2 John 1:1-2 “The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth; For the truth’s sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.”
Pontius Pilate asked Jesus; “What is truth?” as He stood before him that day. Often, we get muddled when we try to broaden our perspective with regards to the truth. The ‘whys’ of a matter or the ‘what’ might get a bit convoluted when sonmeone injects their point of view.
So, let’s begin with its definition:
1. Conformity to fact or reality; exact accordance with that which is, or has been, or shall be. The truth of history constitutes its whole value. We rely on the truth of the scriptural prophecies.
My mouth shall speak truth Proverbs 8:7.
Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is truth John 17:17.
2. True state of facts or things. The duty of a court of justice is to discover the truth Witnesses are sworn to declare the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth
3. Conformity of words to thoughts, which is called moral truth
Shall truth fail to keep her word?
4. Veracity; purity from falsehood; practice of speaking truth; habitual disposition to speak truth; as when we say, a man is a man of truth
5. Correct opinion.
6. Fidelity; constancy.
The thoughts of past pleasure and truth
7. Honesty; virtue.
It must appear
That malice bears down truth
8. Exactness; conformity to rule.
Plows, to go true, depend much on the truth of the iron work. [Not in use.]
9. Real fact of just principle; real state of things. There are innumerable truths with which we are not acquainted.
God is a spirit, and they that worship him must worship in spirit and in truth John 4:23.
11. The truth of God, is his veracity and faithfulness. Psalms 71:22.
Or his revealed will.
I have walked in thy truth Psalms 26:3.
12. Jesus Christ is called the truth John 14.
13. It is sometimes used by way of concession.
She said, truth Lord; yet the dogs eat of the crums– Matthew 15:27.
That is, it is a truth; what you have said, I admit to be true.
In truth in reality; in fact.
Of a truth in reality; certainly.
To do truth is to practice what God commands. John 3.
As you can see, even in 1828, Webster wanted to make sure that we definied truth properly.
But spiritually, we see:
John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
Jesus is Truth.
John 8:32 “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Truth is a person. That Truth makes free.
When the perception is unclear as to what is truth; we must go to the One who is truth and find out.
Truth involves fact. Truth has evidence.
Faith in the truth relies on evidence. I have faith that there is such a thing as wind. I cannot see the wind, but I see the evidence of it all around me. I have faith that there is such a thing as temperature – and again, I can only feel its effects.
Truth is the thick, black line of demarkation for right and wrong; good or evil. Truth has sides. Truth also has its enemies. Truth has been the cause of many a martyr and the reason why Christianity is still alive today.
The ultimate enemy of truth is Satan. He questioned God when he was in charge of overseeing God’s throne and the music in Heaven. He placed a question in the heart of Eve in the garden and has been causing men to doubt God ever since.
Truth is worth dying for but it is also worth giving your life to live for as well. Yet, I know that truth can stand up to scrutiny. It can handle being vetted out.
If Jesus is the Truth and only the Truth makes free, wouldn’t it stand to reason that the closer we are to the Truth, the freer we become? God is the One who reveals truth to my heart. He gives wisdom. He opens my understanding.
So, the more I seek Him and the closer I get the truth, the more freedom I will experience in my life. Want to be free from whatever holds you today? Get closer to the truth and you will find the freedom you are seeking.