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"I Am the Truth"
By David A. DePra
Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6)
What did Jesus mean when He said, "I am the Truth?" You will notice by His words that He did not merely mean that He taught Truth. Neither does He mean only that He lived the Truth. Both of those are included, of course, but they are more the impacts of the fact that Jesus IS the Truth. So what did He mean, "I AM the Truth?"
Well, first of all, Jesus was claiming to be God. If Jesus were not God, it would not matter how righteous of a man He was, or how great His ministry had been, He could not have claimed to BE the Truth. In fact, anyone short of God Incarnate who makes a statement like that is not righteous. He is either nuts, or a deliberate liar. For no other person can BE Truth.
Again -- when Jesus said, "I am the Truth," He was claiming to BE GOD. God Himself is the great, "I AM," and Jesus used this well-known name to refer to Himself many times during His life. Here in John 14:6 He not only claims to be THE TRUTH, but claims to be THE WAY, and THE LIFE. Again no sane or righteous person could make Himself the center of Gods universe that way, unless He was, in fact, God Incarnate.
Now, incidentally, I am aware of some attempts today to say that this verse from John 14 ought to say, "I am A way, A truth, and A life." But to be perfectly blunt about it, those who have tried to make it say that are guilty of lying about what the Bible says. There is absolutely NO possibility at all that the original Greek says that. Trying to twist a translation into the shape you want it like that is as dishonest as making John 1 say that, "the Word was A God." The Jehovah Witnesses have done that, but those who did it KNOW they deliberately falsified their translation to suit their heresy about the identity of Jesus Christ.
So Jesus did say, "I am THE Way, THE Truth, and THE life." This was an undeniable claim He was making about Himself He was claiming to be God Incarnate. Only God could BE those things.
But what does it mean to BE the Truth? How could Jesus God Incarnate; God become man BE the Truth? In what sense?
The Need for Revelation
When you and I think about Truth, we immediately tend to think of a standard outside of ourselves to which we must refer assuming we recognize that WE are not the source of any Truth. There are, of course, some people who actually believe that we all have life, and truth, in ourselves through natural birth. Some professing Christians even teach that if we discover ourselves we will discover the Truth. There are even some professing Christians who are so totally deceived that they deny that we are born with a sin nature. But aside from cases like that, most of us realize that if we are going to find Truth, we have to find it in a source much higher than ourselves, and outside of ourselves.
Well, we are right. We are not born with an ounce of Truth in us. Not an ounce. We are born in darkness with no light. Thus, all Truth the way the Bible defines Truth is the product of the revelation of God coming INTO us -- from the OUTSIDE of us. Some of us may find this hard to believe. But it is a fact.
But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him. But God has revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of God. But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (1 Cor. 2:9-10, 14)
You and I have no resource of Truth, light, or life in ourselves. This is certainly true as to the natural man. But even after we are born again and indwelt by the Holy Spirit, the Truth, light, and life we have received is NOT of us. We still cannot call upon our emotions, intellect, or natural abilities as a resource. The only Truth we have in us is Christ in us through the Spirit. And the only way for us to realize Truth is to come to know Christ. This is another subject altogether, but if we would see the distinction between Christ in us through the Spirit, and our own soul life, it would save us a lot of confusion.
Do you and I really believe that we have from the assets and resources of our own mind the capability of knowing God? If you believe that, then we must conclude that there is NO such thing as absolute Truth because Christians disagree on almost everything having to do with God there is not ONE MIND. Clearly, something is wrong. And what is wrong is that many believe whatever agrees with them whatever appeals, makes sense, or is able to gain access to them. This is not the result of revelation from God but of human reasoning.
Most of us have mistaken our human understanding of God for a revelation of God. This is especially so if our human understanding does agree with scripture, and is factual. There is certainly nothing wrong with human understanding in that case, because we do have to start somewhere. But the problem is that when we achieve a certain amount of human understanding of the Word of God that we think we have IT. Well, there is no IT. Three is just HIM. In short, we need to see Jesus. We need a revelation of HIM. Without that, our life in Christ will not amount to much that is living.
