THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 1-25-15

LESSON TITLE: “WE CAN KNOW THE TRUTH.”

WELCOME

TODAY WE ARE BLESSED WITH A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM GOD, THE BIBLE. THIS BOOK IS GOD'S LIVING WORD. IN ITS PAGES WE ARE TOLD “FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND POWERFUL AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD.” IT IS IN THIS BOOK OF BOOKS THAT WE FIND THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF MAN'S QUESTIONS AND NEEDS. THIS MORNING YOUR AREA CHURCHES OF CHRIST WELCOME YOU TO A PROGRAM COMMITTED TO THAT PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY. AS WE PRESENT THE LIVING WORD. NOW HERE IS YOUR HOST RAY SULLINS.

ISN’T IT GREAT TO KNOW GOD AND TO HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF GATHERING TOGETHER AND PRAISING HIS NAME ON THIS WONDROUS LORD’S DAY? THANKS FOR JOINING US ON THIS SPECIAL DAY. WE ARE SO HAPPY TO HAVE YOU THIS MORNING FOR THIS TIME OF OFFERING TO GOD. HOW BLESSED WE ARE IN THIS COUNTRY TO HAVE THE FREEDOM TO ASSEMBLE THIS DAY AND TO GIVE THIS TIME TO OUR CREATOR. IT IS MY HOPE AND PRAYER THAT WE WILL EACH DO OUR PART TO MAKE THIS TIME OF WORSHIP ACCEPTABLE IN GOD’S SIGHT AND ACCORDING TO HIS WILL!NOW AS WE BEGIN TO FOCUS OUR THOUGHTS ON GOD, WILL YOU BOW WITH ME BEFORE HIS THRONE IN PRAYER.

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY BLESSINGS OF LIFE, THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO SERVE YOU, AND TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN. AND FATHER, WE ASK THAT THIS DAY YOU MIGHT HELP US TO NOT ONLY KNOW YOU'RE WILL BUT TO OBEY IT. THAT WE MIGHT BE FOUND PLEASING IN YOUR SIGHT AND BE RECIPIENTS OF NOT ONLY THE REWARDS IN THIS LIFE BUT THE REWARDS OF THAT LIFE TO COME. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN. NOW IT’S TIME TO JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION IN SONG. THE NAME OF OUR FIRST HYMN THIS MORNING IS, “SEEKING THE LOST!”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

IF YOU WERE ABLE TO CHOOSE IN THIS LIFE, WHAT TYPE OF COUNTRY WOULD YOU WANT TO BE BORN IN AND LIVE IN? I THINK IF YOU ASKED MOST OF THE WORLD, THEY WOULD AGREE THAT THEY WOULD WANT TO LIVE IN THE GREATEST, STRONGEST AND FREEST COUNTRY THAT THIS WORLD HAS TO OFFER! NOW AS AMERICANS, WE HAVE CERTAINLY BEEN BLESSED BEYOND MEASURE, BUT MOST IN THIS WORLD ARE A WHOLE LOT LESS FORTUNATE THAN WE ARE.

WITH THIS IN MIND, THINK OF HOW WONDERFUL THE WORDS OF THE HEBREW WRITER MUST HAVE BEEN TO THOSE WHO WERE UNDER, CONTROLLED AND RULED BY THE ROMAN GOVERNMENT. IN HEBREWS 12:28, THE BIBLE SAYS, “THEREFORE, SINCE WE ARE RECEIVING A KINGDOM WHICH CANNOT BE SHAKEN, LET US HAVE GRACE, BY WHICH WE MAY SERVE GOD ACCEPTABLY WITH REVERENCE AND GODLY FEAR.” WHAT A WONDERFUL PROMISE THEY HAD, AS WELL AS THOSE OF TODAY’S WORLD. CONSIDER THE GREAT GIFT WE HAVE THROUGH THE WONDROUS GRACE OF GOD. THE WRITER SAID, WE “HAVE” RECEIVED A KINGDOM, WHICH CANNOT BE SHAKEN. SO IN CHRIST, NO MATTER WHO WE ARE, OR WHERE WE LIVE; WE ARE ALL IN A SPIRITUAL KINGDOM THAT IS FAR GREATER AND STRONGER THAN THOSE OF THIS WORLD. AND BETTER YET, A KINGDOM WHICH IS ETERNAL!

