TRUTH AND CONSEQUENCES
1. There was a popular TV show called "Truth or Consequences" back many years ago.
A. On this show, one was given a series of questions to answer and things to do.
1) If his answer was incorrect or he did the wrong thing, look out! he must suffer the consequences.
2. Our subject for discussion today is not a matter of "Truth OR Consequences", but rather, a matte of "Truth AND Consequences."
A. This just simply means that where truth exists, consequences of obeying or disobeying that truth also exists.
3. When we speak of TRUTH we simply have reference to what God has said on any subject, Jno. 17:17; Psa. 119:151.
4. When we speak of CONSEQUENCES we simply have reference to that which necessarily follows because of the existence of truth, Jno. 8:32.
I. IS THERE A GOD? Gen. 1:1; Psa. 14:1.
A. If we grant that there is a God, and I feel assured that all of us, that are gathered here do, then it would be a necessary consequence of that belief that we give Him the respect that being God requires. Hab. 2:20; Zech. 1:7; Rom. 1:18-25.
II. HAS GOD SPOKEN? Gen. 18:19; Exo. 24:7; Psa. 62:11; 33:6; Heb. 11:3; 4:12; 2 Tim. 3:16,17.
A. If God has spoken, and I feel assured that we all agree that He has, then it becomes a necessary consequence that we hasten to listen and hear. Jas. 1:21,19 Eccl. 5:1,2; Isa. 55:3.
III. CAN WE UNDERSTAND WHAT GOD HAS SAID? Heb. 11:3; Rom. 10:17; Psa. 119:130; Jno. 7:17; Eph. 5:17.
A. If we can understand what God has said, and from the above mentioned scriptures we are told that we can, then it becomes a necessary consequence that we will be held responsible for doing what is said therein.
IV. HOW DO WE TREAT THE WORD OF GOD? 1 Jno. 2:5; Isa. 5:24,25; Mk. 8:38; Jno. 14:24; Col. 3:16.
A. We all treat the word of God in one maner or the other, so, it becomes a necessary consequence that we are treating God the same way. Matt. 7:24-27; Jno. 12: 48.
V. IS GOD'S WORD THE GREATEST WORDS OF ALL? Matt. 24:35; Heb. 11:3.
A. If so, the necessary consequence would be that no man-made doctrine or creed is to be given any consideration in our religious endeavors. Matt. 15:8,9; Col. 2:20- 23.
1. There are many other truths that carry necessary consequences, but these will be sufficient for today.
2. Are you ready to accept truth and consequences?
3. If you accept the truths that have been mentioned in this lesson, you will of a necessity have to also accept the consequences that follow.
4. There are specific truths set forth on how one becomes a Christian.
A. These specific truths carry with them the necessary consequences of not becoming a Christian.
1) Are you a faithful Christian today? If so, continue to be.
2) If you are not a Christian and do not become one, you will suffer the consequences.
By Jim Sasser
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