THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH, AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH, AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

In a time of universal deceit
- telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

George Orwell

One of the greatest wars that has been fought in the history of the world started in the beginning of creation and is still one that is well ongoing today. The battle is fierce and many have died for the cause. What is this great war?

The war of absolute truth!

The battle began when man was first created and placed in the Garden of Eden by God, and God had told them they could eat of anything in the garden with the exception of the fruit of the tree of good and evil, and if they did, they would die. This is an absolute truth because 1) It came from God, who has no other over Him or who is greater than Him. 2) God does not and cannot lie.

By a very basic definition of absolute truth, it can be defined as such: Truth is something that is true at all times and in all places. It is something that is always true no matter what the circumstances. It is a fact that cannot be changed.

So God had spoken to Adam and Eve absolute truth, and God tested them on that truth, knowing full well what was about to happen. It is no accident or something that was beyond or out of God’s control by in His Sovereignty allowing Satan to be in the Garden of Eden. This is the first time absolute truth was tested and twisted, and Satan planted the seed of a very distorted and warped version of truth known as relativism.

Relativism, which asserts that all facts are merely relative to one’s perspective, which means it also changes from person to person and situation by situation. Look how Satan deceived Eve by twisting God’s Word.

The first is God’s commandment (absolute truth) to Adam and Eve found in Genesis 2:16-17 – And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

Now look how Satan twists what was said to deceive Eve by making what was commanded (absolute) to relative (what seems true and best for her).

Genesis 3:1-4 – He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.

Between Eve misunderstanding what was said (AND Adam never corrected her and was right there with her!) and Satan using that to his advantage as well, almost 100% of what God said was twisted and NOT absolute truth! God never mentioned a tree in the “midst” of the garden to Adam and Eve. Genesis chapter 2 does say that in verse 9 that God planted the tree of life in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, but God never told them in the midst (at least that we are aware of in His Word). See how Satan also says “Did God say..” as if almost implying, surely He did not say you could not eat.

We must ALWAYS be aware of Satan and how he still plants the seeds of relativism today.

See according to man’s finite wisdom and knowledge, over the years, this evil seed planted has taken root in many other forms labeled as truth, but they are not absolute. Remember what the definition of absolute truth is – Truth is something that is true at all times and in all places. It is something that is always true no matter what the circumstances. It is a fact that cannot be changed.

Here some examples of skewed absolute truths:


Authoritative truths – Example: A prominent economist predicts that there will be a global recession next year. (a person of authority, but using prediction to determine what they deem to be true, but it is not absolute). We are seeing this played out before our eyes today with this pandemic situation.

Personal truth – If I told you that you had to eat or you would die is an absolute truth, but I also did not specifically tell you want to eat, and you make that personal decision of what good nutrition and longevity are based upon your eating habits and food types, but ultimately we all still die some day, which is still and absolute truth. 

Empirical truths – Truth as confirmed by our experience, such as our senses, sight, smell, touch, hearing, taste. Water is wet, the sun is bright, but some would still debate they are not absolute truths. Say for example, a person who is completely blind and cannot see light at all would not know that the sun is bright, yet to others, it does not change the fact that it is bright.

Many times we argue truth just for the simple fact of wanting to be right about something. Take this example, snow is white. Well, in the world of color, there is a definitive and distinct color code for white, but there are also hundreds of varying hues and contrasts of the color white. Plus when it snows it also gathers impurities that are not seen by the human eye, thereby changing the color white.

So after all this talk about truth, this is why it is absolutely vital and of great importance that the true Christian get and understand the absolute truth from the Word of God. For if we do not tell the truth and share the truth the way God intended, we lead others astray mainly in relativism, which is what thousands believe in error today, because it is what they determine what is true for them, whereas the Christian is to following Christ.

John 6:63-65 – It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) 65 And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”

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LOOK ALWAYS TO THE SCRIPTURES

LOOK ALWAYS TO THE SCRIPTURES

We must especially watch and pray against the sins to which we are inclined. The written word of God is the surest rule of a Christian’s life, and by this rule we are commanded to be holy every way. God makes those holy whom he saves.

Matthew Henry

Remember when we were kids and and the cartoons and movies we watched many times presented characters that were good and evil, and just about every time good was always victorious. Too bad in the spiritual realm it is not that way, not yet any way.

I had a difficult time trying to figure out what to call today’s devotional, so I say we “Look always to the scriptures”.

