The “Knowledge Of The Truth” Is The Gospel
By David J. Stewart | April 2019
Colossians 1:5, “For the hope which is laid up for you in
heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel.”
I went walking early today, and thought about the phrase “OF THE TRUTH,” which is mentioned 1 time in the Old Testament and 17 times in the New Testament. I love our text Bible verse! Those people who are “OF THE TRUTH” receive The Gospel (Good News) of the Lord Jesus Christ! The Gospel is THE TRUTH! A person is saved by acknowledging THE TRUTH! 2nd Timothy 2:25, “In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth.” 1st Timothy 2:4, “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” People who desire and seek the truth, if they are not blinded by Satan (2nd Corinthians 4:3-4), will eventually come to the knowledge of the truth of the Gospel!
Thus, getting saved is really a matter of accepting THE TRUTH. 2nd Thessalonians 2:13, “But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.” Please notice that we don't believe because God chooses us; but rather, God chooses us because we believe! Many times in the Word of God, and in the Gospel of John, we are freely invited to receive God's salvation with the wonderful word “WHOSOEVER.” John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Whosoever means you!!!
The Holy Bible calls it a “sin” to reject the Gospel. Hebrews 10:26, “For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins.” Many Bible students misinterpret this passage, errantly thinking it to mean losing one's salvation. However, it means something very different. The “knowledge of the truth” is the precious seed of the Gospel, by which we are saved if we believe. Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” What Hebrews 10:26 really means, is that if a person rejects the truth of the Gospel, there is no other sacrifice (or payment) for their sins. It's the Good News of Jesus or Hell!
There is no way to be saved other than faith in the Good News of Christ's death on the cross, burial and bodily resurrection. Acts 4:10, “Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” There you have it, as recorded in the inspired written Word of God almighty!!! Sadly, most people DON'T WANT the truth, which is why they never come to the Gospel. They never come by faith to “the knowledge of the truth”! 2nd Timothy 3:7, “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” Are you OF THE TRUTH dear reader? Does the truth matter to you? Roman Catholics foolishly listen to what their ungodly heathen priests tell them, without checking the inspired Word of God, to see if what they are being taught is Biblical. I challenge you, whoever you may be, to “try” (test everything) by shining the light of the Holy Bible upon it. 1st John 4:1, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”
The ungodly world rejects the truth of the Gospel, yet spend their lives in vain seeking for the truth! Why do they pass over the Gospel? Why won't they believe on Jesus Christ? The answer is found in John 3:20, “For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.” You see, the unsaved heathen world want a God who permits fornication, covetousness, drunkenness, adultery, drug abuse, lust, murder, stealing, homosexuality and all manner of sin! This is why the Scriptures tell us that when the false messiah comes, who is the Antichrist, he will be a “Man of Sin.” 2nd Thessalonians 2:3, “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.” That is why the Jews and the Arabs historically have rejected the true Christ, because He is the Righteous One; and instead they are all looking for the imitation of Christ—the coming Antichrist—who will personify all manner of sin. No doubt, the Antichrist will be a wicked person—a sexual degenerate, a Rock star, a rolling stone, a liar and materialistic man, a homosexual and rebel against God—and the heathen world will love and embrace him!!!
In contrast, the Bible plainly teaches in 2nd Timothy 3:12 that a saint who “live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” from the ungodly world, as I have my entire life, especially in the secular workplace. That is why Pastor Steven Anderson and the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Arizona are under relentless attack from the world. Pastor Anderson has been wrongly banned from entering London (he can't even make connecting flights there), Jamaica, South Africa, and other ungodly places who sinfully embrace sodomites! Praise God, I am on the Lord's side! (Joshua 24:15). The sodomites have come out of their closets, and frightened Christians have retreated into theirs! 1st Kings 18:21, “And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.” People never change, huh? The prophet Elijah put the Israelites on the spot. He asked the people how much longer they would remain indifferent? The people shamefully “answered him not a word.” That sounds like Bob Jones University, Faith Baptist Bible College And Theological Seminary, Moody Bible Institute, and Pensacola Christian College today, rotting spiritually dead corpses that are nothing more than money-making religious businesses! Where are the fiery Bible-preachers ripping against the sin of homosexuality?
Judges 21:25, “In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” Notice in Judges that every man wanted to do “right.” They didn't want to do wrong! They wanted to do right, but they wanted to decide what was right. That's why the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1973 (Roe vs. Wade) that a fetus in a mother's womb is not a life, so they could ease their conscience every time another abortion is executed. They won't honestly admit that they are committing murder!
