The High Cost of Truth

The High Cost of Truth


Key Verse: Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding (Proverbs 23:23). 

Focus: God will only meet with man on the grounds of truth. Therefore, truth must be sought, embraced, and defended at any cost. 

Truth defined: That which is true or in accordance with fact or reality. Biblically speaking, God’s Word is the ultimate source of truth (John 17:17). 


Truth is the most precious commodity there is. As people of God we must be truth-lovers and truth-seekers. 

  • We can seek for God and never find truth, but if we seek truth, we will always find God. 

  • In regard to God and salvation, there is only one truth (John 14:26). 


Truth comes at a price:

  • The fact that truth must be “bought” suggests that we must trade something to acquire truth (Proverbs 23:23). I.e. Time, effort, pride, tradition, commitment etc. 

  • Sometimes truth disrupts families and relationships. (Luke 12:51-53). 

  • Truth requires obedience (I Peter 1:22; James 4:17). 


The benefits that come with truth are worth whatever price one must pay.

  • Truth brings freedom (John 8:32). 

  • Truth provides the only ground upon which God fellowships with man (John 4:23). 


Reflection Questions: 

  1. Have you experienced strain in relationships because of your embrace of biblical truth? 

  2. What are some ways Satan might try to get you to “sell” the truth?

  3. How has the truth about salvation enriched your life? 

Pastor Jonathan Shoemake