How often do I just make something up? I’m pressed to answer, haven’t thought it through well and spew something out. Occasionally, but very rarely it works.
Most of the time it is just recognized for what it is, an ad libed effort to look good. Is what I am saying making me look good or reflecting what God wants?
Jesus knows what God is up to. Jesus doesn’t make things up. Jesus knows the truth. Jesus knows reality.
Amazingly enough, we can test what is being said to know if it is from God or not.
The facts matter. Reality matters. Jesus challenges me to judge things through that filter.
With the Feast already half over, Jesus showed up in the Temple, teaching. The Jews were impressed, but puzzled: “How does he know so much without being schooled?”
Jesus said, “I didn’t make this up. What I teach comes from the One who sent me. Anyone who wants to do his will can test this teaching and know whether it’s from God or whether I’m making it up. A person making things up tries to make himself look good. But someone trying to honor the one who sent him sticks to the facts and doesn’t tamper with reality. It was Moses, wasn’t it, who gave you God’s Law? But none of you are living it. So why are you trying to kill me?”
The crowd said, “You’re crazy! Who’s trying to kill you? You’re demon-possessed.”
Source: John 7:14-20