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Truth

Knife Slicing TomatoChristian truth is a "wonderful message." Christians are called to announce the truth concerning Jesus Christ. This wonderful message is "Truth" and means "being faithful to a standard like the Ten Commandments, being in accord with a fact or a reality, or even authenticity" in a modern sense. Truth slices through religious and moral confusion but is unfortunately warped by our modern consumer society even by some Christians and Churches. Some people prefer fake news rather than truth or their own perceived version of the truth. Fake news is normally produced to line up what we are supposed to believe with the standards and politically correct norms of our society. Some people say for example that murder is wrong but to murder an unborn child in an abortion is not. On the contrary, Christians find do not their truth in the accepted norms of society but the Word of God, the Bible.

Moral Confusion

Bible StudyIt is incredibly exciting at any age to be gripped by the power of the Christian Gospel. Christian truth is addressed in John 8.32 where Jesus says, "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." "Truth" sanctifies or makes holy the believer according to John 17.17 where Jesus prays for his disciples and says, "Sanctify them by the truth; your word is the truth." This may also be read as, "Sanctify them to live by the truth." Our call from God is to adopt Biblical standards in our lives and live by them no matter the consequences. Christian truth strengthens Christians and holds them together. Ephesians 6.14 states, "Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place." Truth also establishes us in the Christian Faith. Saint Peter in 2 Peter 1.12 writes, "So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have." Christians are called upon to be established in truth and the Word of God. The truth should not be used to hurt others but we are encouraged to "speak truth in love" as in Ephesians 4.15 where Paul writes, "Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ."

Guide Examine Obey

Charles PriceWe are guided and led by the Spirit of truth according to John 16.13 "But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come." Furthermore, we are examined by the truth in Psalm 51.6, as the New Century Version translates it, "You want me to be completely truthful, so teach me wisdom." We are purified when we obey the truth according to 1 Peter 1.22, "Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart." Some early manuscripts read "love one another deeply, from a pure heart."

Rejoice Share

Wilson CarlileAccording to 1 Corinthians 13.6, we are to rejoice in the truth, for "Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth." Furthermore, we should share God's truth freely and widely as in 1 Thessalonians 1.8, "The Lord's message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia - your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it."

Global Conscience

John StottThe late Dr. John Stott (1921-2011) who was an eminent English Christian author and leader saw evangelism from a broad perspective. He writes, "We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God." Evangelism is further defined by Dr. Charles Price as Senior Pastor of People's Church Toronto and the TV program "Living Truth" who incidentally studied at the same Bible Training Institute in Glasgow that I did. He writes that evangelism is "A committed Christian who is sent by a guiding God to a seeking soul." An old Church Army definition adds beautifully, "People are wonderful, Jesus is wonderful, and bringing them together is most wonderful of all".

"Christian Truth"
by Ron Meacock © 2019

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