Thursday, April 24, 2014
Beliefs May Vary, But Truth Does Not
Truth is eternal.
You can not change the truth.
Truth trumps your beliefs.
"I did not speak in secret, in a land of darkness; I did not say to the offspring of Jacob, Seek me in vain. I the LORD speak the truth. I declare what is right." Isaiah 45:19 ESV
"These are the things that you should do: Speak the truth to one another; render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace, do not devise evil in your hearts against one another, and love no false oath, for all these things I hate, declares the LORD." Zechariah 8:16-17 ESV
"So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:31-32 ESV
"Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6 ESV
Explanation of John 14:6 from The MacArthur Study Bible, page 1571.
"14:6 This is the sixth "I am" statement of Jesus in John (see 6:35; 8:12; 10:7, 9; 10:11, 14; 11:25; 15:1, 5). In response to Thomas's query (14:4), Jesus declared that he is the way to God because he is the truth of God (1:14) and the life of God (1:4; 3:15; 11:25). In this verse , the exclusiveness of Jesus as the only approach to the Father is emphatic. Only one way, not many ways, exist to God, i.e. Jesus Christ (10:7-9; cf. Matt. 7:13-14; Luke 13:24; Acts 4:12)."
"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be know about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal men and birds and animals and creeping things.
Therefore God gave them up in their lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen." Romans 1:18-25 ESV
"to them we did not yield in submission even for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you." Galations 2:5 ESV
Explanation for Galations 2:5 from The MacArthur Study Bible, page 1743.
"2:5 we did not yield. Paul and Titus (v. 3) never budged from their position of salvation by grace alone through faith alone. truth of the gospel. The true gospel as opposed to the different (1:6-8) and false one propagated by the Judaizers (see note on Rom. 1:1)."
"and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved." 2 Thessalonians 2:10 ESV
Explanation for 2 Thessalonians from The MacArthur Study Bible, page 1807.
"2:10 those who are perishing. His influence is limited to deceiving the unsaved, who will believe in his lies (cf. Matt. 24:24; John 8:41-44). They perish in the deception because of Satan-imposed blindness to the truth of the saving gospel. Cf. John 3:19-20; 2 Cor. 4:4."
Let's pray: Dear Lord Jesus. Thank You for the truth. Thank You for Your gift of salvation. I pray that those who read the Bible will see the truth. I say these things in Jesus' name. Amen.