Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Our Truth is Meaningless, God's Truth is Everything

Our Truth is Meaningless, God's Truth is Everything 

Philip said to him, “Come and see.” JOHN 1:46 

He is always number five. In the lists of the apostles in the Gospels, Philip’s name invariably occurs in fifth place. Matthew, Mark, and Luke give no stories about him. In John’s Gospel, however, we see a glimpse of this shy man with tentative faith, who was determined to walk with Jesus. In John 6, Philip seemed anxious about where they would get enough money to feed the crowds, and later, before the Passover Feast in the upper room, he wanted more information, asking Jesus, “Show us the Father” (John 14:8). But Philip had a true missionary spirit and was always directing people to the Savior. He brought Nathanael to Christ in John 1, and some Greek pilgrims in John 12. According to the ancient historian Eusebius, Philip eventually became a great evangelist in Asia and was buried in Hierapolis after a lifetime of inviting people to come and see Jesus. We may be shy, may struggle with our faith, and may feel we need more information before we can be truly effective. But we can always say, as Philip did, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth. . . . Come and see” (John 1:45-46). The first impulse of a born-again Christian is to win somebody to Jesus. W. A. CRISWELL - Dr. David Jeremiah Turning Points with God

Philip and the other Disciples learned in 3 and a half years how to live.  They learned by letting go of their perception of truth and by grabbing a hold of God's truth. 

A life lived is one that's on the path that God's planned out.  It's the life of believers everywhere that are doing that which is their responsibility in the body of Christ. Using their Spiritual gifts as given.  Not attempting to use gifts that are not theirs to use. 

Living in the truth of God means letting go of our own truth.

Scripture says that there's a way that seems right to a man but it's end is destruction. Proverbs 14:12.

We live in a world where truth of each person is being forced upon others. Mere acknowledgment of another's truth isn't enough. You must openly support it with vigor. 

God's Word never teaches that. God's truth is freely given. It speaks to sin, to death, to salvation that also is free. 

Even social media platforms are trying to enforce ridiculous rules about truth.  You cannot even joke about something that's not 100 percent accurate sometimes without incurring penalties on those sites. Their supposed fact checks are absolute and you have no recourse. I know, I still have a month or so to go on being throttled in my viewership on one platform because of sharing a news article that was shown on that very same platform. 

In the streets you may face people who are determined to force their ideas of truth at you. 

Ludicrous things people today do continue. Removing historical things thinking it will make their ideas about truth more valid. 

God's truth has been proven in some of the simplest ways. In life and in death all know of God's existence. At death, the absolute truth of where you spend eternity is consistent. Rejection of Christ Jesus as your Savior sends you to Hell. Not in celebration, but in painful agony. Not in joy but in suffering, paying for the sins of their former life. Something that was unnecessary because of the free gift of salvation through the Way...Jesus.  Proof of God's truth is found in those who have believed and were saved who joyfully enter Heaven's gates. 

In this life we who are in Christ see daily proofs of God's truth in His answers to prayers.  To our embracing His promises. 
To our forgiveness of our sins by Jesus on a daily basis. 

We see the truth of God in the growth of people in Christ Jesus.  We know because the Truth is in us.  Jesus is THE Way, and THE Truth, He is also THE Life. Truly lived lives are those lived in the way He intended.  Philip, Andrew are a few who's biggest claim to fame is their pointing people to Jesus. 

The further proof of God's truth being truer than the world's truth is the transforming power of the Spirit of God. It's lives that are truly changing either instantly or over time, but it does happen. Every time. 

The Spirit of God was sent to teach believers all things. Truth is those in Christ really are being taught of the things of God. 

In Christ is the Truth about life and death. 
In Christ is the Truth about who we are in the scheme of things. 
In Christ is the Truth about mankind. 

We look for ourselves in God's Word in checking the facts. God's Word has been kept intact by the Spirit of God for thousands of years. 

Forced it is not. You can freely choose, but your choice cannot invalidate God's truth. 

God said the wages of sin, what we get for being in sin, is death. We are born with a death sentence against us.
God said that only the free gift of salvation through Jesus is able to wipe away that death sentence. 

My Dear Reader, if you haven't come to Christ, you haven't at all began to live. 
Your ideas about happiness and joy pale in comparison to what God's got in mind for you. 

If you have come to Christ, continue walking in His truth. We aren't promised days free of suffering or tribulations. We are promised that He would be with us through them. We are never alone. Abhor what is evil, cling to what is good. Romans 12:9.

"And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." Philppians 4:7.

God's truth is interwoven with peace. 
The world's truth is interwoven with anger and hatred at those who do not accept it.

What do you see in your life?  The Bible tells us that a good tree bears good fruit. That a bad tree cannot produce good fruit. 

If you aren't in Christ you cannot produce an acceptable life unto God.  Nothing you can do will be accepted unless you receive the free gift of salvation available only through Jesus Christ. 

Know today.  Know if you stand alone or in Christ.  There's a Heaven or Hell difference in the truth you reveal about yourself. 

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