devotional

07MAY
2012

The greater and the lesser lights

 

     Truth is necessary for salvation. A man can no more believe in a Jesus in whom he has not heard (Romans 10:14) than he can be saved by a false one, Matthew 24:5. Truth is found in all saved people. It is propositional truth that serves as the baseline for the right to then test the faith in any heart by its affections. Truth is the root; willing obedience is the fruit, John 14:15. Truth itself is the first test. It is most certain. Obedience to a lie is merely idolatry in tandem to whatever intensity it’s pursued. It is truth and then a proper response to it that paves the way for the test of right living. The question is not merely do you know the truth, but rather do you love it? Do you walk in honor of it? Ephesians 4:1; 1 Thessalonians 2:12; 2 Thessalonians 1:11. We’re told to test ourselves (2 Corinthians 13:5) and so we should. It’s all about having a right faith in the right God, Jeremiah 6:16.

     Faith is not blind! It is a persuasion based on the supernatural factual. God in His superabundant mercy gives great assurance to believers in this. Christians are proven in their faith by their steadfast obedience to the truth (James 2:17) and it is in obedience to truth that their hearts are joyously sanctified, 1 Peter 1:22. It’s by obedience that we purify our hearts, and the sweet trust of justification through which we boldly draw close to God, Hebrews 7:19. Our works bring this as we’ve been instructed: “let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him,” 1 John 3:18-19.

     In the beginning, “God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night,” Genesis 1:16. Let truth itself be the greater and your obedience to it the lesser light in your life, Psalm 119:105. It is not mere knowledge of truth that saves, but a heart that loves the truth that shows it’s saved.

     Romans 6:17 says, “But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered.” John says, “I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth,” 1 John 2:21. Let your assurances reflect off the truth to which you were delivered, and let that truth to which you were delivered shed its light on your assurance.  

     A godly touch leaves a doctrinal fingerprint. God’s touch is as invisible as the wind, but it will leave its mark. Faith without works is as dead as works without faith, and that’s the truth. For just three great examples of faith statements that do well to doctrinally encapsulate the truths about which I'm talking, see: Together for the Gospel, The Baptist Faith and Message, or The Apostles Creed

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