“Jesus said ‘I am the way and the truth and the life’” (John 14:6).
It is a strange thing to observe that, throughout history, God’s people have only rarely sought the truth with their whole heart. They seem to be satisfied with something slightly more than their neighbours, but few give up everything to know the truth as He is able to be known.
There is a perfectly rational reason for this; truth is a hard master; glorious, true, but hard. Jesus was the truth and it led Him straight to the cross; the true seeker after truth must follow Him there and that is the reason that so few seek it.
Truth engages the stronghold of the human heart and is not satisfied until it has conquered everything there. The will must come forth from its citadel and surrender its sword; it must stand to attention to receive orders and those orders must be obeyed joyfully. Anything other than this is not truth.
Bible exposition without moral application is not truth, nor does it raise any opposition. It is only when exposition of the Word makes clear to the listener that truth is in conflict with his heart that opposition sets in. The Bible is not addressed to the intellect only but to the whole man and the obligations it calls forth cannot be satisfied by grasping it mentally.
Sadly, today, orthodox truth has been separated from life to the extent that to be a Christian demands no alteration in the moral state of man; but such as these still dwell behind a veil of unknowing, separated from the undiscoverable things we call divine revelation. They do not know the truth and they are not free!