AS FOLLOWERS OF GOD, ISN’T THAT WHAT WE HAVE BEEN PUT IN. THIS IS WHAT PAUL TOLD THE COLOSSIAN CHURCH IN COLOSSIANS 1:13-14. THERE WE READ, “HE HAS DELIVERED US FROM THE POWER OF DARKNESS AND CONVEYED US INTO THE KINGDOM OF THE SON OF HIS LOVE, IN WHOM WE HAVE REDEMPTION THROUGH HIS BLOOD, THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS. WOW, WHAT A BLESSING AND WHAT A PROMISE WE HAVE FROM OUR LOVING GOD.

FINALLY, LOOK BACK AT HEBREWS 12 WITH ME, BUT LET’S DROP DOWN TO VERSE 29. HERE WE FIND THE ANSWER AS TO WHY ALL OF THIS IS POSSIBLE, THERE WE READ, “FOR OUR GOD IS A CONSUMING FIRE.” DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE STRENGTH OF GOD? HE IS A WONDROUS, POWERFUL, MIGHTY AND AWESOME GOD! NO WONDER WE CHOOSE TO SERVE HIM. ISN’T IT GREAT TO BE A FOLLOWER OF THE KING? IF YOU’RE NOT HIS CHILD TODAY, DO WHAT IT TAKES TO GET RIGHT WITH YOUR GOD! OUR STUDY OF THE MORNING WILL AGAIN FOCUS ON THE, “THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE” AS FAR AS THE SPECIFIC MESSAGE OF THE DAY, WE WILL CONSIDER, “WE CAN KNOW THE TRUTH.” SO PLEASE STAY WITH US AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG, WE WILL BE LEAD IN THIS STUDY FROM GOD’S WORD.

AS FAR AS OUR GUEST SPEAKER, WE ARE HAPPY TO AGAIN HAVE BROTHER BRENT GREEN WITH US. BROTHER BRENT IS THE MINISTER FOR THE HIGHWAY 13 CHURCH OF CHRIST, IN BOLIVAR, MISSOURI. WE THANK HIM FOR BEING WITH US THIS LORD’S DAY TO LEAD US IN OUR STUDY FROM GOD’S WORD. NOW LET’S JOIN TOGETHER IN OUR SECOND SONG OF THE DAY. THE NAME OF THIS HYMN, “SEND THE LIGHT.”

LESSON

BY BRENT GREEN

IN OUR WORLD TODAY THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS THAT WE ARE UP AGAINST. ONE OF THEM IS THE LIES OF SATAN. SATAN WILL LIE ALL THE TIME ESPECIALLY ABOUT THE FACT THAT THERE IS NO TRUTH. SATAN WILL SAY THERE'S NO TRUTH ABOUT GOD, THERE'S NO TRUTH ABOUT CREATION, NO TRUTH ABOUT LIFE, AND NO TRUTH ABOUT ANYTHING. SATAN WANTS THE WORLD TO BELIEVE THAT THERE IS NO TRUTH. EVEN SOMETIMES PEOPLE WHO HAVE KNOWN THE TRUTH AND SHOULD CONTINUE TO KNOW THE TRUTH HAVE REASONED THEMSELVES OUT OF SUCH. THEY MIGHT THINK THAT WELL, I DON'T KNOW THE TRUTH BECAUSE YOU KNOW WHAT? THE TRUTH OF GOD REALLY DOESN'T MATCH UP TO WHAT I BELIEVE. AND SO THEY REASON THEMSELVES OUT OF WHAT GOD'S WORD SAYS AND BELIEVE THE THINGS THAT ARE FOOLISH IN THE WORLD AROUND THEM.

SOME PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW THE TRUTH ANY LONGER BECAUSE THEY HAVEN'T STUDIED IT ANY LONGER. AND SOME PEOPLE FAIL TO KNOW THE TRUTH BECAUSE THEY HAVE A SKEWED PERSPECTIVE OF WHAT THAT TRUTH IS. THEY MAY THINK THAT MAYBE THE TRUTH IS TRADITION, MAYBE THE TRUTH IS NOT REALLY SOMETHING I NEED TO RESPECT AS I SHOULD RESPECT GOD AND HIS WORD. MANY PEOPLE LOOK AT THE BIBLE SIMPLY BEING A BOOK THAT HAS GOOD INFORMATION BUT REALLY ISN'T THE TRUTH.

