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What Is Truth?

Truth is that immovable, indestructible force that still brings an end to sin, heartache, sickness, and degradation. It’s a rock in a weary land; it’s the salt that makes men thirsty and the drink that quenches the thirst. It’s been thru the storm, but the storm couldn’t turn it. It’s been thru the fire, but the fire couldn’t burn it; fed to the lions, but the lions couldn’t eat it; thru perils and wars but never defeated. And while it stands, I shall stand. While it marches on, I shall march on. It holds me up and I shall uphold it by the grace of the living God.

As Pilot was questioning Jesus in the hall of judgment, he asked this question, “Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice” (John 18:27). Upon hearing this, Pilot responded with this question: “What is truth?” This same question has echoed down through each era of time, right up to the day and age in which we live.

There are many voices today in the realms of religion, and they all claim to preach the truth. To the world, the message is a confused one, and we often hear them ask the same question Pilot did: What is truth? How can we know what truth is and who is right? If we are to know the truth today, we must go to the very source of truth, for if we know what is right, then we will know who is right. Jesus spoke to Thomas in John 14:6, saying, “I am the way, the truth, and the life…” Jesus was truth personified, and He came to show men how to live in the way of truth.

Our obedience and our worship must focus on the truths that Jesus taught. Jesus knew that after He left this earth, there needed to be another Guide so men could continue to follow the truth. Therefore, He told His followers He would send them a Comforter. He said in John 16:13, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth…” Truth is the center of our religious devotion; the only way that God will accept our worship is in truth. The Lord taught the woman at the well that God is a spirit and must be worshiped in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).

Moreover, the Bible is also a witness and clearly speaks about what the truth is. It also teaches what it will do for us, as well as what it requites from us. We read in John 17:17, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” So to know God’s Word is to know His truth, and walking in that truth will set us apart from others. The truths of God’s Word are spiritual and can be received only by those who are spiritually minded. Those who are carnally minded will find that the precepts of truth simply require too much.

Standing for the truths of God’s Word has brought persecution to the people of God down through time. The simple fact remains that standing for the truth will affect our daily lives as Christians; it governs our conduct. As we are transformed more like the truth, our lives will reprove unfruitful works of darkness.

Our commitment to truth must be such that we esteem it higher than our reputation. Just as Jesus (who was our example in all things) made Himself of no reputation, the Christian must follow after truth without regard to what others may think. God has highly exalted His truth. In Psalm 138:2 we read, “I will…praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.” God is looking for people who will sell out completely to the truth. It is through them that God reveals Himself, and they, in turn, become the light of the world.

It is the truths of God’s Word that reveal the Church. There is nothing else that can build the one that Jesus built. In I Timothy 3:15, Paul called it the pillar and ground of the truth. In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul showed us that the way of truth is a narrow way. “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” (Ephesians 4:4-6).

God will reveal these things only to those who are sold out to the truth. If everyone would walk in truth, there would be no division. God’s people are one in the truth, and when the Word is preached, it is a rallying point to which the church comes. It is like a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth.”

The reason there are so many different religions in the world today is that people have rejected God’s Word and have gone on to build churches in their own human understanding. The result is this: there are many man-made churches in which people have a form of godliness but deny the power thereof. When you line them up with the Word of God, you will find that they are built on the creeds and dogmas of men and not on truth. False prophets are deceiving millions today. The only way they can succeed is to make people feel they are teaching Bible for their doctrines when, in fact, they are unlearned and unstable, wresting the Scriptures to their own destruction. The word wrest means “to twist or distort.” So these are men who take Scriptures out of context and twist the meaning, thus deceiving the people.

Those who are willing to obey the truth have a promise from the Lord. John 8:32 states, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” By knowing the truth, we are free from the error that has deceived others, from the traditions that are contrary to the Word of God, and from the confusion that the devil has spread throughout religion. It is the will of God that all men know the truth. Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” The greatest of all truths is that through salvation you can live a life of holiness, by keeping the commandments of God and walking pleasing in His sight.

God has pronounced judgment upon those who love not His truth. Second Thessalonians 2:10-12 tells us what well be their end: “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” Those who do no love truth will yield to compromise. On the other hand, a real burning love for the truth is the only insurance we have against compromise.

Samuel had some word to Israel in I Samuel 12:24 that are still true today, “Only fear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all you heart; for consider how great things he hath done for you.” When we consider how gracious the Lord was when He saved us from sin, it is only fitting that we manifest our love to Him and to His truth from our hearts. In fact, it seems such a small thing that God only asks for our obedience in return for redemption.

Let us consider those who have placed their faith in the truth. Hebrews, the eleventh chapter, is filled with examples of people who have put their faith in God and received what they asked for. What was the reason for their confidence that God would answer them? They had walked with God in obedience to His truth. If we do the same, we can have the same favor with God that they had, for God is no respecter of persons. To walk in fellowship with Him is the desire of every child of God, and the only path that God walks is truth.

 

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