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THE TRUTH ABOUT THE TRUTH
Jesus said, “You shall know the truth and the truth will make you free,”
Welcome to our study of the Truth. In this series of lessons we're
going to be looking at several topics, and we turn to the Scriptures to
determine what God's truth on these subjects is. As we think about truth,
there are several things that are important for us to notice.
First let's realize that truth is the most important commodity, the most
important possession any civilization can have. The proverb writer said,
“Buy the truth, and sell it not,” Proverbs 23:23. Whatever truth cost me,
whether it is friends, whether it is family, whether it is a job, whether it is old
ways or habits, it’s worth the sacrifice to gain truth. The proverb writer said
that we need to buy it and never ever sell the truth.
Think about the value of truth for just a moment. How would you
know what two plus two is if there wasn't some standard of truth, if there
wasn't a standard for mathematics that everybody knows? Two plus two is
four and that's a truth that can never be debated or denied. If there were no
truth what would the world be like? How would we know what's right and
what's wrong? How would you know what side of the road to drive on if
there wasn't a certain truth or standard? How would you know anything
without truth? How would you know you're here? How would you know you
exist? How would you know that this is not just some idea that happened or
some existential reality? How would we know anything, without truth? Truth
is indeed one the most valuable possessions any people can have.
Let’s begin by asking this very simple question that Pilate asked,
“What is truth?” John 18:36-38. Let's ask that same question: What is
truth? We want to give a fourfold answer to this question that helps us to
understand the ideas that we’re talking about. First, God is truth. 2
Chronicles 15:3, the Scripture says that, ‘We serve a God of truth.’ 1
Thessalonians 1:9, Paul said, that the Thessalonians turned from sin and
idols, to God to serve the true and living God. What’s truth? It’s the very
idea of God himself, His nature, His character, and His qualities. He is the
representation of truth. “It's impossible for God to lie,” Hebrews 6:18. “God
does not change,” Malachi 3:6.
Not only is God truth, Jesus Christ, His Son is also truth. Ephesians
4:21, the Scripture records that the truth is in Jesus. In John 14:6, Jesus
had just told his disciples, “Let not your heart be troubled.” Yes I'm going
away, but don't get discouraged. Here's why, “I'm going to prepare you
better place and when I come again, I’ll receive you to myself that you can
come there with me,” in essence. Thomas says, “Lord, we don't know
where going, how can we know the way?” Jesus said, “I am the way, I am
the truth, I am the life. No man comes to the Father except by Me.”
The Holy Spirit is truth. John 16:13 says, “When He, the Spirit of truth, has
come, He'll guide you into all truth.” 1 John 5:6, also references the Holy
Spirit as the spirit of truth. What is God's Holy Spirit? Naturally it speaks
truth because it reveals unto us God and Jesus and God's ultimate plan of
Along with the Godhead, God's Word is absolute truth. In John 17:17
Jesus, praying to the Father said, “Sanctify them by Your Truth, Your word
is truth.” What's truth? God's word. Psalm 119:160 so beautifully illustrates
God's truth, “The entirety of your word is truth, and every one of Your
righteous judgments endures forever.” How much of this Book is truth? Is
part of it fables, part of it men's ideas, part of it written by somebody later?
The Scripture says the entirety is, from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21.
Every bit of this book is from God and is absolute truth.
Those four things help us to understand what truth is. They may give
us some ideas, but how do you define truth? If I said to you, “Define truth
for me,” how what you do that? Here are some words we might use in
defining truth. First we would say that truth is something that is right or
upright. God's commandments are right and just,” (Psalm 19:8). Psalm
119:128, says that God’s commandments are upright or right in truth. We're
talking about that which is right opposed to wrong, opposed to error. God
and God's word are right or upright.
We might use the word just in talking about truth. Revelation 15:3
refers to God as a just God. Will not the judge of all the earth do justly? The
question was asked in the book in Genesis, and the answer is a resounding
yes. God is just, fair, noble, upright, and honorable. Those are all words
that can be associated with truth.
We would say the truth is trustworthy. If it's true, I can trust it. I can
take it to the bank, I can base my faith on that, and that's what the Bible
also says about God and His word. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding acknowledge Him in all your paths
and all your ways and He'll direct your path.” God is trustworthy. Job said,
in Job 13:15, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.” We're talking about
something that can be trusted, something we can put our faith in.
Another word we might use to describe truth is that which is perfect or
complete. James says, in James 1:25 that we are, to receive with
meekness the implanted word which is able to save our souls and it is
called the perfect law of freedom or liberty. The Greek word for perfect
means complete, not lacking, total, everything we need to be right with
God. Truth is right, it's just, it's something I can trust, and it is complete and
perfect in every way.
