Hear Truth, Believe Truth
Read Luke Chapter 7
Lk 7:29 (All the people, even the tax collectors, when they heard Jesus’ words, acknowledged that God’s way was right, because they had been baptized by John. 30 But the Pharisees and experts in the law rejected God’s purpose for themselves, because they had not been baptized by John.)
I am always amazed how the Spirit can show us something in scripture that we had never before noticed, even though we may have read it a hundred times. Only recently have I noticed something here which reveals an interesting idea.
Take careful note as to who acknowledged that God’s way is right, and who did not acknowledge that God’s way was right. There is only one difference noted – one group had been baptized by John and the other group had not. What is the significance of that?
Here’s what came to mind. When a person hears God’s truth and believes it, he is much more likely to remain open to further revelation from God. Those who had listened to John’s message and had believed what John said were able to follow through on his truth and submit to his baptism. The latter group had also listened to John’s message, but did not accept it. Because of their unbelief in the truth to which they had been exposed, their minds were not open to receive any additional truth. Therefore, those who had not believed John were not open to believing Jesus.
Does that sound a lot like what we see happening today? Most men and women who hear God’s word for the first time and accept it as true become anxious and ready to receive more truth. When additional word comes from God, they eagerly receive the new revelation. Most men and women who reject their first exposure to truth reject all other words from God.
I know that isn’t a hard and fast rule. Some have rejected truth at first but accepted it later. And there are those who have accepted God’s word at first but rejected it later. But it seems that the much more common response is like that in this passage from Luke. If hearts are hardened at first, it takes a huge miracle of God to soften that heart. Conversely, the heart which is softened at first by the truth is much less likely to reject truth later.
In our SSA world, most of those who have abandoned their homosexual way of life have come from earlier backgrounds where God’s truth about homosexuality was widely taught and believed. Fewer SSA men and women turn away from same-sex actions if their first exposure to God’s word comes later in life. Yes, there are exceptions to that general idea too. But here is something we can take away from today’s thoughts. We have been made aware, by the Holy Spirit, that homosexual behaviors must be abandoned. Because of that, we are more open to believe and receive God’s word. We really are blessed that God has taught us what we need to know. We must cling to our Savior, so that we will always be receptive to further revelation.
Those who reject truth usually open themselves up to greater and greater resistance to God’s word.
Mt 12:43 “When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. 44 Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. 45 Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.”
2Ti 3:12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.
Ac 3:22 For Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything He tells you. 23 Anyone who does not listen to Him will be completely cut off from among his people.’
Prayer: Father, keep us on the right pathway of life. We do not wish to depart from Your word. We believe what You have spoken, and we want to learn more, accept it, and utilize it in our lives.