LIES! LIES! LIES!
They are everywhere! In the workplace, in our families, IN OUR GOVERNMENT, and especially and sadly in our churches!
That is why Truth, when it is revealed, is so very precious to us. Truth sets us free from the bondage of those lies! There is however, a sneaky and grave danger in our reception of the truth or revelation that we receive.
We can become enamored with the truth, instead of the TRUTH GIVER! We can glory in "the revelation" instead of the Revealer!
When we do that we become "men with a message" or "women with a word" instead of sons/daughters of God boasting in their Father (Son and Spirit). And instantly following on our heels is the PRIDE of being RIGHT over and against all those others who are WRONG! Oh how sneaky!
Remember the words of Jesus in John 5:39... "you search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life, but it is these that bear witness of ME!...
(and then the sad conclusion)
"... but you are unwilling to come to ME that you might have LIFE!"
Doctrine was NEVER intended to be an end in itself, but a means to lead us to the Person of Jesus!
Perhaps I should say it this way:
Jesus did not come to this planet for the express purpose of dying for your sins... He came to have a relationship with you and dying for your sins was the only way He could get that relationship.
This is the great glory that we have through faith in the Person and work of Christ --- THAT WE KNOW HIM, THE POWER OF HIS RESURRECTION, AND THE FELLOWSHIP OF HIS SUFFERINGS (don't forget that one)...
Glory in the awe and wonder that through receiving HIM, we have the authority to be called a child of God!