By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Knowledge of truth is difficult to decipher in that there are many who would deceive for their own advantage or agenda. Scripture reveals that you shall know them by their fruits.
A good tree cannot bring forth bad fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them (Matthew 7:15-20). (Comment)
There are those who are ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of truth (2 Timothy 3:7). They resist the truth. They partake of things that would preclude them from coming to the knowledge of truth. Scripture points out that such are blind leaders of the blind, and if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall in the ditch (Matthew 15:14).
Those who walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness; they are presumptuous and self-willed, not afraid to speak evil of others. They speak evil of the things they understand not and shall perish in their own corruption.
They revel in their own deceiving while they feast with you. They entice unstable souls. They have forsaken the right way and are gone astray. They speak great swelling words of vanity. While they promise liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption (2 Peter 2:10-19).
Knowledge of truth is that which is gained and preserved by instruction, acquaintance with the truth, and enlightenment of the truth, and learning the truth. Truth is a fact that has been verified, is free from falsehood, which is true concerning any matter or subject.
One man was quoted as saying: With the aid of a small amount of truth, one can be deceived into accepting a falsehood. There is a deceiving spirit that is alive and well today; which would leave one in wonderment as to "What is the Truth?"
The prophet Isaiah spoke of a time that one would call evil good, and good evil; put darkness for light, and light for darkness; bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Be wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight (Isaiah 5:20-23).
We certainly have entered into such a time; where the knowledge of truth is being suppressed while the church remains silent! The church, in many Western nations, is being molded into the pattern of the world, with little resistance, while those willing to stand for the truth suffer persecution.
The prophet Isaiah in speaking the words of the Lord said: My people are going into captivity, because they have no knowledge. Therefore, Hell has enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure. (Isaiah 5:13-14).
Isaiah revealed a great need for knowledge of truth to reign; rather than lack of knowledge towards the fate of iniquity and sin. Hell is minimized today. Immorality is being sugar-coated with words of nicety towards its acceptance.
Scripture gives a vivid description of one confined in Hell who pleaded for one to warn his five brothers that they might escape such a place (Luke 16:19-31). A Bible commentary noted: Everyone should give careful consideration to the gospel, and trust the Lord as Savior, in order to escape the torments of Hell.
Scripture reveals the characteristics of those who will not inherit the kingdom of God: Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, jealousy, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envying, murder, drunkenness, revelings, and such like (Galatians 5:19-25).
The person whose life is continually characterized by these characteristics will not make heaven their home; unless repentance comes into the forefront. Uncleanness is sexual impurity. Lasciviousness is sexual excess or a license to immorality. Many today would attempt to make one believe such a lifestyle is OK; while God's Word condemns it.
Scripture reveals the perverse disputing of men of corrupt minds who are destitute of the truth (1 Timothy 6:5). We see this in daily communication of those who are destitute of the truth; who will not heed to the truth, who desire to remain in their present state.
We are living in a world that is fast becoming secular in nature, rather than spiritual, with a thrust towards rejection of the knowledge of truth. Such are very vocal in their commitment to remain steadfast, unmovable, in their chosen ungodly lifestyles.
As they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, He gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient (Romans 1:28). Those who fail to owe up to the knowledge of truth will one day come to acknowledgement of that truth but it will be too late for one to alter the terrible fate that awaits them (Revelation 22:10-11).
There shall no wise enter in anything that defiles, neither whosoever works abomination, or makes a lie: but they which are written in the Book of Life (Revelation 21:27). Scripture tells of the Great White Throne Judgment, in which one is judged according to their works, and whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, are cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:13-15).
Scripture reminds us that we were once alienated and enemies of God, by wicked works, yet now have been reconciled to God by His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to be presented holy and unblamable and unreprovable in his sight (Colossians 1:21-11).
In His sight expresses the ultimate purpose, to usher the believer, made perfectly holy, into the heavenly presence of God. Scriptures concerning knowledge are: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge but fools despise wisdom and instruction (Proverbs 1:7).
Put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him (Colossians 3:10). A Bible commentary noted: The new man is the person one becomes after conversion to Christ, he then possesses a new nature, and a new lifestyle.
God is longsuffering to us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
We have an advocate (or intercessor) with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And he is the propitiation (or atonement) for our sins, and not for ours only but for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:1-2). Jesus is standing at the door of one's heart with an invitation:
If any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with me (Revelation 3:20).
Knowledge of truth is that Jesus awaits your opening the door to allow Him to come in! I did so 41 years ago and have been dining at the Master's table ever since; He now patiently awaits you to make such a commitment, by allowing Him to become your personal Lord and Savior!
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