Priority: Love or Truth?

August 26, 2016

Which has priority – love or truth? This seems to be the question of the day. Are we really supposed to decide which has priority? How does it apply to false teaching – what is the loving thing to do?

2 John 1:1-3 NASB … The elder to the chosen lady and her children, whom I love in truth; and not only I, but also all who know the truth, 2 for the sake of the truth which abides in us and will be with us forever: 3 Grace, mercy and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.

  • * 2 John is being written to warn a “sister” church some distance away, referred to as an elect lady, of the missionary efforts of the secessionist false teachers (discussed in 1 John) and the dangers of welcoming them whenever they arrive. –2Jn 1:1
  • Notice that this lady is “loved in truth”
  • Also she is “loved by all who know the truth” (unity)
  • Why? “For the sake of truth which abides”
  • Walking in truth and love yields grace, mercy and peace, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father.

2 John 1:4-6 NASB … I was very glad to find some of your children walking in truth, just as we have received commandment to do from the Father. 5 Now I ask you, lady, not as though I were writing to you a new commandment, but the one which we have had from the beginning, that we love one another. 6 And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it.

  • Walking in truth is a commandment
  • Walking in love is a commandment
  • Love = walking in truth according to His commandments
  • Knowing and abiding in the truth(Jn 14:6;Jn 18:37;Jn 17:17) is the foundation of biblical love
  • Truth and love are inseparable, therefore there is no way to prioritize them

2 John 1:7-11 NASB …For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist. 8 Watch yourselves, that you do not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward. 9 Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; 11 for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds.

  • Guard, watch your teaching(doctrine) so you do not lose what was accomplished(work) and receive a full reward
    *This work would be “lost” if the opponents with their false teaching are received and allowed to teach unopposed. –2Jn 1:8
  • Be careful who you give a greeting(unity) too(know what they believe)
    *Giving a public greeting could be understood by an onlooker to suggest agreement with the (false) teaching of the opponents and is thus prohibited by John. –2Jn 1:11

Walking in truth and love requires a guarding of the teaching(doctrine) that is given the appearance of approval.

Biblical love rejoices in the truth, separates from evil and clings to good. –1Co 13:6;Ro 12:9

 

 

There is NO Perfect Church!

August 25, 2016

Usually when questioning a teaching that appears false, instead of searching scripture to find the truth(Acts 17:11), I am told:
“There is no perfect church”!

My response:
=>BUT there is one that does not deny His name …

Revelation 3: NASB
Message to Philadelphia
7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:

He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts and no one opens, says this:

8 ‘I know your deeds. Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut, because you have a little power, and have kept My word, and have not denied My name. 9 Behold, I will cause those of the synagogue of Satan, who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—I will make them come and bow down at your feet, and make them know that I have loved you. 10 Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. 11 I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown. 12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and My new name. 13 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

The consequences of denying His name:
=> But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven. -Mt 10:33
=>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. -Jn 12:48
=>Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. -Mt 7:26
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It’s better to stand alone with the truth than to give up looking for a church or a group of people who do not deny His name! –2Cor 6:17

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Consuming Fire

August 16, 2016

A song:
Consuming fire, consuming fire
Down in my soul, down in my soul
His word like a fire
His word like a fire
Down in my soul, down in my soul
Can’t be contained …

Jeremiah 23:28-29 NKJV … The prophet{false} who has a dream, let him tell a dream; And he who has My word, let him speak My word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat?” says the Lord.
29 “Is not My word like a fire?” says the Lord,
“And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?

From NetBible Jer 23:28-29

  • NLT … 28 Let these false prophets tell their dreams, but let my true messengers faithfully proclaim my every word. There is a difference between chaff and wheat!
  • NET … 29 My message is like a fire that purges dross!  It is like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces!  I, the Lord, so affirm it!

From Biblehub

  • Matthew Henry Commentary
    23:23-32 Men cannot be hidden from God’s all-seeing eye. Will they never see what judgments they prepare for themselves? Let them consider what a vast difference there is between these prophecies and those delivered by the true prophets of the Lord. Let them not call their foolish dreams Divine oracles. The promises of peace these prophets make are no more to be compared to God’s promises than chaff to wheat. The unhumbled heart of man is like a rock; if not melted by the word of God as a fire, it will be broken to pieces by it as a hammer. How can they be long safe, or at all easy, who have a God of almighty power against them? The word of God is no smooth, lulling, deceitful message. And by its faithfulness it may certainly be distinguished from false doctrines.

There is a difference between chaff and wheat!

His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather the wheat into His barn; but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire. -Lk 3:17

Hearts of stone vs. Hearts of flesh

I will give them singleness of heart(undivided heart) and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their hearts of stone and give them tender hearts(hearts of flesh) instead, Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God. –Ezk 11:19-20

Hearts of stone, hardened hearts
=> unhumbled, unpurged, uncleansed
=> smashed by the hammer of His word
=> burned like chaff

Hearts of flesh, tender hearts
=> melted made pliable
=> humbled, purged, cleansed by the fire of His word

Deuteronomy 4:24The LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.

