Do You Love the Truth?
Few people realize the importance of
this question. It addresses a condition which determines eternal
life and eternal death!
How can that be? you may ask!
I made that shocking statement because I have read the Christian Bible
several times in the 42 years since I got down on my knees in desperate
broken hopelessness and asked Jesus Christ to take the mess that I had
made of my life and do something good with it.
One of the passages of Scripture which grabbed a hold of me was 2
Thessalonians, Chapter 2, verses 8-10:
2Th 2:8 Then the lawless one
will be revealed. The Lord Yeshua will slay him with the breath of His
mouth and wipe him out with the appearance of His coming.
2Th 2:9 The coming of the lawless one is connected to the
activity of satan, with all power and signs and false wonders,
2Th 2:10 and with every kind of wicked deception toward those who
are perishing. They perish
because they did not accept the love of the truth so as to be saved.
So you see from this passage that people perish because they did not
accept the love of the truth so as to be saved. Saved from what?,
you may ask. Saved from
their sins - is my understanding.
But you may say, "What does that have to do with me? I am saved
from my sins because I am a good person, or because I have prayed 'The
Sinner's Prayer', or because I faithfully attend church, etc.,
etc. In response I ask this: "Are you sure that you are
Before you answer, consider these two examples:
First, John 8:31 Then Yeshua
said to the Judeans who had trusted Him, “If you abide in My word, then
you are truly My disciples.
John 8:32 You will know the truth, and the truth will set you
John 8:33 They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s children and have
never been slaves to anyone! How can you say, ‘You will become free’?”
John 8:34 Yeshua answered them, “Amen, amen I tell you, everyone
who sins is a slave to sin.
John 8:35 Now the slave does not remain in the household forever;
the son abides forever.
John 8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed!
These Judeans were
either ignorant of their present national circumstances and of their
national history, or were too embarrassed to admit the truth, so they
told Jesus that they had never been enslaved to anyone! How about
the historic exiles in Egypt or Mesopotamia, or their current (at that
time nearly 2,000 years ago) occupation by the Romans? Jesus
missed a really good opportunity to ask these Judeans who these Romans
were. Are they on vacation in your land?
Anyway, it was clearly untrue that these Judeans had never been
enslaved to anyone.
Second, consider the 'messenger' of the congregation of Christians at
Laodicea. Jesus told His disciple John :
Rev 3:14 "To the messenger of
the church in Laodicea, write: The amen, the witness who is faithful
and true, the source of God's creation, says:
Rev 3:15 I know what you have done, that you are neither cold nor
hot. I wish you were cold or hot.
Rev 3:16 But since you are lukewarm and not hot or cold, I'm
going to spit you out of my mouth.
Rev 3:17 You say, 'I'm rich. I'm wealthy. I don't need anything.'
Yet, you do not realize that you are miserable, pitiful, poor, blind,
and naked. "
This messenger at Laodicea was apparently deluded, or a liar, saying
that he was rich and wealthy, and not knowing that he was miserable,
pitiful, poor, blind, and naked!
Based on this example,
even though this 'messenger' may have truly believed that he was rich
and wealthy, it was simply not true. I suspect that this was
because he had never received the love of the truth to be saved from
So you see, a person can believe that he or she is a lover of the
truth, but not be in fact a lover of the truth.
With this in mind, I have taken up the habit of occasionally asking
Jesus, Who said that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life (Gospel of
John, Chapter 14, Verse 6), to save me from all my delusions and other
untruths which affect my life. That has been a rewarding and
humbling prayer to pray - at least in my experience.
So, again I ask you, dear reader, have you received the love of the
truth in order to be saved?
And I encourage you to answer that most important question prayerfully,
and be careful not to lean on your own understanding!!
The passage in 2 Thessalonians 2
referred to above shows an alarming consequence to not receiving the
love of the truth:
2Th 2:8 And
then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with
the breath of His mouth and shall destroy with the brightness of His
2Th 2:9 whose coming is according to the working of Satan with
all power and signs and lying wonders,
2Th 2:10 and with all deceit of unrighteousness in those who
perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, so that
they might be saved.
2Th 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion,
that they should believe a lie,
2Th 2:12 so that all those who do not believe the truth, but
delight in unrighteousness, might be condemned.
Did you notice the consequences? Those who do not receive the
love of the truth in order to be saved get 'strong delusion' from God
that they might 'believe a lie' and be condemned!!
Dealing with God is the most serious business of all. May I
suggest that you do what I did and get down on your knees and beg for
the love of the truth for yourself and everyone else, confess the sin
of believing lies, and beg for mercy!! He will not turn away
anyone who honestly begs for mercy!!