ALL THOSE THINGS REALLY GO BACK TO THE BIG LIE THAT SATAN HAS BEEN TELLING FOR SO MANY YEARS - THAT THERE IS NO TRUTH, THAT THERE IS NO ABSOLUTE STANDARD GIVEN BY GOD, THAT THERE IS NO PATTERN GIVEN TO US BY GOD THAT WE SHOULD FOLLOW. BUT IS THAT WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS? THE REALITY IS THERE IS AN ABSOLUTE TRUTH AND WE CAN KNOW THAT TRUTH.

CONSIDER WHAT JESUS SAID THERE IN JOHN CHAPTER 14:6. HE SAID, “I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE.” JESUS PROCLAIMED HIMSELF TO BE THE TRUTH. WELL THAT TRUTH THAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT IS THAT ABSOLUTE TRUTH THAT GOD HAS GIVEN. AND THAT'S WHAT WE WANT TO UNDERSTAND FROM THE WORD OF GOD, WE DON'T NEED TO BUY INTO THE LIES OF SATAN. WE DON'T NEED TO LOOK TO THE WORLD AND THE WISDOM OF MEN THAT REALLY BECOMES FOOLISHISNESS COMPARED TO GOD'S WISDOM. WE NEED TO LOOK TO THE TRUTH THAT IS GOD'S STANDARD AND KNOW THAT THERE IS THAT ABSOLUTE STANDARD OF TRUTH.

CONSIDER AS WE THINK ABOUT GOD'S WORD THAT THE TRUTH IS ABSOLUTE. GOD'S WORD IS THAT TRUTH AND THERE ARE MANY PASSAGES I WANT US TO CONSIDER FROM THAT WORD OF GOD THAT HELP TO SHOW US THAT WE HAVE AN ABSOLUTE STANDARD. THERE ALSO IN JOHN 17 IN VERSE 17, JESUS SAID THERE, “SANCTIFY THEM BY YOUR TRUTH. YOUR WORD IS TRUTH.” JESUS DECLARES VERY PLAINLY HIMSELF, WHILE HE WAS HERE ON THIS EARTH, THAT IT IS GOD'S WORD THAT IS THE TRUTH. IT'S NOT SOME STANDARD OF MAN. IT'S NOT SOME OTHER STANDARD OF TRUTH BUT GOD'S WORD IS THAT TRUTH. THE FACT THAT JESUS MAKES THAT STATEMENT SHOWS US VERY SIMPLY THAT THERE IS AN ABSOLUTE STANDARD. THAT ABSOLUTE STANDARD AGAIN IS THE TRUTH OF GOD'S WORD GIVEN BY GOD HIMSELF.

MANY OTHER VERSES HELP TO SUPPORT ANDSHOWS THAT AS WELL. CONSIDER WHAT PAUL SAID THERE IN 2 TIMOTHY 3:16. HE SAID, “ALL SCRIPTURE IS GIVEN BY THE INSPIRATION OF GOD, AND IS PROFITABLE FOR DOCTRINE, FOR REPROOF OR CORRECTION, FOR INSTRUCTION IN RIGHTEOUSNESS, THAT THE MAN OF GOD MAY BE COMPLETE THOROUGHLY EQUIPPED FOR EVERY GOOD WORK.” ALL SCRIPTURE, TALKING ABOUT THE WORD OF GOD, THE WORD THAT JESUS SAYS WAS THE VERY TRUTH THAT CAME FROM GOD, ALL SCRIPTURE IS GIVEN HOW? BY THE INSPIRATION OF GOD. IT CAME FROM GOD - THE WORD LITERALLY MEANS IT WAS GOD BREATHED - AND SO THESE MEN; LIKE PAUL AND PETER AND JAMES AND OTHERS AS THEY WROTE - THEY WROTE FOR US THE VERY WORD OF GOD. GOD WAS USING THESE MEN AS THE MEANS BY WHICH TO DELIVER HIS TRUTH, HIS ABSOLUTE TRUTH TO MANKIND.

