Bible Lesson 185

GOD’S TRUTH AND IT’S CONSEQUENCE

Jesus Christ, in His High Priestly prayer, prayed to the Father, “Sanctify them (the saved then and now), by Your Truth. Your Word is Truth” John 17:17

“THE BEST WAY TO SHOW THAT A STICK IS CROOKED, IS NOT TO ARGUE ABOUT IT OR TO SPEND TIME DENOUNCING IT, BUT TO LAY A STRAIGHT STICK ALONGSIDE IT.” D.L. MOODY

We will begin this lesson by remembering the question that was posed to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ as He stood before the ultimate Roman authority in Judah. We can read the gospel of John and we will find that Jesus Christ, the only hope for mankind in this world, was betrayed by Judas Iscariot, accused by the Sanhedrin and sentenced to death on the Cross by Pontius Pilate, who was the Roman Prefect in Judea from 26-36 A.D. Pilate had asked Jesus, if Jesus was a King, and Jesus answered “You say rightly that I am a king.

For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” Then Pilate said to Jesus, ‘What is truth” (John 18:37-38). That is the question for today and for eternity,’. what is truth’ In this lesson we will use the Word of God to prove that Jesus Christ could have said to Pilate’..You are looking at truth: because Jesus was the truth that matters to every man’s soul.

Jesus Christ has always been the epitome of truth. He is referred to as the ‘Word of God’ (which is truth); as ‘The Truth’; as being full of grace and truth. (John 1:1-5; John 14:6; John 1:14). Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God was perfectly True, without any variance or hint of a lie.

Christ spoke of Himself when He said to an assembly of Jews in John 8:30-32, “If you abide in My Word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” We know that Jesus came to the earth on a mission from His Father, God.

And that mission was to teach mankind about the Father, concerning what God was doing and would do in bringing His Creation and His Creatures into a saving knowledge of Himself and His will for man. Jesus did not come to set up His own Kingdom; but to point men to the Kingdom of The Father. Jesus came to establish, and in some sense to institute the Kingdom of God in the hearts and minds of those who would come to Faith in Him, and what He would do on Calvary. Jesus tells us clearly in John 7:16, “My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me”. Jesus Christ as the 2nd person of the God-Head, referred to as the Son of God, left the glory and beauty of heaven to come to this earth on a Mission from God, The Father.

He did not cease to be God when He left heaven, but instead came to us through the womb of a Jewish virgin named Mary, as the God-man Jesus Christ. His birth was a supernatural act of God from beginning to the end, and Mary carried Him for some nine months and gave birth just as your mothers and mine gave birth to us. He took on the form and flesh of mankind (Just like you and I). He was perfectly man but perfectly God ( He was called the God Man, God with us). He had the nature of man revealed, and the nature of God concealed, and He lived just like us for approximately 33 years. Why did He need to spend those years on the earth’ Because that was God’s plan and it allowed Jesus to suffer pain, hunger, thirst, disappointment, stress, and the temptations of Satan. He did all of that so that He could understand what man suffers while living here on the earth, in order to be our great High Priest in heaven. You and I will never experience any test, trial, or temptation that our Lord and Savior has not already suffered, we will never be in the valley of the shadow of death that He has not walked there before us.

He knows our weaknesses and our desires and our pain and our temptations; because He suffered them Himself in His Flesh as he walked on this earth. The difference between Jesus Christ, in the flesh, and you and I is that He never committed one sin. He came to the earth as the sinless Son of God to bear the weight of our sins, He became sin for us, on the cross, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2nd Corinthians 5:21).
Why was all that necessary you may ask’ Well, first and foremost it goes back to our God who is not simply merciful and gracious, but is also a God of justice; who has told mankind that sin is hateful to God and that sin earns mankind a debt. God has commanded us not to sin and He has carefully listed what sin is. It is falling short of Gods goal for man, transgressing against God, lawlessness. God has reminded us that because of our forefather Adam’s sin, all of us are born with a sin nature and because we come forth from our mother’s womb as sinners, we have that sin debt. God tells us in Romans 3:23, that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, that means that the moment of our birth, we have a sin debt that requires our death. But, hallelujah, God has made the provision for our salvation, in Romans 6:23, God reminds us that the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. What we need to know now is, what must we do to be saved! The answer to that question is, we must come to the realization that we are Lost, under the wrath of God, then we must Trust in Jesus Christ and His work on the cross to redeem us from sin, and reconcile us to God, in Christ.

