Truth has a few definitions, one is: in accordance to fact or reality. Another definition is in relation to the philosophers and scientists. The definition of interest is: a fact or belief that is accepted as true spiritually and universally. The word of God says: “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (Jn 8:32, NIV). A Man without the true God, is a slave of passions of his flesh because he ignores that the mind governed by the flesh is death. In contrast, the children of God have a mind governed by the Spirit, enjoying of a new life and peace, even in the face of afflictions. Life for a child of God is just one step closer to eternity.
As descendants of Adam, we are all confused, afraid of everything, especially death. We are in this conflict, and at not finding a solution using our understanding, God in his mercy listens to our plead. In that moment of call, God rules over our problems; he only waits for a plead from the needy in order to come to that unexplainable encounter; it is unexplainable due to the true peace and joy from God. Glory to God! This truth reaches the heart: “Peace I leave with you… Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (Jn 14:27).
This is the rebirth, where God adopts us as children, having Jesus Christ as teacher, brother, and friend, who teaches us how to walk, love, forgive, and serve. The learning begins when we accept his doctrine and repent from our sins to then ask for the ointment of the Holy Spirit; because he tells us “apart from me you can do nothing.” This is how we present our bodies to be crucified, and hence leave the worldly things, by receiving a renovation of our understanding (read Romans 12).
In this new life, God evaluates our faith in order for our love for God and neighbor to grow, and for the fruits of the Spirit to be manifested to show the world to glorify the name of our God. We need: God in our prayers, we need to study the scriptures and to search for the communion with the saints for edification of ourselves. Let us read: “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (Jn 16:33). Christ exhorts us to remain in his truth: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (Jn 14:6). We must be in him in order for him to be in us.
God’s word cleans and sanctifies because it is the truth, and this is why he tells us to study the scriptures diligently, as our daily bread. Men truly have blessings, and the one who practices it, lives in light. The word says regarding men who withhold with injustice the truth: “For although they knew God, their neither glorified him as God not gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile…Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts… for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped… things rather than the creator – who is forever praised…” (Ro 1:21-25).
For those who are Children of God, we have this truth: “The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.” (Psa 19:7). With his word he feeds us like children who search for such foods as these: “I have chosen the way of faithfulness… I run in the path of your commands… Give me understanding so that I may keep your law… Direct me in the path of your commands…” (Psa 119:30-35). These passages can be seen in our testimony where we work, study, etc. The one who says: I know God and does not keep his commandments, is a liar, but those who keep his word, God’s love has been perfected in them, which is why we should walk as he walked (read John 2:3-6).
Remaining in the Lord is dying to the world and living a new life doing his will, bringing the good news of the Lord to the poor, sick, prisoners, and loving our neighbor. God took us out of the world and gave us this command: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” (Mark 16:15-16). The end is near. We are hearing about wars, earthquakes, and plagues. All these are the beginnings of birth pains. There come tribulations, and we will be hated because of the Lord. This is why many will falter, and because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. The gospel of the kingdom will be preached… and then the end will come (read Mathew 24:6-14). Brother, all of this is true, therefore let’s be prepared to wait for our Lord and Savior Jesus in the heavens. Amen.