Buy the Truth and Sell It Not

The Wednesday feature of the Worldly Saints blog is a Scriptural meditation whereby I take a verse or passage I have been pondering lately and seek to edify my readers with it’s promises, encouragements, warnings, rebukes, etc.

In the book Pilgrim’s Progress, Bunyan tells the story of Christian and Faithful as they travel through an ancient town named Vanity Fair, where, all year round, merchandise is bought and sold like “houses, lands, businesses, places, honors, promotions, titles, countries, kingdoms, desires, pleasures, and delights of all sorts such as prostitutes, brothels, wives, husbands, children, masters, servants, lives, blood, bodies, souls, silver, gold, pearls, precious stones, and so forth.” When they traveled through the town, they would see “jugglings, cheats, games, plays, fools, apes, rascals, and mischief makers,” as well as, “thefts, murders, adulteries, and those who perjure themselves by giving false testimonies.”

When they enter the town, Christian and Faithful cause a stir, because their clothes are different and they spoke a different language. But what really upset the citizens of Vanity Fair was the attitude of Christian and Faithful toward the goods displayed at the fair. They would look around to the items in the city for sale and begged God to help them turn their eyes away from worthless things (Ps 119:37).

Christian and Faithful were mocked for their distance from these meaningless things and they were asked, “What do you intend to buy?”

Their response: “We buy the truth.” Proverbs 23:23 tells us, “Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.” Solomon and Bunyan don’t just recommend the truth or just listen to the truth or just know the truth or just wish the truth was theirs or just intend to buy the truth. They say “buy it and don’t sell it for any price!”

First, what does it mean to buy the truth? There are a few things to keep in mind with this question.

  • It means that we buy ONLY the truth.
  • It means you are willing to buy the truth at any price.
  • It means you buy ALL the truth.
  • It means you will suffer for the truth.

That’s what it means to buy the truth.

And what about the other side? There are a number of examples of people in the Scripture who sold the truth – who compromised: Adam, Abraham, Moses, Samson, David, Solomon, Judas, Peter, Demas, and Ananias and Sapphira. How do you know if you have sold the truth – if you have genuinely compromised? Let me give you some evidences.

  • You know you have sold the truth if you put an easy life above taking up your cross.
  • You know you have sold the truth if you love the pleasures of the world.
  • You know you have sold the truth if a relationship with the Lord is stagnant or boring.
  • You have sold the truth if the outward is more important to you than the inward.

In conclusion: buy the truth and sell it not!


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