Know the Truth, Live the Truth


Truth matters! What you believe will impact your life, your decisions and your future. In our day and age many people think that what you believe does not matter as long as you are sincere. However, it is possible to be sincere but sincerely wrong.

Paul wrote to the Galatians because he was shocked that they were already turning away from the true gospel to follow a false gospel. (Galatians 1:6, 3:3, 4:9) They had distorted the gospel of grace by added religion, circumcision, good works, among others as necessary for attaining salvation. Studying the book of Galatians will help us to correct our beliefs and doctrine, especially when it comes to the gospel.

Paul wrote in Galatians 1:6-9, “I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!”

It’s imperative to know the truth. Truth doesn’t change. According to Paul no one can change the gospel, not the Apostles or even the angels. And if anyone does preach a gospel contrary to the true gospel, Paul says, “…he is to be accursed!” That is how serious the truth is! Truth is 100% accurate. Counterfeit truth is often 99% true. To discern truth from error, we need to systematically study the Bible. Flannery O’Connor says, “The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.”

If truth – the Gospel is being distorted then, even before early first century Christians, how much more today? What is our safeguard? Go back to the Scriptures. Paul states the truth about the gospel in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4:“Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” The truth of the gospel is that Jesus was born, died for our sins and rose again on the third day. We are saved when we believe this by faith alone, not by good works or being religious. Galatians 1:16 says, “Nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus”, even we Vol. 22 No. 39 September 26, 2010 CCF Weekly Bulletin CCF Mission: Making Committed Followers of Christ have believed in Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law shall no flesh be justified.”

We may not understand it or even believe it but God’s truth does not and will not change. However, truth will change our lives when we believe it and live it. It changed the life of Paul as stated in Galatians 1:10, “For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.” The word bond-servant means a volunteer servant somebody who was given the freedom to go but who chose to stay and serve his master as Paul chose to serve Jesus. That is the power of the gospel.

The truth is important because the truth will set the direction of our lives. If the direction of our life is wrong, we will not reach the right destination. Intention does not determine our destination. We need to change our direction by aligning it with the truth, because only this determines
your destination.

To do this, the solution is simple: Study and follow the Word of God. Cling to the truth; for the truth will set us free.

Truth matters! What you believe will impact your life, your decisions and your future. In our day and age many people think that what you believe does not matter as long as you are sincere. However, it is possible to be sincere but sincerely wrong.

Paul wrote to the Galatians because he was shocked that they were already turning away from the true gospel to follow a false gospel. (Galatians 1:6, 3:3, 4:9) They had distorted the gospel of grace by added religion, circumcision, good works, among others as necessary for attaining salvation. Studying the book of Galatians will help us to correct our beliefs and doctrine, especially when it comes to the gospel.

Paul wrote in Galatians 1:6-9, “I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!”

It’s imperative to know the truth. Truth doesn’t change. According to Paul no one can change the gospel, not the Apostles or even the angels. And if anyone does preach a gospel contrary to the true gospel, Paul says, “…he is to be accursed!” That is how serious the truth is! Truth is 100% accurate. Counterfeit truth is often 99% true. To discern truth from error, we need to systematically study the Bible. Flannery O’Connor says, “The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.”

If truth – the Gospel is being distorted then, even before early first century Christians, how much more today? What is our safeguard? Go back to the Scriptures. Paul states the truth about the gospel in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4:“Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” The truth of the gospel is that Jesus was born, died for our sins and rose again on the third day. We are saved when we believe this by faith alone, not by good works or being religious. Galatians 1:16 says, “Nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus”, even we Vol. 22 No. 39 September 26, 2010 CCF Weekly Bulletin CCF Mission: Making Committed Followers of Christ have believed in Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law shall no flesh be justified.”

We may not understand it or even believe it but God’s truth does not and will not change. However, truth will change our lives when we believe it and live it. It changed the life of Paul as stated in Galatians 1:10, “For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.” The word bond-servant means a volunteer servant somebody who was given the freedom to go but who chose to stay and serve his master as Paul chose to serve Jesus. That is the power of the gospel.

The truth is important because the truth will set the direction of our lives. If the direction of our life is wrong, we will not reach the right destination. Intention does not determine our destination. We need to change our direction by aligning it with the truth, because only this determinesyour destination.

To do this, the solution is simple: Study and follow the Word of God. Cling to the truth; for the truth will set us free.

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