How Are You Influencing Others?

At the end of Job, God addressed Eliphaz alone. Job 2:11 named Eliphaz first then Bildad and Zophar. Eliphaz was the first to speak accusingly to Job. Job 42:7 says, “And so it was, after the Lord had spoken these words to Job, that the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is aroused against you and your two friends, for you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.”

It appears to me that Eliphaz had influenced his two friends through erroneous doctrine. In verse 9 they did as the Lord commanded them. 1 Corinthians 15:33 says, “Do not be deceived: Evil company corrupts good habits.” James 1:16 says, “Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.” James was addressing the cascading descent of temptations.

Verse 22 says, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” It followed verse 21 which says, “…received with meekness the implanted word…” That takes us to 2 Timothy 2:15. It says, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

Do you think that Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar were ashamed when God corrected them? Prideful acts bring shame. They had to humble themselves. The one they falsely accused of hidden sin? Job was instructed to pray for them.

2 Timothy 2:2 says, “And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”

We are all responsible to disciple others from God’s word. Will we influence them in right doctrine, or the doctrine of men? Colossians 3:16 says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms an hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

Here is our parameter. Verse 17 says, “And whatever you do in word or deed, do ALL in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

A word to the one discipling, and the one being discipled comes from Acts 17:11. The folks in Berea heard Paul and Silas. It says, “…they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.”

That is the part James was writing about. To be a hearer only and not a doer leaves us vulnerable to self deception. It is God’s word, deeply ingrained in our hearts, that will keep us from the false doctrine of men. Digesting the full counsel of the Lord will exercise our senses to discern false doctrine the moment we hear it.

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