"The God of Truth"
Many people believe in a caricature of God rather than knowing Him in truth. That is, they embrace a concept of the Lord based not on Scripture, but rather on falsehoods that appeal to the flesh.
"For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him" (II Corinthians 11:4).
"Another Jesus… another spirit… another gospel." No more sober or solemn words exist in the pages of Scripture. It is possible to believe in someone we call Jesus who actually isn't the true and living Christ. Naming the Name without reference to the Person who bears it will yield nothing more than vanity and deception. Little wonder that the Lord Jesus identified those who genuinely know Him as "he that believeth on Me as the Scripture hath said" (John 7:38; emphasis added). Clearly, it is possible to believe on the Savior in other terms, such as "my or someone else's human reasoning have said… my feelings have said… the preacher has said… appearances have said… my fleshly desires have said." We do not want to one day stand before God voicing such rationalizations. Nor should we seek to walk with Him in this day based on any authority other than "as the Scripture hath said."
"Father, do I know You and am I responding to You as You really are? Is my knowledge and understanding of You based on Scripture?" In one form or another, we need to keep these inquires at the forefront of our walk with the Lord throughout our earthly sojourn. Devilish influences abound in a world that "lieth in wickedness" (I John 5:19). They incessantly seek to present the God of caricature to our hearts and minds rather than the God of character, as revealed by Scripture. God must define Himself. This He has done by His Word, and by the Spirit who enables us to rightly interpret our Lord's actual nature and being. A humbly prayerful heart, an open Bible, and a keen awareness regarding the possibility of following "another Jesus, another spirit, and another gospel" will keep us walking in the the Light that reveals God as He is. For the believer, no issue is more important, and no privileged responsibility more vital as we seek to love, trust, and obey "the God of Truth" (Psalm 31:5).
"Who art Thou, Lord?"
"Lead me in Thy truth and teach me, for Thou art the God of my salvation. On Thee do I wait all the day."
Weekly Memory Verse
"But by the grace of God I am what I am: and His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me."
(I Corinthians 15:10)