“[Jesus] said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn around and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven!”
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
“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
“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 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
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?
Wat is de waarheid over God?
May the Lord bless you.
#God #truth #audio
“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
“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.”
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
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
“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
“Look, we have investigated this, so it is true.
Hear it, and apply it for your own good.”
Eliphaz gave Job the lowdown about the suffering patriarch’s situation. “Trust us!” he says. “We know what’s happening here!” They spoke mostly truth, but misapplied it in Job’s case.
We may know the Bible well, but may not apply it properly. Each person, in the end, is responsible to God. The Word is clear, but let us take care in how we tell people it must be applied.
#votd #Job #truth
“I am not saved. I’ve been lied to all
Those were the comments Kay Smith
made when she called me to say she had finished reading Muscle and a Shovel recently. I had given her a copy of the book Sunday evening after worship and she called Tuesday evening to say she had finished reading the book. Then she said, “I am not saved. I’ve been lied to all these years. I’m not saved.”
That had to be a stunning revelation for Kay when she read what the Bible teaches a person has to do to become a Christian and she knew she had not done it. I told her we could baptize her if she wanted to do it then. She said she wanted to study more and have some questions answered. She said, “I have pages marked and turned down in this book and I want to talk to you further.” We made an appointment to study with her the next day. After the study, Douglas left her with a list of Bible verses to study and read for herself straight from the word of God.
Sunday came around and I went to pick Kay up for Bible study. Immediately upon getting into the car, she pulled out pages torn from a small yellow pad filled with writing. She said, “I’ve written out each one of those scriptures you left with me.” Wow! I was impressed with her interest in studying the Bible. I asked if she was ready to be baptized and she said, “Yes.” Later when the invitation was extended at the end of the morning worship service Kay went forward and was baptized correctly for the remission of her sins. She said, “I’m going to live the rest of my life for Jesus Christ to the best I know how.”
Do you know what the Bible teaches about how to be saved? “Father, send us more people who are receptive to the truth of Thy Word.”
When one considers the thousands of preachers and priests in the world, it is obvious that most of them are not speaking for God because they teach conflicting things.
One man I baptized started reading the Bible because different priests in his own church were teaching contradictory things.
His reaction was: “Since the priests say different things, I will read the Bible for myself. What it says will certainly be right.” The first time I met him he said: “I don’t know where it will lead me, but I have decided to do what the Bible says.” I thought, “If he really means that, he will become a Christian.” And he did. Have we decided to do what the Bible says?
God’s word enables us to distinguish truth from error.
via There will be false teachers among you
#Bible #false-teachers #truth
“If anyone wants to do God’s will, he will know about my teaching, whether it is from God or whether I speak from my own authority.”
Jesus continues to answer the issue about how he could teach such powerful truths. The Lord affirms the possibility of knowing what teaching comes from God. But one must want to do God’s will to know it.
By what process do we know if Jesus’ teaching comes from God or not? What does Jesus affirm to be the objective of discerning his teaching?
#teaching #truth #VOTD
“I tell you the solemn truth, if anyone obeys my teaching, he will never see death.”
The Jews could not accept this claim of Jesus’, because they were disobedient to God’s will and did not belong to God, v. 47. They rightly understood that such a promise could only come from one who was greater than Abraham.
The condition that Jesus sets down is also rejected by many religious people today. They refuse to obey God in order to escape eternal death. But the Lord’s emphatic introduction calls attention to his statement, that cannot be dismissed nor twisted.
#obedience #truth #death #VOTD
An area congregation publishes a monthly bulletin for the city’s saints, called “I Love Jesus.” I went to speak there last month by request. My designated topic was biblical authority and instrumental music in worship. I began the first of two lessons with the sentence, “I love Jesus.” And because I love Jesus, I love the truth of Jesus, since he is “the way, the truth, and the life” Jn 14.6. Probably, not a few listeners caught my reference to the title of their bulletin. This year is, for me, the Year of Love. It might seem strange to some to talk about such topics as authority and instruments from a framework of love. But isn’t that the best (and maybe only) framework in which to treat them? And every other spiritual subject as well?
#love #worship #truth
“Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth.”
1 Corinthians 13.6 CSB
Paul’s chapter on love centers the discussion of the need for each member of the body (chapter 12) and the use of gifts for edification (chapter 14).
How does rejoicing in the truth manifest itself?
#love #truth #joy #VOTD