To carry the Truth in a world of relative truths is a burden and costly. It is not our truth but His!
It is not a set of dogmas, ideas, philosophical treaties or any other thing parading as truth, but a person: Jesus Christ!
He said of Himself: “I AM (emphasis mine, although Christ identifies Himself as I AM in other parts of the Bible) the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me (John 14:6).
He also is identified as the Word in the Scriptures. In the Gospel of John, Chapter 1, verses 1 and 14 it is written that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God…And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
The world will always hate us for preaching, teaching and believing the exclusivity of Christ. It represents that narrow road to salvation spoken of in the Bible, opposite to the world’s wide highway of perdition (Matthew 7:13-14).
That hatred represents the persecution awaiting true believers, for which Christ promises his blessing (Matthew 5:10, 10:22, 32-33; Revelation 2:10b), 26).
Someone once wrote that hell, like the grave, is never satisfied. They have an insatiable appetite for souls. The ruler of this world is the one in charge of both death and hell. That explains the whole thing about the highway to perdition being wide. He rules through warfare, lies and compromise, seduction and every evil thing.
Jesus said of him that “He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44).
As believers, let us not “hide our light under a bushel” (Matthew 5:15) but rather bravely speak the truth in love, His truth. People need to hear it. What they do with it is not up to us!
26 August 2015