Saturday, May 26, 2007

Bits and Pieces: Instruction

"The Jews therefore were marveling, saying, 'How has this man become learned, having never been educated?' Jesus therefore answered them, and said, 'My teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me. If any man is willing to do His will, he shall know of the teaching, whether it is of God, or whether I speak from Myself," (John 7:15--17).

* The source of the Lord Jesus' wisdom was a mystery to the tradition-blinded religious leaders of His day. There were totally closed to the Savior's requirement for knowing the Source of His wise teaching: being willing to do His will. They would not know unless willing to do. Neither will we.

* The perplexity displayed by the religious leaders reflected their refusal to acknowledge the Lord Jesus' deity. Discounting His divine sonship, they were doomed to darkness in relation to His teaching. For, His condition for knowing His will is the willingness to do it.
Submission precedes instruction.

* When a person is regenerated by the Holy Spirit, there comes the desire to please his Savior in every way possible. Learning His will becomes a life-long goal. How we need to practice the paradox taught by the Lord Jesus --- willingness to obey precedes knowing His will.

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