I’d like to briefly talk about the intention and motivation behind this blog. This blog is often going to contain topics regarding where some of the present-day Christian beliefs have veered from what the Bible says. To me this is important because the Bible, after all, is the Word of our creator. To ignore or distort this message which has been given to us from our creator would be a grave mistake. Yet there are many areas where this has happened over the last two thousand years.
In order to find these deviations and to get back on the road laid out before us by our Heavenly Father Yahweh we need one thing. A love of the truth.
The question is will our love for truth outweigh our love of comfort? For one to give way to truth it means possibly being faced with accepting a life style change. Changing a way of life isn’t easy. Continuing on the path of least resistance is always very tempting. But if one builds up enough love for truth in their heart continuing in error will become nearly unbearable.
So today I would like to look at a few verses concerning truth and reflect on them.
The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. (NKJV, 2 Thes 2:9f)
The “love of the truth” is tied directly to being saved. Showing just how important it is to seek and accept truth.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, (NKJV, Romans 1:18)
It is the unrighteous who suppress truth. On the other hand we can deduce that the righteous would do the opposite, as in preach and teach the truth.
but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness–indignation and wrath, (NKJV, Romans 2:8)
Those who do not obey truth are “self-seeking”. Interestingly, not obeying truth is also tied to obeying unrighteousness and wrath.
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth. (NKJV, 1 Cor 13:4-6)
Love rejoices in truth.
Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth? (NKJV, Galatians 4:16)
Upholding and speaking the truth will at times seem to make you an enemy to others. Especially those who do not want to hear the truth.
You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you (NKJV, Galatians 5:7f)
Who is it that hinders the truth? Paul makes it clear that it’s not the one that “calls you” (Christ).
that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head–Christ– (NKJV, Ephesians 4:14f)
It’s fairly clear by this verse that deviation from truth is cause by “the trickery of men”. But speaking the truth in love is maturity in Christ.
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (NKJV, 2 Timothy 2:15)
To be approved by Yahweh we must rightly divide the word of truth.
To summarize the lessons in these verses:
Do not obey the truth but suppress it. They are self seeking and deceive others by trickery.
Will be saved by their love of truth. They will rejoice in truth and are approved by Yahweh for rightly dividing the word of truth and they will do this even though it will make them an enemy to those who do not want to hear the truth.
But truth is not something that will just fall in to anyone’s lap. It says the approved rightly divide the word of truth. To divide means to separate, in this case, truth from non-truth. It’s not up to a teacher to tell anyone what to believe. They are there to aid us in our learning but we are not to just follow blindly. We must question things and compare everything to what is taught in the Bible. It’s ultimately our own job to distinguish what truth is.
Philippians 2:12 (NKJV)
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;