TruthBro. Ron Rupé
5/29/2005 11:00 AM
True religion will cause you to live your convictions even when it is inconvenient.
Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that 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. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.
"What is truth?" Each of us will eventually have to really answer this question. The truth is what saves you. How you answer this question could determine whether you are saved or damned. Take care what you accept as truth. Take care what you reject as not being truth. This isn’t a matter to be handled carelessly. Do you reject something because it is inconvenient for you? We each have to answer this question for ourselves. There is one truth, but we each must search it out.
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
This is the positive side of truth: It can make me free.
2 Thessalonians 2:11-12
And for this cause 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.
This is a negative side of how we can handle the truth: If we come across the truth and reject it, we will be damned.
What is truth, and how will we get the answer? Truth is not a church, although it will create one. It is not an affiliation or group of churches, nor is it a creed of beliefs or a set of significant doctrines.
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
The definition of truth is God’s word. Every idea is evaluated against the word of God. Everything is weighed and evaluated by the word of God. Anything contrary to it is not truth. All else must give way to the wisdom of God.
For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.
Every man that contradicts God is a liar. Let God be true. It isn’t just one word, but all of God’s word that is true.
And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
"…but by every word of God…" When we teach and study, we need to make sure that we take into account every word. The serious soul will search the word of God and compare spiritual things with spiritual.
1 Corinthians 2:13
Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
We need to understand how to compare spiritual things with spiritual things. Keep searching until you get a clear picture of what truth is. Search until you get the sense of what you are reading. How did you arrive at your beliefs? Did you adopt them because your parents believed them, or because that’s what the church you go to believes?
These are the wrong way to decide what truth is:
· By what is convenient
· By tradition
· By reasoning
· By opinion
· By emotion
These will lead you astray. They will not lead you to truth.
2 Peter 1:20-21
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
You must come to the truth yourself. Each of us must come to the truth ourselves, but if it is truth, we will all come to the same conclusion. The scripture is not something we can interpret in our own little way. We don’t want to come up with our own little interpretations.
From that time forth began Jesus to show unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Peter told Jesus that he (Jesus) wouldn’t go to the cross. Jesus tells us that we all will face a cross and denial of self to follow him. Truth is not always the convenient way. Truth and conviction don’t cater to the flesh. Too many people look for an easy truth that costs them nothing. You can’t love one page of God’s word and not another. If all of our convictions are convenient, we have no convictions. Most of God’s word is pleasant and convenient, but parts of it require more of us.
1 Corinthians 1:22-24
For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
For the Jews, their tradition that the Messiah would be a literal reigning king, Jesus’ death became a stumblingblock. Their tradition caused them to deny Christ. We could fall into the same trap as well. Some ways that tradition can be a truth trap are:
1. Rejecting something as truth because it is a tradition. Some traditions are truth. Be careful about labeling something a tradition just so that you can reject it.
2. Rejecting all traditions that are un-Biblical. Some traditions may not be Biblical, but are still wise to follow. This is because they are a wise way to conduct yourself.
3. Accepting tradition in place of truth. Traditions become a problem when they are contrary to the word of God. (see Mark 7:9)
Our various backgrounds bring a multitude of traditions. When we place more importance on our tradition than on the word of God, we’re headed for trouble.
1 Corinthians 1:22-23
For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
Some of the Greeks also rejected truth. Their hang-up was reasoning. They were always hunting for something new. They contributed much to current math and sciences, but they reasoned themselves out of truth. To them it was absurd. We could fall into the same trap. We could start to understand, and then talk ourselves out of truth. One example of this is how some men read 1 Corinthians 11:14. (Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?) This is a truth, but we could try to reason it away. "Is it all men, or just men in that area?" One man reasoned it away by saying, "Well, male animals in nature are the ones with the long hair." The problem is, we’re not talking about beasts here; we’re talking about men. The simple fact is this: God said it. When God says something, we don’t have to reason it away, or prop it up with our reasoning, to determine whether it is truth.
The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
"Our fathers said… but you say…" which opinion is right?
"I feel like its okay." "I don’t feel like it’s wrong." It’s not about feelings, but it is about what you read in God’s word.
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
This is "deception protection." If we do what we hear and read, we’re protecting ourselves from all of these truth traps. If you read it and don’t do it, you’re setting yourself up for deception. Obey the word of God to the saving of your soul.