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
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
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
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
“[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