God tells us in Ephesians 2:8-9 that we are saved by Grace through Faith; and in that same chapter of Ephesians we are told that we are born ‘dead in trespass and sin’ and God must quicken us, (make us alive spiritually). We are born dead to God and God is dead to us. We do not desire God, at least not His person, although some would like to have fire insurance. We would like to be able to bargain with God rather than submit to Him and His Word and Will, so that we could live like heathens here on the earth and still go to heaven. But God does not bargain with us or renegotiate what He requires in salvation. God has laid down the requirements for everyman’s salvation, and they remain unchanged. Salvation belongs to God and God the Father has planned our salvation, Jesus Christ His Only Begotten Son has paid the price for our salvation’He took our place on the cross and died for us, and the Holy Spirit applies salvation when we meet God the Father’s demands.

We are saved by Grace through Faith in Christ and His person and work on Calvary on our behalf. Christ came to the earth to save His people (Sinners), and in order to be saved you must first understand that you are lost and undone, with no ability to help yourself. We must see ourselves as God sees us, and in God’s time and by His power He (God) will call us out of the world and to Himself. This occurs when we have dealt with the horrible facts of our lives and our lack of relationship with God. We have to know what our sins are and we must repent (truly grieve over, our offenses against God). We must turn away from sin and follow God, by the power of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. That is the truth in a nut-shell. Any person who has come to the realization that he is lost, blind, undone and powerless to help himself, will see Himself, in the glaring light of God, with his sin and his sinfulness, and he will be able to do nothing except fall into the dust at Jesus feet and cry out for mercy. As sinners we have hearts like stone, and until that heart is broken and our spirit bereft, we are not interested in a god, or heaven’.we are satisfied with self, and the truth received and believed, is what breaks that heart of stone and makes our spirit contrite.

We have begun to equate church membership with being saved, and that is a violation of God’s order of salvation. You can walk the aisle in most churches today and be received as a member of that church. Joining a church makes you a church member; but the lord is not coming back to take church members back to heaven, He is coming back for His Saints (2nd Thessalonians 1:3-10). The difference between a church member and a Christian is ‘Truth”. most church members either do not know the truth of the gospel or if they know it they do not believe they need it. We have begun to preach heresy and if it does not square with Biblical Truth, it is heresy. The modern day church has adopted a type of belief that says, if we are growing that means we are in God’s will. Church has become more about growth (appearing to be successful in the eyes of the world and the worldly), than it is about men’s souls. The only job the church has is tending the sheep of God. Does that mean that we should not be interested in growth’ What it means is that growth in and of itself should never be the thrust of the Church of God. If the church would do it’s job and teach them the truths of the Bible, then challenge them to go out and teach what they know to be the truth, The Church (maybe not their church), would grow.

We have taken on the job of ministry today, with our mindset to cause people to make professions of faith. We think that if we sweeten it up a little, make it more compassionate sounding, add a little care here and there, we can draw people to join our church. That is not the job of the church and Jesus Christ made it clear that there was one way to draw people and that was to draw them to the truth and the truth is that these people who won’t come unless we make the gospel acceptable to them, are people that may never really know God’s forgiveness. Jesus said, in effect, there is one way for people to be saved, and that is “If I be lifted up, I will draw all men to me”, (John 12:32). God did not give us the Bible to allow us to sweeten it, change it, turn it upside down, so that we would have large congregations, by making it acceptable to sinners. God gave us the Bible to make sinners acceptable to God. We can live over this problem if we simply open the Word of God and speak it as God said it, and allow the chips to fall where they may.

