Proverbs 23:23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
Matthew 13:44-46 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!
This past Sunday’s Bible message began with a short video clip, it provoked a chuckle and allowed a current popular voice in our culture to confirm a fact about truth for me. The fact about truth is that it is objective and absolute. Man can’t change truth. My opinion that the world is flat would not change the truth that it’s round. A personal belief that you can fly will not change the truth of gravity and it’s affect on your body.
The greatest revelation of Truth comes from Jesus. He is Truth.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6
The most successful lives are those that have captured an eternal Truth, established by God in His Word and applied it to the daily practices of their life.
There are certain truths from the Word of paramount importance for everyone. In the context of the Bride of Christ, His Church, we call those truths “doctrines.” The followers of Jesus in the 1st century were accused of filling their city with the doctrine of Jesus (Acts 5:28). Wow! What a great indictment! May the church of the last century have that same testimony!
There are four areas of doctrine for the Church. They are:
1. The Godhead – Colossians 1:15-20/Christ Is Supreme
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through Him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see — such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
Everything was created through Him and for Him. He existed before anything else, and He holds all creation together. Christ is also the Head of the church, which is His body.
He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So He is first in everything.
For God in all His fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through Him God reconciled everything to Himself.
He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.
2. The New Birth – Acts 2:37-39 Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This promise is to you, to your children, and to those far away—all who have been called by the Lord our God.”
3. Making Disciples – Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
4. Separation from the World – II Corinthians 6:17-18 Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you. And I will be your Father, and you will be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”
Truth is always a bit controversial. Partly because truth doesn’t care what our opinion is. Let me address two that tend to generate the most discussion in Christianity.
The doctrine I’ve listed as fourth, Separation from the World, is often debated. Especially, when it comes to thoughts, values, apparel, activities, and conduct that the Bible clearly shows God is pleased by a distinction between the world and church. There’s no debate only a desire for distinction when it comes to the provision and protection of God. Ask Noah or his neighbors. Clearly, we must draw a biblical line of difference and live in the ark of God’s provision and protection. It won’t be rain next time.
The foremost doctrine and message of the church remains, Jesus. He is the Cornerstone of our faith. The Rock the builders rejected. That prophetic scripture was fulfilled during the life of Jesus, as established religion could not accept Who Jesus was (Psalm118:22,23; I Peter 2:7). Amazingly today, the parallel is true as well. Established religion, bound in it’s tradition of the trinity refuse to accept that in Jesus dwelt the fulness of the Godhead bodily (Colossians 2:9). When anyone truly sees Jesus, receives that first full revelation of Who He really is. Life can never be the same.
May the Church arise again to CHOOSE TRUTH! Not a one time decision made years ago at an altar. May it be a daily decision to practice the Truths God has revealed to us from His Word!
Fill your Jerusalem with the doctrines of TRUTH! Choose Truth!