Most everyone wants to hear the truth (Jn 17:17) but not everyone can handle the truth. When it comes to the Word of God, which is the truth (Eph 1:13), there are three ways one can react to it. Let us examine all three.
On the day of Pentecost upon hearing the gospel, which is the truth (Col 1:5), they asked, “Men and brethren what shall we do?” Upon hearing the gospel preached to them, about 3,000 souls were baptized and added to the Lord’s church (Acts 2:37-47). They gladly received the Word (Act 2:41).
When a young preacher by the name of Stephen preached the Word of truth to the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, and they not being able to refute his words, took false witnesses and brought him before the council. Upon hearing one of the greatest sermons ever preached, “they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.” (Acts 7:54). “Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord” (v.57) They actually stopped hearing the truth! And then they stoned innocent blood (Acts 7:58).
While Paul was in Rome and in prison, though in his own hired house, he defended himself before the governor whose name was Felix. It was during his own defense that Paul began to reason with Felix. “And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go your way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for you (Acts 24:25). Also in the presence of Festus and King Agrippa Paul recanted his conversion and how he had seen Jesus on the road to Damascus and the truth concerning the gospel. Festus said, “Your learning has made you insane” (Acts 26:24). Paul said, “I am not insane, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness” (v. 25). Agrippa went on to say, “Almost you persuade me to be a Christian” (v. 28).
Conclusion: Today, you will react to the truth. How you react is strictly up to you. A few will accept it and obey it. Many will reject it. Others will accept it, but then delay obeying it. How you react to God’s Word will determine where you will spend your eternity. Obey it and live forever in heaven. Reject it or delay it and spend eternity in hell. Today, the truth is in your hands. At the Judgment, the truth will be in God’s hands (Jn 12:48 f; Rom 2:16).