Six Traits Of Truth - Word and Sword

Six Traits Of Truth - Word and Sword

Psalm 119:60 Your word is true from the beginning and every one of your righteous judgments endures forever. We are the buy the truth and not sell it (Prov. 23:23). We are judged by the truth (Ps. 96:13- he will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples with His truth). We are saved by Truth (Jn. 8:32- you shall know the truth and it will set you free; 2 Thess. 2:10- those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth that they might be saved. We are sanctified by truth (Jn. 17:17- sanctify them by your truth, your word is truth). If we reject the truth we will be condemned (2 Thess. 2:12- that they might all be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Six Traits Of Truth TRUTH IS ALWAYS NARROW Mathematical Truth is narrow- 2+2=4 no more and no less. Any attempt to argue otherwise is erroneous. There are many wrong answers but there is only one right answer. Scientific Truth is narrow- water freezes at exactly 32 degrees. There are thousands of temperatures at which it does not freeze. Historical Truth is narrow- any given event happened in one way. There are thousands of ways in which an event did not happen. Example- John Wilkes Booth killed Lincoln at Ford Theater in D.C. Lincoln was shot in the head- he was not stabbed Geographical Truth is narrow- Atlanta is south of Chattanooga

6 TRAITS OF TRUTH Every Kind of truth is narrow including Spiritual Truth. 2 Peter 2:15- Peter speaks of the way of salvation as being the way of truth and the right way Matt. 7:13,14- Enter by the narrow gate, for wide it the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction and many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult the path leading to life and there are few who find it. Eph. 4:4-6- One body, one Spiritone hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all. While it is true that every kind of truth is narrow, it does not follow that anything that is narrow is truth. 2+2=5 is narrow also, but it is just not true. We must guard against believing that we must be more narrow than Gods word allows in order to be faithful or that being the narrowest person in the world makes us somehow more holy- This is what the Pharisees thought. We cannot bind where God did not bind. Some things are Rom. 14 issues (meat, days).

6 TRAITS OF TRUTH TRUTH IS ALWAYS CONSISTENT. One truth never contradicts another truth. Lincoln died April 16, 1865 A report that he met with President Trump yesterday is inconsistent with the facts- therefore not true. Scientific truth never contradicts other scientific truth. Something cannot come from nothing- this is one of the reasons we reject evolution Spiritual Truth- 1 Cor. 14:33- God is not the author of confusion but of peace as in all the churches of the saints. Justification by faith only cannot be true. See James 2:24. Being saved by faith- being saved by repentance- being saved by confession- being saved by baptism- being saved by grace are not contradictory truths but consistent truths. No one of these alone saves anyone

6 Traits Of Truth TRUTH IS NOT DETERMINED BY WHO BELIEVES IT. Ptolemy said the sun revolves around the earth. He was a brilliant man but what he believed on that fact was not true. The Catholics took the same view at one time, but that did not make it true. Spiritual Truth is not determined by who believes it. The Jewish leaders rejected the teaching of Jesus. Jn. 7:45- 48- the officers answered no man ever spoke like this man. The Pharisees answered- Are you still deceived? Have any Of the rulers of the Pharisees believed in Him. The crowd that does not know the law is accursed. 1 Cor. 1:26- not many worldly wise, nor many mighty men, nor many noble are called. Generally they reject Him. Do not defend a position you hold by citing what some man, denomination, or numerous crowds of people believe as your proof- Study the Scripture for yourself. You can know the Truth and it can make you free.

6 TRAITS OF TRUTH TRUTH IS NOT DETERMINED BY HOW MANY BELIEVE IT What Ptolemy believed was believed by the majority of the people 1500 years ago-but that did not make it true. The prominent view of Columbus day was that the earth was flat and that if you sailed far enough you would fall off of the world. That did not make it true. In Genesis 6 only eight people believed the truth (2 Pet. 2:5). In Jeremiahs time few if any were going to heed his words, but some did. The majority did not and they perished (Jer. 5:1ff). Instrumental Music (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16)- Majority of religious people reject Social Gospel- Majority believe it. Gospel does not authorize it. MDR- majority of people believe it does not matter and that marriage is not to be permanent, that does not make them right scripturally. Our attitude must be Rom. 3:4- let God be true and every man a liar.

6 TRAITS OF TRUTH THERE IS NO SAFE SUBSTITUTE FOR TRUTH Truth cannot be replaced with error. The consequences can be tragic. Rom. 1:24,25- God gave them up to uncleanness in the lusts of their hearts to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. 6 TRAITS OF TRUTH TRUTH IS SOMETIMES OFFENSIVE Secular Truths are sometimes offensive. History records some offensive truths about the Germans under Hitler and the atrocities Scientific truths offend those who espouse theories that are disproved. Spiritually many religious people are offended by the gospel message.

The Truth is still the truth no matter who it offends. Mt. 15:1-2- The Pharisees criticized Jesus because his apostles ate with unwashed hands. This violated their traditions. While it may be hygienic to do this, but not required as a spiritual necessity. Mt. 15:11- Jesus answered and his answer offended the Pharisees (v.12). Jesus did not apologize vv. 13-14- blind lead blind both fall into pit. Every gospel truth is offensive to someone. We must speak the truth in love (Eph. 4:15)- this involves reproving, rebuking and exhorting (2 Tim. 4:2). If preaching to truth with love, sincerity and honesty offends- so be it. These truths will be what all will be judged by on the judgment day. Conclusion There is one true God ( 1 Thess. 1:9- turn to God from idols to serve the true and living God). There is a true light (1 Jn. 2:8- The darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining).

There is one true vine (Jn. 15:1- I am the vine and you are the branches There are true worshippers (Jn. 4:23- the hour is coming and now is that true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth). On Judgment Day we will be judged by the Truth of Gods Word. There will be no consolation in living like the majority did No consolation in living in accordance with the prevailing teachings and philosophies of men. Your eternal destiny will be determined by whether you walked in truth or not. No passage teaches salvation in religious error. We must renounce error and obey truth.

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