As Christians, we must be different from the way, WAY different. We are supposed to think differently, act differently, speak to others differently, etc. Why? Because if we truly are Christians, we are filled and endowed with the Spirit of God! We are commanded to put off the old man, crucify the flesh, and put on the new man. Why would God save us from our sins and then expect us to stay the same? Granted, He could easily have some way of completely transform us into glory right here and now on earth, but He wants us to grow slowly, learn to be dependent on Him, trust Him, and praise and glorify Him. That is why we always need to be in the scriptures, studying, praying, seeking, that we would be less like the world and more like Christ.

When you study God’s Word in diligence and seek Him much in prayer, you will start to see  a chasm if you will, where the good and evil start to divide, you start to understand about comparing your life and contrasting it to the Word of God. 

James the author of the book of the same name, who was the half-brother of Jesus says it in a metaphor about looking into a mirror (which is the Word of God) seeing our sin, and then goes away and immediately forget what he (gender neutral) immediately forgets what he saw. One the other hand is the Christian, who intently looks (meditates upon) the law (Word of God), and to not only hear, but do what it says. The Bible is full of compares and contrasts, especially in the book of Psalms and the book of Proverbs.

If we are reading or hearing only, and not applying and growing, one of a few things is wrong. 1) The church you attend is not teaching the Bible, rather they are teaching the opinions of man. 2) You are not preparing yourself to receive the message that God wants you to hear. 3) You are not applying what you heard. These are the 3 basic, yet major things we as Christians need to be fed every time we gather as His elected people.

So remember, always go to the Word for all of your daily life needs, for God cannot lie and will always steer you to absolute truth, which is what this world desperately needs!

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WHO DO YOU TRUST?

WHO DO YOU TRUST?

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.

Corrie Ten Boom

Suffering is not fun! I know suffering, because that is what I was doing before that nice lady rescued me from my demise. I was neglected, malnourished, unloved, no one cared. All I was good for was to be raised for money for drugs and eventually be sold into slavery of being a bait dog for dog fighting.

Christians were made for suffering! Rather we like to believe that or not is between you, God, and His Word. If Christians were not made to suffer, we would have the good life with no problems whatsoever. Snap our fingers and God would give us our hearts desires. Glory be to God that He does NOT operate that way as so many false converts make Him out to be.

This mornings readings were in the books of First and Second Peter, and boy you want to talk about some suffering! We are even told beforehand that they will come in and during our lives. Now these words the Apostle Peter was writing to the persecuted Jewish, but is for our benefit as well. For we are one people under one God.

1 Peter 1:6 – In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials.

More importantly, we are not to be worried or focused upon these trials and tribulations (some say easier said than done), this is why we need to daily be dependent upon God for ALL things! We need to be in is Word, we need to be in prayer, we need to be seeking always to do His Will and honor Him, and we cannot do this if we do not fully trust God.

Many people struggle with this concept because they are trusting in who they might refer to as a “someone” or a “something” because they d not see God, they do not audibly hear God, and they may not be filled with the Holy Spirit of God. When one comes to faith, these are the things, the signs they do trust God, because they are given peace and hope by the Holy Spirit, words that comfort us that we do not have to worry anymore. We learn to trust a Savior who suffered far greater than any of us ever will. If we cannot trust in God, then there is no hope for us some day.

We need to get out of ourselves, our mindsets, our thoughts and learn God’s will, and yes, we will suffer, some greater than others. But when we think of suffering, we always think of the worst right away, but when we realize it is for our benefit and God’s glory, it is worth it. Say for a (bad) example, we quit using media. The suffering would be withdraws at first, but the benefits would be more time with God and less stress of the things going on in the broken world.

I leave this with you today. I highly encourage us all to read all of the book of 1 Peter, and ask God to show us how to live for Him, honor Him, suffer for Him, glorify Him. Ask Him to purge the things, the cares, the concerns of this world from us and that we seek to do His will and walk in the ways of holiness we are called to do in 1 Peter.


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A NEW HEART AND A NEW SPIRIT

A NEW HEART AND A NEW SPIRIT

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A New Heart and a New Spirit

Over the years of being a Christian and realizing more and more that we have nothing to do with our salvation, I have read many such scriptures, but by far, my favorite is Ezekiel 36:26-27.

Although it was a scripture for a particular people in a particular time, it also comes with a future promise for when the Holy Spirit is poured out among believer in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. Ezekiel 36:26-27

Here is the commentary from Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary on 2 Corinthians 3:1-11 – The law of Christ was written in their hearts, and the love of Christ shed abroad there. Nor was it written in tables of stone, as the law of God given to Moses, but on the fleshy (not fleshly, as fleshliness denotes sensuality) tables of the heart, Ezekiel 36:26.

