Is your theology good? Would a face to face meeting with Jesus concerning your personal theology go well for you? Would your theology pass the Jesus test?
In John chapter 5:38-47 Jesus has a very direct and honest conversation with the Jewish theologians of His day. The conversation did not go well for the theologians. They definitely did not pass the Jesus test. Listen to Jesus’ evaluation of their theology.
“But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe. You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.
“I do not receive honor from men. But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you. I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive.
How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God? Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you—Moses, in whom you trust.For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”
Notice the three things Jesus said they their theology did not give them.
1. Life. They thought they had found eternal life in the Scriptures so they did not need to go any farther to find life. They especially did not believe they needed to come to Jesus for life.
2. Love. They sought honor from men above the love of God. God’s love had no home in them.
3. Faith. They knew Moses’ words but they did not believe them. If they believed them they would have believed Jesus’ words.
In the end it will be Jesus who says whether our theology was good or not. Jesus defines and approves theology. Theology does not define or approve Jesus.