"Ever Learning"

Do YOU really know the truth?

The Apostle Paul in powerful and ominous warnings spoke of those who would be “always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 3:7).

In 2 Timothy, chapter 4, Paul charges Timothy to “…Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching” (verse 2). Why? Paul continues, in verses 3 and 4, with this further warning: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned to fables.”

In these days-which Paul calls the “latter times”-a frightening warning is emblazoned that “…some will depart from the faith” (1 Timothy 4:1). He goes on to differentiate between those who enter into apostasy and “…those who BELIEVE and KNOW the truth” (Verse 3).

Earlier in his ministry, Paul had confronted the philosophers of Athens. Note carefully the underlying issue he faced in presenting the truth of God: “For all the Athenians and the foreigners who were there spent their time in nothing else but either to tell or to hear some new thing.” (Acts 17:21).

Yet, in Ephesians 4: 11-16, Paul reveals that the whole purpose for Christ establishing a ministry was to edify the body of Christ, bringing it into unity, such that “…we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine…” (Verse 14)

Have we mistakenly fallen into this mindset-we who have been called to understand and live in the truth of God? Do we read every new slant and accept any opposing argument, or do we really KNOW and BELIEVE the truth? Are we anchored with the sure foundation of truth, and are we unshakable and un- compromising in our adherence to what God has revealed to us?

Jesus Christ succinctly outlines the unyielding definition for those who walk as He walked and call themselves Christians: ” ‘If you ABIDE in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall KNOW THE TRUTH, and the truth shall make you free.’ ” (John 8:31-32).

Do you really KNOW the truth?

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