Putting ourselves in a place to hear truth is what church is all about! The question is: Do we really want TRUTH?
20 Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace [and truth] have joy.
The first part of this verse can be taken two ways:
- Those who plot evil intentionally deceive;
- Those who plot evil are deceived into doing so.
The second are people who unwittingly do the will of the first. We cannot ever forget that we have an enemy, the devil, whose primary language is lying. Here’s how Jesus describes him:
44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44
Jesus also said in that same chapter, “you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” John 8:32 What truth? The truth about the Gospel, which is the Good News of Jesus Christ. What IS the Gospel?
- God created mankind to love Him.
- Mankind sinned.
- Jesus came to pay for our sin by dying in our place and then rising again.
- He offers new life to all who will die through Him and allow Him to rise in their hearts.
- In His time, He will right this world and we will live with Him forever as it was originally intended.
The first two chapters of Genesis and the last two chapters of Revelation are bookends of the Christian story. Either both are literally true or neither are literally true because Christ is the Hero of both the beginning and the end. In fact, He calls Himself the Beginning and the End:
13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Revelation 22:13
Satan has deceived the world through Evolution and thus undermined the Gospel.
Today at our church, Creation Truth Ministries will be presenting truth about the literal account of the first 11 chapters of Genesis using archeology and other sciences. If you are in the area, that presentation is tonight at 5:00. I would LOVE to have you come. If you are not in the area, please pray that truth would prevail over the deception that Satan has placed in the minds of many through Evolution teaching. May people turn to Christ and His Word through this presentation.
Jesus believed in a real Adam and Eve, the Great Flood, and Jonah’s account. We should, too. I am reminded of what Jesus said at the end of the Sermon on the Mount:
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
CREATION IS THE FOUNDATION OF THE GOSPEL
Abba, may You pique people’s interest as they see the dinosaur bones onstage today. May they come tonight with open minds and ready to hear truth. May they listen to Your Spirit as You confirm truth to them. May they adjust their thinking from what they have known or been taught that is wrong to that which is right. Increase our faith, O LORD, through the knowledge of the truth, and as You do, increase our joy and peace, as well. Looking forward to great things today. Amen.