This message emphasizes the importance of following God's plan of Salvation as presented in the Bible, without altering it according to our understanding or desires. Let's break it down:
The Limitation of Human Wisdom
Our wisdom isn't enough to understand God or His ways. It's like trying to understand a complex puzzle without all the pieces. Trusting only in our thoughts can and will lead us away from the truth God has revealed. (Verses: I Corinthians 1:21, 3:19-20)
The Difference Between God's Thoughts and Ours
God's ways and thoughts are higher and different from ours, like how the sky is so much higher than the ground we walk on. Our thoughts can and will sometimes lead us in the wrong direction if they go against what God has taught. (Verses: Isaiah 55:8-9; Romans 8:6-8)
The Conflict Between Our Desires and God's Spirit
Sometimes, what we want is different from what God wants for us. It's like wanting to eat lots of candy when it's not good for us. Our desires can conflict with the Holy Spirit's guidance. (Verse: Galatians 5:17)
The Consequences of Altering God's Plan
If we try to change God's plan for our own, we face serious consequences:
Condemnation: Turning away from Jesus' teaching leads to being separated from God. (Verse: Mark 16:16)
Reproof: Adding to or removing from God's words, like a teacher correcting a student's mistake, brings God's correction. (Verse: Proverbs 30:6)
Chastisement: Changing God's words can result in God's discipline. It's like getting in trouble for not following the rules. (Verses: Revelation 22:18-19)
Curse: Following a different gospel than the one God gave us can and will bring God's disapproval. (Verses: Galatians 1:6-9).
This message serves as a reminder to respect and adhere to God's teachings and plan of Salvation through Jesus Christ without relying solely on our understanding or desires.