ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free

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Why is it that when the whole world seems to have access to the same information, yet still  all men do not come to the same knowledge of truth, rather there arises even very different religions, sects, conflicting understandings, major differences.

Spiritual truth can come only through divine revelation! All Major spiritual truth comes by divine revelation. Revelation is the revealing or disclosing of  of truth or knowledge through the direct  communication with God,  the process by which God reveals knowledge of himself, his will, and his divine providence, to the world of human beings;

 Real Christians believe and practice that God reveals all  truth through the Bible, His Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit as well..  There too often to day is still the great folly of trusting in self, man and  not trusting in the God who allows us to understand all spiritual things through His Holy Spirit.

1 John 1:  1    That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; 2    (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) 3    That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4    And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. 5    This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6    If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7    But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8    If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9    If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10    If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

John 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Ezekiel 34:16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.

Psalms 34:18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Psalms 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

1 Corinthians 1:20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

1 Corinthians 2:6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

1 Corinthians 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

2 Corinthians 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.

Jeremiah 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Isaiah 26:9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

Most men and women still read books but not the Bible.. Rather learn to Hear the words of God with reverence and next proclaim  it with faith, The more faith you use the more will be given to you.  Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

 Eph. 1:2    Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 3    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4    According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5    Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6    To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7    In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 8    Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9    Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10    That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 11    In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 12    That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

While the words of the Bible proclaim the deeds and clarify the mystery contained in them  the deepest truth about God and Jesus Christ, who is both the mediator and the fullness of all revelation , “now at last in these days God has spoken to us in His Son” (Heb. 1:1-2). For He sent His Son, the eternal Word, who enlightens all men, so that He might dwell among men and tell them of the innermost being of God 

John 1: 1    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2    The same was in the beginning with God. 3    All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4    In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

 Jesus Christ,  the Word made flesh, was sent as “a man to men.”   He “speaks the words of God” (John 3;34), and completes the work of salvation which His Father gave Him to do (  John 5:36; John 17:4). To see Jesus is to see His Father (John 14:9). For this reason Jesus perfected revelation by fulfilling it through his whole work of making Himself present and manifesting Himself: through His words and deeds, His signs and wonders, but especially through His death and glorious resurrection from the dead and final sending of the Spirit of truth. Those divinely revealed realities which are contained and presented in Sacred Scripture have been committed to writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. God, the inspirer and author of both Testaments, wisely arranged that the New Testament be hidden in the Old and the Old be made manifest in the New. The word of God, which is the power of God for the salvation of all who believe (s Rom. 1:16), is set forth and shows its power in a most excellent way in the writings of the New Testament. For when the fullness of time arrived (Gal. 4:4), the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us in His fullness of graces and truth (  John 1:14). Christ established the kingdom of God on earth, manifested His Father and Himself by deeds and words, and completed His work by His death, resurrection and glorious Ascension and by the sending of the Holy Spirit. Having been lifted up from the earth, He draws all men to Himself ( John 12:32 ), He who alone has the words of eternal life ( John 6:68). This mystery had not been manifested to other generations as it was now revealed to His holy Apostles and prophets in the Holy Spirit (see Eph. 3:4-6, Greek text), so that they might preach the Gospel, stir up faith in Jesus, Christ and Lord, and gather together the Church. Now the writings of the New Testament stand as a perpetual and divine witness to these realities.

In His goodness, love  and wisdom God chose to reveal Himself and to make known to us the hidden purpose of His will (  Eph. 1:9) by His word the Bible and by his son  Christ, the Word made flesh,and through his Holy Spirit too. By  the Holy Spirit have access to the Father and come to share in the divine nature ( Eph. 2:18; 2 Peter 1:4). Through these revelations, therefore, the invisible God ( Col. 1;15, 1 Tim. 1:17)  speaks to men as friends (  Ex. 33:11; John 15:14-15) and lives among them  so that He may invite and take them into eternal  life and fellowship with Himself. God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth”:  that is, of Christ Jesus.  Christ must be proclaimed to all nations and individuals, so that this revelation may reach to the ends of the earth:;

Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it (Matthew 10:34–39). But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person (1 Corinthians 5:11).

Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14)

This command from God is to protect us from a physical or spiritual death.

But if that evil servant says in his heart, “My master is delaying his coming” and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 24:48–51).

 

Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk Without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance. Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you—The sure mercies of David. . . . For you shall go out with joy, And be led out with peace; The mountains and the hills Shall break forth into singing before you, And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress tree, And instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree; And it shall be to the LORD for a name, For an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off (Isaiah 55:1–13).

 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” But Abram said, “Lord GOD, what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” Then Abram said, “Look, You have given me no offspring [seed, King James Version]; indeed one born in my house is my heir!” And behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, “This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir.” Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants [seed] be.” And he believed in the LORD, and He accounted it to him for righteousness. Then He said to him, “I am the LORD, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to inherit it.” And he said, “Lord GOD, how shall I know that I will inherit it?” (Genesis 15:1–8, New King James Version throughout)

The seed referred to here is viewed is Jesus Christ

Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,” who is Christ (Galatians 3:16).

 Abram was commanded to perform those sacrifices which were symbolic of Israel. That one seed, Jesus Christ, would be the only seed that could survive the slaughter of the sacrifices as a sign of how this seed would inherit the Promised Land, or the Kingdom of God.

So He said to him, “Bring Me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” Then he brought all these to Him and cut them in two, down the middle, and placed each piece opposite the other; but he did not cut the birds in two. And when the vultures came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away. Now when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold, horror and great darkness fell upon him. Then He said to Abram: “Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years. And also the nation whom they serve I will judge; afterward they shall come out with great possessions. Now as for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried at a good old age. But in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.” And it came to pass, when the sun went down and it was dark, that behold, there appeared a smoking [furnace] and a burning [lamp] that passed between those pieces. On the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying: “To your [seed] I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates” (Genesis 15:9–18).

In Matthew 5:13–16, Christ said that we are the salt of the earth. That happens when we enter into God’s salvation process through the covenant of baptism through which we agree to preserve the seed of Christ in us. We become the light of the world and fulfill the promise God made to Abram that the seed of Christ which came through his body would prevail forever.

The promises God made to Abram were conditional upon his obedience and willingness to get out of his country—away from his kindred and his father’s house—to a new land that God would show him.

Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you [in your seed, Christ] all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” So Abram departed as the LORD had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran (Genesis 12:1–4).

We all also can receive the same blessing if we are willing to preserve the seed of Christ by coming out of this world and following Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit.

Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “As for you, son of man, take a stick for yourself and write on it: ‘For Judah and for the children of Israel, his companions.’ Then take another stick and write on it, ‘For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel, his companions.’ Then join them one to another for yourself into one stick, and they will become one in your hand. And when the children of your people speak to you, saying, ‘Will you not show us what you mean by these?’— say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Surely I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel, his companions; and I will join them with it, with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they will be one in My hand.” And the sticks on which you write will be in your hand before their eyes. Then say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again. They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. Then they shall be My people, and I will be their God. David My servant shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd; they shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes, and do them” ‘ (Ezekiel 37:15–24).

This is all telling us that God called ancient Israel first by bringing them out of Egypt (picturing sin and bondage); but due to more sins of disobedience and without the Holy Spirit to help them, they broke God’s covenant they lost God’s place for them. You and I who have been called last have the glorious opportunity to be in the resurrection that can happen if we accept and follow  the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

Then Peter answered and said to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?” So Jesus said to them, “Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first (Matthew 19:27–30).

Proverbs 10:22 The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.

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