Do You Love the Truth?

We are living in the days where if ever there is a time to be rooted and grounded in the word of God through the scriptures – it is now.  It is disconcerting to the amount of professing Christians, who do not take the words of scripture literally, and more so who do not take it to be their spiritual food.   Paul gives us a glimpse of what lies ahead, which I believe is now when we read-

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. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion that they should believe the lie that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.                  2 Thess2: 9-12

This is a very sobering reality that is seen today – among Christian communities!  Many do not truly understand that they are at risk – because they have not received the love of the truth.   Our privilege as Christians today, is that we have what is called the Holy Bible – contained within its pages are the truth.  If you were to learn the history of how the pages of scripture contained in the bible came to be compared to how accessible it is today, I think there would be a new sense of appreciation for it.  God has clearly preserved it and we are the recipients of having the whole counsel of God at our fingertips.

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.                                                                                       2 Tim 3:16-17

What is absent in many is biblical familiarity at best and importantly, contextual understanding, because of a reliance upon devotional materials to take the place of  bible reading and study.  Sadly the majority of professing Christians have never read the bible cover to cover let alone make it a regular daily practice to do so and for this reason and they put themselves at risk for being deceived (if they are not already).  Jesus said these words; “Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” in Luke 18.  How does one gain faith?  We are told –  ‘So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.’ In Romans 10:17.  You cannot have true faith, the kind Jesus is looking for if you do not have a love of the truth.  The truth is what reveals to us our path;  ‘Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.’ Psalm 119; 105.  The truth opens to us what is spirit and what is flesh or soul – essentially our conduct; ‘For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.’ Heb 4:12.  If we only cherry pick verses that suit us and our need at the moment, we truly are at risk to being deceived not to mention our motives are selfish.  This is why we have many Churches filled to overflowing with people who do not discern that the pastor is in absolute error.  To follow after teachers and leaders without having a knowledge of truth in our own studies sets up for this kind of people:

‘For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;  and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.’ 2 Tim 3:3-4

If any of us lack a love of the truth, this needs to be an alarm sounding to get back into the faith we profess.  Like in the natural, when we fill ourselves up with junk food and then sit in front of a table of nutritional rich foods – we will not desire to eat it and instead will only pick and choose what is appealing if at all.  Today, we have a plethora of media, books and articles that will tell us of biblical things and even teach us truths and principles but to rely on these as our truth is not wise.  If you find yourself struggling with reading the bible and find it ‘boring’ see this as the very reason you must begin reading it with commitment and diligence.

Let your morning read start from Genesis, and your evening read start from Matthew.  And any in between the day, read the Psalms and Proverbs start to finish.  Ask God to open your eyes and heart as you commit to read His story and in no time, you will be hooked.  Have a book, to write your thoughts, special verses that spoke to you, questions etc.  You will not only fall in love with the word, but you will fall in love even more with The Word; Jesus Christ!

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.  In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.                            John 1:1-5

And the Word became 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

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life-  the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us                                        1John 1:1-2

Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.  His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself.  He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.  Rev 19: 11-13                                                    

Addition:  I realize also, that many are well learned, skilled and have great knowledge of the scripture and miss Christ completely and live without Him.  We can look at the Scribes and Pharisees who continually contended with Jesus and did not recognize Him as their Messiah as evidence of this.  We must contain the Holy Spirit and allow Him to teach us in all things.  He is our teacher – NOT the pages in the bible.  It is He that brings things alive to us and opens our understanding.  There is much controversy regarding the validity of scriptures in the translation and interpretation, and this is why we must rely on the Holy Spirit’s lead.  Within the pages of scripture hold truth, that the Holy Spirit brings to light into us and we as believers – love the truth, for Jesus is our truth and He is the Word.  Who better to seek but Jesus, the Word – through His Holy Spirit.

See also:  Are You on Good Ground so you may Hear?  Repent or Perish!

 

An excellent teaching on this subject I highly recommend a series taught on the YouTube Channel LastTrumpetBlast called A Pure Language.

 

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  1. One area where many professing Christians don’t take the Bible literally is the account of creation. I have encountered a lot of people online who believe most of the Bible but who accept the belief the earth is millions of years old and don’t believe the days of creation are literal days.

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  2. […] It has been reported through various statistics that on average a very small percentage of Christians, approximately 20% read their bibles daily. Out of those still there are fewer who make it a regular practice to read it from cover to cover. In light of this we will say that approximately 90% of Christians do not have a full grasp of the knowledge that is contained in the pages of scripture. I call this group Christendom; though they be very committed and contain sincere love and belief in Jesus they do not necessarily follow Jesus Christ to know Him. What they do follow is an idea of belief, faith and love for Christ. An idea is basically flat, though it hold many great components it remains without life. You can pour into an idea to add to what it contains and be totally committed to growing your idea, be enthusiastic and even speak brilliantly on your idea’s subject. An idea always looks great on paper, but it isn’t until you put it into practice will its flaws be revealed. Because we have this vast number who rely on others to teach scripture and feed them Christian crumbles they are at risk for being deceived. I was once part of this group being quite devoted and well learned in all that was taught to me through others. I was no less passionate then I am now, only I was serving and adding to my Idea of Christ and not a reality of Him in my own life. The problem is not the learning from others in itself, but instead it lies in what we constitute to be our personal pursuit of Jesus Christ. Practically speaking, when you do not read the bible, from cover to cover – you will not gain the knowledge it contains, nor do you understand the context or historical value let alone learn who God is and His Son Jesus Christ. Alternatively, when we only read scripture as knowledge and do not put it into practice, it will remain only an idea unaffected to our lives. We can still be very lost and destined for hell in this place because we have not received Jesus Christ the Son of God – we received an idea. It is like being on a highway that is parallel to the main highway, it looks and feels like you are heading in the right direction, but you still are not on the right road. Deception is always near but not quite truth and will not easily be spotted to the untrained eye for it will look, sound and feel right, good and godly. For to hold to an idea as your faith in Christ cannot ever contain His life – His Spirit, His Power and His deliverance. The faith in the idea of Christ cannot ever know joy and peace nor can it ever receive His love to give it to others. The faith in the idea of Christ will only take you so far but not far enough. The faith in the idea of Christ will keep you in the world – to love it and to continue taking part in it and will also permit you to continue in the lusts of the flesh. You will also remain in your sin to be in bondage to it. Your faith is not alive. The faith and belief in the idea of Jesus Christ was never intended but unfortunately is the reality in Christendom. Where the intention of God is to give us true life through that of Jesus Christ and this must be experienced to become a reality and this is the work of God upon all who lay hold of Him, in Spirit and truth – and not as just a good idea to live by. See also Do You Love the truth? […]

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