Archive for January, 2008

The Truth Shall Make You Free!

Monday, January 14th, 2008

The following quote is taken from my book, The Portrait of a Christian by Raymond D. Sopp:

Note: I awoke with the following chapter from my book upon my heart. My heart was so burdened that tears came into my eyes. So burdened that words fail me as to how to encourage you to click on the link below to read the entire chapter, and then perhaps, prayerfully consider ordering a copy of my book through the other link offered to you below. So allow me to say it in this way: By the authority given to me by my calling as God’s Watchman, I encourage you – no, I implore you to at least read this entire chapter from my book, and if possible, order a copy of my book for you or to give to a friend. And please, please encourage others to do the same. Whatever your response is, thank you and God bless you for at least reading about the burden God placed upon my heart.

Chapter: Jesus said in John 8:32, “. . . the truth shall make you free.” But, how can you know what the truth is with so many voices saying so many different “truths” about God, and Christianity in general? The first thing you must do is place such a great value in your heart for the truth that you will seek it with all your heart. Matthew 13:44-46: “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had, and bought it.”

The truth can only become that valuable to you if you come to understand that you have a need to be set free. For example, we see that the Pharisees thought they had no need to be set free in John 8:33, “They answered Him, ‘We are Abraham’s offspring, and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, You shall become free?'” The Pharisees knew the Scriptures inside and out; they could quote volumes of Scriptures at the drop of a hat. Almost every day they spent the day debating the Scriptures but somehow they did not know they were slaves to sin and needed to be set free.

John 8:34-36: “Jesus answered them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. And the slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. If therefore the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.'” In the pride of their heart the Pharisees thought they already had the truth; they were Abraham’s offspring, holy, and God’s chosen people. Therefore, Jesus’ statement, “the truth will set you free” had no real value to them; upon seeing no value in the truth, (being unteachable — unyielding — stubborn) they turned away from the truth and embraced a lie. The Pharisees’ pride blinded them to the truth. Jesus had said something to them that they did not want to hear; after all, they already knew the “truth” — or so they thought.

But you might say, “That was the Pharisees; what does that have to do with me?” The Apostle Paul, talking about the last days in 2 Timothy 4:3-4 said, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths.” If this is indeed the last days, should we not be careful that we do not reject the truth simply because it was not what we wanted to hear? Millions are going to hell, because they (like the Pharisees) don’t like being called a sinner, and therefore, they accept the myth, “it’s an alternative life style.” Beware that you don’t reject the truth for a lie because you are too proud and hardhearted to accept it. If you think that cannot happen to you — think again. Jesus told us — no, He commanded us, that we must forgive. But how many of us quickly reject that truth because that is the last thing we want to hear after someone has deeply hurt us?

Proverbs 1:7: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” If you want to be blessed with the discernment to know the difference between truth and error, you must be humble and teachable. The word “fear” as used here just means you respect God — respect God enough to take His Word seriously. To fear (respect) God enough to esteem His Word even if it is not what you want to hear; allowing God’s Word, and not your emotions, to be a lamp unto your feet.

You can read the entire chapter from my book at:

www.SoppMinistries.org/index15.htm

Book Website: www.SoppMinistries.org/index37.htm