Let's think about just how important truth is to our spiritual lives. How
important is truth, how important is it that a person know God's truth and
understand that? Truth is very important because of modern relativism
today. By relativism we mean that one person thinks one thing’s right,
another person thinks another things right. Whatever may be right to you
may not be right is somebody else, but it's just kind of relative and it
changes all the time. That's not what the Bible says. The Bible teaches that
truth, especially the truth of God, does not change and is not relative. It’s
not something that man constantly needs to be changing constantly. No,
that's not what the Bible says. In Jeremiah 7:28, Jeremiah said, “So you
shall say to them, ‘This is a nation that does not obey the voice of the Lord
their God nor receive correction. Truth has perished and has been cut off
from their mouth.’” They were doing what everybody else was doing. They
were going along with the winds of change and whatever the other nations
did. That's what they wanted to do, and God said because of your view of
truth it's perished from this nation.
Relativism says everything is subjective. We can know this is not true
for several reasons. Is it the case that everything is subject to change? It
might be one thing one day and another thing the next day. We don't think
like this in any other aspect of life. For example, there are universal
standards of truth in science like the law of gravity. How subjective is
gravity? How relative is it if you drop a bowling ball today? It's going to land
on your toe. If you drop a bowling ball tomorrow, it'll land on your toe, and
the next day. The laws of gravity they don't change. Laws of math don't
change. There are certain things that are just the same.
Our law, it's going to stay the same, but somehow when we come to
religion, people want to say, it's all relative. God's not relative, we've
already seen that. His truth is not relative, it's not going to change; and
therefore we need to do away with this idea that everything in the religious
world is relative. God Himself clearly says He's not a relative or subjective
God. God says, “I am God, I change not,” Malachi 3:6.
The Hebrew writer said, “Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and
tomorrow,” Hebrews 13:8. It’s the same past, present, future. Today,
tomorrow, and in the future God, His Son Jesus Christ will be the same.
Please understand the word of God is meant to be the one final standard
that is not going to change. It's going to stay the same, and it's going to be
that which judges us in the last day. How do we know that? Jesus said, “He
who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges
him-the word that I've spoken will judge him in the last day,” John 12:48.
When Jesus was here on earth 2000 years ago, when He was preaching
and teaching and doing great miracles, that same word He proclaimed then
is going to was the standard then and will be the standard for all men on
the judgment day. That's not going to change. That standard is going to
stay the same. Truth doesn't change because of people; people will change
because of truth. Truth doesn't change because a society may do immoral
things, a society should change to accept truth. Truth doesn't change
because of us; we change to get our lives in line with the truth of God's
Why else is truth such an important possession? Truth is important
because of man's inability to direct himself spiritually. Jeremiah 10:23, “O
Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to
direct his own steps. What are we talking about there? Jeremiah is talking
about how to get right with God, how to live right, and how to help Israel be
what they want to be. He's telling Israel, you've got to stop leaning upon
your own thinking, you've got a look to God only he can direct your steps.
Only God's truth can help us get to Heaven. “There's a way that seems
right to a man, but the end thereof is the way of death,” Proverbs 16:25.
‘‘We need to stand in the old paths, and ask for the good way, where the
way that’ll lead to Heaven is, it'll direct our soul,” Jeremiah 6:16.
God's word and its ability to direct us, show us how far off base we
are. For example, God's word is able to direct us in that it tells us how we
got here. In Genesis 1:1 the Bible says, “In the beginning God created the
heavens and the earth.” “God created man in his own image,” Genesis
1:27. “The Lord God created man out of the dust of the earth, breathed into
his nostrils the breath of life; man became a living being,” Genesis 2:7.
Compare that to the theories of men, theories of evolution and Big Bang
theories where somehow many evolved from monkeys or somehow over
millions of years ago there was some cosmic explosion and out of nothing
we came to exist. God tells us, ‘I created you in my image, you were given
a soul and that soul is here to glorify me and one day you will have to give
an account of how you've dealt with that.’
It answers questions like: Why am I here? Many people are here for
a multitude of reasons. They are living for a multitude of reasons that are
just not right. Some are out for lust, pleasure, popularity, pride; and then
there's some who simply don't know why they're here. They’re floating
through life without real meaning and purpose. God's word and its truth and
is able to direct our steps when it comes to our purpose. What's our
purpose? Isaiah said, “Everyone who is called by My name, whom I
created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I've made him,” Isaiah 43:7.
Did you get that? God said I created you for MY glory. 1 Corinthians 10:31
says, “Whether we eat or whether we drink, or whatever we do, we're to do
all to the glory of God.”
Solomon searched for the meaning of life. Solomon tried it all, good
and bad alike. He went through the whole list of things to find purpose and
he said, “All is vanity, like trying to catch the wind.” He came to the right
conclusion. What’s life all about? “Fear God, keep his commandments, this
is the whole duty of man.”
God will bring every work into judgment including good or bad,
whether secret or open and God will judge us because of that. I'm here to
fear God and keep his commandments, and only the word of God gives me
that that grand and noble purpose. That is so much more than about me,
it's about serving God.
