2013-09-07 - Truth
Last week we discussed "worship" so this week we should be looking at "repent" but as I studied I thought of one thing that sits smack in the middle of these two truth. Worship leads us to truth and truth leads us to repentance.
John 4:23-24 (NASB)
Elsewhere scriptures tell us the truth will set you free. Repentance is about being set free free to then give your life to God to serve. State Farm has an commercial titled "State of the Internet" that talks about believing anything you find on the internet. In it the girl says, "They can't put anything on the internet that isn't true." She later winds up walking away with a "French model" that she met on the internet. Perhaps the internet isn't the best source of truth. That leads to a couple questions for us each to answer.
Let's look at three sources of truth.
John 14:6 (NASB) - Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
First, Jesus said I am the truth. What does that mean? There is no other way into the presence of God than by accepting the Lords death as payment in full for our sins. As Peter said, Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12) Jesus is the only remedy God has provided for mans sin problem. He is the only way to eternal life. This is truth. Obviously Jesus isn't walking around talking physically today so how do we know what words are true? How do we know what his words are. It is the truth proclaimed throughout the Bible.
Psalm 119:160 (NASB) - The sum of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting.
Second, the Bible claims to be the truth. Some copies of the Bible have the words of Jesus in red. Since Jesus embodies truth these words are true but the truth doesn't end there. The Bible claims that all of its contents are true. Many who are far more knowledgeable than myself in the area of apologetics can tell you how the Bible has been proven accurate on things so it has demonstrated itself to be truth-filled. And just where did the scriptures come from?
The answer to that question brings us to the third source of truth. The church claims to have the truth. It is the early church that determined what books belonged in the Bible and which did not based. It is the early church that studied the truth of scripture to judge whether or not speakers were speaking in agreement with the truth of the word. You can do the same: study. Understand what I teach verse what false religions like Islam, Hinduism, Mormonism or any other ism. Truth is never afraid of investigation; it welcomes it. Dont blindly accept what I say, study it out. Test it. Prove it. Truth holds true so Im not scared.
In the original sermon I read a few pages on trust and truth from a small book I found a few months ago entitled "Back to Basics". Trust goes hand in hand with truth because truth is what we can truly trust. Jesus is Truth with a capital T. You can trust him. What you do with the Truth will determine the direction and destination of your life. Max Lucado said it this way, "Truth will triumph. The Father of Truth will win, and the followers of truth will be saved."
The book mentioned earlier reads, "Know the truth and live it: Warren Wiersbe writes, 'Learning God's truth and getting it into our heads is one thing, but living God's truth and getting it into our characters is quite something else.' So don't be satisfied to sit on the sidelines and observe the truth at a distance live it."
Trust the Truth. As you worship God, you will be drawn closer to his truth and his truth will lead you to worship more intensely, repent more sincerely, and serve more gladly.
Author's note: This is based on a sermon preached to the Luthersville Baptist Church youth group on 8/28/2013. This is Part Two of a series based on three keys to the youth group's mission: Worship, Repent, and Serve.
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted