God’s Twin Graces: Light & Truth! Psalm 43:3-5

Text: “O send out Thy light and Thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto Thy Holy hill, and to Thy tabernacles.”

Psalm 43:3.

Good morning, Christian enlightened by truth!  You and I are not floundering around in the darkness of man’s so-called ‘scientific’ and ‘educated’ opinions.  No!  We are walking in the light of God’s truth; we are focused on King Jesus Christ, the light of the world!  Hallelujah!

“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”  (John 8:12)

‘Religion’, of every hue and diverse mode, purports to teach a way that man can approach unto God and join with Him in unity and fellowship forever.  However, genuine Christianity - the Bible-believing, born again, variety - possesses the only God-directed way of Eternal Salvation contained within the precious pages of our KJV Bible.  We have God’s own inspired (God-breathed) Word on this vital matter:

“Neither is there Salvation in any other: for there is none other name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”  (Acts 4:12)

We are enlightened, Spiritually, by God’s truth, because the Lord Jesus Christ IS ‘the Truth’, and He IS the true ‘light of the world’.  All other ‘religions’ are false religions that lead nowhere but Hell and its torments forever.  Either this is truth, or God is a liar!

“Jesus saith unto him (Thomas), I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.”  (John 14:6)

Our Bible text for this morning’s lesson, verses 3 & 4 of Psalm 43, reveal to us God’s twin graces – light and truth – and His Son, Jesus Christ is known by both concepts.  Christ IS light, and Christ IS truth personified.  Praise His Holy Name!

The Psalmist is crying out to God for both ‘light’ and ‘truth’ to lead him to the ‘Holy Hill’ of God; for without genuine Spiritual ‘light’ and ‘truth’, no sinful soul can ever be Eternally saved.  The unsaved soul must cry out to God for these two graces, if the Lord grants him/her faith to do so.  Only those elected to receive Salvation, in Eternity, before the foundation of the world, will ever be blessed with these vital twin graces.  Fact.  Many others will hear with their ears the Gospel message of Salvation in Christ alone, but they will not, cannot, respond – for the Lord God has rejected, ‘passed over’, them in Eternal reprobation.

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give unto them Eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man (including ourselves!) pluck them out of My hand.  My Father, which gave them Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are One.”  (John 10:27-30)

Only God’s chosen ‘sheep’ are called to Salvation and saved – no ‘goats’ are called or saved.  The Lord God only grants His pre-ordained, elect, ‘sheep’ faith to truly believe.

“When the Son of man (the risen Jesus Christ) shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory: and before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: and He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.  Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”  (Matthew 25:31-46)

Many today falsely believe that souls can be saved by making a ‘decision for Christ’.  Nonsense!  People can make all the ‘decisions’ they wish, but if the Lord God has not elected them to Salvation and written their name in the Lamb’s Book of Life – before the very foundation of the world – they will never be saved.  This is the Gospel truth!

“For unto us (the sheep) was the Gospel preached, as well as unto them (the goats): but the Word preached did not profit them (the goats), not being mixed with faith (the gift of God) in them that heard it.”  (Hebrews 4:2)

The Lord God only grants His gift of faith to those whom He has chosen (elected) to receive Salvation.  Without this true, God-granted, faith – a sinner’s soul can never be saved.

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves (you cannot whip it up!): it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man/woman should boast.  For we (God’s elect) are His workmanship, CREATED in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before (in Eternity) ordained that we should walk in them.”  (Ephesians 2:8-10)

Reader, what I have thus far set forth in this weekly Bible Lesson IS merely the ‘light’ and the ‘truth’ of God’s twin graces of Eternal Salvation in Christ Jesus and in His Cross alone.  I have not set forth any of my own personal opinions, thoughts, or imaginations.  I have merely quoted God’s Own Word, and given the Lord God’s Own Divine Authority – chapter and verse – to prove the truth of what I have written.  One either believes it or one does not!

“For unto us (the sheep) was the Gospel preached, as well as unto them (the goats): but the Word preached did not profit them (the goats), not being mixed with faith (the gift of God) in them that heard it.”  (Hebrews 4:2)

Verse 3. “Light and truth.  “In the day that thou eateth thereof, thou shalt surely die!” Adam ate, and in that day became the subject of sin and death.  This was truth executing judgement.  But light arose around the darkness; beams of mercy tempered the heavy cloud.  The promise of the Great Deliverer was given; then faithfulness was enlisted on the side of grace and became engaged for its bestowment; “...mercy and truth met together; righteousness and peace kissed each other.”  Since then, all humble and trusting souls have beheld them united and have made their union the ground of their confidence and joy.”  (Henry March 1839)

Verse 3.  “...Let them lead me. Be these my star to guide me to my rest.  Be these my Alpine guides to conduct me over mountains and precipices to the abodes of grace.

“Let them bring me unto Thy Holy hill, and to Thy tabernacles.  We seek not light to sin by nor truth to be exalted by it, but that they may become our practical guides to the nearest communion with God.”  C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 208)

Thought: Let us covet earnestly God’s twin graces of light and truth, not only as we are granted faith to believe and receive Salvation in Christ alone, but to live our lives for Him more consistently, and to His greater glory in the eyes of men and angels.  Amen.

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