Without loyalty no human enterprise can survive. We’ve been witnesses to the damage disloyalty can do to a nation. We’ve seen the very fabric of our Constitutional Republic attacked by disloyal government officials who transferred their loyalty from the people to persons. As children of God we have to continuously examine ourselves to see where our loyalties lie. Are we loyal to the Savior or are we loyal to a religious enterprise? Jesus Christ proved to all mankind His demand, His command is loyalty to God, nothing else will be acceptable to Him.
Jesus Christ constantly confronted the disloyalty of the religious hypocrites during His glorious walk upon this earth so many centuries ago. He confronted both layman and leader alike proving their loyalties did not lie with God our Heavenly Father. He proved their disloyalty through their rejection of Him, and their disbelief in God’s Holy Word the Holy Scriptures.
42 “But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you. 43 I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive. 44 How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God? 45 Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you—Moses, in whom you trust. 46 For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. 47 But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” John 5:42-47
Beloved are we like the Jews of Jesus’ day? Do we desire the honor of men rather than the honor of God? What is the test that will examine us? The test that Jesus applied to the Jews is the same test that Jesus applies to us. Do we believe the Holy Scriptures? Do we believe His Holy Word, the entire canon of the Scriptures found in the Old and New Testaments? Do we know within our hearts, minds and souls the Bible is the holy, inspired, infallible, inerrant, preserved Word of God? Is the Bible our rule for faith and practice? Do we love God’s Holy Word more than the word or work of man?
Doubt of God’s Holy Word is disloyalty to Him. As testified by our gracious Savior doubt of or unbelief in God’s Holy Word arises from disloyalty to Christ Jesus Himself. We can be serious students of the Holy Scriptures but if that study doesn’t bring us to Christ it is an exercise in futility. All study of God’s Word should always lead us to Christ because of our loyalty to God our Father.
37 “And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form. 38 But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe. 39 You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. 40 But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life. 41 I do not receive honor from men.” John 5:37-41
The subtle deception of our own hearts is a terrifying thing and has terrifying consequences. Beloved, Jesus Christ was speaking to the religious zealots of His country, Israel. They were sure they were right with God because of their superstitious study of the Scriptures and approval of one another. Things have not changed. Superstitions abound within the Christian community and many are assured of their salvation because they approve the right people. But that’s not salvation. That’s not loyalty to God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus our wonderful Savior defines loyalty and warns about the consequences of disloyalty to Him and His Word.
20 “For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel. 21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will. 22 For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, 23 that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him. 24 Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. 25 Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, 27 and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. 28 Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice 29 and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation. 30 I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me. John 5:20-30
So where our loyalties lie have eternal consequences. Do we truly love Jesus Christ? That’s what our Father in Heaven demands, commands. He sent His Son as Savior of the world, no one else fulfills that office, that high heavenly calling. So where do your loyalties lie? Are you content with apostate religious organizations led by heretics? Do you spend your time imbibing false teaching in the myriads of books being hawked to those who name the name of Christ? Do you cause division by who you chose to follow? Jesus Christ is the only who saves us, His Holy Word the Bible is the only source of God’s salvation message. Our loyalties must lie with God our Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Scriptures.
16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” John 3:16-21
Lord Jesus Christ may we Your children be loyal followers of You. May we turn from all evil and cling to You by the power of the Holy Spirit. Renew within us the joy of our salvation. Thank you Lord God Almighty. Amen