Summary: There are two eternal things that God has committed to the trust of the church: truth and love.
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.
There are two eternal things that God has committed to the trust of the church: truth and love. Truth is eternal. Truth is unmovable, unalterable, and needs not to be defended. Truth only needs to be proclaimed and lived! Love is also eternal. Love is expendable, but never exhaustible. Love never fails in any test, nor withers with age.
Truth declares, "This is the way, walk ye in it." Love replies, "I will." Truth requires a standard. Love submits to it. Jesus told his disciples. "If ye love me, keep my commandments." He who declared, "I am the way, the truth, and the life," was revealing to them that true love requires commitment to a covenant, and commitment is expressed through a lifestyle.
The marriage vows between a husband and a wife are a replica of the inseparable parties of truth and love. Marriage vows are a covenant. Fidelity to those vows can only exist by committal to them through love and truthfulness. This same principle of relationship is enjoyed by the church, for we are espoused to Christ.
We cannot fulfill the guidelines of God’s Word out of the motive of obligation alone. The true motive that causes our joy to be full in Christ is through the love for Him. We do not live and dress according to God’s word because we ’have to.’ We live holy because He is holy, and because we love Him we desire to identify with His likeness! This is the reason believers take on the name of Jesus in water baptism, and come forth to walk in Christlikeness (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:1-17).
The modern church world shouts, "We do not need rules and regulations! We only need love! Do away with the doctrinal standards and take down the wall. We will never win souls with doctrine. Love is the key!" Yes, love is the key. But, so-called love, without commitment, is mere infatuation! It has then become a lewd license to continue a sinful lifestyle without a continue a sinful lifestyle without consciousness of sin. Then truth’s question will be, "... and what are you winning the lost to?"
Truth becomes an elusive commodity if it is not sought after with sincere love. I Timothy 4:1,2 says, "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their conscience seared with a hot iron." There are some people who are "ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." In II Timothy 3:7,8, Paul uses James and Jambres as examples of this, as they resisted the truth. He called them, "men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith."
Paul expresses the urgency of these last days to Timothy, charging him to "preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables" (II Timothy 4:2-4).