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How You React To The Truth Determines Who You Really Are
"The truth strips them of their vices, sacrifices their idols, darts its lightnings against their easily besetting sins, and absolutely requires a conformity to a crucified Christ, therefore they turn their ears from it."
"Those who reject the truth are abandoned by the just judgment of God to credit the most degrading nonsense."
- both quotes are from Adam Clarke
In relation to the Truth, how would you define a Christian?
He is one who -
...has repented to the "acknowledging of the truth"(2 Timothy 2:25)
...worships God "in spirit and in truth"(John 4:24)
...calls upon Him "in truth"(Psalm 145:18)
...serves Him "in sincerity and in truth"(Joshua 24:14; 1 Samuel 12:24)
...walks before Him "in truth"(1 Kings 2:4; 2 Kings 20:3)
..."rightly divides the word of truth"(2 Timothy 2:15)
..."speaks the truth in Christ" (1 Timothy 2:7)
..."believes and knows the truth"(1 Timothy 4:3)
...is a member of "the church of the living God" which is "the pillar and ground of the truth"(1 Timothy 3:15).
In other words, this is the one who has experienced a change from his corrupt and immoral mindset and lifestyle and whose every purpose, passion, and act of worship is guided by the Scriptures. God manifests Himself to him because he calls upon Him in sincerity - allowing no hypocrisy whatsoever in his life. He acknowledges Jesus as his Lord and Master - obeying His every command. Because his heart is filled with the Scriptures, he speaks them continuously - at all times prepared to make a straight path for them "in season, out of season."(2 Timothy 4:2). He is a member of a Body of believers who support, preserve, uphold, receive, obey, proclaim, defend, and demonstrate through signs and wonders the Power behind this Holy Word.
The wicked man, on the other hand, has not repented to the "acknowledging of the truth"(2 Timothy 2:25).
He does not -
...worship God "in spirit and in truth"(John 4:24)
...call upon Him "in truth"(Psalm 145:18)
...serve Him "in sincerity and in truth"(Joshua 24:14; 1 Samuel 12:24)
...walk before Him "in truth"(1 Kings 2:4; 2 Kings 20:3)
..."rightly divide the word of truth" (2 Timothy 2:15)
..."speak the truth in Christ" (1 Timothy 2:7)
..."believe and know the truth" (1 Timothy 4:3)
...and is not a member of "the church of the living God" which is "the pillar and ground of the truth"(1 Timothy 3:15).
Sad to say, but there are those - within the confines of the Church - who are pretenders to the Faith and their stand on the Truth or the lack of it reveals their actual self.
In 2 Timothy 4:4, the Apostle Paul specifically described them as those who "turn away their ears from the truth." In other words, they turn their ears as to avoid any trace of sound Biblical teaching or preaching. They are weary of the old-fashioned Gospel which speaks of repentance from sin, judgment to come, damnation in Hell, and the necessity of holiness and separation from the world and its deceitful lusts. They demand sermons which are less restrictive and more inclusive - allowing them to sin a little each day in thought, word, and deed and pamper their pet lusts or idols.
They "resist the truth"(2 Timothy 3:8). Paul described them as "men of corrupt minds" because wherever it is presented, they are right there to attack, pervert, or twist it to say what their bias or prejudice demands. They are actually "reprobate concerning the faith." That means that they are undiscerning seducers - constantly set on drawing others away from hearing and receiving the unadulterated Word of God.
In 1 Timothy 6:5, the Apostle went so far as to describe these "men of corrupt minds" as being "destitute of the truth." They are depraved in mind and corrupt in heart - and the sad thing about it is that they don't even know it! Many - at one time - had the truth but through compromise or outright sin, they have opted for a belief system which allows them to coddle their lusts with one hand and hold onto "this great salvation" with the other. Their ignorance of the truth is exemplified as they spend their time in idle employments(simply wearing away time) - disputing, inquiring, or discussing a topic about which they know nothing.
In 2 Timothy 3:7, Paul went on to depict them as "ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." Their bosom lusts always cause them to miss the mark or "err...concerning the truth"(2 Timothy 2:18).
As we can see from this study, Truth separates the sheep from the goats, the real from the phony, and the children of God from the children of the devil.
How you react to the Truth determines who or what you really are - a Christian or an evildoer.
Who are you?
What are you?
The Truth will tell.
May God Bless His Word.