HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

“Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.” Proverbs 23:23

Let me buy the truth at any price — the truth as it is in Jesus Christ.

Perhaps it is my indolence which I must forego, to win the truth. I love my own ease too well. I am in danger of losing salvation through shallowness and superficiality because I am not sufficiently earnest. I must say goodbye to my hollow life of selfish ease.

Perhaps it is my pride which I must part with for the truth’s sake. It is only when I am emptied of confidence in myself when I confess that I am a beggar and not a prince, that I am “poor, wretched, blind” — that I am enrolled among the disciples of Jesus. But it is not easy for my proud spirit to humble itself so very far.

Perhaps it is my love of sin which I must forsake. I must put off the old man — must crucify him, kill him, break with him shortly and sharp — before Jesus will consent to paint His peerless image on me. He dwells in no soul which still gives house-room and daily bread to a darling lust.

Perhaps there are associations and pursuits which I must abandon for the truth. Whatever blunts my spiritual hearing, whatever dulls my spiritual vision, whatever may succeed in separating me from Christ — from all such things I must turn away, however much I love them, with an “Adieu for evermore!”

Thus the truth which blesses and saves me has to be bought, even if it is free — as free as the sunshine and the rain.

Author: Patriarch Gregg

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