A Love for the Truth
"And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in
them that perish; because they received not the love
of the truth, that they might be saved" II Thess 2:10.
Notice that it is "a love for truth" that is the
safe-guard against deception and error.
All deception contains varying amounts of truth, or else
no one would be deceived. If error were easily recognized
as error, it would be quickly rejected. To deceive means "to
mislead by falsehood, to delude, or cause to roam from safety."
Those who press on to receive the Lord's best in their lives
are the chief targets of the enemy; for he works to cause
these to deviate from the true foundation of Christ, and away
from the purity of building on that foundation through the
working of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ is the foundation and the truth, and "He
revealed" is the expression of truth. After His death
and resurrection, we, the Body of Christ, became the multiplied
seed and embodiment of His Life, which is truth. Thus, the
object of the enemy is to squelch this life by mixing truth
with just enough falsehood that confusion results, and thwarts
the purpose of God.
In our human reasoning, we may wonder why all this is allowed,
as God's sovereignty is an established fact to the believer.
However, in His plan and purpose to dwell with man, and in
order to have an instrument of expression - the life of His
Son manifested through His creation, He has limited His sovereignty
(with boundless grace) in His dealings with His creation.
Today the Lord is saying, "Arise, fulfill that to which
you have been called; bring body and soul into subjection
to the spiritual man within" (Eph 4:13, 24). To bring
about this full subjection, we must hear the truth and appropriate
it into our very beings.
Yet we struggle as to how the truth may truly be known. The
answer is to have a genuine "love of the truth."
Along with this, we must, in deep humility, be willing to
be proven wrong and in honesty, recognize our human frailty.
A mark of maturity in a believer is his willingness for adjustment,
enlargement, and growth.
At this present time, our Lord is bringing into being a true
corporate expression of His life, an overcoming body of believers,
set free of all the limitations which were established by
man and by the enemy.
Only a genuine love for the truth will keep us on the right
path and lead us into our full inheritance in Him.