Before I started writing the Apostle John series, I did a huge amount of research and study. Although the book was ‘fiction’, it went through the Gospel of John starting at chapter one.
What has this to do with ‘seeking the faith once delivered’?
Please bear with me, I am seeking the source first.
Look at this version of John 1: 1 – 3
In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him.
New Living Translation
Perhaps it takes more than one reading to see the significance. Please let me share a short excerpt from Hold the Faith…
(The Apostle John was speaking)
“Benjamin, if I explain it this way… ‘In the beginning Logos’. That states that the Logos, Christ, was in the beginning with God. ‘Through Him all things were made…’ You wrote that didn’t you?”
Benjamin nodded, wondering where his great-grandfather was going with this.
“Many of the false teachers say that the world was created by an evil angel, you heard that yourself. But those words you have written say that Logos created the world.
This means that He who became Jesus, was the God of the ‘Old Testament’
For most of us, this is (or was when we first heard it) hard to comprehend. The general belief is often that the God of the Old Testament is harsh, whereas Jesus brought grace and mercy.
‘Cutting to the chase’… if Jesus was the God of the Old Testament, then Who better to look to for the ‘faith once delivered’?
Many people I have met say that the Old Testament is done away. That leaves me with a question – what were the scriptures that Jesus expounded from?
And beginning from Moses and from all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. Luke 24:27 (American Standard Version)
What we call the New Testament today was only being written. The gospels were accounts of Jesus’ life as a Man. The epistles were letters written to churches/ministers to encourage, to teach, uplift and exhort. The scriptures they taught from had to have been from the Old Testament.
So, the faith once delivered?
It’s in the Bible. The whole Bible.
I can see no place in any of my Bibles where it says Jesus did away with what He had originally given. Quite the opposite…
For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.
Matthew 5: 18 English Standard Version
As yet, all is not accomplished.
However, Jesus put a higher standard on the commandments…
But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Matthew 5: 28 English Standard Version.
Sharing some thoughts,