Who are false brethren?

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

Now this matter arose because of the false brothers with false pretenses who slipped in unnoticed to spy on our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, to make us slaves. But we did not surrender to them even for a moment, in order that the truth of the gospel would remain with you. Galatians 2.4-5

Sometimes you have to take a stand. You have to defend the truth against people who come into the meeting either twisting the truth or with false intentions. Their desire is not to build up a congregation. It is to distort and divide.

Paul called such people false brethren. These do not enter a place speaking their falsehoods clearly. Most often they slip in without anyone knowing the damage that is about to be done. Their teachings come out a little at a time, many times in the form of doubts and questions. Paul said their aim was to make slaves. In the Galatian churches, it was the teaching that to be a good Christian, you have to also follow the law of Moses.

Truth is important. There is only one source of that truth, God’s word. We need to be diligent to know what it says and to understand what it means. Paul stood firm in his defense of the gospel. We need to do the same.

Do you know the word well enough to know when someone is teaching something that is contrary to truth? If not, why not? Peter said that we need to be prepared to give answers to questions about our hope, 1 Peter 3.15. That also applies to defending the truth.

#risingjoy #Galatians #truth

Is everything relative today?

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

I have given them your word, and the world has hated them, because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but that you keep them safe from the evil one. They do not belong to the world just as I do not belong to the world. Set them apart in the truth; your word is truth. Just as you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world. John 17.14-18

Everything is relative today. Whether something affects me or not is relative to my situation and the circumstances surrounding it. So something considered to be true may or may not be relative to my situation. Are you confused yet?

Jesus states clearly what truth is. God’s word is truth. It is not relative. It is applicable to everyone. He first gave that word to his disciples who became his apostles. They went out teaching the word and many times were rejected and mistreated because of what they taught. Generally, it is not the message that the world wants to hear. The world does not want to submit to God, therefore obedience is considered absurd.

Jesus did not call the apostles back from spreading the word of truth. He did not pray that they be taken out of the world, but that they be kept safe from the evil one. When we have problems today, we often pray that the Lord will remove the problem. Perhaps a better response would be to pray for protection from the evil one and wisdom and strength to continue standing for our faith in the midst of the storm.

#risingjoy #John #truth

Hugh’s News & Views (Buy The Truth . . .)

BUY THE TRUTH AND SELL IT NOT

The above title is a direct quote from Proverbs 23:23. Truth is vital in every arena of life, but no more so than in religious and spiritual life.

God “brought us forth” as His children “by the word of truth,” (James 1:18). We purified our souls “in obeying the truth … the word which by the gospel was preached to you” (I Peter 1:22-25). In prayer to His Father, Jesus said, “Thy word is truth” (John 17:17).

To “buy the truth and sell it not” means to make whatever sacrifice is necessary to come to a knowledge and understanding of God’s word (His truth), and, having done so, to never under any circumstances abandon it. Continue reading

#hughfulford, #truth

We will know

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

The one who says “I have come to know God” and yet does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in such a person. But whoever obeys his word, truly in this person the love of God has been perfected. By this we know that we are in him. The one who says he resides in God ought himself to walk just as Jesus walked. 1 John 2.4-6

Do I know God? Do I keep his commandments? My answer to these two questions has to be yes. I cannot say the first without doing the second without being called a liar. Even worse, the truth is not in such a person. Can we truly know what the truth is? Some would tell us that it is relative to the person and the perspective changes according to the individual. The Bible disagrees with this perspective. Jesus said in John 8.31-32 that we can know the truth. Furthermore, he tells us what the truth is. It is his teaching that came from God to Jesus that he passed on to his disciples. If we continue in his teachings, he tells us that we will know the truth. Better yet, that truth will set us free! It sets us free from the bondage of sin in our lives. When I obey God’s word, his love reaches maturity in my life. Can I know that I am accepted by God without a doubt? Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 11.1 to be imitators of him just as he imitated Jesus. Yes, it is possible to imitate Jesus. It is not only possible but necessary. If I want to remain in God and have the certainty that I am accepted by him, I must follow in the footsteps of his son Jesus.

