Summary: Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. - John 17:3 There is a saying: “You can be so right that you become wrong.” Unfortunately, some in Church history were right in their doctrines ..
Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. - John 17:3
There is a saying: “You can be so right that you become wrong.” Unfortunately, some in Church history were right in their doctrines but in their practice and heart attitudes they were wrong. The goal of Christian life is to know and love God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, resulting in a glorious and personal relationship with the Triune God. Where we love Him, worship Him, serve Him, obey Him and where we experience His love and His care for us. Scholars and theologians can write about God but at the same time not experientially know Him. Doctrines coming from such men in many cases will lead believers into scholastic studies about God but not the very experience of Him. There was a danger in the early Church of those who looked into many obscure doctrinal teachings but were not living in obedience to the simplicity of the faith in Jesus Christ and being led of His Spirit.
Zac Poonen says, “The Pharisees sat in the chair of Moses, which meant that they had gone to Bible colleges and gotten their doctorate degrees and had an abundance of accurate knowledge. Jesus even told His disciples to do all that the Pharisees taught. So what the Pharisees taught must have been right. But they did not obey what they knew to be right.” If we do not combine our knowledge with obedience it will bring spiritual death and disaster to all around us.636 Salvation is not knowing a doctrine or understanding all the nuances of salvation. Salvation is experiencing the very person, of the Lord Jesus Christ. When Paul the Apostle preached the Good News he did not have a specific list of doctrines but rather preached the person of Christ, presenting Him to the people.