This was originally posted on 10-15-2012
We get that Jesus died on the cross for our sins. That is a commonly understood point. But that was not His only purpose, or else He could have done it when He was Twelve, for He knew even then that He was to be about His Father’s business. No, another perhaps equally important purpose for Him was to live and walk on this earth without sin to teach us about the Kingdom and to tell us the truth in love.
Why do I make mention of this? Simply, because we are dumb. If I were to directly quote Jesus, word for word, it probably would not be received the same way as if He spoke those same words. And why is that? Likely the reason is because I do not live a completely sinless life. So, instead of listening to the words I speak because they are true, or because they hurt and convict and demand greater devotion, I am written off and called a hypocrite.
Jesus had to live that sinless life so this particular excuse would not be valid when He spoke. But if we do write off humans when they are speaking truth simply because they are not living sinless lives, then we are saying that the authority of Jesus came from His sinless life. I would disagree; Jesus’ authority came from being a son of God.
His sinless life gave His message greater conviction, yes, but the words of truth and life are no less powerful or of God. And the Bible states that we are no longer servants or slaves, for He calls us sons, and if sons, than joint heirs with Jesus. Which means if I, led by the Holy Spirit, speak the truth in love, then I have the same exact authority that Jesus did when He spoke the truth as lead by the Holy Spirit.
Therefore, if people choose not to listen to a person who speaks truth because the orator is flawed, then they run the risk of ignoring the voice of God speaking into their lives. And that is a dangerous thing, for who are they to question whom God chooses to be His mouthpiece?
Is that to say that I am attempting to justify people not seeking to live sinless lives? Am I stating that it is permissible for people to speak on God’s behalf without conviction or accountability? No. The focus is not on the person portraying the message but on those who would receive it. I would be amiss if I discounted a message to me from God simply because I did not agree with who He saw fit to deliver that message.