God’s Purpose in Revealing the Truth
To Lead Man to Salvation (Ps 25:5)
Moses said: “The days of our lives are seventy years; and if by reason of strength they are eighty years, yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away” (Ps 90:10). Our life on earth is indeed short and filled with sorrow. Yet God promises us eternal life in the kingdom of God if we accept His word. As the apostle Peter has said: “Having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, because all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the word of the Lord endures forever. Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you (1 Pet 1:23–25).
God has revealed the truth to us through His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (Jn 3:16). Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, giving us an abundant and beautiful life and a living hope. And the end of our faith is the salvation of our souls (1 Pet 1:3–4, 9).
As the Lord Jesus Himself has said, “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. … I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (Jn 10:9–10).
Paul understood the role to which God had called him—he was to be a minister to the Gentiles according to the stewardship from God, and to preach the whole truth as revealed by God. Therefore, he encouraged himself, telling himself that he was to warn every man and teach every man in all wisdom, that every man might be presented perfect in Christ Jesus (Col 1:25, 28).
[To be continued…]