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Believe In Absolute Truth ..... December 6, 2020

Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14: 6 ESV

We are living in a time when many people question if there is such a thing as absolute truth. At the risk of causing some to stop reading, let me say ... yes... there is absolute truth. In the Bible, there are principles by which we live, historical accounts from which we learn, and yes, even much that perhaps we do not understand or at least that I still don’t understand, but this I know: there are absolute truths. It is upon absolute truth that my faith is established as I seek to live by biblical principles, learn from historical accounts, and attempt to understand the things I don’t understand. In my limited understanding of God, who is beyond anything my human mind can comprehend, let me explain my previous statements.

Biblical Principles: What exactly are biblical principles? These are values in a disciple's life that are biblically based which are lived/followed/acknowledged on purpose and for the purpose of glorifying God. May I give an example of what I mean? I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 NKJV This doesn’t mean a person can jump off a cliff and fly. Rather, the principle is, Christ gives us strength in life situations. In order to understand this verse in context, read the verses written just before and see all that Paul was describing he could do through strength given by Christ. To be content in every situation...vs11. How to be brought low and how to abound in every circumstance... the secret of facing plenty and hunger..... abundance and need....vs 12. Do we live by this principle—doing all things by living in the strength that Christ gives? When going through difficult times, I call it, as from a book I once read, “Grace For The Moment” by Max Lucado. God gives us what we need just when we need it, and in faith, we trust in his strength. Then, just as Paul, we will have the testimony of ... I can do all things through Christ. Never forget that The joy of the Lord is your strength (Nehemiah 8: 10b )... not just the knowledge of him.

Historical Accounts: There are many historical accounts of God’s dealings with people in the Old Testament which sound contradictory to the New Testament account of God. I have said many times that I am thankful to be living on this side of the cross and living under grace. However, these accounts remain true, and there is much to be learned from these accounts. One such thing I have grown to understand is that God is Holy and he has no part in nor tolerates sin. The destruction of the world by a flood, the destruction of whole cities, and other accounts in the Old Testament caused me to ask why. As stated... the only answer is: God has no fellowship with nor tolerance of sin. When I look at the history of the Old Testament and the history of the cross, I see how seriously God deals with sin. The Old Testament shows much of the wrath of God, as does the cross for the punishment of sin. When I look at Hebrews 13:8 ESV which states... Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever, this reminds me that God has not changed and will one day have a final judgment for all sin. The only thing that will cause your future not to be as the history of his wrath is to be covered by the blood of Jesus that was shed upon the cross, paying the debt of sin. I heard a statement this week which will be forever in my memory... Mercy is not giving me what I deserve... Grace is giving me what I don’t deserve. That again is why I am thankful to be living in the age of grace, for Jesus paid the debt of sin that I could never pay. For our sakes he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV..... Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin. Hebrews 9:22b ESV.... ( Read all Hebrews chap 9) For by grace you have been saved through faith, And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8 ESV

Absolute Truth: Now we come to what is absolute truth. Understand, all the Bible is truth-based, but the following is the foundation/cornerstone of absolute biblical truth. Jesus Christ was present at the creation of the world and was the word of God made flesh. (John 1:1-14). Jesus was born of a virgin, conceived by the Holy Spirit, being totally God and totally man. (Luke 1:26-35... John 1:14). Jesus never sinned (2 Corinthians 5:21) Jesus was God’s only Son. (John 3:16) Jesus was the perfect lamb of God to take away the sins of the world. ( John 1: 29) Jesus died on the cross John 19:28-37) ... Jesus was buried (John 19: 38-42)... Jesus rose on the third day, conquering sin and death. (John Chapter 20). Jesus ascended to Heaven. (Mark 16: 19). Jesus is coming again. ( John 14:3) No one will enter heaven without Jesus. (John 14:6)

Application: Believe... If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and BELIEVE in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one BELIEVES and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. Romans 10: 9-10 ESV. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Romans 10:13 ESV Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14: 6 ESV This JESUS IS THE CORNERSTONE that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is NO OTHER NAME under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. Acts 4:11-12 ESV

How shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? Hebrews 2:3a ESV

Because of His Grace ~ Pastor David