In REVELATION 3:18, Jesus advises, and I quote, “I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich, and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear, and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.” The truth is the gold, that is tried in fire. The truth enriches believers in Christ, with durable riches. It covers our spiritual nakedness with the robe of the righteousness of Christ. It is this truth that opens the eyes of Christians to see things the way God sees them.
In REVELATION 3:11, Jesus also counsels every Christian, who has bought the truth, to hold fast to this truth, so that his/her crown, is not taken away by any man. The Spirit of God also advises all believers in Christ, in PROVERBS 23:23a, to buy the truth and never to sell it, because keeping this truth enables the Christian to possess holiness and to inherit eternal life, which is the birth-right of every Christian. Therefore any Christian who sells this truth because of the love of this present world, would forfeit holiness and eternal life. He will be like Esau, who sold his birth-right because of a morsel of meat. Like Esau, Demas, a co-labourer with Paul, sold his birth-right of holiness and eternal life, having loved this present world. He departed from following Paul, as written in 2 TIMOTHY 4:10. There are many ways, through which Christians can sell the truth, one of which is to obey the tradition of the land
Tradition is the transgression of the commandment of God, as written in MATTHEW 15:3. Some Christians, because of the fear of death, do not mind if they forfeit eternal life. In HEBREWS 10:26-29, it is written, and I quote, “For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sin. But a certain fearful looking for, of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses law, died without mercy under two or three witnesses. Of how much sorer judgment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot, the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite to the Spirit of grace?
Many Christians, who have received the knowledge of this truth, have departed from faith in this truth, and have sinned wilfully, having obeyed the tradition of the land, because of the fear of death. They will prefer to lose eternal life, THEIR BIRTH-RIGHT, rather than die because of hunger, or because of sickness, or because of threats to their lives. Esau said in GENESIS 25:32, and I quote, “What profit shall this birth-right do to me when I am at the point to die?” Many believers in Christ today are like Esau, when it comes to taking their stand in defence of the truth and their birth-right. The three Hebrew children refused to sell the truth, and held fast to their birth-right of eternal life, when they refused to serve the gods of the land, or to worship the golden image of king Nebuchadnezzar, as written in DANIEL 3:17-18, and I quote, “If it be so, our God whom we serve, is able to deliver us from this burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image, which thou hast set up.” These three Hebrew children did not die, even when they were eventually thrown into the fiery furnace. Jesus, the truth, was with them in that fire of persecution. Jesus made sure that they did not die, because He has the keys of hell and of death, as written in REVELATION 1:18. He, Jesus, is the only One that can kill and make alive, as written in 1 SAMUEL 1:6a. This Truth, is the shield and buckler of all Christians, who have received the knowledge of this truth, as written in PSALM 91:4. And so, they need not be afraid of the threats of death to their lives, because of their stand for the truth, neither should they be afraid of the terror by night nor the arrow that flieth by day, as written in VERSES 5-6.
But some Christians, because of the fear of death, as a result of one sickness or the other, especially stroke or fractured leg, can sell this truth by resorting to consulting with native doctors or with herbalists or with traditional bone-setters, for their healing, which will eventually lead to the loss of their birth-right. And Jesus, who has the key of death and of hell, will make sure they die “the death” they feared, as was the case of king Ahaziah, king of Samaria in 2 KINGS 1:1-4, and I quote, “And Ahaziah fell down through a lattice in his upper chamber that was in Samaria, and was sick: and he sent messengers, and said unto them, Go and enquire of Baalzebub, the god of Ekron, whether I shall recover of this disease. But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah the TIshbite, Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria and say unto them, Is it not because there is not a God in Israel, that ye go to enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron? Now therefore thus said the LORD, thou shalt not come down from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die. And Elijah departed.” And in verse 17a, it is written and I quote, “So he died according to the word of the LORD which Elijah hath spoken.” This untimely death came upon this king because he forsook the True God, for another “god”, the “god” of Ekron, for his HEALING.
For the time has come, when judgment shall begin at the house of God. And if the righteous be scarcely saved, where then shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? What then shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God, which is this word of truth – 1 PETER 4:17-18. Everyone that is of the truth will hear this voice of warning, from JESUS, THE TRUTH.