Do You Fellowship With Truth?

Friends,
We know that Jesus is the Truth. (John 14:6) We also know that God’s Word is the Truth. (John 17:17 & Ps. 119:160) We know that Jesus is the Word of God in bodily form. (John 1;1,14 & Rev. 19:13 & Col. 2:9) We know that the Holy Spirit is interchangeably called “the Spirit of God” and “the Spirit of Christ”. (Both in Rom. 8:9) Furthermore, we know that 1 John 5:6 says, “the Spirit is the Truth.”

So, in light of all this, I want to emphasize that if someone claims to know God, and to have Christ dwelling inside of him, and to have been born anew by the Spirit, then there is no reason for that person to be living in anything but Truth. If the Holy Spirit of God and Christ dwell within him, then there is fellowship and communication (spirit to Spirit), and he will certainly be experiencing guidance into all Truth. (John 16:13)

If such a thing is not happening, then there is a blockage from the Vine to the branch; and being Jesus says, “Apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5), this then includes the ability to hear Truth from His Spirit.

What is it that the Spirit speaks about? Jesus tells us in John 16:8. He says that when the Counselor “comes, He will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment.” Is this something that is being implemented by those who claim to have His Spirit in them, and claim to be His servants and messengers? Sometimes. But not much. Instead, what is being solicited is the Love-Unity Gospel. And though we are certainly to love everyone, and try to be at peace with everyone, these are only secondary pieces of the true Gospel.

The true Gospel puts at the top this: What Jesus did and does for us. That, friends, is what is to be proclaimed. Proclaimed in the churches, the streets, the cities, and the nations. Every word, attitude, deed, and service of ours is to bow to that. We are to teach obedience to Christ’s commands (Matt. 28:20), and preach that all “should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.” (Acts 26:20) We do this through PREACHING. “How shall they hear without a preacher? …[For] faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the Word of Christ.” (Rom. 10:14,17)

“For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through its wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe… For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Cor. 1:21,18) Yes, this is the way to evangelize. Love, serve, help, listen, yes. But all that falls behind PREACHING –preaching from the infallible Scriptures, the Word of God. In evangelizing, it is never to be left out. For as the above verse states, the message of the cross is in itself the power unto salvation.  God’s Word, not man’s word, has true power.  No other message or effort has His Holy Spirit’s power.  (Zech. 4:6)  Rom. 1:16 says this: “I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes.” “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of [human-inspired] talk but of power.” (1 Cor. 4:20) Power for what? Power to repent, turn to God through His chosen mediator (1 Tim. 2:5), and obey Him.

As Jesus says in John 14:15-17, “If you love Me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever –the Spirit of Truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you.” And in v. 23: “If anyone loves Me, he will obey My teaching. My Father will love him, and WE will come to him and make OUR home with him.”

Friends, when the Triune God sets up His abode within us, we will know Him. And to know Him, is to love Him; and to love Him, is to obey Him. “We know that we have come to know Him if we obey His commands. The man who says, ‘I know Him,’ but does not do what He commands is a liar and THE TRUTH IS NOT IN HIM.” (1 John 2:3,4) This means that anyone who is not controlled by the Spirit, does not belong to Christ, and thus does not belong to God. (Rom. 8:9,14) For “No one who continues to sin has either seen Him or known Him.” (1 John 3:6)

So knowing Him means knowing Truth.

And not knowing Him, means not knowing Truth.

Therefore, those who want to know the Truth need to stop thinking that they can glean any spiritual wisdom from the world. For as John 14:17 tells us, (which I’ve quoted above), the world cannot accept the Spirit of Truth, nor do they see or know Him. Because of this, no true Christian should ask the world anything about Truth concerning God, His ways, or His character. Nor should we adhere to any of their spiritual advice or methods. Why? Because we’ve already been provided with all we need right there in God’s written Word, the precious, living “holy Scriptures, which are able to make us wise…” (2 Tim. 3:15), as we “correctly handle the Word of Truth.” (2:15)

As Jesus says, “If you continue in My Word, you are truly My disciples, and you will know the Truth, and the Truth will make you free.” (John 8:31,32)

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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~ by smilesback on September 28, 2009.

 
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