And likewise, in a sinful attempt to ease their own seared conscience, the powers that be are pushing the false propaganda that God made homosexuals “that way.” No, God made humans “male and female” (Genesis 1:27). By the way, upper level Freemasons are the scum of the earth, who are responsible for the corruption of America, as signified by that giant erect phallus called the Washington Monument (which is literally 666 feet tall and 666 inches wide). Don't tell me the Devil doesn't rule over the United States!!! Everything at the core of the cult of Freemasonry is evil, deceptive and of the Devil. Thank God for the New Testament Church! We have nothing to hide!!!
Only God has the right to decide what is good or evil. Mankind has never been able to govern themselves, because humans have an ever-changing view of what is right or wrong! Again, to reiterate my point, homosexuality was a punishable crime in all 50 states in 1962, but today (as of June 2015) it is sadly legal in all 50 states. Go figure! What changed? Has sin changed? Has wrong changed? Has right changed? Has God or the Holy Bible changed? No, none of those things have changed. The only thing that has changed is man's perception of what is right and wrong, which varies from place to place around the world in different cultures, and from person to person anywhere you go. Yet, God's Word is unchanging!!! Dear reader, you're either going to believe what God says about man in His Word, or you're going to believe what man says about God. Make your choice!
Again, in 1962 homosexuality was a punishable crime everywhere in the United States, and no one questioned that! But today, just 57 years later in 2019, as of June 2015 homosexuality is the law of the land, as ruled by the same ungodly U.S. Supreme Court. Woe unto America!
Hell is A Bad Place To Be!
AC/DC horribly mocks God in their song, “Highway To Hell” (which has unofficially become our national anthem in America). I don't actually think that all the tens of thousands of AC/DC fans, who scream along that they're on a highway to Hell, really mean what they are singing. Sadly, they don't believe in Hell. THEY WILL! Another big hit of AC/DC is their rhythmic hard rock song titled, “Hell Ain't No Bad Place To Be!” Really? Let's ask the rich man in Hell what he thinks about his eternal home...
Luke 16:23-24, “And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.”
It sure sounds like Hell is in fact A VERY BAD PLACE TO BE! For those foolish people who mistakenly allege that the account of the rich man in Hell is merely a parable, may I quote to you the book of Revelation...
Revelation 20:14-15, “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
Don't be stupid, Hell is real! Why risk spending eternity burning in Hell if the Holy Bible is indeed true? And I assure you that the inspired King James Bible is 100% true! Please don't be blinded by the lusts of this world, the pride of life, the beautiful worldly music, and all that the Devil has to temporarily offer! This life is as a brief vapor the Bible says. James 4:14, “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” Life is so short. John Lennon was murdered by a psycho at the young age of 40. In 2001, George Harrison died of lung cancer from decades of cigarette smoking, at the early age of 58. Glenn Frey of The Eagles died at age 67 from complications caused by the prescription drugs he was taking for arthritis in his hands. Life is so short! I could mention umpteen people who died as teenagers and in their youth. Country singer George Strait's beloved daughter Jenifer died in 1986 at age 13 in a tragic car crash. Death often comes unexpectedly without notice. You don't how you will die someday, but you will assuredly die! Everyone dies, and then the Judgment (Hebrews 9:27).
The loveliest trick of the Devil is to persuade the world that he does not exist! The truth is that if you met the Devil, you might actually mistake him for an angel of God. 2nd Corinthians 11:14, “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” In other words, the Devil is a deceiver, who alters his appearance to hide his true agenda. While Eve was minding her own business in the Garden of Eden, the serpent subtly came to her under the pretense of being her friend, with an insider tip that would allegedly catapult her to deity. When the damage was done, Eve and her husband were permanently cast out of Paradise! Their life afterwards became full of sorry, pain and suffering. The Devil lied to Eve, tricking her to disobey God, which is ALWAYS Satan's intentions! The only plan Satan has for anyone's life is to kill, steal and destroy (John 10:10). After the party is over, and life winds down, reality will set in! Sin always fascinates and then it assassinates! Sin thrills and then it kills!
Sinners Who Are Of The Truth Receive the Saving Knowledge of the Gospel
Here are all 18 mentions of the intriguing, important and often overlooked phrase, “OF THE TRUTH,” from the inspired King James Bible:
Psalms 60:4, “Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.”
