If we are to live morally upright lives we must abide in the Truth. The problem arises, “What is truth?’”
A prevailing world view is that there is no absolute truth upon which hangs all that is true. Without truth, how do we know what is morally right? That question is the same today as it was in the time of Moses, and the fundamental sinful nature of men and women has not changed. As in those days, God abhors their sinful conduct (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Romans 1: 26, 27).
For the Christian there is only one Truth. Jesus said He is ‘the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6). His Word is the truth (John 17:17), and He is the Word (John 1:1). His disciples adhere and cling to Him because they love the Truth. The only true morality is found in Him. The only valid way of living is in Him by His Spirit, which is impossible for those who have not been born of the Spirit (John 3:5, 6). Only then can they know the Truth (John 7:28, 29) and live morally upright lives.
Truth in Our Times
In these times of instant communication via the Internet we hear a lot about ‘fake’ news. It’s difficult to determine what is true and what is false. There is a saying that, ‘If it’s too good to be true, then it is too good to be true!’ So we should not be taken in by false promises.
Unbelievers may therefore be sceptical when Christians tell them they can get into heaven simply by believing and trusting Jesus, and that’s the only ‘work’ (John 6:29) they are required to do. They say that is too good to be true! But the Scriptures confirm it: ‘“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).”’
On the same premise of being too good to be true, unbelievers reason that the ‘free gift’ (Romans 5:15, 17, 18) of salvation from hell and sin can’t be true.
“How can that possibly be true?” they ask, but the Bible confirms it: ‘For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8).’
“Do you mean to say I don’t have to do anything to get into heaven other than believe in Jesus?” the sceptic asks. “Surely, that can’t be true!”
“And as for believing that Jesus suffered on the cross in my place for the forgiveness of my sins – that must be fake news!”
So what is Truth?
As disciples of Christ we thank Him for the price He paid by giving Himself as a ransom (Matthew 20:28) for our deliverance from hell, sin and the power of sin. Our salvation is free and without cost, but we are aware that in serving Him, we can expect to be recipients of discrimination and persecution (2 Timothy 3:12) because of our faith in Him. This is the cross we gladly bear (Matthew 10:38) with rejoicing (James 1:3).
Jesus is the Truth (John 14:6). We live in truth when we abide in Him (1 John 2:24). When we love as He has commanded us (John 15:12), we are vehicles of His truth; We are in Him and He is in us (1 John 4:12-16). That is Truth!
In John 18:37, 38 Jesus told Pilate He had come into the world ‘to bear witness to the truth’. He went on to say, “Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”
The Scriptures tell us, ‘faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17).’
‘Lord, May we be channels of Your truth for Your name’s sake. Open the ears of many for them to hear Your truth and to believe in Your Son. Amen.’
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