A daily devotional by Dr. K. Neill Foster
for September 19, 2020
|Does the True Jesus Seem Tame and Plain?|
Text: ". . . if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, . . . you put up with it easily enough" 2 Corinthians 11:4.
There are thousands of "Jesus" in the world, especially in Latin culture where baby boys are often named "Jesus," [pronounced Hay-soos] just as in North America little boys may readily be called "John."
The "Jesus" Paul is worried about in this passage, this "Other Jesus," has emissaries, as does the Lord Jesus Christ. Some had apparently come to Corinth with a teaching about an alternate "Jesus".
So, it would seem to me, one of the first places to look for false teaching about another "Jesus" would be in the "comers," the missionaries, the people who come to announce such a "Jesus". You can count on it: The authentic Gospel of the true Lord Jesus Christ is always announced by honest messengers, very often by men and women of plain speech.
Conversely, the "Other Jesus" is often announced with pomp and flair. These super-apostles and super-preachers may do a bang-up job and they may be so persuasive as to make the true Jesus seem tame and plain. Apparently the Corinthians liked the pizzazz surrounding the "Other Jesus".
The Jesus of the Apostles Creed and the four gospels is the real Jesus. Any other will not do.