Minute Post: Receive the Love of the Truth
Second Thessalonians 2:10 says, “And in all deceit of unrighteousness among those who are perishing, because they did not receive the love of the truth that they might be saved.”
In the past, I read this verse thinking that they “did not receive” because it had not been given. But clearly God intended to save! The following verses further expound that God sends them to an operation of error that they may believe the lie because — verse 12 mentions — they have taken pleasure in unrighteousness.
This portion of the word is on the coming of Antichrist, the man of lawlessness, and how presently the mystery of lawlessness is already operating as signs that the Lord’s second coming is imminent.
To be sent to an operation of error by God is terrifying. Watchman Nee warns that in the last days people will accumulate wealth in an unprecedented way with multiplications of material enjoyment and lustful indulgence (Collected Works of Watchman Nee, Vol. 61), I suppose thinking that strong finances can secure and enrich our existence.
I have to be honest. I may not say out loud that I love money but the temptation to strive for financial stability and prepare for the future definitely creeps in. It is causing me to be anxious and uncertain concerning my position in this realm of livelihood — making money, just putting food on the table, or is there something in between?
Two verses arise in my heart. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.” (Matt. 6:33). Furthermore, Luke 21:36 states, “But be watchful at every time, beseeching that you would prevail to escape all these things which are about to happen and stand before the Son of Man.”
I’m convicted that I may not have received the love of the truth wholeheartedly. We are closer to the end than ever before. Do I truly think money can save me from future calamity and whatnot? Am I living in a grey area of okaying certain worldly pleasures while seeking the Lord and call it a “balanced” Christian living? Have I abandoned my own smarts to depend fully on the Father who provides and gives? Am I watchful that the Lord is coming soon? Am I ready to stand before Him and be held accountable for my living?
Recently I made my condition of preparing for the future known to an older sister in the Lord and she simply responded, "Eventually we have to learn the reality of depending on the Lord." Her words shine on the fact that I have not. I have not learned, I have not received the love of this truth fully.
Pontius Pilate rhetorically questioned, "What is truth?" The Lord proclaimed in John 14:6, "I am the way and the truth (reality) and the life."
Oh Lord, have mercy. Be my truth, be my reality. Be the grace that I may live up to this standard, receiving the love of the truth by living in it. And not only I but may all Your people rise up to love Your Word and enter into the reality of Your Word. May we convert the word into spirit and life by exercising our spirit to contact You in Your word. May the written word becomes the living word and may the living word becomes the applied word in our lives.