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John 18 – Pilate in the trial of Jesus asked the age old question, “what is truth?”
Truth originates with God, it is the self expression of God. It is consistent with who God is. God is who we measure truth by.
Today there is so much information that truth can get somewhat muddy.
John 1:14 – John presents truth as a concept that is important of itself. Jesus was full of grace and truth. Truth enabled Jesus to live live perfectly, He could provide the perfect solution to peoples problems because He knew the truth about them. Jesus also understood perfectly who God is and His relationship with God.
We often wonder, are we doing the right thing? Are we making the correct choices? Jesus always made the correct choice, about all things.
Truth in our lives is key to us living the way that God wants us to. We cannot live the way God wants us to just by chance, we have to know truth to be able to live the way God wants us to.
John and the other disciples saw that grace and truth in Jesus. Truth is especially relevant and displayed in relationships. God’s truth speaking to me. Me speaking truth to someone else. Me acknowledging to God who I am.
Relationships are built on trust. Trust comes from people being true and honest with each other.
John 8:44-47 – Jesus says that Satan was the father of these folks, and that Satan is the father of all lies. God is truth, that is his nature. Satan is a lier, that is his nature.
It is difficult to lie, and then maintain that lie. Usually there is the initial lie, then there are lies that have to be told to continue to cover things up. Lies tend to be progressive, we end up having to continually cover up for ourselves.
There are things that we understand as normal that are shaped by our culture. How do we understand truth when it is in the face of our culture?
It is important when we are talking about truth to know what our source of truth is, something that we can say, “this is where truth comes from.” Jesus tells us that He wants to be our source of truth.
John 17:17 – How can we receive truth from Jesus? Jesus says that the word is truth. We are very fortunate to have Biblical truth written down and available to us. The Bible is a constant source of truth that gives us an accurate picture of God, of Satan, of ourselves, of life, etc. The better we know our Bibles, the better we can know God’s truth.
John 16:13 – Jesus promised that he would send the “Comforter.” This is another way that we can know/learn truth. Jesus sent his own Spirit to live in us to help us see and know truth. The Bible doesn’t talk specifically about all different things, that’s where the Holy Spirit living in our lives can help us make decisions.