From NetBible Dt 4:24

  • *For God to be “jealous” means that his holiness and uniqueness cannot tolerate pretended or imaginary rivals. It is not petty envy but response to an act of insubordination that must be severely judged

Prayer:
Philippians 1:9-11 NKJV
9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, 10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be *sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

From NetBible Phil 1:10

  • sincere[1506] = found pure when unfolded and examined by the sun’s light, tested as genuine, unspotted
  • *from heile (the sun’s ray) and 2919; judged by sunlight, i.e. tested
    as genuine (figuratively):-pure, sincere.

What a beautiful picture of a sincere pure heart!

The heart of one with a “sincere” devotion to the Lord will be found pure when examined and judged by the Son, the light of the world. It will be a heart that has willingly submitted to Lord’s searching and cleansing through His word. This is how “love” abounds!

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His Word Burns Like a Fire

August 15, 2016

Jeremiah 20:9 AMPC … If I say, I will not make mention of [the Lord] or speak any more in His name, in my mind and heart it is as if there were a burning fire shut up in my bones. And I am weary of enduring and holding it in; I cannot [contain it any longer].

From NetBible Jer 20:9

  • NIV … But if I say, “I will not mention him or speak any more in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.

A song:
Consuming fire, consuming fire
Down in my soul, down in my soul
His word like a fire
His word like a fire
Down in my soul, down in my soul
Can’t be contained …

His Word Burns

His word burns like a fire
His law, His instructions
On His peoples hearts and in their minds
His word burns and can not be shut up!

Hebrews 8:10 NKJV … For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws(instructions) in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

Luke 24:32 NIV … They asked each other, “Were not our hearts(soul/mind) burning within us while He talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?“

His word burns like a fire as He opens Scripture in your heart and mind.

Do not be afraid to speak what the Lord shows you!

Gird up your loins, arise and stand up; Speak to them all which I command you. Do not be dismayed(terrified) before them, or I will dismay(terrify) you before them. –Jeremiah 1:17

Not by Bread Alone

August 12, 2016

Luke 4:1-4 NASB

The Temptation of Jesus
1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led around by the Spirit in the wilderness 2 for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And He ate nothing during those days, and when they had ended, He became hungry. 3 And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” 4 And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’”

From Zondervan KJV Study Bible

  • v3: The devil always tempts where vulnerable and makes the temptation attractive.
    => Mt 4:3: Jesus is tempted to use His powers for His own ends
  • v4: Dt 8:3: Jesus will live by doing God’s will, and will take no shortcuts=> not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.
    => Mt 4:4: Jesus relied on His Father; not His own miraculous power for the provision of food; His food was to do the will of the father who sent him (Jn 4:34)

 

Without true bread – the ability to hear and know the voice of Jesus=> there is no power to live!

 

Luke 1:37 AMP … For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment.

John 6:32-35 NASB … Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven. 33 For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.” 34 Then they said to Him, “Lord, always give us this bread.”

35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.

From NetBible Jn 6:32

  • true[228] = *that which has not only the name and resemblance, but the real nature corresponding to the name, in every respect corresponding to the idea signified by the name, real, true genuine
    * opposite to what is fictitious, counterfeit, imaginary, simulated or pretended=>From [227] = loving the truth, speaking the truth, truthful

John 10:4-5 NASB … When He puts forth all his own, He goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.

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Divided by Truth??

August 11, 2016

From NO COMPROMISE CHRISTIAN QUOTES

It is better to be divided by truth than to be united in error. It is better to speak the truth that hurts and then heals, than falsehood that comforts and then kills. It is better to be hated for telling the truth, than to be loved for telling a lie. It is impossible to find anyone in the Bible who was a power for God who did not have enemies and was not hated. It’s better to stand alone with the truth, than to be wrong with a multitude. It is better to ultimately succeed with the truth than to temporarily succeed with a lie. There is only one Gospel and Paul said, “If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed!” (Gal 1:6-10)  — Adrian Rogers

Repent

Beware

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Hold Fast the Doctrine of Christ!

August 10, 2016

2 John 1:9 AMPC … Anyone who runs on ahead [of God] and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ [who is not content with what He taught] does not have God; but he who continues to live in the doctrine (teaching) of Christ [does have God], he has both the Father and the Son.

John 8:31-32 AMPC … So Jesus said to those Jews who had believed in Him, If you abide in My word [hold fast to My teachings and live in accordance with them], you are truly My disciples. 32 And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.
 
Abide, hold fast the doctrine of Christ
Encourage sound doctrine
Do not compromise it
Guard it by opposing error
=> then you will know the TRUTH & be set free
=> your witness for Christ will be “clear”, unpolluted

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Remember, halfway{compromise} between the truth and a lie IS STILL a lie!

