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Truth Will Be Costly

 

TRUTH WILL BE COSTLY

In a world of lies and deceptions, the love of truth will be costly. The world operates on false appearances, facades, imitations and pretenses.  Even as truth is a Spirit, so with lies; every evil spirit being a lying spirit like Satan.  Jn. 8:44.  The Spirit of God is the Spirit of truth.  Jn. 14:17; 16:13.  The world cannot know truth because it does not know the Holy Spirit.  Without the Holy Spirit, one cannot know truth.  Even the Bible, the word of truth, becomes just a dead collection of sayings and words without the Spirit of God. 

The Bible itself is true, but one can pick and choose which scriptures appeal to him and reject those that do not.  One can agree with the truth, but live lies at the same time.  This makes matters worse because one can hide behind a facade of holiness.  I once knew a Christian who would cite scriptures all the time.  You could not hold a conversation without him speaking the words of the Bible.  His knowledge of the Bible was impressive; yet, his personal life was a mess.

We can acknowledge that the Bible is truth and still not believe it in our heart.  We can twist, distort, reason away and find justifications for refusing to believe certain scriptures because they would require that we abandon our customs and doctrines.  Truth can become bothersome, contrary and adverse to one's goals in life and ministry.  But it will never go away.

One can claim to worship and love God, and be indifferent to the truth.  You can attend church several times a week, fast and pray, read the Bible, fellowship with Christians and never really come to the knowledge of the truth.  "Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth."  2 Ti. 3:7.  Truth spoken but not lived becomes a trap when others believe your facades are real.  One can speak truth but not mean it in his heart and can read the truths in the Bible but deny it because most in the church deny it too. 

Living truly is inconsequential to most so long as they are having fun and like the pastor and the church they are in.  The spiritual condition of the church can not be higher than the spiritual condition of its members collectively.  A pastor who demands holiness, righteousness, honesty and integrity may likely find himself looking for a job, before long.  Truth demands honesty and integrity. 

The church was intended by God to be a place where truth is lived and where one can go to find truth.  I Ti. 3:15.  "... the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and the ground of the truth."   Where else can one go to find truth?  We "should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints."  Jude 3.  Instead, it has become an embarrassment, a point of division, and a bother to contend for the truth that was once given to us.  It is easier to vote with the majority than to fight for truth.  If others do not agree, just form your own denomination or group, along with those that agree with you.  Truth is never a matter of majority opinion, as some will have you think.

The world cannot accept truth because it goes to the very core of one's belief in God.  To truly believe in and obey the Lord Jesus Christ, is to abandon the principles of the world and of the flesh.  Fame, position, wealth, power and the good life are directly opposite the principles of the kingdom of God.  Jesus was an embarrassment, a point of division and a bother to the establishment.  He pointed out the hypocrisies of the temple leaders who had built their house on the principles of the world and the flesh - fame, position, wealth, power and the good life. 

Almost the entire system was hypocritical, not just the Pharisees.  Mt. 23:2-39.  They could not see and understand the truth about themselves.  The Lord Jesus called the leaders of the temple "blind."  Mt. 15:14; 23:16, 17, 19, 24, 26; Lk. 6:39; Jn. 9:40-41. Jesus said that the Laodicean church was not only lukewarm, it was blind as well.  Rev. 3:17.  "And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch."  Mt. 15:14.  Is the body of Christ blind to the truth today?

The temple and people in the days when Jesus walked the earth in the flesh were blind.  They could neither perceive nor accept truth and so they killed Him.  Jn. 14:6 ("I am the way, the truth, and the life: . . . .")

That's the way of the world, even today.  God's people killed almost all the prophets God sent them.  "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!  Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.  For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord." 

At the end of the world, the love of the truth will cost you dearly.  The ditch is just ahead.

NOTE:  Much of the above came out of the book entitled Spirit of Truth.

 

 


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