We think truth is hard and unpleasant. For the most part, man’s truth is exactly that. God’s truth, however, is sweet and blessed. It is something to be loved and cherished.
Love for truth is important because it has to do with eternal salvation. Rejecting love for truth results in loss of salvation, 2 Thessalonians 2.10: “They perish because they did not accept the love of the truth in order to be saved” (HCSB).
In the context of this verse, although some things are difficult to understand, several principles appear clearly.
First, the truth can save. This truth is the gospel, the Good News of Christ, Ephesians 1.13; Colossians 1.5-6; Galatians 2.5, 14. It is all that Christ taught and accomplished, especially his suffering on the cross. It is the “doctrine of Christ” 2 John 9-10. So we ought to love the truth, because only it can bring us eternal salvation.
Second, there are forces and influences in the world that want to deceive us and keep us from believing the truth. We ought not to be naive about evil. The devil is the father of lies who does not hold to the truth and who wants to keep others from it as well, John 8.44.
But the Evil One is not more powerful than the Most High. “The Lord will destroy [him] by the breath of his mouth and wipe [him] out by the manifestation of his arrival” 2 Thessalonians 2.8 NET.
At the same time, the devil is able to remove us from the Way, if we permit it. This is why the Scriptures provide constant warnings to watch and to resist temptation.
Third, some reject the truth and will be condemned as a result. God permits people to be deceived. He respects our free will. We must choose, and God respects our choice. To believe a lie means that a person believes that the lie is true. Whoever rejects the truth delights in evil, 2 Thessalonians 2.10.
Fourth, the appropriate response to the truth is faith, 2 Thessalonians 2.12-13. This includes obedience to the gospel, 2 Thessalonians 1.8, for faith is not mere intellectual acceptance of truth, but the committing of life and future to the truth. Faith includes doing the will of God, Matthew 7.21-23, obeying Jesus and doing all that he orders, Hebrews 5.9; Matthew 28.20.
Fifth, today we possess the truth transmitted by Christ’s apostles, in their writings, 2 Thessalonians 2.15. No one living today speaks by inspiration. We have the letters of the apostles, the writings of the first-century prophets. In the New Testament is all God’s revelation about Christ and the salvation which he accomplished. In his wisdom, God determined that his covenant with man would be preserved by means of a written document, the New Testament.
So how do we have love for the truth? By knowing and living it. By dedication to the reading and study of the Bible. By sharing it with those who still need to hear it. By glorifying God in it, as did our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Because love for the truth is love for Jesus, John 14.6.
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