Election years are challenging times to sort out what is truth. Add to this year pandemic news and an unlimited access to multiple news sources I find myself asking, who is telling the truth? John in his gospel and his epistle talks about an absolute truth.
John shares Jesus testifying that he is the truth.
"Jesus said to him, "I am the way,
and the truth, and the life. No one
comes to the Father except through me."
Jesus testifies that to know Him as Lord is to know the truth.
"Now they know that everything that
you have given me is from you. For I
have given them the words that you
gave me, and they have received them
and have come to know in truth that I
came from you; and they have believed
that you sent me. I am praying for them.
I am not praying for the world but for
those whom you have given me, for they
The truth is the God who made the heavens and earth loves us so much he sent His Son to suffer and die for our sins. Jesus is the only way of salvation.
There are many in our world who object to the fact that there is an absolute truth. They also object to the fact that there is only one way to be saved. Even if people object to this, it does not make it any less true. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. God's word is true.
"So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed
him, "If you abide in my word, you are truly
my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth,
and the truth will set you free."
We are bombarded with so much information daily it is hard to know what is true and what is false. Another phenomenon that happens is a grain of truth can be spun into a mountainous catastrophe. The way the truth is spun can have a positive or negative impact on the hearer. A truth can be interpreted in a manner that effects the hearer. The desired response by the hearer can be shaped by the way the message is presented.
What is truth?
We believe teach and confess that the only place we can fine the truth is in Christ and Christ alone. Christ is revealed to us in the inspired, inerrant, Word of God. God has given us His truth in Scripture. The words of Scripture have been given us to make us wise unto salvation. This is the empirical truth.
If you notice the Scripture I have referenced comes from the Gospel of John. In John's epistle he gives us an important truth.
"Beloved, I pray that all may go well with
you and that you may be in good health,
as it goes well with your soul. For I rejoiced
greatly when the brothers came and testified
to your truth, as indeed you are walking in
the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear
that my children are walking in the truth."
(3 John vs. 2-4)
John commends Gaius because the truth that Jesus Christ is Lord is his truth. Gaius testifies to this truth. He is faithful to the truth. Gaius owns this truth and walks in this truth.
Jesus Christ is Lord. This is the truth. John commends Gaius because he owns and lives this truth. This is important for us as well. As we are bombarded by falsehoods and exaggerations, we can find comfort, hope, joy, and peace in the truth that we are the beloved children of God. I pray that the truth that you abide in is that, Jesus died for your sins. You are forgiven. You are Loved. We have been given to God. This is the truth.