Day 59: Self Test

John 7:17-18 : “If anyone desires to do his will, he will know about the teaching, whether it is from God, or if I am speaking from myself. He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory, but he who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.”

Here it says that anyone who seeks God’s will, will understand that Jesus is speaking the words of God. That makes sense. If two people individually listen to the same person, they hear the same message. You can tell that a person is from God if they speak the message that God speaks to you.

This is one of the wonderful things about having the Bible. It is a book of God’s will and each one of us individually can directly hear the message of God. Another important thing about the time we live in is that God has given His Spirit to us individually. This Spirit makes God’s word clear to us individually. The message is still a single message, it is just made known to each of us individually. Listen to what John says in 1 John:

1 John 2:20-22 : You have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all have knowledge. I have not written to you because you don’t know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth. Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the Antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son.

So, this is a consistent teaching in the Bible about Christians. God gives us the Holy Spirit who gives us knowledge and helps us to believe in Jesus. This Spirit also gives us the power to live a life like Jesus did.

In Christianity, God has created a divide between those who live selfishly and those who recognize God’s life to being lived in them. A person who lives his own life “speaks from himself and seeks is own glory.” The one who acknowledges God’s life through him has a victorious life, doing the will of God “and no unrighteousness is in him” because it is God working through him. When we allow God to live His life through us, we are seeking His glory rather than our own, and only then are we able to do truly good work.