THERE ALSO AS WE CONSIDER 2 PETER 1:3, AS WE EVEN HAD THERE IN 2 TIMOTHY THE FACT THAT THE TRUTH - THE SCRIPTURE GIVEN TO US BY GOD - MAKES US COMPLETE. WELL, DO WE WONDER IF THERE'S STILL SOMETHING LEFT? WELL, AS I SAID THERE IN 2 PETER CHAPTER 1:3, THERE WE LEARN THAT AS HIS DIVINE POWER, GOD'S POWER HAS GIVEN UNTO US ALL THINGS THAT PERTAIN TO LIFE AND GODLINESS. HIS STANDARD - HIS TRUTH - IS ABSOLUTE. HE'S GIVEN TO US A BLOCK OF TRUTH, A SYSTEM OF FAITH, A SEGMENT OF INFORMATION THAT IS DIFFERENT AND DISTINCT FROM ALL OTHER PIECES OF INFORMATION. HIS TRUTH IS THE TRUTH. WE DON'T LACK ANYTHING FROM THIS ABSOLUTE STANDARD THAT GOD HAS GIVEN TO US.

AND SO AGAIN WHEN WE THINK ABOUT WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN IN HIS WORD HE HAS GIVEN US HIS ABSOLUTE TRUTH. DO WE STILL NEED TO ADD TO IT OR MAYBE TAKE AWAY FROM IT? MANY IN THIS WORLD - AGAIN FOLLOWING THE LIES OF SATAN, WANTING TO FOLLOW THEIR OWN TRADITIONS, WANTING TO SOMEHOW ADAPT THE TRUTH TO THEIR STANDARD OF LIVING THE WAY THAT THEY WANT TO DO THINGS - MIGHT SEEK TO CHANGE THE ABSOLUTE STANDARD THAT GOD HAS GIVEN. CONSIDER WHAT IT SAYS IN REVELATION 22...THE VERY LAST BOOK THERE IN OUR NEW TESTAMENTS AS GOD HAS GIVEN THEM TO US. REVELATION 22 THERE IN VERSE 18 - THERE IT SAYS, “FOR I TESTIFY TO EVERYONE WHO HEARS THE WORDS OF THE PROPHECY OF THIS BOOK: IF ANYONE ADDS TO THESE THINGS, GOD WILL ADD TO HIM THE PLAGUES THAT ARE WRITTEN IN THIS BOOK; AND IF ANYONE TAKES AWAY FROM THE WORDS OF THE BOOK OF THIS PROPHECY, GOD SHALL TAKE AWAY HIS PART FROM THE BOOK OF LIFE, FROM THE HOLY CITY, AND FROM THE THINGS WHICH ARE WRITTEN IN THIS BOOK.”

GOD HAS GIVEN AN ABSOLUTE STANDARD. HE'S GIVEN US HIS WORD WHICH IS THAT TRUTH; THAT HAS BEEN GIVEN BY INSPIRATION; THAT HAS BEEN GIVEN TO US THAT WE MIGHT HAVE ALL THINGS THAT WE NEED THAT PERTAIN TO LIFE AND GODLINESS. AND SO WHEN WE COME ALONG AND THINK YOU KNOW WHAT? I THINK I NEED ADD SOMETHING TO GOD'S WORD. HE MISSED SOMETHING HERE. THERE'S SOMETHING THAT YOU KNOW, HE FORGOT OR HE LEFT OUT. I NEED TO ADD THAT TO GOD'S ABSOLUTE STANDARD. IT'S AN ABSOLUTE STANDARD, IT HIS ABSOLUTE TRUTH. NOTHING NEEDS TO BE ADDED TO IT - GOD HAS GIVEN IT TO US AS HE HAS SEEN FIT TO GIVE IT TO US. AND SO IF WE ADD TO IT, IT SAYS THERE THE PLAGUES OF THIS BOOK WILL BE ADDED TO US. WHAT ABOUT TAKING SOMETHING AWAY? YOU READ THROUGH THE CHAPTERS, THE PAGES HERE...GOD'S INSPIRED WORD...THIS DIVINE HOLY BOOK, AND YOU COME ACROSS SOMETHING THAT YOU DON'T QUITE LIKE. YOU KNOW WHAT? GOD SAID DON'T DO THAT OR GOD SAID DO THIS AND I DON'T WANT TO HAVE TO STOP DOING THAT AND I DON'T WANT TO HAVE TO START DOING THIS. I'M GOING TO TAKE THOSE VERSES OUT OF MY BIBLE. I'M SURE SOME OVER THE YEARS HAVE EVEN TRIED PHYSICALLY CUTTING THOSE VERSUS OUT OF THEIR BIBLES. I DON'T WANT TO SEE THOSE WORDS ANY LONGER. IT WOULDN'T MATTER IF YOU TORE THE PAGE OUT OR CUT THE VERSE OUT - IT'S STILL A PART OF GOD'S TRUTH. AND IF YOU TAKE AWAY FROM IT YOUR NAME WILL BE TAKEN FROM THAT BOOK OF LIFE. WHY IS GOD SO SERIOUS ABOUT HOW WE HANDLE HIS WORD? BECAUSE IT IS THAT TRUTH THAT HE'S GIVEN TO US. IT IS THAT ABSOLUTE STANDARD THAT WE ARE TO LIVE BY AND IT WAS PUT INTO EFFECT THAT WE MIGHT HAVE THAT ABSOLUTE TRUTH TO GOVERN OUR LIVES.

