“Buy truth, and do not sell it, Get wisdom and instruction and understanding.”
(Proverbs 23:23, NASB).
The term “buy” here reminds us that there is a cost involved in owning the truth. We live in times where there is a plethora of theological opinions that are popular, but the truth is not. Every theological camp proclaims they have the truth, even if it doesn’t fully square with the Scriptures. Every man is comfortable in his or her theological opinion, but is not willing to test it with Scripture. When we discover the theological view we hold to does not line up with what the Bible teaches, are we willing to “buy” the truth? Changing our view is hard, but necessary to be in the truth. The phrase, “do not sell it” speaks of the infinite value of God’s truth. Do we value God’s truth so much that we will not part from it? The truth brings wisdom, instruction, and understanding. "Wisdom" is the experience gained by the truth; "instruction" is the knowledge gained from the truth; while "understanding" is what you comprehend of the truth. The truth where one gains insight from comes from any topic or issue. For instance, the truth in regards to eternal security we have in Christ’s salvation or can a believer lose his salvation? The truth always gives an answer that is always sure, whereas opinions don’t. So don’t part from the truth and the truth will not depart from you. Love the truth and sell it not, nor rent it.
Heavenly Father, You are the embodiment of truth; while the Lord Jesus Christ is the truth come in the flesh, undefiled and divine truth that frees us from the lies that ensnare us. Lord, you have instructed us in your truth, and we have gained wisdom and understanding from it. Lord, give us such conviction to never depart from your precious truth from your Word. In Christ we pray, Amen.