Handling the Truth
“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” ~ 1 Corinthians 1:18
"That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life— the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us— that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you that your joy may be full." ~ 1 John 1:1-4
"He said to them, 'But who do you say that I am?'” ~ Matthew 16:15
Many seek the Truth while anticipating an outcome. There are persons who genuinely seek Truth anticipating they will find it. There are also those who seek to prove there is no Truth. The message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing. Many approach the Bible with the expectation of it appearing foolish, justifying their choice to not believe and submit. These are those who have made up their mind regardless of any compelling defense we might be able to present. They have chosen that the Truth of Christ is foolish. I have talked with such persons where they’ve responded favorably to the reason I have presented only to still not choose to believe. As said before they have made up their mind already.
It’s not really about believing that Truth exists. It’s about what we do with Truth that impacts our eternal destiny.
Here’s a question to consider: Do the people who were present at the trial and crucifixion of Jesus still exist today?
Yes, they do!
Pilate: these are the ones who are made callous by their own sin. They know the truth and scoff, “What is truth?” In that sense they find the Truth of the Cross foolish. When Pilate met Truth he scoffed at Him.
Caiaphus: These are the religious who have heard and read truth, maybe walked with it. Yet when they encounter Christ they feel threatened. These are those who kill Truth if they faced it.
Nicodemus: These are those who know there’s Truth, having read and sensed it. Their wonder causes them to search further, even hunting at night. They have it in their mind, “When I find Truth I will submit, even if I don’t understand.”
Peter and John: They never considered the Truth. They’re too busy fishing thinking that is all life is, until Truth comes. They are astounded and do not know what to do with Him, but He’s there. They may betray or be confused until Truth breaks them beautifully so that they are willing to die for Truth.
Judas: These persons appear to respond to Truth favorably. They know how to say what true Christians want to hear. They are even in ministries and seem very fruitful spiritually. Until difficulties come they seem the most trustworthy and reliable. Then when troubles hit it becomes apparent what matters most to these types; what is their 30 pieces of silver.
There will be those who have made up their mind about Truth. They are the fools that reject anything compelling. The Bible warns us about getting into a debate with them, less we become like them.
I have seen that all people recognize the Truth who is Jesus Himself. It is not about them believing the existence of the Truth of Christ but rather what they do with Him.
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