MANY VERSES AGAIN THAT WE COULD LOOK AT FROM GOD'S WORD BUT I WANT TO CONSIDER A FEW VERSES HERE THAT HELP TO SHOW WAS THE POWER BEHIND IT, THE AUTHORITY BEHIND THIS ABSOLUTE TRUTH THAT GOD HAS GIVEN. AND HOW AGAIN WE CAN KNOW THIS IS A STANDARD THAT HAS COME FROM GOD. THERE IN THE BOOK OF JOHN, JOHN 1:1 AS JOHN BEGINS SHOWING US ABOUT JESUS, AND HE GOES ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE BEGINNING. AND HE SAYS, “IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD AND THE WORD WAS WITH GOD AND THE WORD WAS GOD.” WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE WORD OF GOD. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT ABSOLUTE TRUTH. WHAT IS JOHN TALKING ABOUT THERE? WELL THE WORD HE'S TALKING ABOUT, AS IS CLARIFIED LATER IN JOHN CHAPTER 1:14, IS JESUS CHRIST, “AND THE WORD BECAME FLESH AND DWELT AMONG US.” REMEMBER THAT TERMINOLOGY USED THERE TO DESCRIBE OR TO DEFINE FOR US WHO THAT SECOND PERSON OF THE GODHEAD IS - JESUS CHRIST. HE IS DESCRIBED THERE AS BEING THE WORD.

LATER ON AS WE FIND IN THE NEW TESTAMENT WE ALSO COME TO HEBREWS 1:1 WHERE IT GOES THROUGH IN THE BOOK OF HEBREWS THERE IN THE FIRST CHAPTER TALKING ABOUT HOW GOD GAVE HIS MESSAGE OR GAVE HIS TRUTH TO MANKIND THROUGH THE AGES. BUT IT SAYS THERE IN THESE LAST DAYS, TALKING ABOUT THE CHRISTIAN DISPENSATION, THE AGE IN WHICH WE'RE IN RIGHT NOW, HE HAS GIVEN TO US HIS WORD BY WHAT MEANS? BY HIS SON JESUS CHRIST. THE WORDS OF JOHN CHAPTER 1, GOD SPOKE THROUGH HIS SON AND HAS DELIVERED TO US HIS MESSAGE.

WE GO BACK TO JOHN CHAPTER 14:6. THE VERSE THAT WE BEGAN WITH. JESUS CHRIST SAID THAT HE WAS THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE. NO MAN COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH HIM. PUT ALL THOSE VERSUS TOGETHER - THAT WORD JESUS CHRIST - WHO WAS GOD AND IS GOD. THE DEITY WHO CAME IN THE FLESH, DELIVERED TO US AS THE SON, THE MESSAGE OF GOD THE FATHER TELLING US WHAT WE NEED TO DO AND HE CAME TO US THE VERY TRUTH THAT WILL BRING US TO THE FATHER IN HEAVEN. THE FACT IS, HE'S THE ONLY TRUTH THAT WE CAN FOLLOW AND MUST FOLLOW IF WE'RE GOING TO MAKE IT TO THAT HOME IN HEAVEN. THAT'S WHAT'S BEEN GIVEN TO US IN GOD'S WORD - JESUS CHRIST IS THAT TRUTH THAT WE ARE TO FOLLOW. HE DELIVERED GOD'S MESSAGE TO US.