#risingjoy #1-John #truth

Hold firm

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

Then Jesus said to those Judeans who had believed him, “If you continue to follow my teaching, you are really my disciples and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8.32-33

Jesus is speaking to the Jews who had believed in him and his teaching. He stresses the importance of continuing to follow his teachings. With Jesus, it is not just say a little prayer and you will be all right; then go your merry way. No, with Jesus, we must continue to listen to what he says and practice it. It is a never-ending commitment to follow in his steps. That is not always easy. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15.2 that we are being saved by the gospel that he preached if we hold firm. We must hold on otherwise we believed in vain. The truth is with Jesus. He is the source of truth. The writer of Hebrews tells us that even Jesus had to learn obedience through suffering, Hebrews 5.9. He is the source of our salvation to all who obey him. I need to know what I need to do to obey him. There is only one place to turn. I learn what I need to know through his word which I find in the Bible, more specifically in the New Testament. It is in these words that I will find hope in the midst of despair and courage in the midst of fear. I will also find truth in the midst of relativity. Truth is what will set me free!

#risingjoy #John #truth

Hugh’s News & Views (Texts In Tension)

TEXTS IN TENSION

(Note: An additional point was added to this essay after it was posted to four church websites early on Monday, February 10. The complete article as received by subscribers to my “News & Views” and as will be posted to my Facebook page follows).

In reading the Scriptures it is important to know that different texts often emphasize different truths about the same subject. Rather than being contradictions, they are inspiration’s way of teaching important lessons that complement the whole of God’s instructions to mankind. I refer to these as texts in tension. While the texts may seem to set forth opposing ideas, none of the texts is exclusive of the other, but all of them set forth essential truth about the subject under discussion when studied in their context. A study of some of these texts in tension should prove beneficial. Continue reading

#context, #hughfulford, #truth

Knowing truth

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us insight to know him who is true, and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. This one is the true God and eternal life. 1 John 5.20

True. Let’s hammer it home. John uses this word three times in this verse. He states that the coming of Christ to the earth to live and die is fact. We know. There is no doubt. Of course, this apostle walked with Jesus while on this earth. He should know. Jesus helps us to understand who God is. He has given us insight to know him. God is true. When we are baptized, Galatians 3.27 says that we are baptized into Christ, so we are in him who is true. We are in Jesus Christ. 1 John 5.11 tells us we have eternal life in Jesus. He is the true God and eternal life. I have talked with people who do not believe that Jesus is the true God. They believe he was just another good man among many. But not really all that special. Most of the time I find that these same people have never read the Bible to understand who Jesus is and what he came to do. They will not experience eternal life or even truth without the correct knowledge of who Jesus is and the God that he reveals. They will live a lie basically depending upon someone or something that is false. God made himself known through Jesus and he is true. Knowing truth brings joy!

#risingjoy #1-John #truth

I tell you the truth, Matthew 18.3

“[Jesus] said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn around and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven!”

Matthew 18.3

Jesus is the great truth-teller. There is absolute, objective truth to tell. He wants to get our attention. Pride and desire for greatness will keep us out of heaven.

Am I a truth-bender? Do I justify my competitive spirit? Do I make myself the center of all? Am I Jesus’ follower or judge? Have I turned myself around?

#votd #Matthew #truth

We are all members of the same body, Ephesians 4.25

“So then, get rid of lies. Speak the truth to each other, because we are all members of the same body.”

Ephesians 4.25 GW

Lies do harm. Honesty blesses others. Why then do harm to yourself by lying, since Christians all belong to the body of Christ?

Some people disfigure parts of their bodies. We wonder why they would do this. But many Christians harm Christ’s body with dishonesty and hypocrisy.

