By Carl A. Allen
“And they shall all be taught of God. Every one that hath heard from the Father, and hath learned, cometh unto me” (John 6:44-45). This gives the manner in which God appeals to the mind of man. It is worthy of our consideration.
Taught of God — God has always appealed to man through revelation. Sometimes it is oral and sometimes it is written; but he has always made known his will and has expected men to listen to what he has to say. In the New Testament we have the Lord’s will to man (Heb. 9:16-17). Christ died that his Testament might be binding.
He That Hath Heard — “Faith cometh of hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ” (Rom. 10:17). Truth taught in the Bible causes faith. If it is not taught in the Bible, it can never be of faith. Faith can only come from hearing and hearing from the word of God. We must let the Bible speak to us.
He That Hath Learned — How can one act upon a truth that he, or she, does not know? That is impossible. All of the passages in the Bible that teach us to read and learn, are for the purpose of encouraging us to study and know God’s will. Read (Eph. 3:4), study (2 Tim. 2:15), understand (Eph. 5:17) because it is the Bible that “furnishes us to every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16-17). If it is taught in the book, believe it; it is truth.
Cometh Unto Me — We come by doing the will of the Father: “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 7:21, Rom. 6:17; Prov. 14:12. This, my friends, is the truth of how God appeals to the mind, and heart of man, today. You need to listen to what the books says; for, it is truth.
Truth Magazine Vol. XLIV: 12 p4 June 15, 2000