So I have Salvation Now What??
1 Timothy 2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
The last part of verse four says God wants us “to come unto the knowledge of the truth". So there must be a truth we can find or come unto. So then the question becomes where do we find this truth? It can’t be a relative thing. There is no truth that changes from one person to another. Truth cannot become a thing that changes. Truth is defined as:
1. the true or actual state of a matter: He tried to find out the truth.
2. conformity with fact or reality; verity: the truth of a statement.
3. a verified or indisputable fact, proposition, principle, or the like: mathematical truths.
4. the state or character of being true.
5. actuality or actual existence.
Math gives us the best example 2+2=4. It is not 3 because you decide it is 3 or 5 that isn't a separate truth it is plain wrong. The word of God like math does not have one truth for you and another truth for me. You are either saved by believing God raised Jesus Christ from the dead or you aren't. Now there maybe things you need to understand so it does not contradict other scriptures. We either are saved by grace in this age or we are not.
So where are we to look for the truth God is talking about.
2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
The word study means to put forth a diligent effort. We are to put forth a diligent effort to rightly divide the word of God. Every one divides the word of God. The question is do you rightly divide it?
Let’s look at the ESV for a clearer understanding of this scripture.
15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
Most of the modern translations of the Greek word : endeavour (3x), do diligence (2x),be diligent (2x), give diligence (1x), be forward (1x), labour (1x), study (1x).
It is our job to dig into God’s word. That requires work, I know that is a four letter word but it is a good four letter word.
We have no choice but to go to these ancient words to find the truth. Please never think of the Bible as a stuffy old book it applies to all we do today.
2 Peter 1:3a According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness
That is a big claim! He gave us all things that pertain unto life.
How will you know if that is true if you never even open the book to see what it says? A person with a great deal of love in their heart said those words to me many years ago and here I am still opening the book to dig out those truths that God said, and still learning.
Act 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
This verse is talking about the people in Thessalonica which was a city in Macedonia. Paul and Silas were there between 2 - 3 weeks and ended up having to leave the city because they had taught the word of God so successfully that many religions were losing their followers and became jealous and had decided to kill Paul and Silas. So they escaped to a town called Bera where they went right back to teaching the bible. These men and women were called more noble because they searched the scriptures see if Paul was telling them the truth.
That is a truth for you to live by never just blindly accept it when someone says something is in the bible. Make them show it to you.I don't care if they have a PHD. If they say something is in the bible then make them show it to you.
John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
Jesus Christ says that the scriptures all testify about him. So if you read in the Hebrew Scriptures they are in some way talking about Jesus Christ. He read all the Hebrew scriptures. He had to figure out what they meant about him. We should do the same.
Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
The stayed means to set upon like you set a speaker on a shelf. It could also be resting upon. We rest our minds on the word of God we need no more support than the word of God. How much can we rely on the word of God? Well let's see what God thinks of his word.
Psalm 138:2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
God has magnified his word above all his name.
That is how important God thinks his word is.
One last verse.
Isaiah 50:7 For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.
Here is what flint looks like:
Flint is a very hard stone. It is used in a lighter to make a spark which causes the wick that is soaked in a flammable liquid to catch on fire. A flint if you mind is stayed on God won't move no matter what kind of a rock you throw at it the rock will bounce off. The flint will be unaffected the rock thrown at the flint may even brake but the flint stays in place.
Read the scriptures do as they say rest your mind on God and never waver.