Introduction, by David Neal
Many ask, “what is the meaning of life?” They are perplexed (puzzled, confused, confounded, baffled, mystified, bewildered) because they seem to find no answers. The cause for this is due to (by reason of, rationale) their fallen nature; they are focused upon the meaning of life as pertaining to “self” and the “creation” (with regard to) rather than the Creator. The meaning of life can only be understood from the perspective of the Creator – who is the Giver of life. Perspective is crucial to understanding life and how you fit into God’s eternal purpose. Pilate asked Jesus, “what is truth?,” but was of no mind to really hear, even though he was looking the very embodiment of the truth in the eyes (Jn 18:38). Dear reader, are you of the mind to hear the truth or do you just ask the question?
Jesus came as a bright light in this dark world and brought “the truth” to those living in a great lie in the shadow of death(the condemnation, a false reality). Like a fool who cannot receive correction (Pv 9:7-8, 12:15, 15:10, 12, 17:10, 23:9), those living in the darkness and bound under the devil’s lie, lashed out in fury when confronted with the truth. The light exposed great wickedness. Proverbs 18:2, “A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself (seek his own way).” God’s Son was made flesh and dwelt among men (Jn 1:14). John 1:10-11, “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not.” The darkness is opposite of the light (as is Satan’s lie from God’s truth) and at great enmity with it. Men love the darkness (the nature of the lie) and will not come to the light (the truth, Jn 3:19). The darkness responded to the light by putting out the light – killing God’s Son. The prophets of old had met the similar fate as they were imprisoned, mistreated and killed (hated) by rebellious mankind who was comfortable in the darkness (Js 5:10). However, many lights were lit (those coming out of the darkness and grasping God’s truth) as they now abide in “The Lord” (Jesus, the Word) and have come forth from the darkness into the light to proclaim the eternal truth (Php 2:15). The darkness hates the light and always seeks to put it out (Pv 29:27, Jn 8:40, Gal 4:29). Wherever there is light, the darkness is overcome (Jn 1:5). This book proclaims the truth (light) that Jesus Christ brought. Do you have the courage to hear the truth? A wise man receives correction and becomes all the wiser (Pv 1:5, 8:33, 9:8-9, 10:8, 17, 14:6, 15:31, 18:15, 19:20, 22:17). A wise man will consider his ways and embrace that which is of God. Psalms 119:59, “I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.” Those who have a heart to embrace the truth will not be disappointed (1 Cor 2:9). Proverbs 3:35, “The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.”
The author’s background is irrelevant (neither here nor there), for I do not come in my own name nor seek my own glory, but rather come in the name of my Lord Jesus and give Christ all the glory (Ps 115:1, Jn 7:18). The author desires: 1 Timothy 4:16, “Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.” The merit of this work will have to be judged solely by the Spirit and the Word. This book may come as a great shock to you if you are living in the flesh – the fallen nature and darkness. Perhaps you too will cast this light aside? Christ’s message has always been met with great resistance by those whose eyes are on self. On many occasions man sought or plotted to kill Christ after hearing God’s message or witnessing God’s works (Mt 27:1, Mk 3:6, Lk 4:29, 22:2, Jn 5:16, 18, 7:1, 8:59, 10:31, 11:53, 18:14). Will you consider the truth that most could not bear to tolerate? Perhaps you will be one of the few who deny self, take up your cross (death to your will) and follow Jesus right out of the darkness into the Father’s glorious light (1 Tim 6:15-16)?
The message of this book is quite simple. You must come out of the darkness (Satan’s lie) and into the light (God’s eternal immutable truth) – meaning that you must forsake your self-centered life (your way, seeking of self) and fully surrender (dying to self) to God by living lovingly and obediently in His truth – Word (known as faith). The purpose of this book is to provide full understanding of man’s fallen condition and God’s merciful offer for reconciliation. This is a message for whosoever will, particularly the religious man who self-righteously believes he needs no such message, and will be more relevant to your eternal future than anything this world has to offer. This book will take a scriptural look at God’s purposes for man and how the Lord intends (determines with the ability to execute) to reap an acceptable harvest from the earth and reconcile a “portion” of man back to Himself. God the Father speaks of filling His house (Lk 14:23). How will this be accomplished and who will be worthy to enter in? When Jesus came, He often spoke about the kingdom of God. Christ was referring to a literal kingdom that now exists. Many are called to populate this kingdom, but few are chosen (Mt 20:16, 22:14). Let us examine why…Ecclesiastes 3:14, “I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.” Whose word will ultimately stand (Jer 44:28) –God’s or man’s?
This book will reveal how God’s truth and Satan’s lie are opposites. Therefore, those who follow God will demonstrate an opposite nature than those who follow Satan (acknowledged or not). Since the world is mostly in darkness, those who follow God will seem quite odd and not be understood by those who walk in darkness. To sincerely follow Christ will almost always require you to do the opposite of what is being done in the world. You cannot be found in the truth if you are walking in the lie.
The time is now: 2 Corinthians 6:17, “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.”
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This book makes no judgments and just presents the truth. You must decide whether or not your daily practices/lifestyle or religious observances are found within the truth – light. You must work out your own salvation (Php 2:12) – but make sure it is found in truth!
Scriptural references are from the Authorized King James Version Bible.