And The Truth Will Set You Free!
(A teaching concerning the importance of identifying the Truth)
""You are a king then!" said Pilate. Jesus answered, "You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason was I born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me." "What is truth?" Pilate asked ." (St. John 18:37-38, NIV).
At many times in their lives, almost everyone has encountered a truth that affected the way they thought and lived: they were told it was okay to get high, so they did drugs; they were told that sex was natural outside of relationships, so they slept around; they were told that if their marriage wasn't working right they could stop working at it, so they committed adultery or simply got a divorce; they were told that it didn't matter what they believed or practiced, so they joined a cult; they were told that love was where you found it, so they joined a gang, became a homosexual or a prostitute.
But if they lived through the lies, many of them eventually came to a point in their life where they stopped and cried out, "Just what is the truth?"
The dictionary defines truth as "a verified and indisputable fact, proposition or principle." Notice what it didn't say: that truth is whatever a person wants to be true in their life, or whatever they imagined to be true in their mind. In other words, actual Truth is absolute and unchanging. You can like it or not like it, but the Truth is not based on what a person feels or believes; it simply IS, regardless of whether they agree or not, believe it or not, like it or not.
This, Beloved, is the kind of truth that every heart hungers for ? the kind of truth that holds all of creation together, the kind of truth that Jesus Christ came to reveal.
The TRUTH -v.s.- A truth.
"There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death" (Prov. 14:12).
At no other time in the existence of man have there been so many personally tailored "truths." You'll hear them tagged with comfortable, right-sounding labels: "my rights," "my reality," "my choice," or "my personal beliefs," to which most people will meekly respond, "Well, who am I to tell them that their truth is wrong?" Beloved, this is the main difference between simply having a truth and knowing The Truth: these personal truths originate from man's carnal thinking and desires, and not on the absolute truths of God's Word. These truths seek to justify the sinful desires and activities of man, so that they may sin without guilt. This is why the practicing of these so-called "truths" is leading many to destruction and death. These "truths" are nothing but LIES, and we must love the Truth of God enough to call them so!
"Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves, who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever, Amen" (Rom. 1:22-25).
Beloved, the TRUTH does not originate from the mind of man, or from the natural realm, which is temporary: the Truth originates from the spiritual realm, which, like the God who established it, is eternal! (2 Cor. 4:18). If we are to really understand the Truth, then we must look to God! "Jesus said unto him, ?I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me" (St. John 14:6). Saints, if we are to comprehend the Truth of all things, then we must begin to look to Jesus, the Word of Truth incarnate!
About Spiritual Truth.
If we are to discern spiritual Truth from natural error, then we must understand the differences between them. We can demonstrate four sides of spiritual truth: 1) its support, origin and evidence; 2) its meaning to non-believers; 3) its meaning for believers, and; 4) its impact on the future existence of both.
Whenever you encounter a truth, the first thing you should ask is, "Just where did this truth originate from?" Jesus made the standard for determining truth quite plain in His prayer to the Father, "Sanctify them through thy truth; thy Word is truth" (St. John 17:17). And again, in His response to Satan's temptations: "It is written, that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word of God" (Luke 4:4). Beloved, when God provided us with His Word, He provided us with all that we would need to determine true spiritual truth. If it doesn't line up with His Word, then it is NOT the Truth, for whatever God has spoken IS THE TRUTH (Psalms 199:89).
Once we establish the truth of God, its meaning to the hearer will depend on where they stand with God. To the believers, it means, guidance, confirmation, assurance, and direction of life. But to the unbelievers, it means exposure, wrath and judgment. This is why the Truth of God sometimes angers unbelievers, for it gives them no covering for their sins, but shows them what they really are: sinners, in danger of judgment, in need of salvation. For those who accept God's Truth, the impact is salvation, deliverance, and a future of eternal life. For those who reject God's truth, the impact will be condemnation, sorrow, and a future of eternal death.
Beloved, mankind need no longer suffer under lies and deception any longer; man now has a choice. Jesus said, "If you continue in my Word, then are ye my disciple indeed; and ye shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you Free" (St. John 8:34). Saints, don't let the lost settle for a truth; let us help them in finding the Truth, and the Truth will make them free in Christ. It's time to let the Truth shine in us!
~Pastor Ron Barnes