The Quest

January 3, 2011

The search for truth and self-purpose is perhaps the greatest of all human quests. The yearning for truth, the yearning to understand the reason for being, has been the inspiration of great poetic lyric. It has been the subject of masterpieces of artistic expression. It has been the driving force behind epic adventures. “Who am I in the grand scheme of the universe? Why am I here? What is my purpose for being? Is there a God, an Almighty Creator? Is there an intelligence and purpose behind the schemes of the universe? Or, is all of this that we see, that which surrounds us, the product of mere chance and happenstance, the result of unintelligible and random acts of mutation.” The reason for man’s yearning is set forth in the book of Ecclesiastes.

Ecclesiastes 3:11
“He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.”

The Word of God declares that He “hath set the world in their heart.” The word “world” in that verse is the Hebrew word ‘olam,’ which means ‘forever,’ ‘eternity,’ ‘of old,’ ‘antiquity,’ ‘everlasting,’ and this is its usage throughout the Bible. God has set eternity in the heart of mankind. Every human individual knows deep within themselves that there has to be something more, some greater purpose and meaning to life than just that which they experience and see around them.

It is like a void, a vacuum, in the depth of the soul of a person that they live with throughout their lifetime, endeavoring to fill it with temporary pleasures and carnal remedies, until they come to the knowledge of God, and humble themselves before the understanding of man’s purpose as declared in the scriptures, again in the book of Ecclesiastes.

Ecclesiastes 12:13
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”

The word “duty” is italicized in the King James Bible because it was added by the translators, and as such may be deleted without affecting the truth of God. The word “fear,” as it is used throughout the Bible in this context, means a healthy and deserved reverence, awe, and respect. It is not used in the sense of terror or dread. We are not terrified or in dread of our God. We stand in awe of Him, and have a healthy and well deserved reverence and respect for our Creator. This is the whole of a man or woman, to reverence God and keep His commandments (His Word). This is the conclusion of the whole matter. The only heart satisfying reason for being. Anything less is a mere empty and painful existence.

Proverbs 1:7
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

The ships that sail in the quest for truth and self-purpose must first be laden with awe and reverence and respect for the true God, or they will return with empty holds, or holds filled with worthless and counterfeit trinkets.

Nehemiah 8:8
“So they read in the book in law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.”

In this great epic adventure of the quest for truth, man’s first port of call must be the accuracy of God’s Word, the scriptures – rightly divided and handled logically, simply, and lovingly. The first cargo secured must be the knowledge of God, not the religious traditions of men, theological speculations, or the mutterings of the intelligencia and the critics. Not the ‘testimonies’ of the devout, or the academic world’s opinion or analysis of the scriptures, but the scriptures themselves, understood in light of every word of God. This is how a man or woman truly lives.

Matthew 4:4
“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”

Yet, throughout history, the great cargo of the treasures of God’s Word have continuously been thrown overboard as just so much worthless ballast, despised and rejected, even by God’s own people at times.

Jeremiah 2:13
“For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold not water.”

Hosea 4:6a
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee.”

The truth of God’s Word has been cut up by the pen knife of a king of antiquity, as recorded in Jeremiah 36, even as it is cut up by the pens of modern theologians, to the end of being so muddied and confused that hardly anybody can understand it, or believes it, or can even read it today without the commentaries, study aids, or opinions of men.

II Corinthians 2:17a
“For we are not as many, which corrupt (adulterate, water down) the word of God.”

II Corinthians 4:2a
“But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully.”

The accurate knowledge of God’s Word, His Holy Scriptures, which the world, and religion, and sense-knowledge, pseudo-intelligent man treats with such disdain, is the first, and most valuable treasure we must fill our cargo holds with in our quest for truth and self-purpose.

Psalm 19:10
“More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.”

Proverbs 4:20-22
“My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.”

In man’s quest for truth and self-purpose, when his ships of discovery are laden first and foremost with a healthy and well deserved respect and reverence for the Creator God, and his first port of call is the accurate knowledge of God’s rightly divided Word, then his cargo holds will be filled with the genuine treasures of the knowledge of God, and he will understand his purpose and reason for being, and be satisfied and blessed all his days.

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5 Responses to “The Quest”

  1. Barry Bowen said

    I am interested in truth but do not find it.

  2. Terri said

    Ecclesiastes 12:13
    “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”

    What commandments should we keep as NT believers?

    I desire to be in his will… Should we still be observing the Sabbath and the Holy Days as He commands us in the OT and Jesus kept them in the NT as an example? I am struggling with this. Can you help me understand why the churches are in disagreement concerning this matter?

    Thank you!

    I’d like to read more of your insights! How often do you publish?

    • Great question! So many Christians continue to strive to be under the law of the Old Covenant. The reason he carried out the law to the highest perfection, was to fulfill it. “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.” Matthew 5:17 Ever since the fulfillment of the law by Christ, Christians have stubbornly refused to recognize and accept his finished work. It is the nature of the natural man, and the carnal Christian to repudiate grace. Paul addresses these issues quite extensively in the book of Galatians. “But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.” Galatians 4:9,10

      • Terri said

        Thank you for your reply… I am asking these questions because I have a loved one who is a Sabbath and Holy Day worshiper and he is showing me scripture that has caused me to question Sunday worship along with Easter and Christmas celebrations, which are taking place in most churches today. I need to know and understand in my heart that I am following what Christ commands me to do, if I love Him.

        I have been reading and studying His Word concerning the Sabbath and Holy Days, and I have some questions…so please understand that I am asking these questions for clarification and edification of His Word and not for argumentative purposes. I want to do and be in His complete Will…

        I understand that we are under grace; however, even Paul kept the Sabbath and the Holy Days. Aren’t we to look to Christ and the apostles as our examples? John 13:15, I Peter 2:21; Phillipian 3:17

        If Christians, filled with the Holy Spirit, whom keep the Sabbath and the Holy Days, how are they no longer under grace? Jesus said in John 14:15, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” Isn’t it by His grace that we can now keep the Sabbath and the Holy Days? You stated in your response Matt. 5:17 He did not come to destroy the law or the prophets…but to fulfill the law. Matt. 5:19-20 goes on to say that, “(19)Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven; but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (20)For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Can you explain this to me? Am I reading this correctly? I am to keep the commandments (including keeping the Sabbath); however, it is through His love, mercy, and grace that I am able to do this (keep His commandments).

        I have many more questions, but I’m going to take all this in a little at a time… retention is hard for me lately… 🙂

        Thank you for answering my questions!
        Love ya and I can’t wait to hear your insight and “The truth of the matter”…hope the move is going well. Give my love to the family!

        p.s. Please post more of your insights… they are very thought provoking and keeps me searching and understanding His Word and how GREAT His love is for me!

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