The Apple Of God's Eye

April 30, 2010

What Is Truth?

Just before Christ was crucified, Pontius Pilate, the Roman ruler over Jerusalem asked a question of Christ that has puzzled mankind for thousands of years. That question was, “What is truth?” It was a good question; a deep question even. But strangely, Christ didn’t answer him. Why not? Did He not have universal truth to give? He sure did, but there was a very specific reason He did not answer.

Many in this world believe the Bible is open to interpretation to anyone professing Christianity. That notion could not be more wrong. Christ did not answer because he had a vile and corrupt ruler in front of Him who hated the law of God. It doesn’t matter if people today say they are Christian; if they do not obey God, they are not Christians – period. We can’t just throw the law of God out the window when the Bible is obviously a book of law from beginning to end. Christ wants us to know that if He’s going to reveal what truth is, that we have to do something.

John 18: 37 says:

“Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.”

So, according to Christ, only those of the truth hear His voice. Most people of this world are NOT of the truth, because they do not obey Christ. It is an impossibility to walk in truth without living by the law of God. “If we claim that we have fellowship with him but keep living in the darkness, we are lying and the truth is not in us.” (I John 1:6)

Christ’s disciples could not obey

Christ ended up with only 120 disciples out of all the thousands He preached to. That’s not very many for the most persuasive speaker in history. Truth is, it has nothing to do with speaking ability and all with willingness to listen to God’s voice.

Christ knew that Pilate wasn’t going to apply His answer anyhow, and so He didn’t answer him. It does say in Matthew 11 in verse 25 that He reveals these things only unto babes. Pilate did not present himself as a humble childlike person. He was just a type of all mankind.

That’s not to say that mankind in general does not want to know what truth is, they have a certain curiosity, and some have a great desire to know it. We hear people all the time talking about — especially professional people saying — well, we’re just searching for the truth. But the problem is their definition of truth is far different than Christ’s definition, so there’s a great conflict there that needs to be resolved. Almost all of those people searching for truth are certainly not searching for what God defines as truth. And certainly they won’t do what is necessary for God to reveal it to them. Many others think they know the truth and don’t. They don’t really know the truth, not according to God’s definition anyhow.

But Christ gives us a definition of what real truth is. In fact, he had He answered the question of truth not more than hours before Pilate had asked Him the same thing, yet only 120 disciples ever came around to really understanding what truth is.

All are guilty of breaking the law

We’re all guilty of crucifying Christ because of our sins. Our sins are the transgression of the law, the Ten Commandments (1 John 3:4). So, look, if we are continuing in our sins, then we are continuing to crucify Christ. That is our attitude.

If God is going to reveal the truth, we must show a childlike attitude, teachable attitude before God and repent of killing our Savior. There’s just no way we can continue to willfully sin (killing the Son of God) and have God the Father reveal truth to us.

Christ came and sacrificed Himself and they marred Him more than any man. His bones were protruding out of His flesh that we might be healed, and then He died and shed His blood that we might be forgiven for our sins and understand what is the truth.

So yes, we have to do something, in the right attitude. And that’s the problem with man and why he doesn’t know the truth. He thinks he does, but not as defined by our Creator. Men and their little arrogant ways think they know more than God, but they don’t.

In Isaiah 55: 9 it says that God’s thoughts are as high above ours as the heavens are above the earth. Our thoughts are insignificant by comparison to God, and it’s His definition of truth that we want to understand and respond with a positive attitude toward it.

Continue in God’s word

John 8:31 states: “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word…” “Continue in my word.” You have to continue. “…then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” It makes us free only if we know what it is and live by that truth.

And then verse 33, “They answered him…” The Jews answered Him. “…We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? (34) “Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.”

Sin, as defined by the Bible, is the transgression of the law of God. So we see here that Jesus Christ affirms God’s law, rather than annuls it, as some deceived religions teach. It is the truth (God’s word & law) that sets us free. And when God sets you free, you have supreme freedom beyond human understanding. If properly understood, this knowledge would have humans flock to God by the untold millions in real repentance.

Verse 44, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”

So, there’s no truth in the devil; none, and yet it says in 2 Corinthians 4:4 that he’s the god of this world and he’s worshipped by this world. And THAT’S why they don’t know what truth is. This world, the whole world has been deceived (Revelation 12 in verse 5).

God’s truth sets us free. That’s not a bad bargain to make with God, to understand truth and apply it; live in it and abide in it as the Bible says.

Definition of truth

Let’s look at the definition of truth. John 17:15 says, “I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil [one],” it should read. Keep them from the evil one. (16) “They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.”

God’s true Christians understand what the truth is because God protects them from the evil one who takes it away from anybody he can. He’s certainly taken it away from the whole world, or deprived them of it, according to your Bible.

John 17:17: “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” That’s both the Old Testament and the New Testament. Christ said Himself that we should live by every word of God. And when He said that we only had the Old Testament but He was in the process of creating the New Testament.

You can literally believe your Bible. Yes, there is some symbolism there, but it teaches truth. You can literally believe this Book, though many people would tell you, you can’t. They’re wrong about that. Christ said we ought to live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God, and in another place, He says you’re going to be held accountable for every word. You better know what that truth is or how could you ever possibly keep every word? You get to know that the Old and New Testament are tied together and about twenty-five percent of the New Testament is quoted directly from the Old Testament.

Christ spoke to the masses in parables so they wouldn’t understand because they wouldn’t hear what He had to say. And He said there are many prophets and many righteous men that would love to understand what you understand, but do not. Why don’t they? Well, because they’re like Pilate. They want to know the truth but they don’t want to do anything, they don’t want to let it live in them, they don’t want to apply it in their lives, they don’t want to live by every word of God. See, we have to live by it, and then that joy and freedom comes abundantly.

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