© 2010 • Hillcrest Church of Christ
by Danny Boggs
“You have purified your souls in obedience to the truth” (1 Peter 1:22).
That means that distinct, identifiable truth exists. Not every philosophy of life is equally valid. Not every way of thinking squares with reality.
Many feelings are misguided. Jesus told people who were perfectly comfortable with their lives that they were enslaved and that the truth would make them free (John 8:32). Salvation comes by knowing the truth (2 Timothy 2:4). Jesus is the embodiment of truth (John 14:6). He promised His apostles that the Holy Spirit would lead them into all the truth (John 16:13). We find that truth in the New Testament.
“You have purified your souls in obedience to the truth.” That means that we must do something in response to the truth. We must believe it. The truth of the gospel includes facts about Jesus and about us. It also includes instructions we must obey.
“You have purified your souls in obedience to the truth.” That means that each of us has a soul. There is more to us than meets the eye. Never ignore the condition of your soul!
“You have purified your souls in obedience to the truth.” That means that unless we have responded to the truth in obedience, our souls are stained.
We were made to glorify God, but “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The good news is that with His blood, Jesus made purification for the sins that taint our souls (Hebrews 1:3). How can you obey the truth and know that His blood has purified your soul? “And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on His name” (Acts 22:16).