WHAT IS TRUTH?

John 18:38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.

Matthew Henry:

What is truth? 

When we search the Scriptures, and attend the ministry of the word, it must be with this inquiry, What is truth? and with this prayer, Lead me in thy truth; into all truth. 
But many put this question, who have not patience to preserve in their search after truth; or not humility enough to receive it. 

By this solemn declaration of Christ’s innocence, it appears, that though the Lord Jesus was treated as the worst of evil-doers, he never deserved such treatment. But it unfolds the design of his death; that he died as a Sacrifice for our sins. 

Pilate was willing to please all sides; and was governed more by worldly wisdom than by the rules of justice. Sin is a robber, yet is foolishly chosen by many rather than Christ, who would truly enrich us. Let us endeavour to make our accusers ashamed as Christ did; and let us beware of crucifying Christ afresh.

Barnes:

What is truth?

This question had long agitated the world. It was the great subject of inquiry in all the schools of the Greeks. Different sects of philosophers had held different opinions, and Pilate now, in derision, asked him, whom he esteemed an ignorant fanatic, whether he could solve this long-agitated question. He might have had an answer. If he had patiently waited in sincerity, Jesus would have told him what it was. 

Thousands ask the question in the same way. They have a fixed contempt for the Bible; they deride the instructions of religion; they are unwilling to investigate and to wait at the gates of wisdom; and hence, like Pilate, they remain ignorant of the great Source of truth, and die in darkness and in error. 

All might find truth if they would seek it; none ever will find it if they do not apply for it to the great source of light the God of truth, and seek it patiently in the way in which he has chosen to communicate it to mankind. 

How highly should we prize the Bible! And how patiently and prayerfully should we search the Scriptures, that we may not err and die forever!

Gill:

What is truth?

Many things might be observed in answer to this question, as that there is… 

the truth and faithfulness of God in his word and promises; 

the truth of grace in the hearts of his people; 

Jesus Christ himself is truth, he is true God, and true man; 

the truth of all covenant transactions, of all types, promises, and prophecies; 
whatever he said and taught was truth, and the truth of all doctrine comes from him. 

The Gospel is truth in general; it comes from the God of truth; lies in the Scriptures of truth; 

Christ, who is truth itself, is the substance of it; 

the Spirit of truth has an hand in it, leads into it, and makes it effectual; 

the whole of it is true, and every particular doctrine of it; as the manifestation of the Son of God in human nature, his coming into the world to save the chief of sinners, justification by his righteousness, pardon by his blood, atonement by his sacrifice, the resurrection of the dead.

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 

Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. 

1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

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“I CAME NOT TO SEND PEACE, BUT A SWORD”

Follow right manfully in your Master’s steps, for He has traversed this rough way before you.

Matthew 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

Spurgeon…

“The Christian will be sure to make enemies.

It will be one of his objects to make none; but if to do the right, and to believe the true, should cause him to lose every earthly friend—he will count it but a small loss, since his great Friend in heaven will be yet more friendly, and reveal Himself to him more graciously than ever.

O you who have taken up His cross—do you know what your Master said? “I have come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother; and a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.”

Christ is the great Peacemaker; but before peace, He brings war.

Where the light comes, the darkness must retire.

Where truth is, the lie must flee; or, if it abides, there must be a stern conflict, for the truth cannot and will not lower its standard, and the lie must be trodden under foot.

If you follow Christ, you shall have all the dogs of the world yelping at your heels!

If you would live so as to stand the test of the last tribunal, depend upon it—the world will not speak well of you!

He who has the friendship of the world—is an enemy to God!

But if you are true and faithful to the Most High God—men will resent your unflinching fidelity, since it is a testimony against their iniquities.

Fearless of all consequences, you must do the right. You will need the courage of a lion to unhesitatingly pursue a course which shall turn your best friend into your fiercest foe!

But for the love of Jesus—you must thus be courageous.

For the truth’s sake to hazard reputation and affection, is such a deed that to do it constantly you will need a degree of moral courage which only the Spirit of God can work in you.

Do not turn your back like a coward but play the man.

Follow right manfully in your Master’s steps, for He has traversed this rough way before you.

Better a brief warfare and eternal rest; than false peace and everlasting torment!”

