Faith
Wednesday March 28, 2008
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
FAITH COMMENTARY
"Finding the truth"

Do you hunger and thirst for the truth that God’s Word holds for you? Where do you find it? Better yet, how do you recognize it? Only one source holds the Truth for you and that one source is your Bible. There is no shortcut; it is nowhere else to be found.

John 1:4-5 KJV describes God’s Word as the light of life as it is the source of all Truth. Note that darkness does not comprehend the Truth, the light of men.

[4] In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

[5] And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

The origin of God’s Word is found in John 1:1-2 KJV as you learn that it has been with you since the beginning of time:

[1] In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

[2] The same was in the beginning with God.

Searching for His Truth can lead you in two directions: (1) You can seek it through periodicals and commentaries or (2) You can go to the source of the truth…your Bible. Unlike man’s writings, your Bible is 100% accurate and this supports the fact that you alone are responsible for Finding the Truth.

Extracting God’s Truth from scripture is a big job…It is your job and you need the right tools for Finding the Truth. Your list should include:

1. A King James Bible

2. A Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance

3. A second or third edition of Webster’s Dictionary

Now you are ready!

Your King James Bible is a good choice for two reasons: (1) Most of you use a King James Bible and (2) It is supported by a Strong’s Concordance. Dr Strong’s extensive research makes it possible to understand every Hebrew and Greek word that was translated from the manuscripts to your Bible.

Since English words can be complex and misleading, you also need a second or third edition of Webster’s dictionary to be ready. It gives you a detailed description of the English words in your Bible including their etymology. The etymology gives you the origin of a word and its connection.

The extra effort you are making pays big dividends as knowing God better will draw you closer to Him.

Isaiah 28:9 KJV discusses the knowledge that Finding the Truth yields to you, where it comes from, and how you obtain it:

Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.”

 


 

 


 

Weaning yourself from the milk introduces you to His doctrine and only then do you get into the meat of His Word; Isaiah 28:10 KJV explains further:

For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:”

Taking a verse out of context introduces a different subject and when you follow “line upon line”, God’s message is delivered from scripture to you. Isaiah 28:12-13 KJV connects with “precept upon precept”:

[12] “To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

[13] But the word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.”

“Precept upon precept” is a requirement for understanding scripture; it is “line upon line”. You cannot be refreshed when you are sidetracked from the subject that God is communicating to you. Are you snared by man’s word or God’s? “Line upon line”, your Bible will rescue you.

Making decisions on your own is important! It gives confidence and independence, the qualities you need when you stand alone before God…on judgment day.

Is there more to God’s Word than you have been taught…Are you on your way to Finding the Truth?

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Pastor Billy Johnson can be reached by email at billy@lakeshorebible.info or viewed online at www.lakeshorebible.com