God winnows large groups of people, as farmers used to winnow grain, which allowed the chaff to be blown away. We can look at Jesus Christ who was the Word of God, the Truth; and what happened when He preached the truth about being the Bread of life, and being the only way to the Father; most of the multitude that had followed Him until that time were offended and followed Him no longer! Did that disturb Christ’ Apparently not because what He did was turn to the 12 that were left and said to them” Do you want to go away also'” (John 6:32-67). Jesus Christ was aware that the human condition was such that most people would not go to the trouble or make the effort to seek out that ‘strait gate’ and walk that narrow way for the rest of their lives; because He said that only a few would find it (Matthew 7:13-14). That means most people will be lost and go to hell. Now, let me clear, it is not the Pastor’s or the Churches’ job to decide who to preach to, we are commanded to preach the truth to everyone and then God uses that truth, to save or to condemn, as He will. God, before the foundation of the world, elected a people to be saved, but He did not put a mark on any of them to mark them as the elect or the reprobate, so we have a duty to preach the truth and nothing but the truth, to anyone and everyone who will listen (Ephesians 1:3-5).

We must be careful that we do not violate the truths of the Word of God. The Bible exists as written down by men, and so those who would deny portions of the Bible like to say’.’men wrote it down and men make mistakes, so there has to be errors in the Bible. That is a cop out, an excuse for them to be little gods who are now able to open their Bibles and preach a lie without God knowing it. The truth is that, yes, God used men to write what He wanted them to write; however God did not give these men subject titles and ask them to fill in the blanks. God carefully supervised His truths as he controlled the writers minds as well as their pens, so we can count on the Bible being true. Another argument that always comes up is ‘well, the Bible has been transcribed and even paraphrased isn’t that a problem’ Absolutely not! If God had died after He inspired the originals, that might be a problem: But God did not die and will never die, and He intended the Bible for those who would have faith and so He still protects the Bible’.and the minds of those who are truly saved. God will not allow a truly saved person to be led astray by anything, so you can read your Bible and ask the Lord to make it clear for you, and it will be done.

Now, will the truths of the Word always be popular’ You might as well know right now, that the truth has never been popular. It was not popular when Jesus preached it and it is not popular in our day. Peach it anyway! Truth is the only thing that will set a sinner free from God’s wrath. Who needs to know the truth’ Everyone of us needs or needed the truth of God because we were all accountable for sin and were the enemies of God because of sin. So then, why don’t everyone just submit to the Lordship of God’ Because their minds are in bondage to Satan, who they have found to fit their desires in a lifestyle of pleasing their flesh. They steadfastly refuse to ‘study the Bible to show themselves approved of God. They think that if they never confront the truth, that they will not be accountable in the Judgment. Dear brother/sister, do not believe that lie! God has given us the Bible, which appears as a love-letter to those who have ever really studied it. It is meant to show us the way to a joyful and meaningful life and yet if it goes unread, or at least heard and understood, we never come to the point that we receive the gift of faith (Romans 10:17). We can forget this idea that God loves us so much that He will do whatever is required by each individual, including softening the demand of Salvation, which includes really accepting our responsibility for sin and seeing ourselves as lost sinners and casting ourselves on Christ for the only remedy available. Then we must receive and believe the Word of God just as it is written, and repent and be converted. God will have nothing to do with that old man of sin, God requires a new creature that has been reborn from above, with a new heart and renewed mind, one that will be a proper residence for the Holy Spirit. The remarkable thing about all of that is that it is not something that we can or would ever do’only God can change a sinner into a Saint. It is important to know that the one who is saved will always cooperate with God, because God has changed their minds and made them cooperative.

I would ask you to ask yourself a question and consider your answer to that question, and the question is what do you know about truth’ Do you, as so many do in our day, believe that truth is whatever you decide it is, or have you been led by God to really believe that the Bible is true’ It is my prayer that you truly believe that God’s Inspired Word, the Bible, is the truth and that it contains all that we need to know to lead us to God. In closing let me share with you what the Savior, Jesus Christ had to say about our belief. In Mark 16:16b we find’ “but he who does not believe will be condemned (damned)”.

Until next time,

may God bless and keep you

This is Bro. Bob