Where is Truth?

“In Him should all fulness dwell” – Colossians 1:19

The following message was preached in Honiton Sovereign Grace Church on Sunday 21st December 2008.

“In Him should all fulness dwell” Colossians 1:19 21-12-08 (Ian Potts)


“Let this mind be in you” – Philippians 2:5

This message was preached in Honiton Sovereign Grace Church on Sunday 16th November 2008.

“Let this mind be in you” Philippians 2:5 16-11-08 (Ian Potts)

“The just shall live by faith” – Hebrews 10:38

This message was preached in Honiton Sovereign Grace Church on Sunday 9th November 2008.

“The just shall live by faith” Hebrews 10:38 9-11-08 (Ian Potts)

“Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by?” Lamentations 1:12

This message was preached in Honiton Sovereign Grace Church on Sunday 5th October 2008.

“Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by?” Lamentations 1:12 5-10-08 (Ian Potts)

Where is Truth… in today’s churches?
September 2, 2008, 2:40 pm
Filed under: Audio, Gospel, John Metcalfe, The Word of God, Truth

Despite many churches, many meetings, and much ‘preaching’, the reality is that there is too little preaching of the truth as it in in Jesus Christ today.

“What is truth?” asked Pilate. Listen to the following for some answers:

“How shall man be just with God?” Job 9:2 – John Metcalfe (Singapore, 8-9-85)

“The power of his resurrection” Philippians 3:7 – John Metcalfe (Singapore, 30-12-84)

“Jesus’s cry from the cross” Matthew 27:46 – John Metcalfe (Singapore, 8-12-85)

“The pot of oil” 2 King 4:1-7 – John Metcalfe (Bethlehem Meeting Hall, Tylers Green, 11-11-86)

“The Gospel of the Kingdom” Mark 1:14 – John Metcalfe (Westminster, London, 4-5-91)

“The church” Ephesians 5:25-27 – John Metcalfe (Jalan Azyze, 25-12-86)

“Water made wine” John 2:9 – John Metcalfe (Penang, 13-3-88)

“Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” 1 Timothy 1:15 – John Metcalfe (Singapore, 23-12-84)

“Paul not ashamed (of the gospel)” Romans 1:16 – John Metcalfe (Penang, 11-9-85)

“Justified by faith” Romans 3:28 – John Metcalfe (Penang, 13-12-84)

(It has become notable in recent months how many visitors to this website are downloading messages by John Metcalfe. If you are interested in hearing further messages by him please do drop me a line at ianpotts@graceandtruthonline.com )

For messages from Honiton Sovereign Grace Church see our page on FreeGraceRadio.com.


Where is Truth… in the South West

Nothing is more needful today than to hear the truth of God’s grace proclaimed in the preaching of the Gospel. Yet nothing is more conspicuous today by its absence in many places of worship than the faithful preaching of God’s grace in the Gospel. Up and down the country more and more ‘churches’ have opened their doors wide to the proliferation of sheer heresy in the Alpha Course, sheer entertainment in what they profess to be ‘worship’, and sheer drivel in what passes for ‘preaching’….. yet more and more ‘churches’ have closed their doors firmly shut to the faithful declaration of the Truth as set forth in the scriptures, as it is in Jesus Christ.

What is true of Great Britain as a whole, is true of the South West. Visit the churches of Devon, Cornwall, Somerset or Dorset, of Plymouth, Exeter, Truro, Launceston, Street, Taunton, Weymouth or Poole, and you may encounter many things… but very little Gospel preaching. Of course I’m quite aware that many would claim that they do preach the Gospel, but the fact is that what is called the ‘gospel’ today bears very little resemblance to that message which God declared by the mouths of His prophets, the apostles and the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. Out has gone the truth of man’s fall in sin and his total depravity, to be replaced by a message of mankind’s ‘failings’ and ‘mistakes’, out has gone the truth of God’s eternal judgment of the wicked, to be replaced by universal love, out has gone the truth of God’s penal judgment of sin in Christ upon the cross, to be replaced by an ‘example of suffering’, out has gone the truth of God’s free grace, to be replaced by the free will of man, out has gone the truth of particular redemption, to be replaced by an theoretic universal redemption which in reality redeems none unless they will, and out has gone the truth of God’s election of a people in Christ unto salvation, by which God chooses a people to save, to be replaced by the damning error of Arminianism in which man chooses to save himself. Whether the ‘church’ calls this corruption of God’s word the ‘gospel’ or not, the fact remains that out has gone the truth, and in has come a lie. And lest some think I speak too harshly, too generally, I will be plain in stating that what I write is borne out of personal experience over many years – such was the case 20 years ago…. and the professing church and the message it conveys has only got worse. It shuts its doors to the truth, and to God’s messengers of that truth, but opens them wide to every new fashion, trend and novelty, and every false prophet and hireling who is willing to purvey such lies.  

But where one door shuts, another opens, and when God opens a door, no man can shut it. Praise God for those doors opened to declare the truth as we look to Him as He builds His church by the preaching of His Gospel.

“Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.” Colossians 4:2-4

“For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.” 1 Corinthians 16:9

But, whatever the faults and failings of ‘Christendom’ today, it is one thing to be able to point out error, but quite another to have and to present the truth itself. Just what is the truth? What is the Gospel?

Let me not leave you without a clear answer. What is the Gospel? Read for yourself at ‘The Gospel of God’. Or listen to the messages available here on ‘Where is Truth?’, and may the Spirit of God be pleased to open the eyes and open the ears, and lead the hearer into all truth.

Jesus said: “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.” John 16:13-14

“The Offence of the Cross” Galatians 5:11 – Ian Potts

“The Right Way” Psalm 107:7 – Ian Potts

“Taught From Above” Matthew 5:1 – Ian Potts

“The Father’s Business” Luke 2:49 – Ian Potts


The Truth of Christ in All The Scriptures

“Then he said unto the, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.” Luke 24:25-27

The whole Bible has one central message, one theme, one subject, running right through it, from Genesis to Revelation, like a crimson cord threaded through each and every word – that message regards the person and the work of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The message is clear – it concerns “Christ and Him Crucified”. Wherever we read in the scriptures, Old Testament or New, it is Christ who is being spoken of and it is Christ for whom we should look. To miss Christ – both His person and His work – is to miss the very heart, the very essence of the message of the word of God.

In Acts 8:32-35 we read of the Ethiopian eunuch in his chariot:-

“The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth: In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth. And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.”

The eunuch needed the Holy Spirit to open his understanding in the scriptures. But the message which Philip preached unto him from those Old Testament scriptures was clear – they spoke of Jesus.

Jesus Himself confirmed this fact to the disciples in Luke 24:27 where we read: “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.”

Elsewhere we read that the scriptures testify of Christ: “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me” (John 5:39).

Of whom it is written: “…thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21), “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12), and also: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not” (John 1:1-5).

But not only has God given us the scriptures which testify of Christ, but the Holy Spirit, through the written word of God, testifies of the Living Word – the Lord Jesus Christ – that those chosen out of the darkness might comprehend the Light and believe on His name (John 1:12):

“But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me” (John 15:26).

How we need the Comforter, the Spirit of truth to give us eyes to see and ears to hear what wondrous things the Lord Jesus Christ has done in dying to save sinners. May God be pleased to give grace to see Christ in “all the scriptures”.

Have a listen to the following series of messages by Don Fortner in which he declares Christ as He is set forth in all 66 books of the word of God, and His work of salvation in saving sinners.

Discovering Christ In Genesis

Discovering Christ In Exodus

Discovering Christ In Leviticus

Discovering Christ In Numbers

Discovering Christ In Deuteronomy

Discovering Christ In Joshua

Discovering Christ In Judges

Discovering Christ In Ruth

Discovering Christ In 1 Samuel

Discovering Christ In 2 Samuel

Discovering Christ In 1 Kings

Discovering Christ In 2 Kings

Discovering Christ In 1 Chronicles

Discovering Christ In 2 Chronicles

Discovering Christ In Ezra

Discovering Christ In Nehemiah

Discovering Christ In Esther

Discovering Christ In Job

Discovering Christ In Psalms

Discovering Christ In Proverbs

Discovering Christ In Ecclesiastes

Discovering Christ In Song of Solomon

Discovering Christ In Isaiah

Discovering Christ In Jeremiah

Discovering Christ In Lamentations

Discovering Christ In Ezekiel

Discovering Christ In Daniel

Discovering Christ In Hosea

Discovering Christ In Joel

Discovering Christ In Amos

Discovering Christ In Obadiah

Discovering Christ In Jonah

Discovering Christ In Micah

Discovering Christ In Nahum

Discovering Christ In Habakkuk

Discovering Christ In Zephaniah

Discovering Christ In Haggai

Discovering Christ In Zechariah

Discovering Christ In Malachi

Discovering Christ In Matthew

Discovering Christ In Mark

Discovering Christ In Luke

Discovering Christ In John

Discovering Christ In Acts

Discovering Christ In Romans

Discovering Christ In 1 Corinthians

Discovering Christ In 2 Corinthians

Discovering Christ In Galatians

Discovering Christ In Ephesians

Discovering Christ In Philippians

Discovering Christ In Colossians

Discovering Christ In 1 Thessalonians

Discovering Christ In 2 Thessalonians

Discovering Christ In 1 Timothy

Discovering Christ In 2 Timothy

Discovering Christ In Titus

Discovering Christ In Philemon

Discovering Christ In Hebrews

Discovering Christ In James

Discovering Christ In 1 Peter

Discovering Christ In 2 Peter

Discovering Christ In 1 John

Discovering Christ In 2 John

Discovering Christ In 3 John

Discovering Christ In Jude

Discovering Christ In Revelation

(Or see Discovering Christ in all the Scriptures (Series) on SermonAudio.com)