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The Four-Fold Price of Truth

“Buy the truth and do not sell it—wisdom, instruction and insight as well.”

~ Proverbs 23:23

In this world, falsehoods are cheap and pervasive. But divine truth is costly.

There is a price tag attached to it.

You cannot buy truth with physical money. It can only be obtained by heaven’s currency.

Here are four of truth’s costs:

1. Humility

God reveals His truth to those who are humble of heart. According to James, who opens his letter with a discussion on how to receive wisdom, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

Jesus said, “I’ve hidden these things from the wise and prudent, but have given them to babes.”

Isaiah the prophet asks, “Who shall He teach truth?”

The answer. “Those who are weaned from the breasts.” In other words, the infants. The humble of heart.

Those who are proud are blinded to truth even while they think they know. But those who become like little children will receive wisdom from the Lord.

2. Obedience

Jesus said, “He/she who does my will shall know . . .”

The Lord requires that we obey the light that you currently have before He gives more light.

Has God stopped revealing things to you?

Then go back to the last thing He taught you and respond to it in faithful obedience. Then He will give you more.

The revelation of truth stops when we stop responding to it.

3. Patience

“Wait upon the Lord and He shall . . .” says the Scriptures.

Yes Tom Petty, “the waiting is the hardest part.”

There is a death, a self-denial, attached to waiting. It runs against the self-gratification of the flesh.

Sometimes the Lord reveals His mind instantly. But often it takes patient waiting to secure it.

4. Diligence

Paul told Timothy to “study to show yourself approved.”

Discovering divine truth requires time studying the Scriptures and reading/listening to other parts of the Body of Christ, both past and present. It requires time meditating on the things of God as the Psalms encourage.

The riches of Christ are deposited in His Body. Only a proud person can say, “I will gain all truth on my own; I don’t need to read or listen to other Christians.”

Paul rebuked this way of thinking in 1 Corinthians 12. “The eye cannot say to the hand, I have no need of you.”

Seeking God for light also involves diligence. “He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him,” Hebrews says.

Study, learning, and discovering what others have been given by God requires diligence.

Proverbs has much to say about how God rewards the diligent and how the lazy suffer loss.

Christ is Truth. Waking in His Spirit, which involves humility of heart, obedience of will, patience and diligence of mind is the pathway to receiving light from God.

This is how we “buy truth” with heaven’s currency.

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FRANK VIOLA has helped thousands of people around the world to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ and enter into a more vibrant and authentic experience of church. His mission is to help serious followers of Jesus know their Lord more deeply, gain fresh perspectives on old or ignored subjects, and make the Bible come alive. Viola has written many books on these themes, including God's Favorite Place on Earth and From Eternity to Here. His blog, Beyond Evangelical, is rated as one of the most popular in Christian circles today.