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CHRISTMAS – A Poem

CHRISTMAS

Thanksgiving’s gone, another year,

The race is on, we’re in high gear.

Black Friday, the official date,

The shopping mall, our starting gate.

So many trees, and twinkling lights,

Ah, gifts galore, oh what a sight!

The houses glow, adorned anew,

In colors green, red, white, and blue.

The stores are packed, with brand new fare,

And soon you’ll see a Santa there.

The music very mystical,

It makes one feel so whimsical.

Now clean, and cook, and decorate,

So much to do, we stay up late.

Send out the cards, and wrap the gifts,

No wonder that we need a lift.

The day has come, dinner’s ready,

Family gathered, people many.

But do they know of Gospel Grace,

Dare you preach it, now, in this place?

If they’re lost, what could be merry,

Sudden death would be so scarey.

Affections set on things above,

I say these things because I love.

His death remember, that He said,

Not day of birth, we’re so misled.

What have these earthly things to do,

With Jesus Christ who died for you?

Cathy White 2007 ©

1 Corinthians 11:23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:

1 Corinthians 11:24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

1 Corinthians 11:25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

1 Corinthians 11:26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.

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THE ROMAN CATHOLIC EUCHARIST: THE DECEPTION OF WORSHIPING A PIECE OF BREAD

John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

I am posting this video… THE ROMAN CATHOLIC EUCHARIST: THE DECEPTION OF WORSHIPING A PIECE OF BREAD …to refute a false teaching that I recently became aware of by Pentecostal preacher Benny Hinn. (I know the Benny Hinn Rome connection is nothing new, but it still shocked/disturbed me to hear what he said.) I heard him highly exalt the Roman Catholic eucharist. I do believe that there are many Christians who listen to his false teachings and are influenced by what he says.

Is Benny Hinn a Roman Catholic?

Is he a Jesuit … a “pied piper” … leading many of his hearers to Rome?

The institutional organized church has been infiltrated!  

Please take a moment to watch this solid biblically based video refuting the teaching of Rome’s eucharist.

THE ROMAN CATHOLIC EUCHARIST: THE DECEPTION OF WORSHIPING A PIECE OF BREAD

Love a Roman Catholic today. Be a witness for Jesus and preach the Gospel to them. That Roman Catholic that you love so much is in a very dangerous place. Sometimes, even as believers, we fail to grasp the true horror of someone believing the false gospel of Rome. My mom was genuinely saved (and witnessed to my father) after many many years of our witnessing to her and praying for her. I thank  the Lord he set her free. I thank the Lord he set me free. Let’s not forget those who are still in Satan’s grasp. 

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A CUP OF COLD WATER

Jesus promises a reward for showing the smallest kindness, even just giving a cup of cold water, to one of his followers. These words are rarely heard in today’s church.

Matthew 10:42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.

Instead, the False Dispensational teachers of our day tell us we will be blessed if we bless unbelieving Israel, quoting the following Scripture.

Genesis 12:3 And  I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Genesis 12:3 has become the “mantra” of false Dispensational theology.  We hear this verse repeatedly taken out of context, to the point where it has brainwashed many within the church to embrace a twisted meaning of this beautiful Scripture.

Jesus never honored unbelieving Israel.

Jesus wept over unbelieving Israel.

Matthew 23:37-38 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.

Paul never honored unbelieving Israel.

Paul had great sorrow of heart for his lost Jewish brethren.

Romans 9:2-3 That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh.

It is dangerously misleading to teach that the Jewish people are blessed in their unbelief, because the truth is that the wrath of God is upon them.

John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Scripture is very clear in telling us that a person cannot have God as their father if they deny Jesus Christ, the Son.

1 John 2:22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

1 John 2:23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.

John 8:42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.

Scripture clearly identifies Abraham’s true seed.

Galatians 3:29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Romans 2:28-29 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

The blessing of Abraham.

The promise of the Spirit.

Galatians 3:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Abraham’s true seed, according to the promise.

Galatians 3:
26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Romans 9:
6 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:
7 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.
8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.

If we truly want to bless the Jewish people we will preach the Gospel to them, and pray for their salvation.  

*And remember the true promised reward, not for blessing unbelieving Israel, but for showing the smallest kindness, even just giving a cup of cold water, to anyone who is a disciple of Jesus Christ.

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