The word of God calls for us to walk in truth. We are even called to worship in truth. How can we walk or worship in truth if we do not understand what truth is?
What is truth?
John 18:37-38 - Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are you a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?”
So I ask you too? What is truth? It is important for us to know what truth is so we can distinguish it from what is NOT truth.
3 John 1:3-4 – For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
Psalm 86:11 – Teach me Your way O LORD; I will walk in Your truth
1 John 1:6 – If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.
There is a requirement that we understand the truth firstly and then “intentionally practice” it. If we claim to have fellowship with Christ, and do not practice walking in truth, then we are actually walking in darkness. Probably that explains why many Christians suffer unnecessarily.
So what exactly is truth? Most of us in this world are programmed to think that truth is relative. In Pilates case, his truth was that Jesus was innocent. But the truth according to the Jews was that Jesus was a blasphemer. Both of them thought they were right. This notion that there is no universal truth is probably the root cause of why we have so many religions and even factions amongst the children of God. If truth depends on the perspective each one has, then there is no firm ground and no frame of reference. There will always be a valid contradiction of every view point.
So what is truth in the bible? There can be on only ONE truth. You can’t have multiple truths different from each other right? So what is that truth? How do we walk in it?
Truth can be relative and subjective in situations in this world. For eg: You might be wearing sun glasses and I am not. I might say “The sun is too bright and blinding…and you might say, “Its not”. Both of our statements are true for each of us. This truth is relative and subjective to the situation.
That’s not what our Lord Jesus is talking about though. There is one absolute truth when it comes to God and the God kind of life that He destined for us. When I say “There is one God” and you say “There are many Gods” and someone else says “There is no God”. Now, these are opinions of 3 people, but all of them cannot be true. Only one of them is true and if so, the other two are lies or false. This notion that what is true for you is true for you and what is true for me is true for me is the reason why many Christian’s suffer. This is carnal thinking. Worldly thinking. Most of us think that whatever it is we are experiencing; that is the truth for us. This is why people often say “You don’t understand what I’m going through”, etc. Most often, it is not THE TRUTH as our Lord Jesus defined truth at all. You see…the Jews thought that the truth was that Jesus was a blasphemer claiming to be God. Why? Because they were blinded by sin and were programmed by worldly thinking. All they could see was Jesus being a man claimed to be God. But the actual truth was something else. Jesus was indeed God who became man so he could rescue us. He came to His own and His own received Him not.
Likewise, most Christians acknowledge what they see and experience as truth; which is not actually truth. The bible says “Set your minds on things above, not on things on the earth. Col 3:2.” The bible says “For we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Cor 5:6-7”
Read John 17:14-17
Jesus says “We are not of this world just as He is not of this world. Interestingly in ver 9, Jesus says “I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given me” and in verse 17 He says “Sanctify them by Your truth” or separate them out by your truth. Therefore, once separated, whatever (or the group of people left out) is not of the truth.
John 14:6 – I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; nobody comes to the Father except through Me.
Before Jesus came, John the Baptist came bearing witness to the truth.
John 1:14 – The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Ver 17 – For the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
That means, until Jesus came, people were blind and couldn’t comprehend the truth. They thought they knew but they didn’t really know the truth. Whatever life gave them and whatever they experienced; they considered that to be truth. But Jesus came and along with Him; truth came.
Truth about life. Truth about who we are. Truth about what authority we have here on earth and what we are capable of. Truth about our real identity. Truth about the devil.
When Jesus (truth) came, He started healing the sick, casting out demons, etc. The bible says the people were astonished that He was speaking to demons and sick bodies and that they obeyed Him. Then He raised the dead. People were gobsmacked. They had never seen such things. He even spoke to the winds and the waves. He spoke to the tree. He walked on water. Until such time, the world was accustomed to the lies of the devil so much so that we believed that that was the truth and life in general. Sickness, hardships and death were all part of life. Nobody ever thought that they could have authority over these things. Sin had separated us from our Father God and we had lost our true identity. When the disciples tried to cast out demons and failed, they asked Jesus, “Why could we not cast it out?” Jesus said because of your unbelief. And then He said, I tell you the truth, if you have faith as much as a mustard seed….you would say to this mountain. He was talking to us and about what we could do, if we knew the truth.
Unbelief is usually because you don’t know the truth. If you know the truth, you won’t have a problem with belief.
