Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | May 26, 2009

Day 26: The Truth

by Simeon Young Sr.

The truth. Whose truth? My truth? Or your truth? The truth—with the definite article. Truth without an expiration date. The timeless truth—unchanging and changeless. Timeless is an adjective severely limited in its application. No “private interpretation” of Scripture can be said to be timeless. (II Peter 1:20.) Ideas and trends are not timeless. Nor are fads or fashions. Nor are opinions or organizations. The seasons, the weather, and the economy change, but not the truth. Pictures from the past may evoke a chuckle or even cause us to blush. An article written twenty years ago is not likely to qualify as “timeless.”

Dr. Walter Stewart of Princeton asked several students coming out of a seminar, “How did it go?” One student answered, “Wonderful, everything we knew about physics last week isn’t true.”

Only the truth has survived the vicissitudes of time. The truth, though battered by the ceaseless winds of change, stands stark and lonely, un-eroded, in its complete and utter timelessness.

Men “repress the truth in unrighteousness” and they “[exchange] the truth of God for the lie” (Romans 1:18, 25, NKJV), but nothing and no one changes the truth.

Despite all the public debates and backroom discussions and classroom dissections, the truth remains pristine in its purity.

“What is truth?” (John 18:38). Pilate’s question is your question and my question and everyman’s question. Jesus Christ, who is “the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever,” (Hebrews 13:8) said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). Timeless truth is more than an abstract or nebulous idea; it is embodied in the person of Jesus Christ who is the eternal I AM!

“Buy the truth, and sell it not” (Proverbs 23:23) is good advice for any time, but especially so during the current cultural meltdown when historical revisionists are rewriting history and religious libertines are re-interpreting biblical truth concerning everything from sexuality to marriage to morality.

 Call it the big sell-out.

Satan, “with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness” is ensnaring millions of people “because they received not a love of the truth, that they might be saved” (II Thessalonians 2:9-10). Paul solemnly warned, “God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (II Thessalonians 2:11-12).

Love for the timeless truth is our only protection against deception in these bewildering and bewitching last days. Love for the truth brooks no deviation from truth regardless of conventional wisdom or political correctness or cultural considerations to the contrary. As the dark clouds of deception gather we must close our minds to error even as we open our hearts to receive a love for the truth. We must be receptive not only to the truth but also to “the love of the truth.”

Such was John’s love for the truth that he said about his children in the gospel, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth” (III John 1:4).

To know the truth and to love the truth and to walk in the truth are the essential elements of true religion. Without them everything else is false.


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