“WHAT IS TRUTH?” This is a crucial question for which, sooner or later, we all must find the answer. It was asked of Jesus during his trial before Pilate, the Roman Governor. And it has come down through the ages to every individual.
Truth is defined as conformity to fact or reality; factual; absolute; constant; never changing. It stands on its own, not relative to anything else. Opinions can change, ideas may come and go, interpretations are formed according to circumstances, perceptions are prompted by personalities and experience. But Truth is Fact – and stands firm against all onslaughts. A person’s thoughts, beliefs, understandings, perceptions, opinions, ideas, can change with the changing times and all their fickle influences. But Truth is Fact – and stands alone, unaided by human trivialities.
“What is Truth?” the Governor asked, as Jesus stood before Him mute;
He had not heard the Master’s word when He declared, “I AM THE TRUTH!”
What is Truth? It’s essential to know, for it’s promised to set us free;
With open ear we’re made to hear, and open eye will come to see.
What is Truth – and never a lie – that springs from the inward parts?
Truth is a Person – not a thing – Whose Spirit dwells within our hearts.
Truth is a Person – the Son of God – Who came down to our earth to be
The Way to the Father’s Abode; the Life for all for eternity.
© Eulene H. Moores
Actually, the Scriptural definition of truth is more than ‘some thing.’ It is ‘Some One!’ Jesus declared “I am the Truth” and to know Him would make us truly free – free from all the falsities of human delusion and the subtle deception of the human heart. Until we have a vital relationship with Him, Who is the very embodiment of Truth, we are told that “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” That “the imagination of the thoughts of the heart are only evil continually!” (John 14:6; 8:32; Jer. 17:9; Gen. 6:5)
The Psalmist knew that God “desires truth in the inward parts,” and it is His intention to remove the “stony heart” and replace it with a “heart of flesh” In other words, a clean, pure, honest heart that is soft, humble, and truthful before Him and, hence, before our fellowman.
The beloved Apostle John said that he rejoiced greatly in knowing that his children “walk in Truth.” The more we walk in the Light the more we walk in Truth. (1 John 1:2,4; 3 John 1:3,4)
Truth is an element which should be intrinsic in all of our relationships. Jesus said that “God is Spirit, and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.” Yes, our worship must be much deeper than the outward physical expression of song and praise; it must originate in, and flow out from, our innermost being – our spirit. And it must also be in truth – utter honesty and exposure to God’s searchlight. It may mean a humbling, a denial of self, a yielding and a willingness to submit our will to His. But, oh, how liberating it is! The Truth truly does free one from selfishness, self-righteousness, pride, guilt, fear and doubt. “The law of the spirit of Life in Christ Jesus” sets us “free from the law of sin and death.” We can leave the ‘turkeys in the barnyard’ and begin to ‘soar with the eagles’ in the limitless heavenly realms. (John 4:24; Rom. 8:2)
We know we are of the Truth when we love in truth as well as deed, and not only in the words of our mouths. It is often easy to say we love, but true love is un-conditional and un-selfish.
(1 John 2:21; 3:18,19)
Love does “not rejoice in evil, but rejoices in the TRUTH.” (1 Cor. 13:6)
“The Lord is near to all them who call upon Him, to all that call upon Him in TRUTH.” (Ps. 145:18)
“His TRUTH shall be your shield and defense.” (Ps. 91:4)
May our prayer be “Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your TRUTH; unite my heart to fear Your name.” (Ps. 86:11)
Therein lies our glorious HOPE.
“Grace be with you, mercy and peace
from God the Father, and
from The Lord Jesus Christ,
the Son of the Father
in Truth and Love.”
(2 John 1:3)
In Agape, Eulene