Remaining in the Truth

(Outline of devotional given to the Men’s Group of Ikthus East – Bacolod City last July 6, 2019)

1 John 2:24-27 ESV

[24] Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and in the Father. [25] And this is the promise that he made to us-eternal life. [26] I write these things to you about those who are trying to deceive you. [27] But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie-just as it has taught you, abide in him.

1. REMAINING IN THE TRUTH IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY.

Divine activity does not mean human passivity.

Philippians 2:12-13 ESV

[12] Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, [13] for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

With great privileges come great responsibilities.

Luke 10:23-24 ESV

[23] Then turning to the disciples he said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! [24] For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”

Mark 4:24-25 ESV

[24] And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you. [25] For to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”

We have a responsibility to grow in knowledge.

2 Peter 3:18 ESV

[18] But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

We have a responsibility to become spiritually mature and someday even become teachers – at least to our families.

Hebrews 5:11-13 ESV

[11] About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. [12] For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, [13] for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child.

Ephesians 4:11-13,15 ESV

[11] And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, [12] to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, [13] until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, [15] Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,

Deuteronomy 11:19 ESV

[19] You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

We have a responsibility to obey the truth.

Jeremiah 7:28 ESV

[28] And you shall say to them, ‘This is the nation that did not obey the voice of the LORD their God, and did not accept discipline; truth has perished; it is cut off from their lips.

James 1:22 ESV

[22] But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

What a privilege the anointing of the Spirit is! We can understand the truth in a way that others can’t? Moreover, we have so many resources and Spirit-filled teachers and freedom and access! Are we doing our best to make good use of this privilege and to be worthy of it?

2. FALLING AWAY FROM THE TRUTH IS A POSSIBILITY.

“Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits. For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt.” – Hebrews 6:1-6

3. UNDERSTANDING THE TRUTH IS A TOP PRIORITY.

“About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” – Hebrews 5:11-14

Author: attycortes

Filipino lawyer, preacher, composer.

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