In my last blog, I discussed the fact that the concept of grace places a VAST separation between Christianity and ANY other world religion, I don’t care if your talking about Islam or Hinduism or any other like Buddism. We discussed many of the ramifications of grace.
Please check it out if you didn’t receive it. Now we move on and cross over into the absolute TRUTH of Christianity. Why do I say “cross over?” Because both of these concepts make up the FABRIC of the Christian life! The truth is this: a) that there IS Absolute Truth found ONLY in the Word. It is not wishy-washy or politically correct b) Jesus said that He was the ONLY way to heaven. He said it, not Christians! c) There will be judgment for all mankind when they die d) there IS a difference between right and wrong; this thing about relative morality is ridiculous and e) There is separation from God for eternity; and it’s called HELLl. More on that later in future blogs.Christians must believe in the absolute Truth of God‘s Word– if you don’t, it’s curtains and you are living in a big charade. Life makes NO sense without Jesus! 1) We fully trust God’s word, the Bible, as the authoritative source of absolute truth and our guide- read 2 Timothy 3:16 2) We are committed to communicate God’s truth and values to our culture in a relevant, effective, and creative manner. See Nehemiah 8:8 . See 2 John 1-13. It is absolute, and not relative truth like the world perpetrates. Tolerance is a virtue today. Be discerning! (vs. 1-3) We need to walk in the truth (vs. 4-6) This is a command. Walk in obedience; if we know the truth, we need to responsible. Discern sexual purity, forgiveness, use of tongue, finances, patience, joy and peace. Be careful with the media, United Way, Jehovah’s Witnesses. We need to watch out for error; that is, false teachings- such as Mormonism , Jehovah’s Witness, or the Bahai Faith. The world today says the way is VANILLA. I say “no way.”
What Jesus said “is the real truth”– John 8:32 Jesus said that if you are His disciple, you will know the truth , and the truth will set you free. John 8:51 Jesus teaches, “I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.” Thank you Lord. You mean we do need to act like a Christian? John 8:58 Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was born, I am!” if that statement doesn’t blow you away about Jesus, none will. John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” I didn’t say it, Jesus did. That’s right. He IS the definition of exclusivity. Sorry to you all of you ecumenical out there. “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise,” said Jesus to the thief about to die on the cross. Luke 23:43 And Jesus didn’t know him for more than a few minutes. But He knew the man’s heart! Jesus was a perfect balance of grace and truth- John 1:14.
Balance grace and truth in your life– Show grace and mercy to those around you, just like God has shown you the free gift of grace of salvation. But balance this grace with the salt of the truth of the Gospel. The world must know that there is an absolute truth, that is, that Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven, and there is no other way. He asks believers to be salt and light in a world that is controlled by Satan. He asks out to live out the truths of the Bible in our lives, to repent from our sins, be more like Jesus, by being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In this way, we will show agape love to others, and others will know we are God’s ambassadors. Learn to love the sinner, and hate the sin. When Jesus confronted the adulterous women in John 8:3-11, He was careful to show her mercy but also the truth of the wrongness of her sin, and the need for her repentance. Another good example of the balance of grace and truth is in forgiveness. God wants us to have a forgiving spirit, but repentance of the guilty should be key to the forgiveness. Luke 17:3-4 says, “If your brother sins (against you), rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, ‘I repent’, forgive him.”
I ask you, is your life ruled by grace, or by truth? If you say both, which side do you sway towards?