“And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the world.”
The credentials of the Apostles of God are really important. To be counted as an Apostle, a man had to have seen the risen Lord and walked within him. John the Apostle writing this letter has this testimony. This is his justification as to why we should listen to him and pay close attention to His words because they are the very Word of God. The canon of Scripture has been kept for us down through time and it our only reliable source of knowledge about God and how we can actually know Him personally in the reality of our own life. It is the truth and the way to heaven for all who will search the scriptures to find eternal life.
The Scripture tell us how we might know God through our Saviour Jesus and we can easily read all the accounts about Jesus and lessons that He taught. It is open to everyone but in these days of history, there seem to be so few who will read the words and trust in the Saviour they speak about.
There are those in our day who make the claim to be Apostles and call themselves by that name. It is difficult to know if they think they still speak the word of God, but we do not give our mind and hearts to them, for they do not have the necessary credentials. There is much falsehood and gullibility about the things of God and reputations are to be built and empires serviced on the back of fake labels and disreputable practices. This is not the way of Christ, who is the humble Lord and has chosen the weak and feeble people of the world to testify to His grace and goodness. Those who seek to make big names for themselves are not to be trusted and we stick exclusively to the Holy Scriptures revealed and kept for us through the grace of God.
“But as for you, continue in the things you have learned and firmly believed, since you know from whom you have learned them. From infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for instruction, for conviction, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, fully equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:14-17
The Word of God is sufficient for us and for all our needs to be met and wants to be supplied. We must look in them to find the strength we need to live and work for God. The Scripture is God-breathed and will fully equip us for every good work. The trouble comes when we don’t value it and so don’t read it. We entertain doubts that we hear and listen to voices that add to the Scripture or detract from it. We are clearly warned not to do so.
“If anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life, and out of the holy city, which are written in this book.”
We guard the Scriptures and the doctrines and truths there very jealously. We refute all those who downgrade it and fail to accept its authority over their mind and life. It is the mark of the heretic to try to run from the truth of God and to undermine the faith that the Holy Spirit gives to people. We live in the last days and time is running down and the human collective psyche waxes worse and worse. We need the truth of God more than ever, so be encouraged sisters and brothers in a Christ, the Lord is coming soon for those who remain faithful to Him and His Word. Let us cling to the words of John the true Apostle and be encouraged as we obey.