Revelation not Religion

Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” John 14:8-10 [/su_note]

As a child I went right through the Sunday School system but during all those years I never realised that Christianity is a relationship with Jesus, not a religion. What’s the basis for your approach to God? Do you follow a belief system, a religion, or do you follow the one who claimed to be God Himself?

Religion originates on Earth in the minds of men and women while Christianity originates in Heaven in the trinity of God. Jesus did not appear only to one prophetic figure, but to tens of thousands of ordinary people. He himself did not claim to have received divine revelation; he claimed to be the very source of divine revelation. He didn’t say “I have come to teach you the truth”. Instead, he said “I am the truth” (John 14:6). 

Joseph Smith, of Mormon fame, sat in a tent transcribing what he claimed to be the oracles of God inscribed on gold scrolls delivered to him by the angel Moroni. When he emerged from the tent the angel and the gold scrolls had disappeared. Jesus, on the other hand, lived in the ‘tent’ of a human body from birth to the age of over thirty. He taught in full sight, died before witnesses, rose from the dead and was seen by hundreds, and the ascended bodily into heaven in front of his disciples.

What is the basis of your relationship with God? Is it based on the invalidated tales of a religious leader, or on the well witnessed revelation of God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ? Most people reading this will claim the latter, but in my next post I would like to probe how this reflects in our church life.
Christopher Peppler

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My name is Christopher Peppler and I was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1947. While working in the financial sector I achieved a number of business qualifications from the Institute of Bankers, Damelin Management School, and The University of the Witwatersrand Business School. After over 20 years as a banker, I followed God’s calling and joined the ministry full time. After becoming a pastor of what is now a quite considerable church, I  earned an undergraduate theological qualification from the Baptist Theological College of Southern Africa and post-graduate degrees from two United States institutions. I was also awarded the Doctor of Theology in Systematic Theology from the University of Zululand in 2000.

Four years before that I established the South African Theological Seminary (SATS), which today is represented in over 70 countries and has more than 2 500 active students enrolled with it. I presently play an role supervising Masters and Doctoral students.

I am a passionate champion of the Christocentric or Christ-centred Principle, an approach to biblical interpretation and theological construction that emphasises the centrality of Jesus

I have been happily married to Patricia since the age of 20, have two children, Lance and Karen, a daughter-in-law Tracey, and granddaughters Jessica and Kirsten. I have now retired from both church and seminary leadership and devote my time to writing, discipling, and the classical guitar.

If you would like to read my testimony to Jesus then click HERE.