Experiential Truth

I’m always amazed each time I read John 18:37-38. Jesus, who is the Truth, stood before Pilot. He had just said, “…I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” It is obvious that Pilot did not hear Jesus’ words. In verse 38 he said, “…What is truth?…”

How do we fall into sin-ruts? We don’t really understand Romans 6. Verse 1-2 says, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?” The only answer is because we were and are still deceived.

Verse 11 says, “Likewise you also, reckon yourselves dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Dead things have no response. I have read that when a raven comes upon what looks like a dead animal, they will peck at their eyes. If the animal doesn’t flinch then they know they are dead.

When we accept and dialogue with a temptation to sin, we demonstrate that we have not reckoned ourselves dead to sin. The temptation is just a warning for us to flee! When we instantly flee, the drawing-enticing power of the temptation is instantly broken.

Jesus spoke to the Jews in John 5. Verses 38-40 say, “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.”

We can go to church, seminars, conferences, and read books that speak of truth. However, until that truth becomes part of our daily lives, we are like the verse says in 2 Timothy 3:7. It says, “Always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

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