God wants our minds to be renewed BY the Truth. You will notice that this would be impossible if our minds produced the Truth. The human mind cannot produce any Truth. What happens is that we receive Christ and through the Holy Spirit He dwells IN US. Then, over the course of time, through death and resurrection, through our seeking of God, the Truth that is IN CHRIST becomes understandable and renews our minds.
We cannot say that we have seen the Truth unless we have seen Jesus. Otherwise, at best, we have gained an intellectual grasp of the facts about Jesus. But to see the Truth we have to, well, see Him who said He was the Truth. We have to come to the place that Job came:
Who is he that hides counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not .I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes. (Job 42:3-6)
Job had spoken RIGHTLY of God God said so. God said so at the beginning of Jobs trial and at the end of Jobs trial. But Job himself admitted that the RIGHT THINGS he spoke about God were merely the right facts Job had a correct intellectual and doctrinal understanding of God. This was NOT wrong, or bad, for again God commended him. However, Job had to repent he had to repent of thinking that his intellectual understanding of God was equal to seeing God Himself. He had to repent of, "uttering things too wonderful for me." He had to admit that everything he said was the resulting of hearing facts about God, accepting them, and repeating them. All of that, according to Job, fell short of what he really needed: Job needed to SEE GOD HIMSELF. And once he did see God, all of the RIGHT teachings while they were STILL RIGHT seemed so hollow.
Christians need to believe the right facts, and teach the right doctrines. But above all else, we need to see Jesus. This takes a revelation and then all of our teachings will be based, not on things we have heard or read, and not upon our brain power. Our teaching will be based on the Truth found IN HIM. Then it will be real, carry power, and hold us forever.
This was the secret of the early church. It was not that they were given a THING called, "power," or had some special anointing. No. It was that they knew HIM. They had received a revelation into themselves from the outside of themselves and they had opened themselves to God, allowing HIM to have His way with them through that revelation. This is not some mystical experience that God has only for a few. It is supposed to be what Christianity is all about and for every one who believes.
Many Christians continue to operate in the futility of their own mind. We create God in our own image, and live inside of a religious box that we have fashioned out of our own temperaments and understanding. Dont misunderstand. Im not talking about something that appears BAD or EVIL. No. Im saying that we fashion what appears to be an upright, Biblical Christianity out of Bible verses. But it is NOT revelation. It is our pride, fears, and human understanding creating a life that we think God wants. And should God want to penetrate this with real Truth, we would crumble to pieces because we would no longer have our self-made security.
You can see this when people discuss doctrine. Some Christians absolutely demand that this or that is the Truth and rather than want to find the Truth, they want to be RIGHT. They have their list of teachings, and have dug their trenches around them, and their whole bent in life consists of defending and promoting these teachings. They take pride in, "defending the faith," when in fact, they are defending their self-made spiritual pride. They absolutely will not SEE. People can do this even with regards to correct doctrine they use IT to make themselves a somebody. It isnt even the doctrine they promote that is important to them but rather the FACT that they are promoting it! But sadly, many also do this with regards to error. They are deceived even about basic Christian Truth. It is absolutely amazing the things that Christians believe and, "right out of the Bible."
Well, all of this is really all we could hope for if God has left us to ourselves to discover Truth from ourselves as the source. If you and I are expected to discover Truth by reading the Bible and coming to conclusions what we would end up with is what we have today Christian confusion everywhere because that is what many Christians are doing. God has something more. He wants to reveal to us the Person of Jesus Christ. If we would allow Him to do that, then we would come into a real understanding including a doctrinal understanding.
