But in a day when everyone says that truth is relative, how do we judge between someone’s opinion or belief and something of eternal significance?
God’s Word is the called the Sword of the Spirit (Heb 4:12).
It alone has the power to separate soul (what I think, want, and feel) from spirit (what God thinks, wants, and feels), opinion from fact, truth from lies, eternal from temporal, and good from best. It alone has the power to change us.
Jesus Himself is called the Word of God made flesh (John 1:1). When Pontius Pilate asked the age old question, ‘What is truth’? It was staring him right in the face (John 18:38). He didn’t want to recognize it.
We must learn to be people who love truth.
When we find the treasure of truth, we must guard it zealously. We like the man who found a great treasure in a field must be willing to sell everything we have, so to speak, and go and buy that field because of the treasure in it (Matt 13:44).
We must be willing to lose everything for it. This is the way of the kingdom.
The scriptures clearly say that in the last days, men will not have a love of the truth.
Look at the warning that the Apostle Paul gives to his son in the faith, Timothy.
1 And so I solemnly urge you before God and before Christ Jesus–who will someday judge the living and the dead when he appears to set up his Kingdom: 2 Preach the word of God. Be persistent, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. 3 For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to right teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever they want to hear. 4 They will reject the truth and follow strange myths. 2 Tim 4:1-4 (NLT)
People will no longer have an ear for sound doctrine. They will look for teachers to tell them what they want to hear, not what they need to hear.
As faithful ministers of Jesus Christ we must feed the people of God things that are good and nutritious for them…the milk and meat of the Word, not merely what they like or what they are interested in.
Whether they reject the truth or not is not our problem. It is each person’s personal decision. Our job is to “preach the word.” It’s exactly in this “foolishness” that the power and wisdom of God is seen (see I Cor 2 & 3)
If we don’t gain a love of the truth, a taste for it, a quest for it, a stomach for it; we will leave ourselves open to deception. If all we look at is success or the fact that something works, then we are open to delusion.
Even when mighty signs and wonders come, we may be in awe, but we will not have the capacity to discern the teaching and character behind it. If we are impressed by the outward displays of power only, we will not seek to understand the underlying motivation.
9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 2 Thess 2:9-10 (NKJV)
We need to receive a love of the truth if we have not gained it already. Let’s ask God to give it to us.
Let’s commit ourselves to always humbly submitting our thinking and the thinking of others to the standard of God’s Word.
Let’s not let the success of something or the outward power displays instantly draw us in with oohs and ahhhs. Let’s commit ourselves to making a habit of evaluating every teaching in the light of God’s Word and then go about speaking the truth in love.
By doing this, we will become known as a people of God’s Word, a people who love the truth.