Friday, June 23, 2017

Love the Truth

From: Francis Harper

Love the Truth

As Jesus was being questioned by Pilate he was asked, “Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, “Thou sayest I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Everyone that is of the truth heareth my voice” (John 18:37). Then Pilate asked, “What is truth?” (John 18:38).
Pilate did not wait for an answer. He, like the vast majority in the world today, felt that he had more pressing business at the moment. It was the same when Paul spoke “forth the words of truth and soberness” before the Roman rulers in Caesarea (Acts 26:25). Felix trembled and procrastinated, saying, “Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee” (Acts 24:25). Likewise, Agrippa was resisting the truth when he said to Paul, “Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian” (Acts 26:28).
The natural man resists truth. We need to seek for truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth! Embrace the truth! Love the truth! Loving and embracing truth brings spiritual health, strength and blessings.
We would do well to desire truth more than any earthly treasure. I recall George Doubledee of near Joplin, Missouri, sharing about his mother, who was of Cherokee lineage and a Southern Baptist, praying many times, “Lord, if there is more truth than I have, lead me to it; and give me the wisdom to accept it when it comes.”
Sadly, I have observed that those who are diligently searching for truth are extremely rare today. Jesus promised, “And all they that do hunger and thirst for righteousness [and truth] shall be filled with the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 5:8).
Jesus was the embodiment of truth. John described Jesus as the word of God. “And the same word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). Jesus declared, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father but by me” (John 14:6).

Jesus teaching on hillside 001Jesus said, “. . . Know the truth and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). In scriptural parlance, to know means more than having knowledge. As in “Adam knew Eve, his wife; and she conceived. . .” (Genesis 5:4 IV; 4:1 KJV). This clearly speaks of an intimate relationship; a loving relationship. Jesus said to the unwise virgins, “Ye know me not” (Matthew 25:11 IV; 25:12 KJV). They certainly knew about him. The scriptural definition of knowing implies a deeper, more intimate relationship. We must have a deep love and desire for Jesus and the truth he taught and represented.
When Jesus said knowing the truth shall make us free, he was speaking of being set free from selfishness, pride and all the entanglements of sin. Those who love and embrace the truth will also be delivered [set free] from deception, delusions, depression, doubt, discouragement, despair, darkness and death—the dreadful D’s!
Paul wrote of those “who love not the truth.” “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men; who love not the truth, but remain in unrighteousness” (Romans 1:18). “. . . because they receive not the love of the truth that they might be saved, . . . God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie; that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12).
Truth is a part of the armor of God: “Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth . . .” (Ephesians 6:13-14). Truth is an indispensible part of the armor of God, which will protect us from the “fiery darts of the wicked” (Ephesians 6:16).

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