It is impossible to truly understand the Bible without the Holy Spirit. Im not saying that you could not read it and accumulate some facts, and come to some intellectual conclusions. But anyone can read what the Bible says. Only the Holy Spirit can show us what it MEANS. And that only happens if we see Jesus.
How can we open ourselves to God for such a revelation of Christ? Easy. If you want God -- yield to Him. But not just by not sinning. Yield your SELF to Him. If you want Christ, seek Him. In the end, the reward for seeking God is that you find Him. But lest we misunderstand what all of this means, we need to realize that it will cost us everything. The problem here is not a wrong understanding as much as it is a wrong being - a relationship with God that isnt what it ought to be. THAT is where God will begin His work.
If you and I think that revelation from God is simply a matter of God narrating to us the meaning of Bible verses we are deceived. Revelation is of a PERSON, and there is little in us that is able to contain Him. Thus, God must deal with what makes us tick He must PLOW the ground before He plants the seed. It is the plowing that we often sidestep and therefore never move any further ahead. And yet unless God plows us and deal with our unbelief, our pride, and our pension for wanting to own ourselves, we cannot receive much real revelation. We may spend the rest of our lives thinking we KNOW but never having seen Jesus. Instead of having received revelation from the outside of ourselves, into ourselves, what we might settle for is conclusion that we have created from the inside of ourselves that we then offer back to God.
Jesus is the Truth
God does not need Truth to come into Him from the outside. Neither does He need to go outside of Himself and find it. No. God IS the Truth. All Truth is already IN HIMSELF. So God does not need to check Himself over and against a higher, or outside standard. There are NO higher standards than God. God is eternal, all-knowing, and sovereign. He is that -- not because He was made that way, or became that way. No. Truth is Gods very nature, character, and Person.
Of course, when we begin talking about eternal things, and how God can be what He claims to be, it is impossible to fully translate it into human terms because there is no human correspondence. God is Spirit. God is eternal. God is all-knowing. Thus, the moment we try to imagine what these mean, and how these characteristics surely must work, we are limiting them to how they would function in us we translate them into OUR frame of reference. I mean, think about it, what is it like to live OUTSIDE OF TIME where there is not even a sense of the passing of time? Eternity may be inside of us through Christ, but we are not yet free of our natural perceptions and experience.
For example: God always was and always will be. This is one way for us, down here, to describe an ETERNAL being. But even that description is using words of TIME "was," and, "will be." That description is from OUR point of view, using OUR frame of reference. From Gods point of view, there is no WAS or WILL BE. There is just I AM.
Such is the problem with saying that God is the Truth. All Truth and reality are found in God. There is NO Truth outside of Him, and ALL Truth is in Him. God did not learn the Truth, and Truth is not simply, "whatever God says it is." No. Truth is God -- and God is Truth. All Truth finds it source in His personhood and being God is the very personification and embodiment of Truth.
The Bible states this clearly:
This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. (1 John 1:5)
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. (James 1:17)
In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; (Titus 1:2)
There are some people who cannot understand Titus 1:2 where it says that God CANNOT lie. They think that if God can do anything, then certainly He can lie should He choose to lie. But the answer to this goes back to the fact that God is the Truth. If God is the Truth He cannot lie, or He would not be the Truth. More simply, if God lied He wouldnt be who He is.
What we see here is that God has a definite and reliable nature and a character God never changes. The Bible describes God as LOVE, etc. It also says God is the Truth. Therefore, since God cannot do anything that is inconsistent with who He is He cannot lie. It isnt His nature to lie. This doesnt make God weak or incapable. It make Him faithful and really, makes Him the Truth.
Ive heard people argue against this fact but really, if they want a God who can lie then they can come to terms with the consequences of believing that is the way God is. There is really nothing more than can be said about it to them. They will never be able to believe a word God says because it might be one time when God is lying.
