Jesus answered them and said, “My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority. He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him. (John 7:16-18)
My Message Is Not Mine
The gospel of Jesus Christ has been taught for two millennia, yet most people have refused to follow His teaching. God has revealed the message of salvation in clear language that all men from all ages and all walks of life can read and understand. There is unity in the teaching of Christ. The Bible is the most prolific book in history and the least read and accepted. Many books have been written contradicting the Bible establishing man-made churches and teaching doctrines never found within the pages of God’s word. The problem does not come from the Bible but the pride of men who seek their own glory desiring to establish doctrines that fit their wisdom.
Jesus faced criticism when He taught the multitudes because He was not trained in the schools of the Jewish world. He was a carpenter’s son of no significant importance from a backwater town in Galilee. Yet His teaching was convicting, powerful, and no man could trap Him in His speech. What made the message of Jesus convincing was that it came from the mouth of God. His doctrine was not the doctrine of Jesus but the word of God. His Father had sent Him on a mission to preach the message of hope. Everything Jesus did and all the words He taught the people came from His Father. Like the people of Berea during the early days of the church, men could search the scriptures and find everything Jesus taught was from the word of God. There was no contradiction. Jesus taught the word of the Father.
If a man wants to do the will of the Father, He will realize what Jesus is saying is the word of God. He will know if what is being taught is from God or not by testing the message with the written word. Authority comes from speaking what is established. It is necessary to verify authority and Jesus taught the multitudes in accordance with the law of God. When a man investigated the scriptures and compared the teaching of Jesus, they would find harmony. The simple effort of comparing the words of Jesus with the words of the Father established truth. Jesus never forced His teaching on any man. He only asked that men take the Father’s word and compare it with the teachings of Jesus. If they were the same, what Jesus taught was the word of God.
When a man takes the liberty to speak on his own accord, he does so for personal gain and glory. If a man speaks from himself, he places glory on himself, not God. The wisdom of men creates a prideful heart. False doctrine has also been predicated on the need for men to elevate their wisdom above God’s will. He becomes a false teacher as one who is untrue. When a man seeks the glory of the Father, his word will be true, and there will be no unrighteousness in him. The contrast is as clear as night and day. Teaching the wisdom of man exalts human glory, and following the word of God glorifies the Father. One is false, and one is true. Righteousness comes from the word of God and is always true.
Jesus came to earth to show the Father’s image through His life, teaching, and ultimately in His sacrifice. Everything Jesus did point to His Father. His doctrine was not for His glory but the manifestation of the majesty of the only true God. Satan tempted Jesus to take the mantle of authority upon Himself, but the Son of God refused. He came to serve the will of the Father, and when He prayed in the garden for the cup of agony to pass from Him, He submitted to the will of what had been established before time. The followers of Jesus imitate Him in their submission to the complete will of the Father. Everything in the life of the Christian imitates the character of God so the world can glorify the Father. The teaching of the Christian is not his own but the word of God. If the world does not accept the word, they reject God, not man. Let the word of God be true and every man a liar. Truth comes from the word of God.