KEY SCRIPTURE: John 8:46 KJV “Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?”
The Lord Jesus looked into the eyes of His opposers and said to them, none of you can accuse me of any sin. He meant; He was sinless? Sin means an error, falsehood or imposture. A doctrine is to be rejected if the one presenting it, is an imposter. In the Lord’s case they could not accuse Him of one wrong act. These people would have readily pointed to some wrong act of His, if there was any.
Dear preacher, pastor, Bishop or who are you? Are you an imposter?
An imposter is one who deliberately presents himself for what he is not.
All humans make mistakes, yet there are some who intentionally walk in deception yet, they are the most out spoken people against the very things they are involved in. These are imposters. Men remain God’s. main means of communicating his word and His ways to fellow men. Every minister must know that one’s lifestyle has a great deal to tell on the impact of his message on his hearers.
No matter how pure water may be, if it is served from a dirty vessel, it will contaminate the end user.
The minister must therefore live with a sincere conscience to live very upright. The following was apostle Paul’s policy, Act 24:16 KJV “And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.”
The Lord at this instant said that He was sinless. In Matthew 19:17, the Lord said to the rich young man, who enquired about what good thing could one do to enter into life? The Lord answered, no one is good, only God. Did that mean there was any sin with Him ?In that moment ,the Lord intended to answer his enquirer to show that , it does not take good deeds to enter into life, (but rather men are saved by grace through faith).He spoke in such a way for His enquirer to know that no man is good, although the man went ahead to justify that, he was very upright by obeying all the commandments .Well Jesus is God and so by claiming only God is good He was saying, He was sinless 4:15 KJV “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”
The Lord Jesus lived a sinless life. By our birth into Him, we have received grace to live above sin. By maintaining a good conscience, void of offence towards God and man we keep our vessels free from presumptuous sins. The ministry is therefore not blamed.
THOUGHT: UPRIGHTNESS RESULTS FROM A DECISION TO STAY UPRIGHT AND A RELIANCE ON THE PERFECT SPIRIT IN US.
2 Corinth 4:2 KJV” But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.”
2 Corinth 6:3 KJV” Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:”