Some Aspects Of Truth

W. Terry Varner
November 12, 2017

Truth is stranger than fiction. Jesus stood before Pilate who asked, “What is truth?” (John 18:37-38). The question of Pilate went unanswered not because Jesus was unable to do answer, but because some important matters that captured Pilate’s attention. He thought about his authority over the restless, rebellious Jews. He feared the people. He feared for his power and prestige if he should compromise. He hoped the scourging of Jesus and the crown of thorns would satisfy the Jews thirst for blood. Remember, Pilate asked, “What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?” (Matthew 27:22). The reply of the Jews was “Crucify Him, crucify Him . . . His blood be on us, and on our children” (Matthew 27:22, 25).

Truth is like a cork pushed under water, truth keeps popping up again and again. Christ who said, “I am the truth” (John 14:6) shows truth cannot be put down, pushed aside, or covered up. There are various aspects of truth.

WHO is truth? In the Bible, truth is a synonym for Jesus. Jesus said, I am the truth” (John 14:6). Truth is also a synonym for the “word of God” (John 17:17). It is biblically correct to say that truth is a person. One can never know eternal truth until he comes to know Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul wrote that some individuals were “ever learning and never able to come to a knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 3:7).

It is totally possible to go to school for years and remain totally ignorant of Jesus Christ and the Bible. (It was not always this way). We have learned how to harness the atom, rocket men into space, land and walk on the moon, but we have failed to learn how to motivate men to live together in peace and for God. We have conquered outer space but we have been defeated in conquering inner space. We know too much about things that truly do not matter and we know too little of Him who is the source of all truth.

WHAT is truth? Jesus said, “Sanctify them though thy truth, thy word is truth” (John 17:17). Paul writes that Jesus, who is the head of the body the church (Colossians 1:18), is also the source and the foundation of truth (1 Timothy 3:15). If one closely follows Christ, from whence truth comes, one will not get lost. Why? Because “truth came by Jesus Christ” (John 1:17). Truth is learned gradually—truth upon truth. Each new truth learned opens doors to questions to be answered. Those who stray from the truth are those who are not careful to “give diligence . . . rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).

POWER of truth. Jesus said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). Truth is powerful as it frees from sin. Literally, millions have fought and died in the great quest for freedom. Truth procedes from freedom or we sacrifice one kind of slavery for another. Truth makes us a new creature in Christ. Following baptism, “we rise to walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4). Our new life comes from our obedience to truth. The Corinthians Christians were told, “Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). There is safety, assurance, or security WHEN we receive the truth. Truth saves man when he receives “the love of truth, that they might be saved” (2 Thessalonians 2:10).