God is Truth
In the most unjust trial of history, when God in the person of Jesus was subjected to accusations of evil, Jesus made this bold statement, “For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into this world–to bear witness to the truth” (John 18:37), to which Pilate mockingly responded, “What is truth?” (John 18:38).
There are no doubt many in our day who’d agree with Pilate’s sentiment. In the public discourse of these divisive times many people claim to adhere and speak the truth, only to be met by the contradictory claims of others. Having no agreement as to where truth is founded, we now live in a day where anyone’s idea of truth is deemed to be of equal value to another’s even if they disagree. Having no sure basis upon which to judge truth, public sentiment and/or the latest media narrative steps in to fill the void.
On the one hand, this should not surprise us, for we live in a time in which mankind is actively working to suppress the truth (Romans 1:18). On the other hand, we must be careful to exercise diligence in our pursuit of the truth, lest we ourselves become comfortable and acclimated to the kind of skeptical thinking once voiced by Pilate. Pilate mocked the concept of truth in the presence of the One who embodied it.
Put simply, truth is that which accords with reality. God is the ultimate reality, since He is the creator of all things. The pursuit of truth must start with Him. He is absolute truth and all truth, including His Word and revelation to us, is sourced in Him. The Truth is who God is and what He does. He is absolutely dependable, without falseness of any kind. His plans, principles and promises are completely reliable, accurate, real, and factual.
When Jesus Christ became flesh and dwelt among man, His disciples beheld His glory as One who was full of “grace and truth.” He came to bear witness to the truth and embodied the truth. As He boldly proclaimed, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” The pursuit of truth is a pursuit of Christ. He also acknowledged God’s Word to be truth (John 17:17). We should look to God’s word for Truth, reminding ourselves it is Scriptures which bears witness of Him (John 5:39).
The good news for those weary of today’s contrary and contradictory voices, is truth is not dead. It’s alive and well! The God who is truth “desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4; cf. John 8:32). He likewise desires His children to walk in the truth (3 John 1:4). In possessing the truth, the child of God possesses a treasure of infinite value which is in short supply. Let us value it accordingly, as Thomas Watson once exhorted: “Oh! I beseech you, labor to be like God. He is a God of truth. He can as well part with his Deity—as his verity. Be like God, be true in your words, be true in your profession. God’s children are children that will not lie. When God sees “truth in the inward parts,” and “lips in which there is no deceit,” he sees his own image—which draws his heart towards us.”
Heavenly Father. How precious this truth that You are truth! In a world filled with so many conflicting and misleading voices, we never have to doubt Your integrity or the veracity of Your Word! Grant us hearts that are forever loving the truth, that we might walk in the truth and grow in Christ. We, Your People, are called to be the Pillar and Support of the truth in this world–forgive us for not always standing strong that way. Embolden us that we might be holding forth the truth in this needy day. Amen.