The suspicion of John the Baptist
Christ Ahnsahnghong is the one who was prophesied to come in the Scriptures
John the Baptist was a prophet of God who baptized Jesus. He witnessed Jesus, saying “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29-30) However, even such a prophet once suspected Jesus.
When John [the Baptist] heard in prison what Christ was doing, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?” (Matthew 11:2)
In the question of John, ‘the one who was to come’ refers to the Christ who was to come according to the prophecies of the Bible. In plain words, his question was, “Are you the one who was prophesied to come in the Scriptures, or should we seek someone else?” John suspected that John might not be the Christ prophesied in the Bible.
Why did he suspect Jesus? If you examine the above verses, it’s written, “When John heard in prison what Christ was doing.” In other words, we can understand that he fell into temptation because of ‘certain things’ Jesus had done. Did Jesus do something wrong? Of course not. Almighty God cannot do something wrong. But John suspected Him with his own thought that ‘God would not do such things.’
We sometimes see people around us who commit such a ridiculous error as John did. Some claim, “Why didn’t God do it like this?” or “Why did God do it in that manner?” Such questions can be expressed as “How God do it like that way?” They acknowledge God if he does something as they expected and do not acknowledge God if he does not. Why do they think so?
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. (Isaiah 55:8)
God clearly said that his thoughts and his ways are not same with those of men and the difference is not small. However, we sometimes cannot escape the mistaken faith “my thoughts are right” and suspect that the ways of God might be wrong.
Yet the house of Israel says, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ Are my ways unjust, O house of Israel? Is it not your ways that are unjust? (Ezekiel 18:29)
We are sinners who are not entitled to choose God to our taste. We should seek the true God and obey his ways. That is to say, we should adapt ourselves to God’s will, not God to our will. We are sinners who committed grave sins against God. We are mere creatures. Nevertheless, those who choose the ones who agree with their thoughts will result in the destruction in the end. We will neither be astray nor fall into temptation only if we throw away our own thoughts. We cannot obey the words of God faithfully without abandoning ourselves.
Satan misled people by tempting them to judge God with their common sense and criteria since the creation of the world. Satan encourages people to do something God forbade. We should determine whether God we believe is true only based on the Bible, not on the common sense of people.
We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. (1 Corinthians 2:12-13)
I hope you will search the Bible diligently and acknowledge the Spirit and the Bride who have come according to the prophecies of the Bible in order to receive the water of life and enter the kingdom of heaven.
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