NOW, BY WHAT FORCE OR BY WHAT POWER WAS THAT PUT INTO EFFECT? ONE VERSE CLEARLY GIVES THAT TO US - HEBREWS CHAPTER 9:16. THERE AS THE HEBREW'S WRITER TRIES DESCRIBE FOR US WHAT TAKES PLACE WHEN A TESTATOR DIES? IN OTHER WORDS, THE ONE WHEN HE GIVES HIS LIFE OR DIES ON THE CROSS AS JESUS DID, WHAT DID HE PUT INTO EFFECT? WELL, A TESTAMENT LIKE THE NEW TESTAMENT DOES NOT COME INTO EFFECT UNTIL THAT TESTATOR DIES. JESUS CHRIST DIED, THEREFORE BY HIS BLOOD, HE PUT INTO EFFECT THIS NEW TESTAMENT THAT WE FOLLOW. HE PUT INTO EFFECT THE TRUTH THAT GOVERNS OUR LIVES. THIS ABSOLUTE STANDARD OF TRUTH WAS PAID FOR WITH THE BLOOD OF CHRIST. GOD GAVE HIS TRUTH. JESUS CHRIST CAME TO EARTH TO DESCRIBE AND GIVE US THAT WHOLE TRUTH THAT GOD HAS TALKED ABOUT IN HIS WORD AND HE PUT INTO EFFECT THE AUTHORITY BEHIND IT IS THE VERY BLOOD THAT HE SHED.

SO IS THERE A TRUTH THAT WE CAN KNOW? THE TRUTH IS ABSOLUTE AND WE LEARN THAT AGAIN FROM GOD'S WORD. YOU TAKE WHAT JESUS SAID THERE IN JOHN 14:6 AND YOU CONSIDER ALSO WHAT HE SAID IN JOHN CHAPTER 8:32. JESUS SAID THAT HE WAS THE TRUTH. AND THEN IN JOHN 8:32 HE SAID YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE. JESUS SAYS YOU CAN KNOW THAT TRUTH. JESUS DIDN'T COME AND SPEAK IN SUCH A WAY THAT HIS WORDS, THAT IS THE TRUTH OF GOD, WAS CONCEALED FOR MANKIND. JESUS CAME - GAVE THE TRUTH OF GOD - GAVE IT IN SUCH A WAY THAT WE CAN KNOW THAT TRUTH. THAT ABSOLUTE TRUTH ABOUT WHICH WE'VE BEEN SPEAKING. JESUS IS THAT TRUTH AND THE WORDS THAT HE GAVE TO US BECAME TO US THAT TRUTH, THAT ABSOLUTE STANDARD THAT MUST GOVERN OUR LIVES.

