I am convinced that it is not meant to be an easy task to learn from God what are His truths. That may seem a strange thing for a believer to say or admit. I have Believing brothers and sisters in Christ who believe God’s truth to be different than what I see it. Does that mean that they or I could be wrong. Well yes, truth is never wrong, but I can’t be wrong — right?
Almost everyone of us, or let’s just say all of us have possessed this belief at times that we can’t be wrong about some belief about scripture. This my friend, is why we have doctrinal differences; and this is why we divide doctrine into those that are cardinal or necessary to the believer’s eternal life, and those that are not.
But why is it that we who possess the Holy Spirit are led into different “truths” or different understandings of the same truth? The understanding of this condition must reside in our unwillingness to be taught by the Holy Spirit.
So my question is this: if one believes that he/she possesses “the truth”, is it possible that this one is now at least for a season unteachable? If this is the case just what implication is there for this one based on the scriptures teaching? How can we be sure that we are teachable; yet not just being accepting of every whim of others? How can we avoid being tossed to and fro?
Is it possible for one to be taught who is not seeking truth?
If I choose a Bible college in order to educate myself in biblical truth, will I not receive their particular slant on what scripture teaches? If their slant is wrong and I buy into it; then will I not be blinded by what I come to believe if they are in fact wrong? So is there a danger that we as believers must avoid? If there is how do we make sure that we are seeking God’s wisdom and not man’s?
I have already given you a lot of questions to ponder, but a few more are needed if we are to determine the purity of our motives.
1. Is God’s truth what matters to us or is it that we want to impress others?
2. Where do we turn first if we have a Scriptural or a doctrinal question? Is it to commentary or prayerfully to the scripture itself?
3. Are you asking God to reveal His truth?
4. When you think you have God’s Revelation are you testing it against the word? Is that too much trouble for you?
5. If this Revelation contradicts the word are you ignoring the contradiction? Or are you seeking to study to eliminate seeming contradictions before you land on truth?
6. If you are not yet sure because God has not yet revealed to you a particular answer do you pick a “truth” anyway and apply it? Or are you patiently awaiting God’s answer?
7. When you have God’s understanding and it all fits with scripture do you abandon it when men reject it? Or, are you willing to suffer persecution for your faith which comes to you because of the truth of the word?
Remember the truth that was revealed to the prophets of God was often rejected by the very rulers in Israel to whom it was sent. God’s truth is not always popular even with God’s own people.
He came unto His own and His own received Him not…
Jesus said: If they persecuted Me they will also persecute you.
He said: I Am the Truth
He also said: If you deny Me before men I will deny you before My Father
What is truth anyway? Can I know the truth concerning doctrine? Did Jesus tell you that you can and you will? Are you not getting answers because you are not following the Perscription for truth set forth in the word? Does lean not unto your own understanding mean that you will never understand? May it never be. Study to show yourself approved. Ask and it shall be given unto you. Do not ask amiss. Do not be tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine. Doctrine has man’s thinking involved (can be bad or good. Can involve scripture twisted to comply with man’s thoughts). Truth is scripture interpreting scripture, and it will contradict the thoughts of man who twist it, and who are not subject to it.