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^^^THE VALUE OF THE TRUTH^^^
Truth's value cannot be measured with dollars and cents, nor can it be bought with the works of righteousness which we have done (Tit. 3:5).
Salvation from sin is a free gift of God through the sacrifice of Jesus. The Scriptures teach, however, that there are obligations we must meet, sacrifices we must make, to obtain the benefits and blessings of truth.
Many in our society are looking for the cheapest and easiest way out, even when it comes to religion.
Some people want to be called a Christian by taking just enough of the Bible to ease their conscience, but not enough to condemn their wickedness, so they accept a counterfeit truth.
There are many in pulpits throughout the world who offer a counterfeit truth.
Some people are willing to accept the ideas and opinions of men as a substitute for the truth.
Yet, only the truth can save (cf. Gal. 1:6-ff)
The question is whether or not you are willing to make the commitment of paying the required price for truth and what it can provide.
Just ask yourself, "How valuable is salvation"?
Is it worth giving your all, your heart, soul, and mind to the Lord?
Jesus said it is. He compared the kingdom of heaven to a treasure hidden in the field which a man found and hid and from joy over it he went and sold all that he had that he might buy that field.
He also compared the kingdom of heaven to a merchant seeking fine pearls, who upon finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it (Mt. 13:44-ff).
Was the price these men had to pay worth what they acquired?
Yes, it cost them everything but it was worth it! Jesus says such is the kingdom of heaven.
The truth carries a substantial price, it calls for our complete submission and allegiance to the Lord throughout life. But the price, even though it may call for the suffering of persecutions, is far less important that the benefits of truth (cf. 2 Cor. 4:17).
written by Paul Smithson
[This Series was created by Kenny Mitchell for WebUplifterMinistries ฎ2002]
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