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Bible Study Lesson 24

Identifying The True Religion Or The True Church
   A.   People's Concepts Of What The Church Is
   B.   The Name Of The True Church
   C.   The True Church Is Likened To A Human Body
   D.   It Is The True Church That Christ Will Save

   E.   The True Church Is The Result Of God's Calling
   F.   God's Calling Is Through A Messenger Of God
   G.   Beware Of The Preacher Who Is Not Of God
   H.   Identifying The True Messenger Of God



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 24H.    Identifying The True Messenger Of God


But any church could say that they have a messenger of God.    

24H.1   How then could the genuine messenger of God be identified?  

No professing Christian today would ever contest the truth that Jesus is sent by God.  But what did He point to us that which testifies of His commission?  
In John 5:39, Jesus said: 

 "You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. (NKJV)

The Scriptures testify that Jesus is sent by God.  

What kind of Scriptures testifies of our Lord Jesus Christ?  

 And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, "See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.'' (Revelation 9:10, NKJV)

The prophecies written in the Holy Scriptures (not manufactured prophecies in other books) testify that Jesus is sent by God. 

24H.2   But does it mean that, if one can pull out a prophecy from the Bible and use that prophecy in claiming that he is a messenger of God,  he is really God's messenger?  When is Biblical prophecy proof that one is sent by God?  

 Jesus said in John  5:36:

But I have more proof than John's--the deeds that I do. The deeds prove that the Father sent me! (IEB)

Scriptural prophecy is proof that one is sent by God if everything contained in the prophecy was fulfilled in him.  The prophecies of God cannot be faked or forged.  The genuine messenger of God is the one whom the prophecy found fulfillment. 

24H.3   What are some of the biblical prophecies and their fulfillment testifying about messengers of God?

1.  About the Lord Jesus Christ:

The prophecy of Prophet Isaiah about Jesus:

1. "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
2. to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn,
3. to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.'' (Isaiah 61:1-3, NKJV)

The fulfillment of the prophecy:

16. So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read.
17. And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:
18. "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
19. to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.''
20. Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him.
21. And He began to say to them, "Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.''
 (Luke 4:16-21, NKJV)

2.   About John the Baptist (John 1:19-23;  Isaiah 40:3) 

The prophecy:

The voice of one crying in the wilderness: "Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. (Isaiah 40:3, NKJV)

The fulfillment of the prophecy:

19. Now this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who are you?''
20. He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, "I am not the Christ.''
21. And they asked him, "What then? Are you Elijah?'' He said, "I am not.'' "Are you the Prophet?'' And he answered, "No.''
22. Then they said to him, "Who are you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?''
23. He said: "I am `The voice of one crying in the wilderness: "Make straight the way of the Lord,'' ' as the prophet Isaiah said.'' (John 1:19-23, NKJV)

3.   About Apostle Paul (Acts 13:47,  Isaiah 49:6).   

The prophecy:

Indeed He says, `It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, that You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.' '' (Isaiah 49:6, NKJV)

The fulfillment:

"For so the Lord has commanded us: `I have set you to be a light to the Gentiles, that you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.' '' (Acts 13:47, NKJV)


Therefore, if anyone says that he is a messenger of God, but is not testified to by biblical prophecy, he is merely a self-proclaimed messenger.  And even if there be any who cites a prophecy in the Bible but it was not fulfilled in him or it pertains to someone else, he is not God's messenger.

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