"We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of Truth and the spirit of falsehood." 1 Jn 4:6
How can one tell the difference between a good fake Louis Vuitton and a real one? Many times people are fooled by the two and end up with the fake one believing that it is the real thing.
We can take this example and even apply it to the Word of God. There are many "truths" out there, but we all know that there can only be one truth. People are often fooled into thinking that falsehood is the truth.
Just as anyone who knows the true Louis Vuitton can spot the fake in an instant, so we can take the words of the Apostles to heart. Whoever is from God follows God's word and the apostles, just as they followed the examples of Christ. Then how can we tell the difference between the Spirit of Truth and the spirit of falsehood? Those who belong to the Spirit of truth, hear the words of God.
"We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, "I know him, but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him." 1 Cor 2:3-4
That man standing on the corner of 34th st. in New York may be shouting very loudly "Real Louis Vuitton Bags" , however, to the one carrying the real thing, the words of this man mean nothing and will automatically assume that he is a liar.
In the same way. To those who follow God's commands, they know the Spirit of Truth and follow it and can very easily distinguish between falsehood and truth.
However, to those people walking along the street who have never been to New York and have never purchased a Louis Vuitton, may easily be fooled. Who can tell the difference?
We can distinguish the difference between falsehood and truth, by studying the source.
The Bible is our source for the truth. If a teaching or someone who claims to follow God's teachings, doesn't match up with the word of God, then clearly this a spirit of falsehood. Many nowadays claim to know God, but let's see according to God's teachings where the spirit of falsehood, and the Spirit of Truth truly lie.
What is the way to eternal life?
*Some teach that just by believing in Christ we are saved.
*Others believe they possess eternal life by the Eucharist or Communion.
*The Church of God W.M.S teaches that the Passover is the only way to receive eternal life.
Which of these are the fakes?
"That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord", and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Romans 10:9
Okay, so the Bible does say that by believing in Christ we are saved.
But what else does this verse say?
"As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame." Ro 10:11
Well in order to trust in someone, they have to speak trustworthy words.. what exactly did Christ say?
"Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day." John 6:53
Okay, flesh and blood, Communion and Eucharist right?
Uh oh,, so far two of the options can be the real ones, but lets check one final thing.
How is it that we receive the flesh and blood of Christ. Clearly Jesus Christ, in whom which we must believe in, told us, conditionally, that if we do not receive his flesh and blood we are spiritually dead. Then how?
"When the hour came Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer...And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me. In the same way, after the supper he took the cup saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood which is poured out for you." Luke 22:14-20
Well this final check cancels out the first two. Ladies and gentlemen, although they appear to be real and speak the truth, through careful observation we can clearly see that on the night of the Passover, Jesus Christ opened up the way for us to receive his body and blood. This is the night his promise was given to us. Sure he broke bread plenty of times with his disciples, however, when the hour of the Passover came, this bread and wine became his body and blood because of the promise that he spoke.
Eternal life isn't merely granted by just belief.
We can't receive the body and blood of Christ whenever we please, it must be according to God's word.
Truth therein lies in the Passover, the only way to receive eternal life, according to the Bible.
Now I know that when it comes to buying a Louis Vuitton, a fake doesn't seem so bad at the price of the original. However, when it comes to eternal life, there is no faking it. There is one way and ONLY one way that God gave us this promise and this truth can only be proven by hearing the very words that God spoke on the night of the Passover. These are the very words that the Apostles heard and gave testimony to.
"For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Therefore let us keep the festival.." 1 Corinthians 5:7