Archive for July 2009

The Cost of Truth

July 12, 2009

Buy the truth, and sell it not (Proverbs 23:23).

Every true Christian should understand that the truth costs. If you don’t think so, make it your own, value it, defend it, stand for it, and see if it doesn’t cost. Before you are through it may cost you far more than you had thought – hours of ease and pleasure, friends and money. Yes, the truth costs.

Salvation is gloriously free but the truth costs – that is, if you want it for yourself. Many who know the truth won’t buy it. They won’t pay what it costs to say, “This is what I believe. This is my conviction.” The truth isn’t worth that much to them.

Yet in Proverbs 23:23 God’s Word urges us, “Buy the truth!” Not, “Buy it if you can get it at a bargain; if the price is not too great.” No, “Buy the truth!” Buy it at any price. It is worth far more than anything you can give in exchange for it.

Then when you have bought it, “sell it not.” How many, alas, have bought the truth only to sell out again! For a while they valued and defended some God-given light from His Word, but presently they sold it again for something that seemed more valuable at the moment. Perhaps it was peace with others, or position, or popularity or some other temporal gain. They still gave mental assent to it but it formed no part of them. It was no longer a conviction.

Such should read again the Spirit’s counsel: “Buy the truth, and sell it not.” He does not say, “Don’t sell it unless you can get a very good price for it.” He says, “Sell it not.” Sell it not at any price. Buy it, no matter what it costs, and when it is yours do not sell it for any price or under any consideration.

It is because the truth is so little valued in this indifferent age that many of God’s people have become so spiritually powerless. They hold opinions instead of convictions, because they have given the infallible, unchangeable Word of God little place in their lives. God blesses and uses those who buy the truth and sell it not.

C.R. Stam (1909-2003)
Two Minutes With The Bible

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Standing Alone

July 12, 2009

It is human to stand with the crowd, it is divine to stand alone. It is man-like to follow the people, to drift with the tide; it is God-like to follow a principle, to stem the tide.

It is natural to compromise conscience and follow the social and religious fashion for the sake of gain or pleasure; it is divine to sacrifice both on the altar of truth and duty.

“No man stood with me, but all men forsook me,” (II Timothy 4:16) wrote the battle-scarred apostle in describing his first appearance before Nero to answer for his life of believing and teaching contrary to the Roman world.

Truth has been out of fashion since man changed his robe of fadeless light for a garment of faded leaves. Noah built and voyaged alone. Daniel dined and prayed alone. Elijah sacrificed and witnessed alone. Jeremiah prophesied and wept alone. Jesus loved and died alone.

The church in the wilderness praised Abraham and persecuted Moses. The church of kings praised Moses and persecuted the prophets. The church of Caiaphas praised the prophets and persecuted Jesus. The church of the popes praised the Savior and persecuted the saints. And multitudes now, both in the church and the world, applaud the courage and fortitude of the patriarchs and prophets, the apostles and martyrs, but condemn as stubbornness or foolishness the same faithfulness to truth today.

Wanted, today: men and women, young and old, who will obey their conviction of truth and duty at the cost of fortune, friends and life itself.

Wherefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His Own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto Him without the camp, bearing His reproach (Hebrews 13:12-13).

Marion H. Reynolds, Jr. (1919 -1997)
Foundation Magazine


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