Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | October 22, 2009

How can we say we “have the truth”?

We are called Apostolic because of a commitment to stay in subjection to the doctrines which they , the Apostoles, preached, according to the scripture.

It sounds outrageous to our sophisticated ears. Why the outrage? We have learned from society there is no absolute truth. We have also learned that no one is really any better off that anyone else. The main correlary is, “to be completely fair, one may have many wonderful thoughts, but none are of any advantange to the individual”. That allows us to say that a brain surgeon and a ditchdigger are equally valuable. The root principle here is  Christian. The foolish misapplication is not. God loves all, and there are none that impress Him with their knowledge, but He has offered to everyone, a way to be saved. Do you believe a person with a map, and a desire to find his or her way out of the woods stands a better chance than the person who sees only endless trees and no clear path? There are two main statements being made here, and both are in opposition to the conventional wisdom.

  • The is ONE truth, not many truths
  • You can have access to, and receive the truth and be blessed, while another may pass it by and suffer loss

The knowledge you receive and what you do with it does make a difference!
Paul refered to the gospel as “my gospel”. Did he create it? Of course not! But the truth is very precious. When you have something valuable, you are pleased to let others know. It’s glory and beauty and importance supercedes much else concerning our lives. The young man who gets his first hot car knows something about how a prize can eclipse much that was formerly held important.
Yes, we say we have the truth. It implies that someone else may not. But, unlike that slick car which cost many thousands of dollars, this precious truth is offered to you if you will only value it.
Before us, many noble people died under persecution so that we could have  the truth. Will we live so that we can have it?

Some religions, and even Christian movements or denominations derive their names from the founders or practices of those who laid down their heritage. For example:

  • Lutherans – following and repeating the ideas of Luther
  •  Wesleyans – following and believing in the interpretations of Wesley
  • Baptists – doing according to the practive of those who baptized
  • Methodists – following the Wesleyan idea of methodical salvation
  • Bhuddists – followers and believers in Buddah
  • Moravians – religious practitioners associated with historical movement in Moravia.
  • Quakers – One of their observed actions was “quaking”, in the old days.

 You see? All have something to do with their “founders”. So, you say, a Christian simply ought to be named Christ. Well, OK. That’s a good thought. It is important in another way which you will read of on these internet pages. But, while Jesus Christ is indeed the architect and builder of His church, it’s foundations are in … you guessed it: the Apostles.

This first generation were in every respect what God intended when He began to build His church. Being transformed and receiving a supernatural relationship with God cannot be accomplished by men and women. God had to do it, and He did!
The power to become the children of God was given to certain individuals who were Jesus’ disciples. Whatever God intended for us to have, he first gave them, AND he gave them special status so that their WORDS and AUTHORITY has prevailed over 2000 years. In this way, He could assure that there would be valid (corresponding to scripture), and repeated opportunity for everyone, in successive generations to receive the truth. He gave them something to anchor their teaching to, and a standard to meet. Of course, religious teachers can still teach their own ideas (false doctrines), and mislead those who follow blindly, but those who want validation, can check the word of the Apostles, and be safe.
When you hear about Jesus today, you hear because someone is repeating their words. They preach to us across 2000 years.Think about it.
God also gave them a special appointment to deliver the gospel to all the people of the world.
Everything needs some validation, otherwise, it’s just another idea, of one of 6 billion people. In the same was that the reputation of Luther gives some creedance to Lutherans, the authority of the Apostolic is derived from the Apostles. They taught that His church is built upon the foundations of the Apostles and prophets, and Jesus Christ himself is the cornerstone.
If you want to be confident in a spiritual experience today, and know that the Lord Jesus Christ is clearly in view when we pray, worship, and life before God, what better way that to come into agreement with Jesus’ REAL teachers, the Apostles.


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  1. Awesome, Thanks for your fine work and ministry. Ill be back.


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