You search and keep on searching and examining the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and yet it is those[very Scriptures] that testify about Me; and still you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.
Saints, we must not substitute truth for life! And this is a great deception that gives the enemy an advantage. While we must have the truth, we must have light and we must be in possession of all the revelation that God can give to us. We must ever remember that true light is not something to be taken hold of as mere truth and to be occupied with as teaching, or as doctrine, or even as truth. If we do so, the enemy will obtain an advantage over us. Beloved, doctrine is not the basis of the testimony of Jesus Christ; declaration of the truth is not the testimony of Jesus; appreciation of the truth is also not His testimony. These can only be vehicles or instruments and means of obtaining Life. Therefore, it is essential that we should not have a false interpretation of Life. This is very important. It is a great challenge before the remnant church.
Doctrine is needed for God to bring forth the testimony of Jesus Christ; truth is also essential, but ultimately it must bring forth life. God desires truth and revelation plus life in us. Many people of God have a lot of light on the word, but they are lifeless and as dead as anybody else. The testimony of Jesus is absent in them there though they talk about it. The testimony is that extra something for doctrine to provide life! This is very searching, beloved. Testimony is that which is beyond teaching and doctrine. It is always related to life. May we realize the challenge that is before us, as members of the Body of Christ! We are not sufficient for this but as the Apostle Paul says, “Our sufficiency is of the Lord”. That is why we need to run to the One who sits at the right hand of the Father.
If the enemy can get us to be wholly occupied with the truth and the doctrine he will be very happy. That is where some of us get embroiled. How true it is that believers can be fascinated with the truth and yet not have real life! Yes, we were also fascinated by end-time truths at one time. And we felt excited with the truth we had received, but God came to our help and enabled us to choose life instead of doctrine. If we remain fascinated by doctrine and truth alone the enemy will be at an advantage and will rejoice. The enemy’s strategy is, “If we cannot beat them, then join them”. That is the enemy’s ruse!
Satan lays down elaborate plans to get us to be fascinated and absorbed with the teaching of the word. We begin to feel that we are exclusive, getting something that everybody else could not get! And we can even begin to think that we have arrived at maturity and fullness. But, beloved, we would still be far from the reality of true life. How many of us have been deceived? People read about some wonderful truth in God’s word, and it is true that they are wonderful, but the deception is that we begin to think that this is Life. But that is not yet the testimony of Jesus. We have to give ourselves to the working of the truth in us. That is where the struggle lies. Some of us can quickly grasp things in the mind, whereas others could take time, but if the enemy can keep us occupied with the doctrine and the fascination of the truth he will keep us there!
Doctrine is not the testimony of Jesus Christ. Countless people have missed the mark because they have limited themselves to the truth. They got caught up with kingdom preaching, but missed the kingdom life.They missed the kingdom growing within them! That is the greatest danger. Thus, we began to comprehend that true fellowship demands life, not just the truth. It is not enough to say, “I am going on to maturity as a part of the church. I am a part of it. I am there.” It is not about having a doctrinal fellowship, but a fellowship in the Son’s life, which is within. Today many are happy with doctrinal fellowship! It is like a half-baked cake! Truth and doctrine are essential to reach life, but something more is needed. Light is good, but it is not enough. Walking is required. We are to walk in the light as He is in the light and then we can have fellowship, one with another. Light is given so that we may walk. Truth is essential, but that in itself is not enough. Life is the basis of the testimony of Jesus. What is important is to know what the truth is doing in us. Is it bringing life in us?