For the truths sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever

by Mike Ratliff

1 The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth; 2 For the truth’s sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.
3 Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love. 2 John 1:1-3 (KJV)

On this blog we have often discussed apostasy. Why? It is all around us. At this very moment it as if everything is upside down in our denominations. Those who preach outright heresies are lauded and have huge churches. Those who preach nothing but God’s truth along with the Law and Gospel as they also obediently reveal the truth about those in their huge ministries who are leading thousands of goats right into Hell, are also continually attacked by Satan’s seed. These minions of Satan accuse God’s men of being divisive, non-inclusive and racists because they refuse to bow the knee to their idol, Social Justice. However, the real reason they are attacked is their refusal to compromise on God’s truth. God’s truth is what each who are truly in Christ is given when the Holy Spirit comes to reside at that moment of regeneration and justification. This gift of truth is like our salvation being a most precious treasure because it counters all the lies the world has come to believe that keeps those who are not in Christ in darkness.

God’s truth coupled with our living faith enable us who are truly in Christ to walk through our allotted days in this evil world knowing full well that the “truths” being sold us here are temporal like dross while the eternal truths we possess are priceless. Therefore, we can withstand all the world can do to us in its attempt to rob us of our real treasure. Reading through the New Testament of the Peter and John rejoicing after they had been beaten with rods for their faith because they had been found worthy to participate in the sufferings of Christ can be a bit challenging for Christians who have only a far-away knowledge of persecution. However, there are places in this world right now where Christians do suffer like that and it could come upon any of us at any time. I have often wondered how I would respond. I pray I would be like Polycarp who gladly went to the pyre knowing he would awaken in the presence of His Lord. God’s truth coupled with our faith empowered by the Holy Spirit enables us to stand in midst of whatever our enemy does to us and remain faithful.

The following is from Spurgeon’s Morning by Morning for October 25.

C. H. Spurgeon

“For the truths sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.”—2 John 2.

Once let the truth of God obtain an entrance into the human heart and subdue the whole man unto itself, no power human or infernal can dislodge it. We entertain it not as a guest but as the master of the house—this is a Christian necessity, he is no Christian who doth not thus believe. Those who feel the vital power of the gospel, and know the might of the Holy Ghost as He opens, applies, and seals the Lord’s Word, would sooner be torn to pieces than be rent away from the gospel of their salvation. What a thousand mercies are wrapt up in the assurance that the truth will be with us for ever; will be our living support, our dying comfort, our rising song, our eternal glory; this is Christian privilege, without it our faith were little worth. Some truths we outgrow and leave behind, for they are but rudiments and lessons for beginners, but we cannot thus deal with Divine truth, for though it is sweet food for babes, it is in the highest sense strong meat for men. The truth that we are sinners is painfully with us to humble and make us watchful; the more blessed truth that whosoever believeth on the Lord Jesus shall be saved, abides with us as our hope and joy. Experience, so far from loosening our hold of the doctrines of grace, has knit us to them more and more firmly; our grounds and motives for believing are now more strong, more numerous than ever, and we have reason to expect that it will be so till in death we clasp the Saviour in our arms.
Wherever this abiding love of truth can be discovered, we are bound to exercise our love. No narrow circle can contain our gracious sympathies, wide as the election of grace must be our communion of heart. Much of error may be mingled with truth received, let us war with the error but still love the brother for the measure of truth which we see in Him; above all let us love and spread the truth ourselves.

Soli Deo Gloria!

2 thoughts on “For the truths sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever

  1. TRUTH – I believe that this is one of the most important subjects ever. Truth is that which IS. As opposed to the lie – that which IS NOT.
    When Christ first saved me, one of the things which changed in my world was a realization or appreciation of truth and truthfulness. The Truth of God as well as truth in my everyday life among other people. Here I am many years later surrounded by a sea of endless untruths of “the world”. The world has no regard for the truth. But God’s people do. They must! If one does not love the truth – that one is not of God! But is of the Father of lies!
    What is the first piece of armor which we are instructed to put on in this battle to which the redeemed of Christ are called to? “Having your loins girt about with truth”. It is my understanding that That the Apostle Paul meant the all-encompassing truth of God here. The whole truth and nothing but the truth.
    I pray that our Father in heaven grant to us His chosen, eyes and ears to clearly recognize the truth, to be able to discern falsehood, and courage to stand on His truth in these evil days.

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