To the Jews who had believed in him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32 NIV)
We live in unprecedented times. Never has truth been more reviled and tarnished. Could it be the vilification of truth (the Bible) and of truth-tellers (God’s prophets) is setting the stage for the Antichrist and his beast kingdom?
Jesus told his disciples that if they failed to hold to his teaching, they could not be his disciples. (Read into this the prophecies that many will abandon the faith in the last days.) After holding on and remaining obedient to Jesus, the faithful will know the truth and the truth will set them free. We learn freedom must be fought for; lies must be stubbornly resisted; obedience is non-negotiable and that slavery as well as death are products of rejecting truth.
As promised in the previous post, I want to put forward a proposition; namely, “Truth is essential to salvation.” I say again, “Salvation and truth are inseparable, one cannot exist without the other.” Examine the text below.
This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:3-4)
From 1 Timothy 2:3-4, we ask, “Is there salvation without truth or vice versa?” No, the two merge for a divine purpose. Nowhere is this better exemplified than in prophecy. God our Savior wants everyone to be saved, but that is just our first baby step. If we are to walk, the first foot (salvation) must be followed by the other moving forward (truth) and so on. In this way, with salvation and truth, and by ruggedly opposing every sort of lie, we gain ground toward total freedom.
How many say that they are saved, yet are “indifferent” to prophecy? Perhaps it is because they swallowed the lie that the subject is confusing or a mystery Christians are not supposed to fathom. Do not be misled: To demonstrate God’s total sovereignty, tomorrow has been revealed in the Word (Isaiah 42:9, Amos 3:7, John 15:15). To be saved, the Lord wants everyone to grasp His truth–and that includes prophecy! Salvation (the future, the glory and heaven itself) belongs to those holding on to Jesus’ promises and warnings (truth).
Today, as we put “I’m saved” on as a helmet, do we dare leave truth behind? If we put on salvation, then around our waist also have on the belt of truth. In this age of deceit, do not risk being talked out of what you’ve gained. In this age of delusion, be careful if you think you stand, lest you fall. Don’t leave home without “truth”.