Saturday, July 4, 2015

Nothing BUT The Truth!

If you love the Truth . . . then you love that Jesus was compassionate and merciful to sinners when He met them in the flesh, walking the earth . . . and you also love that God is a perfectly just judge Who hates sin . . . and "hates the hands that shed innocent blood" . . . He hates "haughty eyes, a lying tongue". . . . He hates "a false witness who breathes out lies".  (Prov. 6:17, 19).  You love that He loves, and love that He hates . . . as His Word reveals.

If you love the Truth . . . you love the Holy Spirit, Who is a person and Who convicts us of our sin.  You love the shame and guilt He causes brought by the Truth, caused by the Spirit when He shows you your corrupt, fallen nature.  You also love the comfort and guidance He gives when He reveals to you that you are saved by the gracious, fully effective sacrifice of the Lamb.  (John 16:8, 14:18, 15:26)

If you love the Truth . . . you love that God designed a chosen people and set aside for them a "promised land" (Gen. 15:18-21).  You love that God caused plagues on Egypt and its rulers for not releasing the enslaved chosen of God, including the killing of all Egypt's "firstborn" . . . where He ordered "Every firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne to the firstborn of the female slave who is behind the handmill, and all the firstborn of the livestock."  (Ex. 11:4-5)

If you love the Truth you love that Jesus personally, compassionately healed lepers, cripples--the lowest of society . . . that He loved and sought the protection of little children and that He ministers to and comforts you even now.

If you love the Truth you also love that He, God--because of its sexual perversity, along with its inhabitants' haughtiness, gluttony, and hardness of heart toward the poor--utterly destroyed Sodom with a rain of brimstone and fire, leaving it a desolation to this day.

If you love the Truth . . . you love that God saved some (His church, His children) from His own wrath against the global sinfulness and disobedience of this fallen world's inhabitants . . . and that He did it by sacrificing His own son as a propitiation for divine justice's demands . . . and you love that He intends an eternal paradise to harbor those saved where they will live together in glory, in Godly perfection.  If you love the Truth you also love that God makes a place of punishment--an eternal fire for "the devil and his angels" and for "those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus" who "will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power."  (Matt. 25:41, 2 Thess. 1:8-9)

If you only love some of the Truth (assuming even that much) but reject other facets of the Truth . . . you lack faith.  You show your mistrust of God and His ultimate goodness, holiness, perfection.

It is a good barometer of where you stand in faith which depends on how much of the Truth you love.  If you love only part of the Truth, perhaps you really don't love the Truth at all but instead love a false picture of the Truth, which means you love a lie.  As a disciple of the Truth, it is incumbent to love the whole Truth and nothing but the Truth.  Praise God!  I pray that myself, and any professing disciple of The Master, Who IS the Truth . . . learns to love the whole Truth and nothing but the whole Truth, amen!

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