What is Truth?
“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
John 8:32 (NKJV)
When Jesus in conversation with Pontius Pilate said, “everyone who is of the truth hears my voice,” Pilate made a rhetorical reply—”what is truth?” and left the room without waiting for a reply. Perhaps he was unwilling to face the implications of any reply that came from the one who was the embodiment of all truth. It is a question many people, including theologians and philosophers, have asked and sought an answer to down through the ages. In some areas of life in the secular world today, for example religion and morality, many see truth as relative—your truth is not necessarily my truth. In other areas truth is seen as the correct or real facts about something.
The Bible declares that there is such a thing as spiritual truth and in the context of the opening scripture, truth in the form of correct spiritual knowledge, wisdom and understanding can free us from a myriad of false beliefs, morality and practices. However, some Christians tend to go further and think that freedom from sin and death, salvation, lies in the knowledge and keeping of a set of statements or correct ethical rules, regulations, rites and practices. But spiritual truth is more than a set of statements. Jesus said of himself, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). In terms of salvation, the opening scripture has a deeper meaning: you shall know the truth (Jesus Christ) and the truth (Jesus Christ) shall make you free. The reality is that it is the Son that sets us free from sin and death and grants salvation. As Jesus confirmed, “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed” (John 8:36).
We are set free to have a relationship with God. Jesus defined eternal life in relationship terms, “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (John 17:3)
The Greek verb in this verse signifies the continual action of “getting to know” and for those that accept God’s free offer of salvation through Jesus Christ, getting to know the Father and Jesus Christ will take the eternity God has granted to them.
Father, we thank you for the truth revealed in your scriptures and for salvation that comes through the embodiment of truth, Jesus Christ.
Study by Eddie Marsh
Grace Communion, Sheffield
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