All the New Testament
The Red Letter Christians
You have seen those English Bible editions that put Jesus’ words in red. They are made that way so that his words stand out from all the rest of the speakers in the gospels.
Now there is a group of people who call themselves the Red Letter Christians. While they do read and accept most of the rest of the New Testament, this group of people give special attention and authority to those red colored passages.
They feel that those passages, since they are spoken by Jesus directly, are far more important than the words of Paul, Peter, James and other New Testament writers
They are misguided
I am not going to challenge their salvation or say that they are not Christians. That is not the point of this article. I will say that they are highly misguided and have missed some important words spoken by Jesus himself.
This group of people and others like them tend to focus on the good red letter passages that they like. It is possible that they want to feel good about their decision to accept Christ as their Savior and about Christ himself.
In doing this, they may think that they are bringing something positive to the Christian faith and making it far more attractive than they think it is. Sort of like what the old Roman Catholic Priests did when they changed secular holidays into Christmas and Easter, among other festivals.
But there is a problem with their efforts. It is not correct and it is very misleading. Their efforts tend to minimize solid biblical teaching in favor of those words Matthew, Mark, Luke and John recorded in their gospels.
This is not a smart strategy to use.
What words of Jesus they missed
It is hard to imagine that the Red Letter Christians missed some red letters highlighted in a prayer by Jesus in the book of John. Jesus spoke with his father and said:
for the words which You gave Me I have given to them; and they received them
These few words tell us that the disciples did not speak their own ideas but received the words of Jesus which came from God his father.
What does this all mean
That little sentence provides us with some insight into the content of the words written outside of the 4 gospels. The biblical writers were not inventing their own religion; Paul was not contradicting Jesus at any time; and the instructions given in the New Testament are divine not human in nature.
In other words, all the words of the New Testament are Jesus’ words and not just the red colored words found in the 4 gospels. That little passage backs up both Peter’s and Paul’s words concerning inspiration.
The biblical writers wrote the words of God and did not put any personal agendas or preferences into the Bible’s contents.
Then with Jesus being one with God, we know that the Old Testament are also the words of Jesus. Both Testaments are not the product of 5th to 7th century editors, or written by the elite to control the people. Nor were the OT accounts copied from the myths and legends of a secular nation.
The OT’s divine source is the same as the NT’s. All are holy and come from both God and Jesus.
Some final words
It is a difficult world out there, especially for Christians. Not only do they have to endure the temptations and attacks fro evil, resist the good things the secular world offers, they also have to weave their way through the misguided ideas of their fellow believers.
But if the modern day Christian wants the truth, it can be found with the proper study and guidance from the spirit of truth.
© 2019 David Thiessen