Summary: There is only one standard for the Child of God, Every life will be judged by it. Do you Measure up?
We all must build our lives upon the word of God. I am only qualified to pastor and shepherd you as I lead you to build your life upon the word. When I fail to do that I am disqualified as a pastor and shepherd.
But if I am faithful to lead you to the word, but you do not build upon it, then you are disqualified as sheep.
The nature of sheep is to follow their shepherd. (it’s their nature)
It’s the nature of goats to butt. To kick and run their own way.
Nothing more clearly distinguishes the goats from the sheep than the word of God.
It was Jesus words that exposed the pharisee’s hypocrisy
They could have received his word, and became his disciples, but they rejected his words, and became his enemies.
Our response to God’s word will determine whether we are sheep or goats
2 Tim 3:16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for #1doctrine, for #2 reproof, for #3correction, for #4instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
*Doctrine: A belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative, Creed, Precepts,
not simply acknowledged precepts, but applied.
Jesus said: John 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me:
1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
*Reproof : by conviction to bring to the light, to expose,to find fault with, correct
to call to account, show one his fault.
*Correction: restoration to an upright or right state -make straight (To make right or free from error.
*Instruction: Nurturing, training, educating, chastening, discipline.
2 Tim 4:1-4 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
For the time will come when they will not (-endure-) sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
*Endure: To hold oneself erect and firm, (to hold oneself up against).
Severally and locally each, every (man), It means (by implication) repetition, intensity, reversal, etc.
this means that every person has to hold themselves up to the measuring stick of the word of God,. And not just in a wholesale fashion, one shot thing.
It is the process that must be followed concerning every revealed truth, or principle of truth.
Eph 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto (-the measure-) of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
*Measure: The rule or standard of Judgement
Jesus is the standard or rule or measure that we are to judge ourselves by.
We are to be continuously comparing or juding ourselves according to the Word.
2 Cor 2:12
Paul tells us about the people that measure themselves by themselves and not by the word of God, He says of these people (they are not wise).