John 8:25-34 – (ver 31) Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Free from what? Jesus says He who continues to sin is a slave to sin. So He was referring to freedom from sin in this context. Abide means “settle down” “take up residence”. Here it would mean that our lives are dictated by the word of God because that is the truth. Everything else is NOT the truth. If we did that, then we would be free. Free from sin and therefore free from the consequences of sin too.
He said I am the way, the truth and the life. So that confirms that the truth was something else than what the world was used to. If He had to proclaim, “I am the way, the truth”….then the people were probably a slave or under a spell to lies. And Jesus had come to show them the truth.
All through the NT, when Jesus mentions “truth” he implied that there is a truth which is quite different to the lie people were living in. If He didn’t intend to contrast, then there would be no point in using the term “I tell you the truth” or I am the truth or walk in truth, etc. Eg: I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth pass away not the smallest letter…. Also I tell you the truth, it is for your good that I am going away and I tell you the truth, if you had faith as a mustard seed…
Our Lord kept insisting, “I tell you the truth…” because He wanted us to know and understand that what we think to be true isn’t actually the truth. We thought the truth was that it is impossible to cast out demons, but He said “I tell you the truth, if you have faith as a mustard seed…”. We thought the truth was we could gain access to God by good works and sacrifices, but He said “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again…..” Am sure, you get the point.
John 16:12-13 – I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth…”
We all have the Holy Spirit in us and He has guided us into all truth or is guiding us into all truth every day.
For us the truth is this:
The secret to having dominion over evil is walking in truth. The truth of who you are, what Christ has revealed to you. The truth that the devil is now powerless over you. The truth that you are a citizen of heaven. The truth that you are a child of God, who is now our Father and who is ALL Powerful.
Therefore, if we are to walk in truth, then we ought to be walking like we really are who God says we are…(as per above). How does that look like? We ought to look at every situation in our life and analyse if it’s the truth as we know it or a lie from the devil. Because there cannot be two truths. When you feel condemned, then ask yourself, is this the truth or a lie from the devil? Because the truth is that there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. When you feel lonely and depressed, ask yourself, is this the truth or a lie from the devil? Because the truth is that He will never ever leave us nor forsake us. It’s a mind-set we need to carry and be conscious of all the time. Even when you feel sick. The truth is that Jesus took it away. So whatever is showing up is a lying symptom. Treat it by all means because our bodies are not saved and it needs comfort from pain and hurt. But believe the truth and reject the lies. Technically, Jesus has made it an impossibility for the enemy to work against His beloved children, which is you. No weapon formed against you shall prosper.
2 Peter 1:3-4 says “He has given us ALL things pertaining to both LIFE and Godliness.
Unfortunately, for most of us, our default stance is to consider our immediate circumstance in this world as the truth. We think, we are in this world, God is in heaven. What we go through here is the truth and we cry out to God for miracles all the time…like He is separate from us. But the “truth” is He will never leave us nor forsake us. He is in us. Christ in us, the hope of Glory. We are seated together with Him. God does indeed do miracles and answer prayers amazingly……..for baby Christians. But stay a Christian for a while and you will soon realize that life is not full of miracles. This is because God wants us to grow. He says Abide in my word. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Paul went through a lot of hardships. He was beaten, flogged, stoned, ship wrecked, imprisoned….but it didn’t faze him one bit. Why? Because he was walking in the truth. He knew this world and everything in it is a lie and temporary not worth comparing to the truth which is eternal.
As we grow into mature children of God, we need to literally live being conscious of who we are and where we are from and separate that out from what we experience here. Only one of them can be the truth. Both can’t be the truth. If you choose to walk by your experiences here, the bible says “we walk in darkness. 1 John 1:6 – If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.
To see what happens when we suppress the truth and walk in lies, read..
Romans 1:18-32 – ver 18- suppress the truth in unrighteousness, ver 25- exchanged the truth of God for the lie,
A Christian has to be a doer of the word. There is a difference between obeying the word in the Old Testament and doing the word in the New Testament.
“Obeying the word” is obeying a commandment like how a soldier obeys an order and gets a medal for doing so whilst “doing the word” is living out what you actually are. In contrast, not doing the word is living a life contrary to who you are. I’d like to end this message with a reminder that the Armor of God mentioned in Ephesians 6 encourages us to – “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist.”
Bless you my dear brothers and sisters and keep on growing in the knowledge of your Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
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