To Tell the Truth

There was a TV game panel show called: “To Tell the Truth.” Three people claimed to be a certain person. Only one was that person. The pretenders were allowed to lie; the actual person was sworn to truth. It was the panelists’ goal to discover who was the actual person as opposed to the imposters. For born again Christians, two lessons can be drawn from this show. 1. Those who are authentic can usually be identified by those who observe. 2. The pretenders often look like “the real thing.” The more the life of a genuine Christian is probed, the more obvious it should be that they are real. As to the imitators, they are often exposed. At the end of the show the imitators were revealed. At the end of life, all imitators will be exposed. Speaking of wheat and tares in Matthew 13:30, Jesus instructed His disciples to: “Let both grow together until the time of harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into My barn.” All who belong to Jesus should be easily identified by the life they live and the values they hold. We are different! We are to, in the words of William D. Longstaff, “Take Time to Be Holy.” In the second stanza, he wrote: “Take time to be holy, the world rushes on; spend much time in secret with Jesus alone. By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be — Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.” Selah! We are to be holy. In order to be holy, we must be purified. Peter tells us: “….ye have purified your souls in obeying the Truth through the Spirit.” Paul, in Titus 2:14, explains Jesus’ purpose in sacrificing Himself. It was: “….that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” A peculiar (unique) people that are easily seen to be the “real goods.”   Ron

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