John 18:37, “Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.”
Romans 2:20, “An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.”
2nd Colossians 4:2, “But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.”
Colossians 1:5, “For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel.”
2nd Thessalonians 2:10, “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”
2nd Thessalonians 2:13, “But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.”
1st Timothy 2:4, “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”
1st Timothy 3:15, “But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.”
1st Timothy 6:5, “Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.”
2nd Timothy 2:25, “In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth.”
2nd Timothy 3:7, “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
Titus 1:1, “Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness.”
Hebrews 10:26, “For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins.”
May I say, it is sad and tragic that all across America, pastors and churches are indifferent toward truth. I have shared the truth with countless Baptist pastors, who were offended and couldn't have cared less about the truth. I'm talking about the truth that Martin Luther was a false prophet, who taught the big lie of baptismal regeneration (i.e., they say you must be water baptized to get to Heaven). Not one of them thanked me for being a truth-teller. I feel like Jesus, Who after healing ten horribly diseased lepers, was offended that only one bothered to thank Him. I have been forced out of multiple churches in my lifetime over the King James Bible! Satan has crept the big lie into the churches that God's Word has been preserved in hundreds of English Bible versions. Ladies and gentleman, God only authored ONE BOOK! I know that Book to be the inspired King James Bible, which stands alone against all the modern corrupt perversions!!! Lamentations 1:12, “Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by?”
Truth has few friends nowadays. If a person desires THE TRUTH, they will see the glorious truth of the Gospel and be saved. 2nd Corinthians 4:3-5, “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.” Thank God for the saving power of THE GOSPEL! Do you believe the Good News my friend? I sure hope so. I DO!
Getting saved is really a matter of embracing THE TRUTH...
2nd Thessalonians 2:10, “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”
The word “truth” is mentioned 22 times in the Gospel of John, 115 times in the Old Testament, and 109 times in the New Testament. That's 224 times total that we find the word “truth” in the Word of God. As a great Bible teacher once taught me, “Any time God repeats something in the Bible it is for emphasis.” Then THE TRUTH must be important! In fact, the Lord told Pilate that the entire purpose for His coming into the world was to BEAR WITNESS UNTO THE TRUTH!!! John 18:37, “Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.” And please don't miss that last part of the Bible verse... “EVERY ONE THAT IS OF THE TRUTH HEARETH MY VOICE”!!! Whew that's awesome!!! Becoming a born-again Christian is synonymous with being of the truth!!! The unsaved world are living a lie!
False religion offers men hope without truth! As Pastor J. Vernon McGee (1904-1988) often wisely said, “Most people have churchianity without Christianity!” Salvation is NOT found in any religion, but in a Person—the precious Lord Jesus Christ!!!
“Our society has abandoned the Bible, and is hopelessly lost to try to figure out its own problems!” —Pastor Danny Castle, a truthful quote from the needful MP3 sermon titled, "ABORTION!"
John 6:27-29, “Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” I love that! The only “labour” (work) that God requires or allows in salvation, is simply to “BELIEVE” on the Lord Jesus Christ. Isn't that wonderful? I am so glad that God made salvation very simple, so simple in fact, that even a small child or mentally handicapped person can still be gloriously saved by the least amount of faith. It matters not how much doubt or fear you may have friend, God promises to “SAVE THEM THAT BELIEVE” (1st Corinthians 1:21). Faith is not the absence of the negative, it is the presence of the positive (i.e., trust in the Good News of Jesus crucified on the cross, buried and bodily risen three days later for your salvation). Believe it, Oh guilty sinner, and the work is done!!!
John 20:31, “But these are
written, that ye might believe that Jesus
is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might
have life through his name.”
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NOBODY IS LAUGHING IN HELL!!!
Did you know that you don't have to ask Jesus to save you? God has already told you how to be saved, that is, by simply believing that His Son died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and raised up from the dead three days later. Christ raised up from the dead, which means that God the Father accepted His Son's payment for the sins of the world. Christ suffered on the cross so that we wouldn't have to suffer in a literal Hell forever. Amen! You don't have to bow your head to be saved. You don't have to pray. You don't have to do anything except believe that Jesus died on the cross for your sins, and make that your hope for Heaven!
of the child of God is that he loves everybody!”
(a quote from Pastor Jack Hyles' classic MP3 sermon, “FORGIVENESS”)