“Don’t believe me or anybody else!
Blow the dust off your Bible and see what it says for yourself!”
the booming voice would demand regularly.
When the swirl subsided, mine said “New King James Bible.”
The surprise comes when we study the inside pages!
Let’s let the Bible teach us and correct us,
regardless of what we have believed
or what is commonly accepted as gospel truth.
“All scripture is inspired” (2 Timothy 3:16). The truth shall make us free. But the Bible cuts like a sharp two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12) so we should expect some engaging encounters.
It’s not for nothing that the Bible says the way is narrow (Matthew 7:13-14) and the flock is little (Luke 12:32). If we believe what everybody else believes and live like everybody else lives, that should be a red flag that we might ignorantly be actually on the broad way. How would we know?
We must read what the Bible says, rightly divide it by asking the Holy Spirit to guide us, and be willing to change even if it goes contrary to what everybody else believes. Ready?
What will you do with this scripture—a scripture spoken by Jesus Christ Himself whom you’d think Christians would gladly accept as the authority:
“No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven” (John 3:13).
If this were testimony in a courtroom, or stated in a major newspaper, it’s obvious Jesus said “Nobody has gone to heaven except Me.”
But this is the Bible so Barnes Commentary in e-Sword makes this attempt: “This does not mean that no one had gone to heaven or had been saved, for Enoch and Elijah had been borne there.” So Barnes, not wanting to call Jesus a liar or mistaken, says it is really saying that nobody has ascended to heaven and returned to talk about it except Jesus.
The Bible warns not to add to or subtract (Revelation 22:18-19).
Genesis 5:24 only says Enoch “was not, for God took him.” Doesn’t say where. You may as well argue he was off to Disneyland! The question is who will be taken—in! Jesus was the “I Am” of the Old Testament Who took him.
He also no doubt provided the chariot of fire when Elijah “went up by a whirlwind into heaven” (2 Kings 2:11). The Bible speaks of three heavens. Whirlwinds blow in the first lower one.
In a shocker, later on King Jehoram received a letter from Elijah (2 Chronicles 21:12)! Apparently the Bible’s Evel Knievel landed safely somewhere else on earth and continued serving God with a royal correspondence.
We must let the Bible teach us and change us so we can be part of the meek who, Jesus again, said “shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5).
So what will you do with this heavenly verse?
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