God's truth is so important, because it directs my steps to where I
need to go after this life. Only the Bible and only God's truth can send us in
the right direction when I leave this life. It's true; all who are in the grave will
one day come forth. I’m not going to stay here forever; this earth isn't
designed to last forever. One day I'm going to come up out of the grave,
and Jesus said, in Matthew 25:46, “The righteous will go into eternal life,
and the unrighteous into eternal condemnation.” What book, what truth can
help me prepare for the other side? Only the word of God, God's truth can
Truth is so vital and so important because it is the only thing that can
set us free from sin. In John 8, Jesus has been discussing with the Jews
about their need for him and their need for salvation through him. They've
got questions about Abraham and they thought because they were
Abraham's children they were going to be right anyway and Jesus corrects
that. Jesus says, in John chapter 8:32, “And you shall know the truth, and
the truth will make you free.” Continue with John 8:36, “Therefore if the Son
makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” Not Abraham, not Moses, not
the patriarchs, Jesus said, you've got to know the truth to be free. What
truth? That He is the Son of God, the Savior of the world.
You see truth has the marvelous power to free men from the bondage
of sin. Paul said in Romans 6:17, “God be thanked though you were the
slaves of sin, yet you obeyed draw heart the heart that form of doctrine to
which were delivered. And having become separate from sin, we became
heirs of righteousness, slaves of righteousness.” Obedience to the truth
sets us free from sin. All of us have to deal with the consequences of sin, in
Psalm 38:4, the psalmist said, “My sins have gone over my head; like a
heavy burden they're too heavy for me to bear.” All of us have felt that, all
of us know the sting of sin, 1 Corinthians 15, yet the gospel has the ability
to free us from that. I'm now free to obey Christ and follow his teaching and
Truth is so vitally important because of the abundance of error that's
being taught today. John 8:44, the Bible says that the devil is a liar. He's a
murderer, he's the father of lies, and there's no truth in him; and friend I
assure you he has talked people in the calling good, evil and evil, good.
Isaiah 30:10 and Isaiah 5:13, and people are now so confused, because of
the mass amount of error that sometimes it's hard to wade through that
until we turn to God's truth.
The truth of God is so important because of the mass amount of error
today that's being taught on salvation. You can take ten different people
and ask them, “What must I do to be saved?” you'll likely get ten different
answers. You come to the Bible, you'll get one answer. Here's what you
don't find, Billy Graham and Franklin Graham say that all you got to do to
be saved is call on the name of Jesus and say the sinner’s prayer. Dear
Jesus, I accept you as Lord and Savior come into my heart and save me
now. I can't find the sinner’s prayer in the Bible. You can search from
Genesis 1:1 to the very end of Revelation and you will not find the sinner’s
prayer. It's not in there, not even one time.
What do you find instead? Men and women being told to hear the
word, Romans 10:17. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of
God.” Jesus says, “Unless you believe that I am He you'll surely die in your
sins.” People are commanded to repent or perish, Luke chapter 13:3.
People are told that they must confess Jesus to be confessed by Jesus,
Matthew 10:32-33. Jesus Christ says baptism is essential to salvation, “He
that believes and is baptized will be saved,” Mark 16:16. The apostle Peter
says baptism is for the remission of sin, Acts 2:38. Jesus says one must be
baptized to get into God's kingdom, which is going to heaven, unless a man
is born of water and the spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God, John
3:5. The Scripture clearly says that baptism is for salvation. Meaning you
must be baptized to be saved. Where is that at in the Bible? In 1 Peter
3:21, the Bible says, “There is a like figure unto which now does now save
us-baptism (not the removal of the filth the flesh but the answer of a good
conscience toward God).”
Did the Bible just say baptism saves us? Clearly and explicitly it did.
The Scripture doesn't teach you’ve got to say a sinner’s prayer, but it does
teach you’ve got to hear, believe, repent, confess, and be baptized to be
How do we deal with all the religious error that we’re facing today? All
the problems that are occurring, whether it be problems of immorality,
salvation, or problems our country is dealing with, how do we deal with
Here's how, we've got to buy the truth and sell it not. Before you can
buy it you’ve got to know what it is, and to know what the truth is you've got
to go to the right source. God, His Son, His Holy Spirit, and God's word are
absolute truth; that means I've got to do my part to find truth. “I've got to
study to show myself approved unto God,” 2 Timothy 2:15. I need to be like
those in, noble Bereans, in Acts 17:11 who searched the Scriptures daily to
see if these things are so. I want to know what truth is, I want to our buy
that truth because of its value, not because of what’s popular, because
that's what God wants me to do regardless of who says or does what. All
that matters is, “Is there any word from the Lord?” Jeremiah 37:17. “What
do the Scriptures say?” Romans 4:3.
We hope that each of us have been encouraged to look into God's
truth and whatever it teaches to buy into that, knowing that Heaven will be
our reward. We encourage you today, if you've never obeyed the gospel or
you've never accepted truth, obey God's plan of salvation, and let truth
have its full reign in your life.
Study Questions for: “Truth Series: Truth”
1. What will make us free according to John 8:32?
2. According to Proverbs 23:23, what shall we do with the truth?
3. According to 2 Chronicles 15:3, we serve a God of what?
4. What is it impossible for God to do according to Hebrew 6:18?
5. According to Malachi 3:6, does God change?
6. According to Ephesians 4:21, what is in Jesus?
7. According to John 16:13, who is the truth?
8. What is the truth according to John 17:17?
9. According to Hebrews 13:8, does Jesus change?
10. How can we show ourselves approved unto God according to 2