Are You For Real?!

"Are you for real?!"

It'a a question we get asked quite a bit among a world full of people surrounded by things that are fake.  Fake hair. Fake fingernails.  Fake __________. (this blank is for the body parts that are not able to be mentioned) And these only constitute the externals . . .
Among us there are also fake smiles.  Fake gestures.  Fake attitudes.  Fake affection.  It's no wonder we as people are astonished by truth and reality.  The reason is that these two things go together and it hit me in a big way as I was studying today.  Allow me to briefly explain . . .
Jesus describes Himself as He who is true.  
Revelation 3:7b   “These things says He who is holy, He who is true, ‘He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”:
The word "true" is defined as follows:
True = aÓlhqino/ß   aleœthinos = Real.  Unfeigned.  Trustworthy.  
In this same verse Jesus also described himself as someone who is Holy:
Holy = a‚gioß   hagios = Dedicated to purity and righteousness.
But in the context of this verse, holiness and truth are working together to substantiate reality!  
 In fact, Truth is used in combination with Holiness to describe God quite a bit in the Book of Revelation:
Revelation 6:10   And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”
Revelation 15:3   They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying:  “Great and marvelous are Your works,  Lord God Almighty!  Just and true are Your ways,  O King of the saints!
Revelation 16:7   And I heard another from the altar saying, “Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgments.”
Revelation 19:2   For true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her.”
Revelation 19:11   Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.
The opposite of this is being fake.  And when you look at the current condition of the church today, it's no wonder people question the authenticity of our faith.  
Maybe this is why people are asking the questions; "Are you for real?!"  "Is that for real?"  "Is this for real?"  In the midst of all the falsehood, perversion, and error that fills the world,the world is looking for something, or someone, that is true.  And therefore, that something, and someone must be holy.  
Maybe if the church, those who call themselves believers, would be holy and true, as Jesus is holy and true, people who live within a depraved world would no longer need to ask, "Are you for real?!", because our lives would substantiate the reality that we are in relationship with Jesus Who is Truly True, and Wholly Holy, and Really Real!  
Time to self examine . . . "Are you for real?!"

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