Monday, February 20, 2017
A. Return to Bible-based teachings, which equal “Truth”:
I am so sorry to report to you that there has been a very great decline from the truth of God’s Word. False or erroneous bible doctrines multiply across the planet. There are far more than I can list. However, the first thing that needs to be established is the need for BIBLE TRUTH! Believing truth is major! Why?
1. Jesus said: “… I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6. Jesus is the “Truth”; to accept Jesus is to accept truth; to know Jesus is to know truth. It is the beginning of knowledge; there is no other way for salvation! Acts 4:12
2. Just before Jesus’ crucifixion, He prayed for His 11 disciples. This is what He prayed: “They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” John 17:16-17. To be sanctified (set aside for holy use), you must believe “truth”.
3. Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ wrote: “That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Where unto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Thessalonians 2:12-14.
The first part of Paul’s quote is scary, “That they all might be damned who believed not the truth.” That means if you are trying to be saved by believing false doctrine, you are in for a surprise; those who don’t believe truth will be damned or lost for eternity! Again, one needs to be “sanctified, on the basis of their belief of truth, or in the truth.
This is another disturbing reality for those who don’t love truth, when they hear it. “…because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved, and for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:” II Thessalonians 2:10-11
4. Again, Jesus made it clear that the absence of truth puts you at odds with Him and on the side of His enemy, the devil. Look at what He says:
“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not [failed to live] in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” John 8:44
Thus we see that to live outside of “truth-filled teachings” is to align yourself with satan, the master deceiver! Therefore, I've learned that truth matters!
Consequently, I admonish you: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” II Timothy 2:15. If you study religiously, you will be safe based, on these promises from Jesus:
a. “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32
b “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” John 16:13
To be continued…