Grace Energized Men are Grounded in the Truth
Have you ever wondered how God looks upon us as we come together to worship each Sunday? God has said that He looks at us as His family or household, gathered as pillars solidly grounded in a foundation of truth. That is how He sees us, and we should remember that as we gather.
Please open with me to I Timothy 3:15.
1 Timothy 3:15 " but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God [lit. ‘household'], which is the church of the living God, the pillar [Timothy was pastoring in Ephesus that had the Wonder of the World, Temple of Diana (Artemis) with 127 gold covered columns] and ground [only here in N.T. and means foundation] of the truth". NKJV
We gather as Christ's Church. We are members of God's household and part of His family; and our purpose is to uphold by what we live and say God's Truth as recorded in the Bible. We are to know, believe, live, and proclaim truth as Christ's church. We are indwelt by the Spirit of Truth, and hold a copy of the inspired Word of Truth. Note what Paul said in v. 15 "how you ought to conduct yourself"? That is exactly what we are looking at today, the way saints conduct their lives.
Please turn onward in your Bibles to Titus. In Titus 2:2 we are in the midst of a look at the grace-energized men of Christ's church who have healthy (are sound in the) faith—they are grounded in the truth. Just as God is Love, and is Holy, and is Righteous, so also God is TRUTH.
Truth is defined by our dictionaries as:
Truth: "conformity to fact or actuality; proven to be or accepted as true; reality; actuality; often truth is defined as that which is considered to be the supreme reality and to have the ultimate meaning and value of existence." (The American Heritage Dictionary)
We worship a God who calls Himself the God of Truth (Deut. 32:4; Psalm 31:5).
Deuteronomy 32:4 "He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He." NKJV
We trust a Savior, God the Son who calls himself The Truth (John 14:6), and came to us full of grace and Truth (John 1:14,17).
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." NKJV
We are indwelt by God the Spirit who calls Himself the Spirit of Truth (John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13).
John 14:17 "the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you". NKJV
We read and study God's Word which is called the Word of Truth (Psalm 119:43) and as God's children are called followers of the Way of Truth (Psalm 119:30); because we were born again by the Word of Truth (Eph. 1:13; James 1:18; I Peter 1:22).
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