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Titus 1:9-10 AMPC … He must hold fast to the sure and trustworthy Word of God as he was taught it, so that he may be able both to give stimulating instruction and encouragement in sound (wholesome) doctrine and to refute and convict those who contradict and oppose it [showing the wayward their error].

1 Timothy 4:16 NKJV … Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.

Proverbs 25:26 NLT … If the godly compromise with the wicked, it is like polluting a fountain or muddying a spring.

From NetBible Pro 25:26
To see the righteous(godly) moved from their steadfastness through fear or favour in the presence of the wicked is as disheartening as to find the stream turbid and defiled at which you were longing to quench your thirst …

Streams of Tears

August 8, 2016

Psalm 119:136 AMPC … Streams of water run down my eyes, because men do not keep Your law [they hear it not, nor receive it, love it, or obey it].

When it feels as if the darkness will overwhelm
Remember it’s then that the Lord’s glory shines –
Is 60:2
Those who fear the Lord, who keep and love His word
Have been give a banner of truth –Ps 60:4
Raise it high against the crushing darkness of night
That those who love the Lord may be delivered –Ps 60:5
The light shines on in the darkness
AND the darkness can NEVER extinguish it!Jn 1:5

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The way out is to trust God for the way to make it through!

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Some Trust in Chariots

August 6, 2016

Some trust in chariots and some in horsesPs 20:7
A horse is a false hope for victory
Despite it’s great strength, it can not deliver
Ps 33:17
Deliverance and victory are from the Lord –Ps 21:31
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
Acknowledge Him in ALL your ways
Depend on Him alone!

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Psalm 20:7 AMPC … Some trust in and boast of chariots and some of horses, but we will trust in and boast of the name of the Lord our God.

Proverbs 3:5-8 NASB … Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and turn away from evil. 8 It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones.

From NetBible Pro 3:5

  • Trust = to physically lean upon something for support, help, protection
  • Own understanding =  It is dangerous for a person to rely upon mere human wisdom (Prov 14:12; 16:25)

From NetBible Pro 3:6

  • Acknowledge = To know Him is to obey Him. This is a call for total commitment in trust for obedience in all things.

From NetBible Pro 3:7

  • Fear the Lord = If one fears the Lord and turns away from evil, then he is depending on the Lord and not wise in his own eyes. There is a higher source of wisdom than human insight.

From NetBible Pro 3:8

  • Healing & refreshment = If a person trusts in the Lord and fears him, he will be blessed
  • *Just as a drink of water would bring physical refreshment to one’s body, trusting in God and turning away from evil will bring emotional refreshment to one’s soul.

 

Mercy Triumphs Over Judgement

August 5, 2016

James 2:12-13 NASB … So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty. 13 For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.

What does mercy triumphs over judgement mean? Many think this means to overlook sin or false teaching and just “love” on people – do not judge! Is this true?

How does one receive mercy? Is it unconditional? Consider the following.

Proverbs 28:13 AMPC … He who covers his transgressions will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes his sins will obtain mercy.

Proverbs 16:6 AMPC … By mercy and love, truth and fidelity [to God and man—not by sacrificial offerings], iniquity is purged out of the heart, and by the reverent, worshipful fear of the Lord men depart from and avoid evil.

From Zondervan KJV Study Bible

  • By mercy AND truth: When the Lord’s people repent of sin and bring their lives into accord with His will, the Lord forgives and withdraws His judgement(Is 1:18-19; Is 55:7; Jer 3:22; Ezk 18:23; Ezk 18:30-32; Ezk 33:11-16; Hos 14:1-4). Thus it can be said that mercy and truth “purge” sin=> they turn away God’s wrath against it.
  • fear the Lord: see Pro 1:7
  • Faithfulness/obedience to the Lord(the law of liberty) along with repentance brings the Lord’s mercy (Ja 1:25,2:12)

Notice how obtaining mercy is linked to repentance and truth. Mercy triumphs over judgement when one sees the truth of their sin and turns to the Lord and repents. Those who cover or conceal their sins will not receive mercy.

Looking more closely at the fear of the Lord we see how harmful it is to overlook false teaching and let it go uncorrected=> this is not mercy but foolishness.

Proverbs 1:7 AMPC … The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning and the principal and choice part of knowledge [its starting point and its essence]; but fools despise skillful and godly Wisdom, instruction, and discipline.

From Zondervan KJV Study Bible

  • fear the Lord: A loving reverence for the Lord includes submission to His Lordship and to the commands of His word(Jn 14:15-16).
  • fools: Those who hate knowledge(Pro 1:22) and correction of any kind(Pro 12:1), who trust in themselves instead of God(Pro 28:26; Pro 3:5-6). Fools die for lack of wisdom/judgement(Pro 10:21) and instruction/correction(Pro 5:23)

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