"The Burden Of Proof"
It's Meeka, and I am curious if you find this information as interesting as I do! I've presented some biblical content that some may find difficult to handle. I know there's lots of questions swimming through your mind, and I promise you they will be answered in due time as we carefully examine the scriptures. Let's jump right in!
The Burden Of Proof
Do you remember in the last email when we briefly covered the Burden of Proof?
The "Burden of Proof" is defined as "the obligation to prove one's assertion".
Remember, The Burden of Proof rests on the one making the claim!
When Jesus started his ministry, he claimed to be one sent from the GOD of Israel, Whom I will reference as the CREATOR. In the ancient scriptures, the people looked for signs to prove the claims of Jesus. The claims of the promised Messiah.
The people of that time had within their possession the 1st Testament scriptures documenting the specific signs that will be evident in the life and surroundings of the coming Messiah. These signs and marks of evidence were significantly important. If the marks of evidence were not there, there would be no way to determine if Jesus was the promised Messiah. These marks of evidence, proofs if you will, were a crucial aspect in regards to anyone who stepped into the picture claiming to be the promised Messiah.
But why do you think marks of evidence/proof are necessary components when claiming to be a Christian?
We will answer this a little later, but I want to point out that one of the signs that Jesus fulfilled to show evidence of his identity as the promised Messiah, was the demonstration of miracles. Jesus provided evidence/proof of his claim through the incredible healings and freedom from demonic oppression among the people. This was his predominant form of proof. Let's take a look at some of the scriptures that make reference to this truth.
Matthew 4:23-24, KJV
"And Jesus went about all of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and disease among the people, and his fame went throughout all of Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had palsy; and he healed them"
Matthew 8:17, KJV
"When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and he healed all that were sick"
Why did Jesus do these things? Because the Burden of Proof rested upon him. He made the claim that he was sent by the CREATOR and thereby provided the proof/evidence with the works of deliverance, that he truly was the promised Messiah.
Was Jesus Sent By God?
How would you answer this question? By what standard would you measure the truth of it? The people surrounding Jesus based it upon the evidence/proof that he provided to confirm his claim.
Jesus claimed to be sent by the CREATOR as well as making the claim to be equal with the CREATOR; to be one with HIM.
John 10:37-38, KJV
"If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though you believe not me, believe the works: that you may know and believe that the Father is in me, and I in Him"
John 14:10-12, KJV
"Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, He doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also, and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father"
You see, according to the New Testament scriptures, Jesus claimed to be sent by the CREATOR and that they were one in spirit. Jesus claimed that the CREATOR performed the works through him as evidence, marks of proof that HIS spirit indwelled him confirming his claims.
And so it is with every one who claims to be a Christian; those claiming, in essence, to be possessed by the spirit of Christ. If the claim is indeed true, there will be visible evidence, marks of proof to confirm the claim. Evidence fulfilled by the power of his spirit.
Mark 16:20, KJV
"And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen"
They went forth doing these things as Jesus' disciples; In his name. They went into the towns claiming to be his disciples with the proof of his power manifesting through them. It was by the power of his spirit that they demonstrated and confirmed that they were indeed his disciples.
There are professed Leaders of the faith who have not been put to the TEST. They are of those who are bold and confident that they are Jesus' disciples, but in fact deceived and void of his spirit. Jesus noted in scripture that there will be those who will walk in a state of delusion not having his spirit, but instead having a false sense of security and blindly deceiving others leading them straight into the pit with fine speech...but no evidence of his spirit.
Let's revisit the question posed to you earlier...
"Why do you think marks of evidence/proof are necessary components to an individual claiming to be a Christian?"
According to Jesus,
"Because it prevents the susceptibility to deception within the body of Christ"
Jesus said that he will not have you deceived, "Many false prophets (those claiming to speak for him) shall rise, and deceive many" (Matthew 24:11, 24, KJV)
To profess Christianity is to proclaim that you have the spirit of Christ dwelling within you. It is the declaration that you've been "Born Again" of his spirit. Do you know what it truly means to be "Born Again"? It is not an emotional experience or a hope...it is a very real supernatural experience that is verifiable with tangible proofs noted within the scriptures. Why should you learn of and make this test applicable to you?
Because Christ said those who are not Born Again...will Not inherit the Kingdom of God (John 3:5, KJV).
This is getting intense!
Let's meet again tomorrow, same time, and take a look at it!