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Learn The Truth; Live The Truth

By Don Loftis | 09.04.13

We have all met doctors who don’t practice what they preach about health.  Contrary to what they expect of us, they may be overweight, smoke cigarettes, fail to exercise, and not get enough sleep.  In a similar way, well qualified financial planners may not have the best track record of investments.  We all know that knowledge does not guarantee application.

Certainly biblical knowledge is important.  The prophet Hosea delivered God’s proclamation, “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge.”  But doctrinal soundness does not guarantee spiritual excellence.  That is why teens who know that premarital sex is wrong still yield to fornication, and preachers who condemn adultery can still end up in an affair.

The daily challenge of discipleship is to obey the will of God that we learn.  Jesus said in Mt. 7:21, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.”  John introduced the book of Revelation (1:3) with a similar admonition, “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near.”

We need to remember that the Day of Judgment will be more than a written test to discover what we know about the Lord’s Supper.  It will be an examination of how we have lived our lives before God and our neighbor.   Let’s learn the whole Truth and live the whole Truth.


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