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Truth

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Truth

 

Jesus is named Truth.

Truth seems to be the main quality of His life.

I saw heaven open and there before me was a white horse,

whose rider is called Faithful and True.  Rev.19:11.

A few verses later this same rider is called the Word of God, King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

 

This next verse shows us that "true" is His very nature; and that we can know and partake of that nature.

And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding, in order that we might know Him who is true, and we are in Him who is true, in His son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.  1John 5:20

 

The Father is named the Supreme God of truth.

God the Father called Himself the Elohyim  (supreme God) of amen (truth) in Isaiah 65:16.

Because he who is blessed in the earth shall be blessed by the God of truth: And he who swears in the earth shall swear by the God of truth;

Because the former troubles are forgotten,

And because they are hidden from my sight!

 

In the Song of Moses (De 32:3-4), Moses begins to extol God's name in a thrilling passage using this same word amen translated as truth or faithful.  

For I proclaim the name of the LORD;

Ascribe greatness to our God !

The Rock !  His work is perfect,

For all His ways are just;

A God of truth (amen) and without injustice,

Righteous and upright is He..

 

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth.

Jesus promises His disciples the Spirit of truth in John 14:16-17.

"And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive."

1John 5:7 tells us:

And it is the Spirit that bears witness, because the Spirit is the truth. (not concealing).

I think that we have established that "truth" is the very nature of the Godhead.

 

My Questions

These questions fill my mind:

How can we define or grasp something that is God's nature?

Is it something totally foreign to us?

Is truth something we can know?  to be?  to experience?  to become?

Is it something for us to partake of?     

Is it something to be achieved?

Is truth something imparted to us?

Can we know truth and reject it?

 

I'm not promising to answer all of these questions, because I don't think that I can; but perhaps the Holy Spirit will come along side as the "Helper" and cause it to happen! Next we are going to look at a few aspects of truth. This is by no means exhaustive.

 

Truth is realized through Jesus Christ.

For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.  John 1:17

I am the way, the truth, and the life;

No-one comes to the Father but through Me. Jn 14:6

 

Jesus says this is the reason He was born.

"For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice. " John 18:37

 

Jesus was hated for speaking about truth.

His harshest words were for those who rejected truth. 

For saying; "You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free."the religious leaders took issue with Him over the word free. Jesus had this to say to them;

"You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father.

He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie he speaks from his own nature; for he is a liar, and the father of lies."  John 8:44

 

In verse 37 He tells them the reason they desire to kill Him.

"I know that you are Abraham's offspring: yet you seek to kill Me because My word has no place in you".

 

We see that truth is connected to the Word.

Look at this:

The sum of Thy word is truth.  Ps 119:160

As Jesus prays to the Father for the disciples, He says:

Sanctify them in the truth. Thy word is truth. Jn 17:17

 

Christ is established as "The Word of God" in John 1:1  Later in verse 14 we read:

"And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth."

 

Now let's go back to John 8:31 for even more insight to the connection between truth and word.

"If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine: and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

 

Staying in the Word becomes the qualification for knowing truth and becoming free. No, staying in the Word does not mean reading the Bible constantly. Remember how "the Word" became flesh?  Staying in the Word means staying in Jesus! Jesus explains further in verse 43 why many do not understand or believe.

"It is because you cannot hear My word." 

 

In verse 47 of John 8, Jesus says;

"He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God."

 

Right now you better sit up and make sure that you are "of God". You have no hope of knowing truth unless you are in the Kingdom of God. If you have any doubt at all, go to Gate of Pearl ………There will be help for you.

 

Knowing the truth –yet preferring the lie.

The results of preferring a lie, is that God gives them over in the lusts of their hearts, to impurity, that their bodies might be dishonored among them. Rom 1:24

For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen    Romans 1:25

Homosexuality is the result of the rejection of truth. But that is only the first step downward. The next step is that God gives them over to a depraved mind. If you are interested in the attributes of a depraved mind read Romans 1:28-32. But there is more in this scripture. It tells us just what the "lie" is. It is worshiping (serving) the creature (ktisis ,– original formation, the building, the creation) instead of the Creator

 

Facts about Truth

1. Justice is based upon truth.

The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether.  Ps 19:9

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness. Romans 1:18

These are the things that you should do: speak the truth to one another; judge with truth and a judgment (verdict, formal decree) for peace in your gates. Zec.8:16

 

2. Truth must be obeyed, not just known.

This warning is for those that know the truth.

For those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there is stored up for them wrath and indignation. Romans 2:8

 

3.  Truth is represented by unleavened bread.

Clean out the leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed. Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice, and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 1Cor 5:7-8

 

In the Passover feast, the roasted Lamb was served with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. Jesus our Lamb is served with sincerity and truth! When we eat His flesh (the bread of the communion sacrament) representing the reality of spiritually eating Him, we are eating "truth".

 

4. Truth is a qualification for:         

Holiness

O Lord, who may abide in Thy tent?

Who may dwell on Thy holy hill?

He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness,

And speaks truth in his heart. Psalm 15:1-2

Knowing and abiding in Him 2Joh 1:2

Worshiping Him     Joh 4:24, Ps 145:18

Spiritual clothing.   Eph 6:14

The Righteous need a girdle of truth as part of their armor. 

 

After looking at every reference to Truth in the scripture, I have come to the outstanding conclusion that: Truth is the foundation of the Kingdom of God !

It is exhibited in:

His government (Ps 119:151; 

His judgments (Ps 96:13; Ro 2:2) 

His word (Joh 17:19); 

His works  (Ps 111:7,8: Da 4:37)

 

Lets take a look at those questions now.

1. How can we know the nature of God itself?

We perceive it, in and through Jesus Christ; since He exemplified it in the physical world through His recorded words and actions. He stayed true to His calling and purpose in life and death. That is how "truth" is manifested in the earthly realm..

 

2. Is truth something totally foreign to us?    

No, not to those in Jesus Christ.    

Yes, to those who are perishing.

I believe that 1John 5:20 answers questions 3,4,5 & 6, once we understand that "truth" is not something separate from God himself. 

 

3. Is truth something we can:

know?

be?

to experience?

to become?

Is it something for us to partake of?

Is it something to be achieved?

Is truth something imparted to us?

And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding, in order that we might know Him who is true, and we are in Him who is true, in His son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. 1John 5:20

He is Truth, and we are in Him.

 

7. Can we know truth and reject it? 

Yes, read Romans 1

Is truth objective?    yes.. –It exists outside of us…..

Is truth subjective?  yes—It exists inside God, part of His very nature, and hence inside of us, if we are in Him.

 

Lord, let me know truth as revealed in You.

Lord, let me love truth. It is the very desire of my heart.

Lord, let me understand truth,

That I might know the true God and eternal life.

 

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