The Truth That Saves Lives

by Creflo Dollar | 10 Jan 2022

Have you ever been confused about something until someone clearly explained the matter in a way that you understood? You most likely remember feeling like a curtain was drawn back that let in the light of understanding. We live in a confused world that has more questions than answers about what is, and what isn’t, true. Specifically, knowing the truth about Jesus Christ can radically affect how we live. However, it won’t have any impact on us unless we choose to accept by faith what we hear.

This is because God made us all free moral agents, able to make our own decisions. Our choices can either empower us to fail or succeed in our daily lives. On a grander scale, they can either position us to enter into eternal life with Jesus after we die or block us from it.

See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;  In that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it…I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live (Deuteronomy 30:15, 16, 19).

Knowing the truth about something has a way of setting us free from constantly wondering. Before Jesus came, the truth then was that sin separated mankind from God and kept us out of heaven. The truth now is that Jesus’ death on the cross and His resurrection opened the doors of heaven for those of us who believe it. “This truth gives them confidence that they have eternal life, which God—who does not lie—promised them before the world began” (Titus 1:2, NLT). Believing this moves us from death to life.

Before the cross, the people had to constantly make atonement for, and be aware of, sin. God was angry and vengeful, and the people lived in fear of being put to death for breaking any of the Jewish laws. After the cross, sin was no longer an issue; Jesus had permanently atoned for the sins of the world and borne God’s wrath so that we could live life the way it was originally intended. God is no longer angry with us. The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing(Zephaniah 3:17 NIV).

What was true in the Old Testament may no longer be true in the New Testament. If we only know about God without directly knowing Him through a close, personal relationship with Him, we’ll run from Him. This may be because we’ve been taught wrong by religion based on Old-Testament thinking. Studying the Scriptures through the lens of grace instead of the law gives us a different perspective of God’s love as expressed through His Son. “And how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15, NIV).  

The truth is that God loves us very much. He dearly wants to gather us in His arms and hold us close. Whether or not we accept that love is up to us.