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TRUTH & THE CHRISTIAN FAITH

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TRUTH IS LIKE THE FRESH SPRING OF LIVING WATER- YOU HAVE TO SEEK- IT THEN YOU HAVE TO DRINK.

One of the purposes for man is the "pursuit of truth"- but there are many snares, traps and tricks to prevent us from that Pearl of Great Price that is known as "THE Truth"

I. TRUTH IS THE BASIS FOR THE CHRISTIAN FAITH

John calls into special fellowship "All they that have known the truth" -II John 1:1

A. JOHN WAS THERE WHEN PILATE ASKED THE ULTIMATE QUESTION OF JESUS - "WHAT IS TRUTH?" JOHN 18:38

  • We have great argument- Where do we come by the truth- A teacher, intuition, sensation, revelation?
  • We have developed the "Scientific Method", searched for truth in experiments, computers, machines
  • But men are not satisfied- have turned to exploded sensation through drugs, Astrology, Myths

B. HAD PILATE WAITED, HE COULD HAVE HEARD JESUS ANSWER, "I AM THE WAY, TRUTH, LIFE." Jn 14:6

  • Men try cold logic, hot feelings, strange intuitions, -pills, strange religions, death-
  • Jesus wept because- "ye will not come to me that ye may have life." Jn 4:40, 6:67-69
  • The ultimate Truth is found in the Ultimate Reality- JESUS CHRIST -I urge you- seek Him & live

C. THE BASIS OF ETERNAL TRUTH IS FOUND IN JESUS CHRIST, AND ONLY IN HIM IS TRUE FREEDOM -Jn 8:31

  • Let me introduce you to Jesus Christ, believe me- He is Truth; when you meet Him- you know it.
  • If you listen to His Word, try it, and continue in His Word, you are His disciple- of truth
  • The only freedom comes from knowing this truth- v.32, sets you free from sin, self, & Satan

Unless you receive Jesus Christ as your Saviour- you are as as ship without a compass in a storm.

II. TRUTH IS THE MOTIVE FOR CHRISTIAN WALK

John based his love for the Elect Lady - "For Truth Sake"! This should be the basis for all walk

A. JOHN REVEALED THAT GOD'S DEMANDS FOR OUR ACTIONS INVOLVE "LOVE IN TRUTH AS DEED" *I Jn 3:18

  • We harped on love in Deed, know that the only pure motive is TRUTH! We must love truth & abide
  • Truth brings to the light!  I warned about love that must seek darkness, hidden- not truth!
  • The motive for our love for each other- "For Truth's Sake" -- Jesus combines Grace & Truth- warmly

B. THE GREATEST JOY FOR A CHRISTIAN IS TO HEAR THAT THE CHILDREN WALK IN TRUTH- II Jn 4, III, 4

  • In early days- the Family, Church, School- all to train children to walk in the truth- joy.
  • But today Parents cheat; Churches seek different truths, Schools deny truth, or cop out- drugs
  • Put aside confusion, search God's Word, Put into your life the practice of Word of Truth!

C. GOD DEMANDS THAT OUR LIVES BE IN DEED AND TRUTH, BUT ALSO TRUTH IN THE INWARD PART- Ps 51:6

  • God demands right behavior- and He rewards it; So men act civilized for its rewards- phonies.
  • God also demands the heart be right- Inward honesty & truth! Unsaved men cannot find this
  • The right motive- Truth! Place this before you as a compass - with heart and action follow it.

Is your heart moved by truth?  If not, it will be moved away from truth to your own hurt.

III. TRUTH IS THE HOPE FOR CHRISTIAN STRENGTH!

We need not only men who hold the truth, -but men whom the Truth holds!  Possessed by Truth

A. PAUL FEARED THE GALATIANS WOULD BECOME HIS ENEMY BECAUSE HE TOLD THEM THE TRUTH - Gal 4:16

  • There are eternal truths in moral values! These have always been under attack by Satan.
  • The breakdown of our laws & justice does not excuse you from truth- for God keeps books on you.
  • But obey- not because there is a policeman at the corner- but because truth holds your heart.

B. WE HAVE DEGENERATED FROM THE TRUTH TO WHERE ISAIAH CRIED "TRUTH IS FALLEN IN STREETS" 59:14

  • We are in a Political year- "Credibility gap;" Communist seem united in lies- we divided.
  • Uncertain trumpets, Legalize Marijuana, Easy Abortions, Free Porno, lies about the ecology (Canyon flooded?)
  • Jer 5:1 searched for a man who would "seek the truth" - Only way to save America - find a man!

C. BUT IN REALITY WE CAN DO NOTHING AGAINST THE TRUTH, ONLY FOR THE TRUTH LASTS * II Cor 13:8

  • The choice is easy- Only the truth survives- if you want anything lasting- choose truth
  • We cannot break God's laws- we can only break ourselves against them! Judge your conduct by it
  • Will you- for sake of yourself, family, church, country- choose & follow truth- in strength.

Truth is strong, come within its fortress, and you will be strong, too!

SO WHY NOT PRAY WITH THE PSALMIST (25.5) "LEAD ME IN THY TRUTH... GOD OF MY SALVATION"

  • Until you come to Jesus in faith- you cannot know the truth in the midst of a world of error
  • Until you obey His commands, you cannot walk in the truth- truth demands discipline- obey
  • Christian truth is the only thing worth giving your life and service for.