#votd #Ephesians #truth

It hurled truth to the ground, Daniel 8.12

“The army was given over, along with the daily sacrifice, in the course of his sinful rebellion. It hurled truth to the ground and enjoyed success.”

Daniel 8.12

Daniel prophesied of the last days, when the temple worship would be desecrated. The verb “hurl” here in context connotes violence and force. At times, sin gains the upper hand.

How is truth cast down today? Am I guilty of doing so? Or, am I a witness to it? Does seeing truth defeated in a situation discourage or dismay me?

#votd #Daniel #truth

Roy Davison: What is the truth about God?

New lessons on this topic are in the Old Paths Archive. Sadly, some of our young people are turning away from God and into immorality. Pray with me that this lesson will be helpful to some.

What is the truth about God?
http://www.oldpaths.com/Archive/Davison/Roy/Allen/1940/god.html

Wat is de waarheid over God?
http://www.waarheidovergod.nl

May the Lord bless you.
Roy Davison

#God #truth #audio

Lead me in your truth and teach me: Psalm 25.5

“Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.”

Psalm 25.5 ESV

In this acrostic psalm, David prays to be delivered from foes and confesses his sins. To arrive at truth, he needs God’s leading and teaching. The first verb “consistently refers to God as he leads the righteous in straight paths” (TWOT).

Truth is not an inner discovery, but an external objective to be reached by seeking God. That process is sought today through the Scriptures. Have you read your Bible today?

#votd #Psalms #truth

All truth: John 16.13

“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. For he will not speak on his own authority, but will speak whatever he hears, and will tell you what is to come.”

John 16.13

God’s revelation was not left to chance. Jesus sent the Spirit to reveal “all truth” to the apostles, who in turn preached and wrote it for all people to follow.

If God gave us all truth, we ought to obey and follow it all. Part of the truth is no truth at all. Partial obedience is disobedience. Let’s be guided by all God’s truth.

#votd #John #truth

‘Spiritual worship’ in Romans 12.1

Romans 12.1-2 introduces the practical part of Paul’s letter and offers a framework to understand what follows. The last phrase of verse 1 has been variously translated. In 1993, David Peterson published “WORSHIP AND ETHICS IN ROMANS 12” in the Tyndale Bulletin. What follows is a quote from it.

If Paul’s expression is translated ‘spiritual worship’, there is a danger of accenting the inwardness of Christian worship and not taking sufficient account of the fact that we are to yield our bodies to God’s service. There is no doubt from passages such as 1 Corinthians 12:3; Ephesians 2:17-22; Philippians 3:3 that the Holy Spirit facilitates the worship of the new covenant era, but that does not mean that we are compelled to translate λογικὴ λατρεία as ‘spiritual worship’. On the other hand, ‘rational worship’ may only suggest a contrast between the offering of rational beings and the sacrifice of irrational animals. The mind is certainly central to Paul’s perspective here, but the focus is not simply on rationality. The service he calls for is the obedience of faith expressed by those whose minds are being transformed and renewed by God, so that they may no longer be conformed in lifestyle to the values, attitudes and behaviour of ‘this age’ (Rom. 12:2; cf. Col. 3:9-10; Eph. 4:22-4). Consequently, it may be best to read ‘understanding worship’, and to recognise from the context that this means ‘the worship which is consonant with the truth of the gospel’,13 [Cranfield] or the service rendered by those who truly understand the gospel and its implications.

#Romans #quotes #worship #truth

The teaching of Christ

“Everyone who goes on ahead and does not remain in the teaching of Christ does not have God. The one who remains in this teaching has both the Father and the Son.”

2 John 9

False teachers denied the truth about Jesus’ deity. People who affirm such falsehoods are rejected by God. They should not be accepted by God’s people either.

To please God, we must not promote or help people who teach what is wrong. Only his truth can save. Let us be wise to know God’s word.

#votd #truth #doctrine