In 1 & 2 Thessalonians, Paul tells us what to expect prior to Christ’s return. Paul says some people refuse to love the truth. Since they don’t love the truth, they don’t believe the truth. This lack of love for truth stems from one thing — taking pleasure in unrighteousness.
Love of sin keeps us from loving truth.
“Love of sin” may sound harsh. Yet stating it in a nicer terminology such as wanting our own way, seeking our own comfort, or trusting in our own abilities, doesn’t change reality. We want what we want, rather than what God wants. The truth is clear:
We are all sinners.
We cannot save ourselves.
Jesus offers us reconciliation with God, if we believe that his sacrifice saves us.
Jesus will return to earth to judge all people.
Jesus himself is the Truth. He said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). After his resurrection, Jesus promised his followers that he would return. As believers, we eagerly look forward to that day.
Paul warns that one day it will be too late to change our minds. In the last days, lies will abound. In fact, as the consequence for refusing to love the truth, God himself will send people a powerful delusion. Unless we love the truth now, we won’t know the truth in the end.
So, in light of Jesus’ imminent return, I urge you to love the truth.
Thank you, Jesus, that you promised to return. I know that only by loving the truth and clinging to you can I stand against the evil of the last days. May I spend my time now wisely, studying your Word, so that I can know and share the truth. Amen.
Go Deeper — In John 8:32,Jesus said, ”Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” How would you explain to someone what that means?
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