Oct. 07, 2015
From the pen of Dr. Sam Jones
Religiously, can we know the truth? Can we know God’s Will for all to obey to be eligible to enter into heaven? For centuries philosophers and theologians have been debating questions similar to these. Poets, like Mark Twain, have interjected their perspectives by stating, “The Bible has noble poetry in it; and some clever fables; and some blood-drenched history; and some good morals; and a wealth of obscenity.” But inspired men like the Apostle Paul has stated, “All Scripture is given by inspiration (God-breathed), and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16). According to Paul, all Scripture has its origin in God not man. The Bible contains God’s Words breathed into its writers. Later, the inspired Apostle Peter penned the following about Scripture, “... no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoken as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (2 Pet. 1:20-21). Peter, like Paul, affirms that God used individuals to reveal His message (truth) to people. God has spoken through the 40 different writers of the Bible. God is alone responsible for the content of the Bible. Thus, if anyone desires to know God’s Will or truth to be obeyed to be saved, then he or she MUST study the Bible. It is God’s Word revealed through men.
So, can we know the truth? Absolutely!
In Colossians 1:26, Paul declares for centuries the Will of God was a mystery, but today (now) it has been revealed. One of the functions of the Holy Spirit was to reveal or make known all the truth (cf. Jo. 16:13). As a result of the Holy Spirit performing His responsibility, Paul writes in Ephesians 3:5 that the mystery or God’s Will has been made known or “revealed by the Spirit to His holy (inspired) apostles and prophets.”
People living today are blessed because they can know the truth or God’s Will. Peter states the prophets of the Old Testament and even angels in heaven desired to know and understand what we can know today (1 Pet. 10-12). Because we can know the truth, it’s possible to understand the requirements to have your life cleansed to be eligible to enter heaven (I Pet. 1:22). We can know the truth; thus, daily we should give God praise and thanks that we can have a relationship with Him and the hope of heaven! This is good news. Have a wonderful day!