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Just The Truth

"Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?" (Gal.4:16).

One of the classic lines in the movie, "A Few Good Men," came when a colonel played by Jack Nicholson was on the witness stand and being questioned by a navy lawyer played by Tom Cruise. At a crucial time in the examination, the two bantered over a question and Cruise demanded a truthful answer. Nicholson's classic line was this; "You can't handle the truth!" Does the verse I chose for my text today make a bit more sense? The epistle in the form of a letter which the apostle Paul wrote to the Galatian churches was to root out some erroneous doctrine introduced by people we like to call "Judaizing teachers." Those teachers were trying to indoctrinate Jewish Christians in their earlier faith. They were returning to the Mosaic law for justification (Gal.5:4), and there was none there...Also, they were being seduced to recognize circumcision as a principle of faith... (Gal.5: 2, 6). Paul really gets down to brass tacks (the truth), and describes their perverted state in direct terms (Gal.1:6-7; 3:1; 4:9; 5:7).... Here is the importance of all this as we try to get to a bottom line. "I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you" (4:11). I believe that the efforts he is talking about is just the truth! What are we getting at here, you ask? The question that is today's verse give us a hint. I think it proves that even children of God should be rebuked, when needed if they stray from the truth of God's Word... When Paul wrote to Timothy, these words ring out to me... "All scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness..." (2 Tim.3:16). Most of the New Testament was written to instruct, rebuke, correct, train and encourage Christians, rather than instruct aliens... This week we will take a long look at today's question and see how it applies to our lives. We'll be seeking the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. I hope we all can handle it.

Have a great start to your week, Begin it with a RAK or two.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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