warning we have a pattern that must be considered today as well, note:

1 Peter 4:16-18 “Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.
17 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 Now If the righteous one is scarcely saved, Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?”

Here based on the time of Peter’s writing we learn that Peter is not referring to the judgment at the end of the Christian dispensation; therefore, he is referring to the persecutions that God will allow to come on His people in this life. These persecutions are designed to test their faith as to whether they are true children of God.

The salvation of the righteous is no uncertain matter, and the scriptures in no place indicate any doubt about it. As to whether a man becomes and remains righteous is another subject. The trials these Christians were to be submitted to (pilgrims in a foreign land, outsiders, strangers, under Gentile rule, and knowing of the calamity to befall their homeland in a short time), would test their faith in God; especially if they only received small portions of information to help them in their time of need.  Yet, Peter would write them again and comfort them in their hope.

See: 2 Peter 1:16-21.

Here Peter tells these brethren that they have [the sum of the whole of the information] and that they can conclude that their hope is sound. We also have the ability to have the same assurance in our lives during the trials we experience; however, only if we, like these Christians, base our hope on the sum of the whole that the word reveals. What we want to do with the remainder of this lesson is look at some of the wrong conclusions about the teachings of Jesus while He was here on earth, by those who received it (the Jews). As we do this, a valuable lesson presents itself in collecting the sum of the whole! It is a lesson in inductive study (collecting all pertinent information on any given subject prior to making a decision or taking a course of action).                                                                                                                       

  • Wrong Conclusions Concerning the Teaching of Jesus.

Matthew 5:17-18 Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.

Jesus lived and completed His work on earth while the Law of Moses was still in effect. He taught that men should respect and obey the Old Law. All of His teaching in the Sermon on the Mount was designed to set strait the sum of the whole of that Law, [versus the traditions and doctrines of men].We know that after His death. Burial, and resurrection, He would bring a new Law into effect. God would nail that Old Law to the cross and put all substance in Christ (Colossians 2:14-17); however, while on earth and in preparation for the kingdom of God, He taught that unless the Jews could be righteous under the Old Law, they would by no means be successful when the kingdom came (Matthew 5:19-20). Jesus taught the sum of the whole of the Law of Moses, so that proper conclusions could be achieved.

John 18:36 “Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.

Many of the Lord’s countrymen, having been taught concerning the words of the prophets, had incorrectly concluded that His kingdom would be physical. They wanted badly to be the glory of the earth as in the days of Solomon. Jesus, throughout His earthly ministry taught physical lessons (parables), with a spiritual meaning. The Jews failed to see the lessons because they refused to give up the physical dreams they held onto (see: Matthew 13:10-17). Here the Lord before the Roman governor, Pilate; would set the record straight.  His kingdom was never to have been physical!

In just a couple of examples (and there are many, many more!), we can see a pattern of wrong conclusions based on only having part of the information available or distorted information. The practice of jumping to conclusions before having all the information is still a problem to this very day; all due to men failing to take the sum of the whole of God’s word.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Instead of inductive study by individuals to come to know all the truth of God’s word on any given subject, we find universal ignorance! This ignorance allows conclusions that are far from the substance that leads to the righteousness of God, unto salvation. Instead it leads to what the Apostle Paul stated to Timothy; who prophetically saw exactly what is the state of today, note:

2 Timothy 4:3-4For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”

Dear Friends; it is past time that you stop and evaluate your understanding of what God truly wants of you through Jesus Christ. Have you taken the time to gather the sum of the whole? Have you searched God’s word for His plan of salvation, or have you taken the word of someone and placed your trust in the fallible?

You can know for yourselves the sum of the whole of God’s truth!

Romans 10:8But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach)”

Romans 10:17So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

We, the servants of the King of Kings, have put our trust in the sum of the whole of God’s word! We invite you to do the same. We invite you to study God’s word with us!

Don’t Jump to Conclusions!