"A Tell-Tale sign
Then came his disciples, and said unto him,
Knowest thou that the Pharisees
were offended, after they heard this
saying? But he answered and said, Every plant,
which my heavenly Father hath not planted,
shall be rooted up. Let them alone: they be blind
leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the
blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
My friend, consider the
unjustified reaction of the
Pharisees. Unjustified, because
here was Jesus Christ, God in the
flesh, teaching them the truth,
and yet they were offended
merely because God's teachings did not
coincide with their personal beliefs.
Keep in mind, these were not atheists. Nor were
they people who merely "believed in God[.]"
These were the Pharisees, the religious leaders
of their time. They were the tithers, the prayer
warriors, and the faithful keepers of the law.
They worshiped the God of the Old
Testament, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and
Jacob. And yet, they were offended when their
God spoke to them. What does their reaction to
Christ say about their claim to know God?
They were not the only ones offended . . .
Consider this next passage, where we find Jesus
Christ teaching in the synagogue. Jesus told
those in attendance that day: "As the living
Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so
he that eateth me, even he shall live by me."
(John 6:57). In essence, Jesus was equating
Himself with the Passover Lamb, to which He
experienced the following reaction: "Many
therefore of his disciples, when they had
heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can
hear it? When Jesus knew in himself that his
disciples murmured at it, he said unto them,
Doth this offend you?" John 6:60-61
Now, you would expect the religious Jews in
that synagogue to be offended. Jesus had just
equated Himself with one of the
most "sacred" sacrifices in Jewish
history--the Passover lamb.
To the Jews, the Passover lamb
symbolized God's deliverance from
Egypt, their very salvation from
Of course, Jesus Christ delivers the soul from
the captivity of sin. So, it was not improper for
Christ to draw an analogy between Himself and
the Passover lamb. Jesus Christ is "the Lamb of
God, which taketh away the sin of the world."
(John 1:29). And yet, we read that it was His
own disciples that were offended. Now,
Pharisees getting offended is one thing, but
How is that possible?
First, refer back to a statement Jesus made in
our opening verse. He commented that, "Every
plant, which my heavenly Father hath not
planted, shall be rooted up." Mat. 15:12-14
Remember, He said this in response to the
Pharisees taking offence to His words. In
essence, Christ was equating getting offended
at what God says with not being of God in the
first place. God didn't "plant" the Pharisees; they
were not His children, therefore it was no
surprise that they were offended.
"And blessed is
shall not be
offended in me."
IN THE GOSPEL OF JOHN, we find another
encounter Christ had with some religious
Jews. They, too, had become offended.
Earlier in their conversation, these Jews claimed
to be right with God, His children, or what the
Bible calls saved, but Jesus told them:
"If God were your Father, ye would love
me: for I proceeded forth and came from God;
neither came I of myself, but he sent me. Why
do ye not understand my speech? even
because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of
your father the devil...." John 8:42-44
Again, the implication here is that those who are
truly of God (i.e. saved) don't readily get
offended at what God says. That is why two
verses later, Christ told these same Jews: "And
if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?
He that is of God heareth God's words:
ye therefore hear them not, because ye are
not of God." John 8:46-47
So we conclude that those who are truly saved,
the true followers of God, His children, don't get
offended by what God says. This conclusion is
not only biblical, it makes perfect sense!
Back to the offended disciples . . .
Referring back to those offended disciples, can
we conclude, based on their reaction to God's
Word, that perhaps some of them WERE NOT
truly saved? Farfetched, you say? Go back to
John Chapter Six, where we first read about
those offended disciples. Notice what the rest of
that chapter says:
"When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples
murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this
offend you? .... But there are some of
you that believe not. For Jesus knew from
the beginning who they were that believed not,
and who should betray him. ... From that time
many of his disciples went back, and walked
no more with him." John 6:61-66
Please note the phrase "walked no more
with him." This in one of the tell-tale signs
that a person professing to be saved, is truly
not. The Bible warns: "They went out from us,
but they were not of us; for if they had
been of us, they would no doubt have
continued with us: but they went out, that they
might be made manifest that they were not
all of us." 1 John 2:19
Jesus Christ also said, "My sheep hear my
voice, and I know them, and they follow
me:" (John 10:27). And this is exactly what truly
saved "sheep" do--they follow Jesus Christ!
Referring yet again to John Chapter Six, let's
read on: "From that time many of his disciples
went back, and walked no more with him.
Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go
away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to
whom shall we go? thou hast the words
of eternal life. And we believe and are sure
that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living
God." John 6:66-69
Notice that while Judas, in this instance, stuck
around and continued to follow Christ, he would
eventually betray Christ. Thus, he too "went
out, that they might be made manifest that
they were not all of us." 1 John 2:19
At least eleven of them stuck with Christ, no
matter how harsh His teachings appeared to
them. Their attitude was not one of "I'll follow
and submit to Christ unless He teaches
something that doesn't quite sit well with my
personal belief." My friend, those eleven didn't
have a personal belief, per say. Their belief lined
up with Christ's. Their lives were no longer their
own. Jesus had said: "For whosoever will save
his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his
life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall
save it." Mark 8:35
Did these eleven remaining, un-offended,
disciples lose their lives for Christ's sake? Yes!
Peter is recorded as saying, "Lo, we have left all,
and followed thee." (Luke 18:28). Did they lose
their lives for the gospel's sake? Yes. The Bible
says: "And so was also James, and John, the
sons of Zebedee, which were partners with
Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not;
from henceforth thou shalt catch men.
And when they had brought their ships to land,
they forsook all, and followed him."
But how does all
this apply to us, today?
Let's apply everything we've learned so far to
modern day disciples--today's professing
Christians. First of all, is it possible for some
Christians today to get offended by God's
Word? Is it conceivable that a professing
Christian can walk into a church service, where
the Word of God is preached "straight out of the
Bible," and walk out offended, in disagreement
with what the Bible teaches? Let's cite four
specific examples. (We don't mean to offend.)
1 A professing Christian hears God
command, "Wives, submit yourselves
unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the
Lord." (Col. 3:18). But because this particular
Christian "feels" that a woman "should be her
own boss," she takes offense, NEVER repents,
and ignores God's command.
2 A professing Christian hears the Word of
God say, "Doth not even nature itself teach
you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a
shame unto him?" (1 Cor. 11:14). But because
God's opinion doesn't agree with his, he takes
offense, NEVER repents, nor cuts his hair.
3 Another professing Christian hears God say,
"Abstain from all appearance of evil" (1 Th.
5:22), and takes offense to the implication that
his/her favorite "Christian rock" band looks like
a secular heavy-metal group.
4 A professing Christian hears God command:
"And be not conformed to this world:" (Rom.
12:2), and takes offense to the fact that as a
Christian, he/she should be "denying ungodliness
and worldly lusts," and thus, "should live
soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present
world;" (Titus 2:12). So they continue their
worldly lifestyle and NEVER repent.
Perhaps you know of an incident where some
professing Christian was offended by a certain
Bible teaching. Often, the offended person will
deny that the problem was them; they'll instead
blame the preacher who cited the verse. Or they
will claim that the preacher used the verse "out
of context" and erroneously interpreted it.
But, my friend, after applying everything we've
learned, could it simply be that the offended
"Christian" is not truly saved? Is that so
farfetched, considering the Biblical examples we
have already looked at? In closing, offended
"Christians" should heed the following warning:
"Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the
faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your
own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you,
except ye be reprobates?" 2 Cor. 13:5
IF you were to die today, are you 100% SURE
you would go to Heaven? The Bible says
YOU CAN BE SURE (1 John 5:13).
BUT FIRST, you must realize that what keeps you
from going to Heaven are your sins, because:
"...your iniquities [sins] have separated
between you and your God," Isaiah 59:2.
In fact, in God's eyes YOU ARE A SINNER: "For
all have sinned, and come short
of the glory of God;" Romans 3:23.
SECONDLY, you must realize that there is
NOTHING you can do to save yourself and earn
Heaven: "For by grace are ye saved through
faith; and that not of yourselves: it is
the gift of God: Not of works, lest any
man should boast." (Eph. 2:8-9) Baptism, good
deeds, church membership, self-righteousness are
all examples of good works that cannot save you,
because, "Not by works of
righteousness which we have done, but
according to his mercy he [Christ] saved
us," Titus 3:5.
THE ONLY WAY you can get saved is through
Jesus Christ. He said: "I am the way, the
truth, and the life: no man cometh unto
the Father, but by me." (John 14:6) THAT'S
WHY: "...while we were yet sinners, Christ
died for us." Romans 5:8-9
THEREFORE: You must REPENT (change your
mind); admit that you are a Hell deserving sinner
and can't save yourself. And call upon Christ, and
Him alone, to save you. "if thou shalt confess
with thy mouth the Lord Jesus [REPENT], and
shalt believe in thine heart [TRUST] that God
hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be
saved." Romans 10:9
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