KNOW
THE
TRUTH

John 1:4 "In Him was life, and the life was the light of men."

John 8:32 "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

 John 14:6 "Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." 

MONTHLY LESSONS DESIGNED TO CONVERT.

 

APRIL, 2017 - NEW KING JAMES VERSION

“The Nature of Truth!”

2 Peter 1:3 “as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue”

If you look hard at this passage, God has not instructed us regarding the mundane daily tasks of life like; cooking, hygiene, home construction, etc… In the end, life is really not about these things!

Instead, God has given us the essential principles of life and godliness. If we take hold of what has been revealed, not only will we escape the corruption that is in the world, but we will also be partakers of the divine nature.

2 Peter 1:4 “by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

All of this is obtained and maintained in this life to an inheritance to be received; that cannot be taken away, only given up individually. How? By grasping the knowledge that God has supplied unto life and godliness! The knowledge of God empowers us to develop a Christian character (a character pertaining to Christ – the Master teacher); to literally develop godliness in our lives, which in turn produces a divine nature.

2 Peter 1:5-7 “But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.”

God’s word is literally a map of the environment of the human life, seen through the Divine perspective. It has been given to us to illustrate the singular Way for all men to come to their Creator.

John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

John 20:30-31 “And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.”

To know how to behave in His house1 Timothy 3:15 “but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.”

To know what sin is, and avoid it 1 John 2:1 “My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”

1 John 3:4 “Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.”

To accomplish everything good in this life, as prescribed by God 2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

To know eternal life1 John 5:13 “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.”                                                                  

WHAT AN AMAZING BOOK!

·        Truth is Absolute.

We need to understand that this Book is truth and that truth is absolute. I did not originate this story, nor do I know who did, but it makes a perfect illustration concerning the absolute nature of truth.

“A businessman was interviewing applicants for the position of divisional manager. He devised a simple test to select the most suitable person for the job. He asked each applicant the question, “What is two and two?” The first interviewee was a journalist. His answer was “twenty two”.

 The second applicant was an engineer. He pulled out a calculator and showed the answer to be between 3.999 and 4.001. The next person was a lawyer. He stated that in the case of Jenkins v. Commissioner of Stamp Duties, two and two was proven to be four. The last applicant was an accountant. The businessman asked him, “How much is two and two?” The accountant got up from his chair, went over to the door, closed it then came back and sat down. He leaned across the desk and said in a low voice, “How much do you want it to be?”

Unlike this humorous story, truth is not relative. Absolutes cannot be circumvented without great consequences; to both the public and the individual.

·        Application of Truth is Relative.

This is not a contradiction, it is based on the absolute nature of truth and where an individual is in knowing and obeying it.

In Acts, the question, “What must I do?” is asked twice; and answered in more than one way!

To believers, the answer is, “Repent and be baptized” Acts 2:37-38Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”
38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

To the completely unacquainted with the great story of Jesus, it is; “Believe on the Lord Jesus”Acts 16:30-33 And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
31 So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized.”

The absolute truth is that one must believe, repent, and be baptized to be saved, but what any individual needs to do at any point in their lives, is relative to the steps he has already taken! A believer does not need to believe for he has already done that, but he does need to repent. A repentant obedient believer does not need to repent, but be baptized and continue in the faith that comes from hearing the word of God (Romans 10:17).

Thus; truth is absolute, but the application is relative to the individuals understand based on truth!

·        Absolute Standard.

There is a standard by which to judge where we all will stand relative to absolute truth. To this end, it becomes necessary for every individual to not only know, but define these absolutes in order to apply them relatively to each of our lives.

We have to agree on the standard of absolute truth; and stop debating that everyone can interpret it individually in a different manner!

2 Peter 1:19-21 “And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; 20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”

God’s Word is the ultimate and comprehensive standard. By scripture we can judge every aspect of our being.

Hebrews 4:12 “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.”

The knowledge of God’s truth is objective and discernible and we must seek it regardless of the difficulty involved because only by knowing it and applying it can we become partakers of the divine nature!!!

No one can find true contentment in this life apart from the absolute truth of God’s Word!

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