Monica Broussard

Make the Decision Know the Truth

Make the Decision  

Know the Truth.

 

We must make the decision to know the truth; it is important…

The Bible is the collection of 66 books from Genesis to Revelation—

Written over the span of thirty-six hundred years-- or more—

The gospel is objectively true. Being able to articulate this clearly will help us communicate the gospel and our faith, just as Paul was able to do.

Some thirty-eight hundred times the Bible declares, “God said,” or “Thus says the Lord”. 

The Bible is unique in that it is one book, written in many different locations and under a wide variety of conditions.

Written by different authors, from different backgrounds, revealing a multitude of very distinctive truth claims-- in one unified message—

Such as: Our God is a Living God and Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and no one goes to the Father except through Him.

The first four books of the New Testament are called "the Gospels". Each book is an account of the life, death, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ as told from the perspective of His disciples, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John; who knew Him personally.

This first century gospel reveals the Truth through the evidence contained in Bible prophecy of the Old Testament.

Over 400 prophesies were fulfilled by Jesus.

In the perspective of percentages: If the state of Texas were to be covered in hay and one needle dropped from a helicopter and you had one chance to reach down and find it.. What would be the odds?

This percentage would be comparable to Jesus’ fulfillment of the scriptures.

In the historical narratives of the Old Testament, truth is identified with personal veracity and historical factuality—

while being measured both by its quality and quantity,

For example: Before identifying himself to his brothers, Joseph desires to test them by commanding them to send one of their brothers as a prisoner, to see if there is truth in them.

 

In 2 Timothy 3:16 it says, “Everything in the Scriptures is God's Word. All of it is useful for teaching and helping people and for correcting them and showing them how to live.”

The bible’s gift of prophecy is prophetic proclamations that are verbally inspired—

Spoken and written with mature spiritual wisdom—

Prophecy should be considered a regulated message of the truth—

or a report in human words based on a spontaneous, personal revelation from the Holy Spirit for the purpose of edification, encouragement, consolation, conviction and guidance.  

Truth is also a quality used to describe utterances that are from the Lord. When Elijah intervenes for the son of a widow—He brings the boy back to life-- the boy's mother remarks that now she knows that Elijah is a man of God—

and that the word of the Lord-- in his mouth—

 is the truth.

The book of Psalms desires to share the truth as a fundamental characteristic of God,

The wicked don’t speak truth, whereas the blameless one speaks truth from the heart.

The sum of God's word is truth.

Proverbs defines truth as a virtue that the person of God should practice. Truth is to proceed from one's mouth, and wickedness is an abomination to the lips; the one who speaks the truth gives honest evidence; truth is described as a commodity that one should purchase, along with wisdom, instruction, and understanding.

Jeremiah expresses his discontent with the fact—

that in Judah—

truth is absent. He tells the people that if they can find a man in Jerusalem who does justice and speaks truth, God will pardon the entire city.

In Daniel, truth is the part of theology concerned with death, judgment, and the final destiny of the soul and of humankind. 

In John “The Truth” is an extremely significant term—

Which refers to Jesus and his ministry. Jesus, as the Word became flesh and is full of grace and truth.

In contrast to the woman at the well, who felt that the geographic location of worship was important—

Jesus states that the issue is not whether one should worship God in a specific location, but rather one should worship in spirit and in truth.

Believers are of the truth, which no doubt means that they belong to Jesus, who is the truth. Likewise, the fact that we are of God allows us to know the Holy Spirit and to discern from it--

The truth abides with us—

 forever--.

For John, truth is ultimately identified with—

 and is personified—

 in the person-- of Jesus Christ.

The ministry of John the Baptist was to bear witness to the truth.

Jesus spoke the truth, and for this the Jews sought to kill him. The Jews who vied against Jesus were ultimately of their father the devil, who has no truth.

Jesus describes himself as the way, the truth, and the life, and as such he is the only means to the Father.

 

With Paul the truth is the message of God –

He tells the people that all of humanity must direct their worship to the Creator, not to the creation.

Paul also uses the truth to speak practically of the believer's conduct in following the Lord. Believers are to speak the truth to one another in a loving manner—

The importance of speaking the truth to one another is underscored by the fact that we are members of the same body.

In 2 Thessalonians Paul equates the truth with the believers' salvation. Those who perish do so because they are under a wicked deception, and so refuse to love the truth and be saved. Such people are condemned because they did not believe the truth, but instead have pleasure in unrighteousness.

In the Epistles, truth takes on the characteristics of the official body of beliefs, of which the church-- that is us—

 the believers—

 should be the faithful steward and guardian.

Salvation has the same connotations, implications, and reference to the knowledge of the truth.

The church of the living God is both the pillar and ground of the truth.

Paul encourages Timothy to guard the truth, which the Holy Spirit has entrusted to him.

The Scriptures are themselves the word of truth and the individuals who oppose God and naively listen to others-- never arrive at the truth, and, in most cases-- actually oppose it.

Even when Jesus departed—

the ministry of truth—

continued through the Comforter, who is the Spirit of truth, the Holy Spirit.

Well, my brothers and sisters, let's summarize. When you meet together, one will sing, another will teach, another will tell some special revelation that God has given, one will speak in tongues, and another will interpret what is said. But everything that is done must strengthen all of you. (1 Corinthians 14:26).

Make the decision-- Know the Truth--

 

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