AND OTHER PASSAGES WOULD SPEAK OF THAT AS WELL. I MIGHT DIRECT YOUR ATTENTION TO THE SHORT BOOK OF JUDE. ONE CHAPTER THERE, JUDE VERSE 3, SPEAKS VOLUMES ABOUT THE FACT THAT THERE IS THIS ABSOLUTE STANDARD. CONSIDER WITH ME THE WORDS THERE AS YOU READ THEM IN THIS BOOK - JUDE VERSE THREE – SAYS, “BELOVED WHILE I WAS VERY DILIGENT TO WRITE YOU CONCERNING OUR COMMON SALVATION, I FOUND IT NECESSARY TO WRITE YOU EXHORTING YOU TO THINK EARNESTLY FOR THE FAITH WHICH WAS ONCE FOR ALL DELIVERED TO THE SAINTS.” JUDE TALKS ABOUT THE FAITH. NOT OUR INDIVIDUAL FAITH IN GOD OR OUR INDIVIDUAL FAITH IN HIS WORD BUT THE FAITH. THE OBJECTIVE SYSTEM OF FAITH. THE TRUTH THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH - WHAT WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT HERE NOW FROM GOD'S WORD. JUDE SAID I WANTED TO WRITE YOU ABOUT OUR COMMON SALVATION, WHAT WE HAD IN COMMON, WHAT WE HAD DONE TO BECOME CHRISTIANS, AND WHAT WE HAD IN COMMON AS FAR THAT FELLOWSHIP THAT WE HAVE IN CHRIST. BUT I HAD TO WRITE YOU FOR A DIFFERENT PURPOSE. I HAD TO WRITE YOU TO CONTINUE EARNESTLY FOR THE FAITH. WHY DO YOU THINK IT IS THAT JUDE HAD TO WRITE TO SOME OF HIS FELLOW BRETHREN ABOUT CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH OR THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH? BECAUSE EVEN IN HIS DAY, WHAT WERE THEY CONTENDING WITH? THE LIES OF SATAN, THE LIES OF MAN, THINGS THAT WERE DIFFERENT FROM THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH. PEOPLE - BRETHREN - MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH WHO HAD TURNED ASIDE TO SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT, JUDE SAYS YOU NEED TO CONTEND FOR THE FAITH -THAT ABSOLUTE TRUTH. JUST AS JESUS SPOKE ABOUT BEING THE TRUTH. JUST AS WE CAN KNOW THE TRUTH OF JOHN 8:33. JUST AS JUDE SAID THERE WAS THE FAITH OR THE TRUTH, WE CAN KNOW THAT THE TRUTH IS ABSOLUTE. GOD HAS GIVEN US THAT STANDARD.

BUT IT'S IMPORTANT TO KNOW ALSO THAT NOT ONLY IS THERE AN ABSOLUTE STANDARD OF TRUTH BUT WE CAN KNOW THAT TRUTH. AGAIN CONSIDER WHAT IT SAYS THERE IN JOHN 8:32 - THE WORDS THERE OF OUR SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST WHO THERE AGAIN PROCLAIMED TO US THAT YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE. PART OF THAT VERSE TELLS US HOW IMPORTANT IS TO KNOW THE TRUTH. IF YOU'RE GOING TO BE SET FREE FROM SIN HERE YOU HAVE TO KNOW SOMETHING. WHAT IS THAT? YOU HAVE TO KNOW THE TRUTH. BUT BEFORE WE DELVE INTO THAT THOUGHT THERE AS IT PERTAINS TO SALVATION, I WANT YOU TO THINK HERE WHAT HE SAYS: YOU CAN KNOW THE TRUTH. IT'S NOT SOMETHING YOU HAVE TO WONDER ABOUT, YOU HAVE TO GUESS ABOUT, YOU HAVE TO TRY TO SOMEHOW FIGURE OUT BEYOND WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN - YOU CAN KNOW WHAT? YOU CAN KNOW THAT TRUTH. AND THE WORD THERE KNOW EVEN INDICATES IT'S SOMETHING YOU CAN KNOW ABSOLUTELY. YOU HAVE TO GUESS AT IT BUT THERE IS A STANDARD GOD HAS GIVEN AND YOU CAN KNOW WHAT THAT STANDARD IS. YOU CAN KNOW THE TRUTH THAT GOD HAS GIVEN. THAT'S WHY IT'S SO IMPORTANT FOR US TO UNDERSTAND THAT NUMBER ONE: THERE IS THAT ABSOLUTE TRUTH THAT GOD HAS GIVEN. AND NUMBER TWO: WE CAN KNOW WHAT THAT TRUTH IS.

