Sunday, 20 November 2016

The Battle For The Truth

"Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life." (John 14:6).

"We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God's original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him." (Col 1:15-16 MGS)

The God of truth created all things in truth, all things were created in accordance and in conformity with the Truth. All things were created to reveal Christ. Paul explained that all things created has their meaning and purpose in Christ. Their purpose was to reveal Christ and Christ is the Truth. Therefore all were created in accordance with the Truth so as to reveal the Truth.

"But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness. They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities. So they have no excuse for not knowing God." (Rom 1:18-20).

God made the truth evident in His creation. It is very obvious and all can see it, we can all see the qualities and the nature of truth in creation. But the wicked one won't allow the truth to prevail. In wickedness he tries to suppress the truth, he battle against the truth. Right on that ground the battle line was drawn and this battle have persist till date. The wicked one has become the father of lie (John8:44) as he opposes everything true. He cause man to trade the truth for a lie (Rom 1:25). Even till today various truth are being suppressed with lies. The truth sets free but Satan wants to enslave us, hence he hid the truth. Let take a few steps back to see how the battle for the truth began on earth.

"You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies." (John 8:44).

Why did Jesus connect “murderer" with lies and the contention against truth? The only way to resist truth is death, you have to murder, to introduce death in order to fight against truth. The truth is the way and the life, to come against truth is to come against life. The world was created in truth and to contend with the truth Satan must introduce death.

"And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”" (Gen 2:16-17).
"When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned." (Rom 5:12).

You can imagine the devil smirking when he heard that Adam's disobedience can bring death. He now has a way to introduce death and infect all that is true in the world. Adam sinned and death spread, it spread to everything, perverting the truth. Creation was affected by the poison of the wicked one through sin. This death penetrates everything created, it distorted the truth. Creation that was created in accordance with the Truth now look caricatured, alienated from the truth having lose it original form. The sun now scorch, the beast kills, the plants overtaken by weed and torn, the earth refuse to yield and disaster plague creation. He poisoned creation with death so that when we look at creation we would not be able to see the truth.

The Truth (Christ) decided to enter the earth by himself. His plan is to reconcile creation to himself. And he would do this through the king of creation - man. Man first would be reconciled with the Truth and through man all things would be reconciled to the Truth (Rom 8:21). Man would see the Truth and be united with him, and through that unity with Truth all of creation would be set free from death and from the perversion of the truth.

"the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time." (Rom 8:21-22).

But the wicked one won't sit back and watch this happen. He brought the battle to man and now through man the battle of truth continue to rage and grew fierce. We must all be awaken to this battle, for the truth must prevail. We must stop being so distracted, we are at war. We must stop playing around and being so amuse with our many Christian topics, fascinating subject and so called mysteries. It is not about being theologically correct, it not about which doctrine it more sensible, it is a battle for the truth. Let the Truth be our focus, our greatest pursuit, our ultimate obsession. Let us press in to know the Truth (Christ), to be united with him. The only way to know the Truth and be united with him is intimacy, yes we must press in and get more intimate with our God. This is a very serious matter, we are at war and we must fight with the greatest resolve, for victory is ours and we must claim it.

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