Friday, March 21, 2014

People of Truth

“So You are a king?”

Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king.

For this I have been born, 
and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” 

Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?”  

John 18:37-38

Jesus speaks here of people who are “of the Truth.”
And Pilate replied; “what is truth” … as if it is not possible to know the truth.

This is still the question today. 

Do Americans believe Jesus or Pilate? 

Are there spiritual absolutes that we can believe and build our lives upon?
Is there a solid rock of Truth that will never lead us down the wrong path ... or not?

Jesus says absolutely yes ... and Pilate is deaf to this truth.

How can we become these People of Truth that Jesus Speaks of?
Listen to the words of Jesus, believe in Him, and follow Him.

A house built upon the rock of salvation shall never fall.

But, this can only be true if Jesus is the eternal Truth as He claims.

So, what’s the problem?

The primary problem is that the words of God are clear and easy to understand ...
but in our world today people have chosen to instead follow the Pilates of the world.

 If we could talk to Jesus today, how would He define these People of Truth?
What qualities would be apparent, and who would and who wouldn’t they be?

There is much more to this question than I could possibly know or answer here ... 
but these 50 Truths have been made clear to me. The purpose of this list is to provide an easy way for Christians to measure the teachings of God up against the beliefs that are guiding their lives . This list is primarily for Christians to affirm as reality in their lives. Those who have chosen to "not believe" in Jesus Christ are not able to understand the eternal Truth of God.
I pray these biblical teachings will be of help to you in clarifying God's Truth in your life.
  • The People of Truth believe that God created the universe, all things, and man in His image; and that apart from Him there is nothing. Genesis 1:1-31 John 1:1-4
  • The People of Truth believe that God came to earth in the form of a man and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
  • The people of Truth believe that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are One. 1 Peter 1:1-2, Matthew 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14
  • The People of Truth are born again believers in Jesus Christ, and reject all other gods. John 3:16-18
  • The People of Truth are not conformed to the world, but rather are transformed by the renewing of their minds, by the leading of the Holy Spirit and the power of God's Truth. Romans 12:2
  • The love of Christ controls and compels us, and we no longer live for ourselves, but for Jesus who died and rose again on our behalf. 2 Corinthians 5:14-17
  • We are ambassadors for Christ with a ministry of reconciliation and God makes His appeal through us: be reconciled to God.  2 Corinthians 5:18-19
  • We strive to continually care more about others than ourselves. Mat. 7:12
  • We are encouragers. Hebrews 3:13, 1 Thessalonians 5:11
  • We do not worry ... but rather we rest in Jesus as we pray to Him. Philippians 4:6-7
  • We keep their mind focused on the things of God. Philippians 4:8
  • We believe all men and women are sinners in need of a Savior. Romans 3:21-26
  • We believe salvation is a free gift of God by his grace, and not of works or doing good deeds. Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 11:6
  • We believe we are justified for all eternity at the moment we believe in Jesus Christ. Rom. 5:1, 10:10
  • We believe God has given us His inerrant eternal Truth for training in righteousness and to do good works. Hebrews 4:12, 2 Timothy 3:16-17
  • We believe in all of the miracles and promises of God’s Word. Genesis 1:1-2:25, Genesis 6:1-9:17, Matthew 1:18-25, John 11:1-46, Mark 6:33-56
  • We are to forget the past … and focus on the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Phil. 3:13-14
  • Our faith is in Jesus Christ and His eternal Truth, and not the teachings of men. John 14:6, 8:51
  • We are men and women of Grace and Peace. 2 Peter 1:2-11
  • We are humble. Matthew 23:12
  • We rejoice in the truth. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, Romans 16:19
  • We do not take into account a wrong suffered. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
  • We are not jealous. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
  • We are not self seeking. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
  • We are not easily provoked. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
  • Our forgiveness towards others would be never-ending. Colossians 3:12-17
  • We are quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger. James 1:19
  • We will not compromise the truth to please men or to appease others. 2 Peter 2:1-3
  • We believe in His promises and daily test and humble the teachings, wisdom, feelings, and logic of men up against His eternal Truth; and we take a stand for His Truth in the face of adversity. 2 Corinthians 10:5, 1 Corinthians 3:18-20
  • We are men and women of continual prayer. 1 Thessalonians 1:3, 5:17
  • We continually meditate on the word of God to know His Truth. Joshua 1:8, Deut. 6:4-9
  • We are people of great mercy … caring for widows, orphans, the sick and the poor. Luke 6:36
  • We believe in the indwelling Holy Spirit and pray for His promised guidance and teaching of His Truth and wisdom. John 14: 26-27, John 15:26-27
  • We will stand for God’s Truth in the face of adversity. 2 Corinthians 10:5
  • We are not judgmental of others. Matthew 7:1-5
  • We evangelize and teach others. Matthew 28:18-20
  • We cannot tolerate evil men.  Revelation 2:2
  • We always remember their first love. Revelation 2:3
  • We persevere in fulfilling the God’s Will. John 7:14-17
  • We always test the teachings of Christian leaders and confront false teaching. Revelation 2:2
  • We are strong and courageous and never fearful or discouraged. Joshua 1:9
  • We hold fast the name of Jesus Christ in the face of evil. Matthew 7:15,    1 John 4:1-3
  • We will not tolerate sin and immorality in our midst. 1 Corinthians 5:1-5
  • We have a new covenant with God that will never end and lasts for eternity. Hebrews 9:15
  • We do not knowingly do anything that causes a brother to stumble.       Romans 14:21
  • We understand that when we love one another, this is the fulfillment of all of God’s laws. Romans 13:8-10
  • We put on the full armor of God daily to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.                Ephesians 6:10-18
  • We will no longer follow the lust and pride of their flesh. Galatians 5:16-24
  • We will walk by the Spirit and our lives will produce the fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22
  • We will Worship and sing praises to the Lord. Psalm 104:33
  • We will rejoice in the Lord always. Philippians 3:1, Philippians 4:4

There is an amazing amount of Truth referenced above. This study has clearly provided me with a list of many areas where I need to grow. Perhaps you are humbled by this Truth as well? Pray for the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom and understanding as you meditate on these truths, and the Lord will richly multiple your knowledge of how to change in order to be the Christian He wants you to be. 

I realize that this list is only a good starting point for us to meditate upon. There are many other Truths that I could have listed as well. 

 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
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God Bless you my friends, Bob

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