IT'S VERY EASY FOR US TODAY IN OUR SOCIETY TO PICK UP OUR BIBLES AND TO OPEN THOSE PAGES AND TO READ THOSE WORDS. AND AS WE READ THEM, AS WE STUDY, WE CAN KNOW THAT TRUTH. CONSIDER WHAT IT MEANS TO KNOW THIS TRUTH, OF WHAT WE NEED TO DO TO KNOW WHAT THAT TRUTH IS. TO KNOW THIS TRUTH WE NEED TO SEEK THE TRUTH THAT GOD HAS GIVEN - THIS ABSOLUTE STANDARD. MATTHEW CHAPTER 6:33 JESUS SAYS, “SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS.” JESUS SAID YOU NEED TO SEE GOD IN WHAT HE'S GIVEN TO YOU. WELL, APPLY THAT TO WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT. JESUS IS ABSOLUTE THAT TRUTH - THAT TRUTH THAT WE CAN KNOW. HOW ARE WE EVER GOING TO KNOW THAT TRUTH UNLESS WE SEEK IT. SEEK THAT TRUTH OF GOD'S WORD. SEEK IT BY GOING TO HIS PAGES, READING FROM THEM, SEEK TO KNOW WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN AS HIS ABSOLUTE STANDARD. TO KNOW THE TRUTH ALSO MEANS WE HAVE TO STUDY THAT TRUTH. 2TIMOTHY 2:15, AS THERE PAUL WRITES TO THE EVANGELIST TIMOTHY, HE TELLS HIM TO BE DILIGENT OR TO STUDY TO PRESENT HIMSELF APPROVED UNDER GOD. STUDY WHAT? STUDY THE SCRIPTURES THAT ARE ABLE TO MAKE YOU WISE. STUDY THAT VERY WORD OF GOD. STUDY THAT ABSOLUTE TRUTH. DON'T JUST READ IT - DELVE INTO IT. GO INTO IT DEEPLY. STUDY WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN SO THAT YOU MAY WHAT? KNOW THAT ABSOLUTE STANDARD OF TRUTH. TO KNOW THE TRUTH WE ALSO HAVE TO LOVE THAT TRUTH.

THERE THROUGHOUT THE OLD TESTAMENT BUT PRIMARILY IN BOOKS LIKE PSALMS AND PROVERBS WE HAVE A LOT OF WRITINGS ABOUT THE TRUTH AND OUR RELATIONSHIP TO IT. PROVERBS 7:2 TELLS US WE NEED TO LOVE THE VERY TRUTH OF GOD. LOVE IT, HOLD IT DEAR, PUT IN OUR HEARTS, NEVER LET IT GO. LOVE THAT TRUTH THAT GOD HAS GIVEN. TO KNOW THE TRUTH WE MUST LOVE IT. TO KNOW THE TRUTH WE MUST ALSO OBEY IT. JESUS SAID IN JOHN CHAPTER 14:15, “IF YOU LOVE ME KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS.” WE MUST AGAIN KNOW THAT TRUTH BY SEEKING IT, BY STUDYING IT, BY LOVING IT, BY OBEYING IT. WELL, GO BACK TO JOHN 8:32 ONE FINAL TIME - JESUS AGAIN SAID, “YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE.” JESUS HAS GIVEN TO US HIS TRUTH. THE TRUTH THAT HAS COME FROM GOD THE FATHER IN HEAVEN. A TRUTH THAT IS SURE AND ABSOLUTE AND GENUINE, A TRUTH THAT WE CAN READ ABOUT IN THE SCRIPTURE, THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH THAT HE SAYS WE CAN KNOW. AND IF WE KNOW IT, WHAT DID JESUS SAY? WE SHALL BE FREE. FREE FROM SIN. FREE FROM THAT CONDEMNATION OF HELL FOR ALL ETERNITY. IF WE KNOW THE TRUTH, THAT IS WE KNOW IT AND WE OBEY IT AS JESUS SAID IN JOHN 14:15, THAT WE WILL FIND SALVATION TO BE FREE FROM OUR SINS.

SEE HOW IMPORTANT IT IS? DON'T EVER BE CAUGHT UP IN THE LIES OF SATAN. DON'T EVER BE DISTRACTED BY THOSE THINGS THAT ARE NOT TRUTH BUT KNOW FOR A FACT THAT THERE IS AN ABSOLUTE STANDARD. KNOW THAT GOD'S TRUTH IS THE TRUTH AND KNOW THAT YOU CAN KNOW THAT TRUTH THAT GOD HAS GIVEN. MAKE SURE YOU FOLLOW THAT TRUTH AND LIVE BY THAT STANDARD AND NEVER BE DECEIVED BY THE LIES OF SATAN. HOLD TO GOD'S WORD, LIVE BY IT, AND KNOW THE TRUTH TO BE FREE.

CLOSING COMMENTS

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