Gospel of Grace - Hindrance in Obeying the Truth
Obeying the truth is believing His gospel of grace that we are saved not by any of our own works but by faith alone, Christ alone, and grace alone.
Galatians 5:7-12: You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion is not from him who calls you. A little leaven leavens the whole lump. I have confidence in the Lord that you will take no other view, and the one who is troubling you will bear the penalty, whoever he is. But if I, brothers, still preach circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been removed. I wish those who unsettle you would emasculate themselves! (ESV)
Have you ever heard the story of the blind men who tried to describe an elephant while each holding only one of its parts? In the story, the guy who had the trunk in his hands said that an elephant is like a giant snake; to the one holding the leg, an elephant was like a strong tree; and the one who had the side of the elephant said it was like a wall. No one got it right because no one had the whole elephant in his hands. People have drawn many morals out of the story, but I think the story is not about the blind men. It is about the one who is watching them and can see the whole elephant and can describe what it is.
When it comes to the truth, humans are like blind men; every person and every religion has some aspects of the truth but not the whole truth. Only God sees and knows the whole truth. He is the only one who can define and describe the truth.
In John 14:6, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” He didn’t say, “I am a truth or a way to the truth.” He said, “I am the truth.” When we reject Jesus, we reject the truth, the whole truth, the absolute truth about us, our purpose, and our responsibility.