Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

Easter Special. Truth that sets ue free.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Why is it that the death of someone who was so close to us has more of an impact upon our lives than the One who really should?

2CO 5:7 we should walk by faith, not by sight -

Truth - aletheia = truth or doctrine taught categorically.

1TI 2:3-4 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, Who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

It is only as He brings us to a knowledge of the truth that He saves or delivers us completely.

The whole purpose of the Gospel and the object of salvation is to bring us to this “knowledge of God.”

Experiences may come in passing, but if I do not have truth, experiences and feelings though real can be false.

1. In the Old Testament, “truth” - Hebrew noun emeth = stability, certainty, trust, that which is faithful, stable, and secure.

Truth, if you allow it to, will motivate you to be stable, certain, trustworthy, faithful and secure.

Truth - aletheia = integrity of character, that which is faithful and certain, that which frees the mind from pretence, deceit, and falsehood.

2. Truth is also said to have a price upon it -
PRO 23:23 Buy truth, and do not sell it, Get wisdom and instruction and understanding.

3. Truth must be valued above money, riches, and any form of prosperity.

4. It is impossible to serve the Lord apart from truth being the motivator -
JOS 24:14 Now, therefore, respect the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and truth;

1SA 12:24 Only respect the Lord and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you.

1KI 2:4 “If your sons are careful of their way, to walk before Me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.”

5. It is truth that gives us guidance and direction to worship God properly.
JOH 4:24 “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in [filling] spirit and truth [doctrine].”

6. Truth is something we must be taught, it does not come naturally -
PSA 25:5 “Lead me in Thy truth and teach me, for Thou art the God of my deliverance”

JOH 8:31-32 Jesus therefore was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you abide in My word, {then} you are truly disciples of Mine;” and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

ISA 38:19 - parents are to make truth known to their children.
MAT 22:16 - our Lord taught the way of God in truth.

The apostle Paul tells us that God’s will for all mankind is to “be saved and to come to the epignosis knowledge of the truth,” 1TI 2:4.

7. Truth protects us and keeps us from deception.
1CO 2:16 But we have the mind of Christ.
PHI 2:5 Have this mind in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,

JOH 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.

This is why the apostle Paul warns us that in the last days “truth” will be rejected and deception accepted, 2TH 2:7-12,
2TI 3:5-8, 2TI 4:1-4.

2TH 2:10-11 and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. And for this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they might believe what is false,

8. Truth is that which God desires in our life -
PSA 51:6 Behold, Thou dost desire truth in the innermost being, And in the hidden part Thou wilt make me know wisdom.

JOH 12:48 “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day.”
2CO 11:10 - the truth of Christ is in me,

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