Summary: Seven things you need to know about truth are.....
WESTSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH
PASTOR: TERRY VAUGHAN
SERMON TITLE: MANIFESTATION OF THE TRUTH
“For God so loved the world , that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:16-18
TEXT VERSE: 2 Corinthians 4:1-2 “Therefore, seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every mans conscience in the sight of God.”
I like that part where it says, we have this ministry. See when the Lord went away he left his ministry in our hands. That’s scarey, isn’t it? In the book of John he said he’d go to the Father and he said greater works than what I’ve done, you’ll do because I go to the Father.
One thing we thought about in verse 2 is the manifestation of the truth. It’s very important that we know the truth this morning. The Bible says that the devil is a liar and that he’s the father of it. There’s a lot of people in the world today that will believe a lie before they’ll believe the truth. Seems like you can tell the old natural man anything and they’ll believe it. But I’m glad there’s a lot of Christians that will stand on the true word of God. I’m glad Revelations says that you can’t add nothing to it or take anything away from it. It will always stand. When I hear that word truth I think of the word fact. It’s not fiction. It’s real. There’s a lot of churches out there that aren’t preaching the truth. Their made up of man made religion. There’s a lot of churches out in the world that people can come and get what they want ( a little tickling of the ear) and then they’ll go home and throw some of the biggest drunk parties you’ve ever seen. If my salvation weren’t no better than that, we’d need to change it and get something else. I’m glad we’re able to stand on the truth.
In John 18:38 “Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.” People were wanting to get rid of Jesus. They didn’t like him. They said to crucify him. They didn’t want to hear what he had to preach. There’s a lot of people in the world today like that. They want to do away with religion and Jesus because they feel like their not able to stand the test. But while the crowd was there yelling to crucify Jesus there was also another crowd there following Jesus up to the cross and they cried out to God and it didn’t matter to them about those others that didn’t believe. They believed. When they brought Jesus up to old Pilate and one said crucify him and the other said don’t, he’s a messiah, our Lord. Pilate didn’t know what to do. So Pilate said, What is the truth? I want to tell you what the truth is. John 14:6 says “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” There’s not a lot of truth in the world but there’s a lot of truth in the word. Why you get start a rumor that you was at Stone Mountain and you saw Christ walking on top and you can get that put on the news and in about two weeks there will be thousands of people flocking around Stone Mountain. They are always looking for a sign. Just look in the good book. You’ll find what you need there. That’s where you’ll find the truth.
Romans 1:25 “Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever.”
I want to share with you a few things about truth.
NUMBER ONE: Know the word of Truth. Study the word to show your self approved. You want to be a good soul winner, a good husband, a good wife a good parent? Get in the word. Find out what the truth is and the truth will make you free.
NUMBER TWO: Speak the word of truth. Ephesians 4:25 says, “Speak truth every man with his neighbor.”
NUMBER THREE: Believe the word of truth. A lot of people start doubting God. If you’re going to know the truth and speak the truth you ought to believe the truth. 2 Thessalonians 2:12 says “That they all might be damned who believe not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” I don’t want you to be damned. We need to believe the truth. There are people out there that call themselves Christians and they’re living any way they want to and they never get in the word of God and they never go to church and they need the true word of God.