Test Everything

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  • Post published:December 24, 2020

Proverbs 18:17 ESV
The one who states his case first seems right,
until the other comes and examines him.

Iron sharpens iron (Proverbs 27:17). When it comes to truth or spiritual matters (not just things we hear on the news) it is always a good idea to get a second opinion or view by consulting other men of truth (Exodus 18:21; Acts 6:3, 8:30-31) because all of us have blindspots and are biased. False teachers can be very convincing in what they say until someone who is more skilled in the word comes along and examines them. Each and everyone of us should heed the warning given in Proverbs 18:1, “A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; he rages against all wise judgment.” When teaching the word we need to make sure that it’s rightly divided (2 Timothy 2:15) and is agreeable by many witnesses (Acts 15:15) who are also skilled in the word: “And the things that you have heard from me [among many witnesses], commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” (2 Timothy 2:2). This is to avoid private interpretation of any kind (2 Peter 1:20). So consider what they say (2 Timothy 2:7) but remember to always wait on the Lord (John 4:25 [cf. Proverbs 3:5-7; James 1:5; Psalms 139:23-24]).

In the medical field, doctors don’t always agree with one another and they often give conflicting advices. Likewise, we must be wise (Matthew 10:16) and discerning (Proverbs 14:15 [cf. Isaiah 11:3; John 4:42]) and not put our trust and hope in one expert, scholar, teacher or pastor (Psalms 146:3-5), no matter how good it sounds to our ears (Proverbs 7:21-23). No one is above examination, not even Paul the Apostle (1 Corinthians 9:3), so be a good Berean and test all things (Acts 17:11)! In the end, the truth will prevail.

With all that said, we also need to examine ourselves (Jeremiah 17:9) for we have a tendency to follow the dictates of our wandering hearts (Jeremiah 18:12 cf. 2 Timothy 4:3-4), even when the answer is clear and right before us (John 5:39-40). So in our quest for truth, let us acknowledge the deceitfulness of our hearts and remain humble (James 4:6).

Psalms 139:23-24
Search me, O God, and know my heart:
try me, and know my thoughts:
And see if there be any wicked way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

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