Their hearts were humbled and softened to receive this impression, by the new-creating power of the Holy Spirit. He ascribes all the glory to God. And remember, as our whole dependence is upon the Lord, so the whole glory belongs to him alone. The letter killeth: the letter of the law is the ministration of death; and if we rest only in the letter of the gospel, we shall not be the better for so doing: but the Holy Spirit gives life spiritual, and life eternal.

(my observations) Notice the commentator says the law of Christ. This is the very one an same law that was given to the children of Israel through Moses. Note, it was the law of the Jew to obey, not the Gentile, for no man can truly obey nor fulfill the law, that is why God fulfilled His own law in the flesh of man through the God-man, Jesus Christ the Son. Matthew 5:17-18 – Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. However, we are still not off scott free, for we are to obey the law in love, love for God and love for our neighbor, and that is fully dependent on God the Holy Spirit that dwells and gives each true believer to be a Christ following Christian. We also see the response of Christ Himself when He responds to the question meant to trip Him up when the lawyer asks Him (Christ) both “What must I do” to inherit eternal life and who is my neighbor. Luke 10:27 – And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Especially see Paul’s references to love in Romans 8:4, 13:8, 13:10

The commentator does a wonderful job when he says their hearts were humbled and softened to receive this impression, but he also stops short of what that impression is. I can only assume since the prophet Ezekiel was preaching and admonishing a very hard-hearted, sinful, rebellious people (the children of Israel), Ezekiel is pointing out Israels sins against a Holy, Righteous, Judging God, whose wrath against sin has been storing up for many years. When we look in the context of modern day society, cannot the same be said of us who are the gentiles the Bible always speaks of? Imagine if you will if we only had half of a Bible, half a counsel of God, one where Israel had not yet rejected the Gospel of Salvation unto Christ and the law was to be kept. There would be no need of the Apostle Paul to write about the gentiles being grafted in in most of Romans the 11th chapter. Not only that, there would be no hope for you and I for eternity in heaven! Nothing but condemnation of hell for eternity! Romans 8:1-2 says “here is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” You and I would still be held accountable to the holding of the Ten Commandments each and every day. You and I would be held to obeying over 600 laws, animal sacrifices, going to the temple, etc. Christ came to fulfill all of those parts of the law, and we are set free in liberty to love Him for doing so, and to show love to our neighbors as well, by sharing the Gospel on what Christ has done for sinners. To show mercy to us who have been shown mercy, to be graceful to others as we have been shown grace.

These are the things the commentator sums up when he said And, which is conjoining the coming thought to the previous thought. This is a two part deal, one of which you cannot have part A without part B and vice versa. Our WHOLE dependence is upon the Lord. The Lord ALWAYS means a complete single in one person, yet three distinct persons each complementing one another in all things, and in all times. So it is the Holy Spirit, the person of God Himself, who is omniscient (all knowing), omnipotent (having unlimited power, able to do all things), and omnipresence (meaning God is and can be everywhere at the same time, AND is the only one who can).

This is summation and the culmination of the Gospel of Christ. The Word of God in law only is ineffective against stoney hard hearts, and is the very reason and purpose for the Gospel given, rich in grace and mercy. It is the Gospel that shows us the mirror of God’s law that we are completely and utterly incapable of keeping, and cannot save ourselves. The proud say their is no hell, no judgment, therefore I worry not and can save myself. Unfortunately, the will find out the truth and full counsel of God the hard way. It is only by the preaching of the Word of God in boldness and power that will go forth when we do so to glorify Him and whom He would save, and not anything we say or do. Even when we speak as I am now, it is in full dependence of God’s Word going forth. If it was not for me being saved, I would not care if others were, and sadly many who profess to be a Bible believing, born again, Holy Spirit filled, Christ following Christian, do exactly just that! They do not fully and completely love their neighbors as themselves. Sure, they may watch their house while the other is on vacation, borrow each others tools, stand at the fence-line talking about the recent big game or other worldly event, but they speak nothing of Christ or glorifying Him!

The Old Testament dispensation was the ministration of death, but the New Testament of life. The law made known sin, and the wrath and curse of God; it showed us a God above us, and a God against us; but the gospel makes known grace, and Emmanuel, God with us. Therein the righteousness of God by faith is revealed; and this shows us that the just shall live by his faith; this makes known the grace and mercy of God through Jesus Christ, for obtaining the forgiveness of sins and eternal life. The gospel so much exceeds the law in glory, that it eclipses the glory of the legal dispensation. But even the New Testament will be a killing letter, if shown as a mere system or form, and without dependence on God the Holy Spirit, to give it a quickening power.

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