“Proverbs 23:23–Buy the Truth, and do not sell it; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding,” is God’s command!
There is only ONETruth. This Truth is based on a relationship. Truth is not wisdom, instruction or understanding. Truth can be bought or sold. God’s law is the Truth that produces righteousness (Psalm 119:142). The Truth sets people free from the lies of Satan (John 8:32). Jesus is the Truth (John 14:6).We are “sanctified through the Truth” (John 17:19).We are to “speak the Truth in love.” Such Truth edifies the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:15-16).The True Church of Jesus Christ is the “pillar and ground of the Truth” (1 Timothy 3:15). The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth (John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13).Obedience to the Truth brings us into a right relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.“Seeing you have purified your souls in obeyingthe Truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brothers, see that you love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which lives and abides for ever” (1 Peter 1:22, 23). He who “walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaksthe Truth in his heart” abides in the Lord’s tabernacle(Psalms 15:1, 2). The “righteous nation which keeps the Truth” shall have the gates of Heaven’s blessings opened to it (Isaiah 26:2). 2 Corinthians 4:2 says, “But those who have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the Word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation ofthe Truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.” 2 Thessalonians 2:13, 14 says, “But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brothers beloved of the Lord, because God has from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief ofthe Truth: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Timothy 2:4 says, “Who (God) will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge ofthe Truth.”
The Truth is spiritual light. Lies arespiritual darkness. These two cannot co-exist. Unlike the one Truth, there are many lies. See 1 John 1:6-7.The source of all lies is the devil.Jesus told the religious leaders of His day, “You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the Truth, because there is no Truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it” (John 8:44).People who want to substitute God’s Truth for something else have “changed the Truth of God into a lie” and are “worshiping and serving the creature more than the Creator” (Romans 1:25). People who receive “not the love of the Truth” are lost and are perishing. In 2 Thessalonians 2:10we are told,“And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love ofthe Truth, that they might be saved.” Those who believe not the Truth, but have “pleasure in unrighteousness” are damned to hell. (2 Thessalonians 2:12).We are to withdraw ourselves from “perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the Truth, supposing that gain is godliness” (1 Timothy 6:5). Education can give us a false knowledge that causes us to be “ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge ofthe Truth” (2 Timothy 3:7). When we turn away our ears from the Truth we turn to fables (2 Timothy 4:4).Titus 1:14 tells us not to give“heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn fromthe Truth. Hebrews 10:26, 27 warns us “if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge ofthe Truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.” James 3:14 tells us “if you have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not againstthe Truth.” 1 John 1:8 is very clear when it says, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, andthe Truth is not in us.” John further says in1 John 2:4 that, “He that says, I know Him, and keeps not His commandments, is a liar, and the Truth is not in him.”
The two parables in Matthew 13 that refer to sowing sums up the result of failure to follow the Truth as it is in Jesus.In Matthew 13:19, 37-39 Jesus says,“When any one hears the word of the kingdom, and understands it not, then comes the wicked one, and catches away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the wayside.” … He answered and said unto them, “He that sows the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.”
One of the biggest curses upon our world today is denominationalism. Every denomination has its own “truth” based on some person’s Biblical interpretation. All cannot be right, seeing there is only ONE Truth. This curse has brought seven (7) abominations upon our world as follows: “A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that devises wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaks lies, and he that sows discord among brethren” – Proverbs 6:17-19. The image of the modern church, which is to be “the pillar and ground of the Truth,” has been replaced by synagogues of Satan. This “church” has everything from homosexual pastors to such things as calling Jesus “a brother of Satan.” It is difficult to have a spiritual awakening, to get people to witness for Jesus, to fulfill the Great Commission, to have family devotions, to clean up the “swamps,” or to have agape love as the Great Commandment instructs us, with this kind of atmosphere. This has brought very grievous curses upon us from shedding of innocent blood in our abortion clinics to riots in our streets to people who are hardened against the Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the lover of our soul.
It is time for us to “seek the Lord.” As you pray and study the following Scriptures,the Lord will lead you out of the lies of Satan into Jesus’eternal Truth: Deuteronomy 4:29; 1 Chronicles 16:10-11; 22:19; 2 Chronicles 11:16; 12:14; 14:4; 15:12-13; 20:3-4; Ezra 6:21; Psalm 34:10; 105:3-4; Proverbs 28:5; Isaiah 9:13; 31:1; 51:1; Jeremiah 50:4; Hosea 3:5-6; 10:12; Amos 5:6; Zechariah 8:21, 22; Acts 17:27.
Howard Eugene Wright, aka The Master's Guru, is a retired pastor, the author of "The New Handbook for the Coming New Age: Finding Love, Peace and Hope Through the 7 Stations of Enlightenment" and is involved is ministry in Uganda and the USA. He served his country in the US Air Force. He holds a BA degree from the University of Minnesota and a MA degree from Cornerstone University. He is married. He is a born-again, Spirit-filled Christian. He has taught high school chemistry. He is available for book signings, speaking engagements and interviews on radio and TV talk shows.