READ: “God is spirit, and the people who worship him must worship in spirit and truth” Jn 4.24 NET.

THINK: The worship of God’s children must conform to his character, rational acts revealed by him. We do not choose how to worship him. As Sovereign, it is he who determines how we approach his presence. The must is what he requires of us. Continue reading

But we are meant to hold firmly to the truth in love, and to grow up in every way into Christ, the head.

Paul says we should commit firmly to the truth in love. We must not be unstable in that commitment, v. 14. We must adhere to, or “remain” in, the truth (Spicq TLNT). So our actions and words must show constancy in relation to truth. Continue reading

And they will turn away from hearing the truth, but on the other hand they will turn aside to myths.
2 Timothy 4.4 NET

When moderns call something a myth, we refer to a tale or story that is obviously untrue, a fiction created by primitives to explain their origins and give their existence meaning. It’s a word used today by look-down-the-nose superiors. Continue reading

Religion turned into market, appealing to the lowest passions. People look for churches that allow them to continue in sin or that feed their greed. These churches are not of God and do not lead to salvation.

And when you heard the word of truth (the gospel of your salvation) — when you believed in Christ — you were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 1.13 NET Continue reading

If Genesis 1 is poetry and therefore not historical, where does one stop with the judgments about what is and isn’t true history? Then Adam and Eve were not historical people. So that means Cain and Able must not have been real either? And Lamech? Or Noah?

In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day—on that day all the springs of the deep sea erupted, and the windows in the skies opened.
Genesis 7.11 CEB Continue reading

People of the world think the truth is too hard to tell others. So they don’t tell a dying person, for example, that he has little time left to live. They deprive the person of taking advantage of his last days on earth and preparing himself for eternity.

So then, have I become your enemy by telling you the truth?
Galatians 4:16 NET

Telling the truth to one needing to hear it is to be a friend. Paul saw the Galatians abandoning the gospel and losing their salvation. He had to tell them the true situation, so that something worse would not happen to them, the loss of God’s grace.

Ignoring the truth never contributes to a solution.

He who loves, tells the truth.

MotivationsTruth without sincerity is at the mercy of wickedness. Sincerity without truth wanders without direction, driven by personal desires of the moment. In the first case, we have a sad example in the Pharisees’ attack on Jesus.

Then the Pharisees went out and planned together to entrap him with his own words. They sent to him their disciples along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are truthful, and teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You do not court anyone’s favor because you show no partiality.
Matthew 22:15-16 NET

What they said was true, but they lacked sincerity. In this case, truth becomes an instrument of evil. Spiritual motivations are fundamental to the correct use of the truth.

The same abuse of truth is seen today, at times, among God’s people, when someone wants to grab power and wield influence.

In order that the truth might be liberating, a spiritual tool in the kingdom of God, we must repent of our ambitions and place each act and thought under the command of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The truth itself must be set free of our impure motives.

GospelYesterday, a pundit wrote that a politician understood something about governmental power: Use it or lose it. Jesus said that the people of the world often are more shrewd than the children of light (Luke 16:8). This use-or-lose principle is forgotten by Christians.

O Timothy, protect what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the profane chatter and absurdities of so-called “knowledge.”
1 Timothy 6:20 NET Continue reading