God tells us that He IS the Truth He is the Source and Originator of all Truth. Hopefully we are now seeing that this isnt merely a matter of God, "inventing Truth." No. The Truth isnt a THING God invents or makes up. God IS the Truth the Truth is a Person. The THINGS, and the various manifestations and impacts and communications of the Truth are certainly there but they are extensions of God Himself, that is, a revelation of Him along some line.
For example, and we will see more of this in a minute, if I teach the Truth along some line of Christian living, or some Christian doctrine, I am really teaching about God Himself. I am teaching about how everything relates to HIM how we live with Him, what He has done, how He works, etc. But it all goes back to the fact that Truth is God Himself. The TRUTHS plural that we discover, live, and teach, are nothing more than how those things must relate to God, move with Him, and manifest Him, if they are OF the Truth.
Now, when Jesus became a human being, Truth became more articulate for us to understand. He entered into the time and space realm as one of us. He did this for our redemption, of course, but He also did it to reveal to us God. Jesus revealed God to us through His teaching, and through His living. He said, "If you have seen ME, you have seen the Father." But He also went beyond the true teaching and the true living. He said, "I am the Truth." In other words, Jesus was claiming to be the very source, personification, and embodiment, of the Truth only now manifested as a human being. He was claiming that if He never spoke a word, taught anyone, or lived a day, that He WAS nevertheless THE TRUTH. He was the Truth in human form God become man.
Draw a distinction here between who Jesus WAS between that, and what He did, and what He spoke. What Jesus did, and what Jesus spoke, was the TRUTH in action it was the Truth Himself living out the Truth as a human being. It was Jesus rightly related to the Truth His Father manifesting it. And He did that to sinless perfection. But the only reason this was possible was because He WAS the Truth. Jesus lived the Truth because He WAS the Truth. He spoke only Truth because He WAS the Truth. Who He was resulted in what He did, and what He spoke. It is, of course, all one Jesus one Person. But the point Im making is that when Jesus said, "I am the Truth," He was talking about His identity not only about the things He taught.
So God alone is the source and originator of all life and all Truth. He is a self-contained, self-existent, and self-reliant Being. Everything else that we see of Truth living, teaching, etc.is of the Truth because it rightly represents HIM, or is rightly related to Him. God refers to no higher, or outside, standard. But everything else that is of the Truth refers back to God.
The greatest example, of course, of all of this, was Jesus Christ, God become man. He was the Truth in every sense that God is the Truth. But in His case, He was the Truth manifested in human form.
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. (1 Tim. 3:16)
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth for the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. (John 1:14-17)
The Truth of Christianity is, when everything is said and done, a REVELATION. It is a revelation of God OF HIMSELF, which is given to men from Himself through Jesus Christ. That means, as Ive already stated, that all Truth must come from the outside of us into us. There is simply no other way to find it. I am, of course, talking here about a revelation of God not things like mathematics. You can know math without knowing God.
This leads us to another vital point: Truth is not merely facts about God, nor simply teachings that tell us about Him. No. Truth is not merely information that God tells us or reveals to us. Rather, when everything is said and done, if God is the Truth, then any Truth I have been given is a revelation of the Person of God Himself if I am seeing the Truth I am seeing God.
We have seen that the nature and character of God is TRUTH. Thus, all that is OF GOD is going to be the Truth. And certainly all teaching that rightly represents God will be Truth. In short, true teaching will tell the Truth about God. False teaching will lie about Him.
Now, note that: The definition of whether teaching is TRUTH or ERROR goes back to whether it tells the Truth about God Himself. This is vital to see. Many Christians argue about what Bible verses mean and try to figure out the Truth from scripture mostly using their intellect. But that alone wont cut it. To know the Truth to know whether a teaching is the TRUTH you must know God. You have to take it back to what it really says about HIM.
Now, of course, all true teaching is going to be in the Bible. But true teaching is in the Bible only because the Bible is a written revelation of God Himself to us. So even the Bible must go back to God Himself as the Source after all, didnt God Himself inspire the Bible?
The Bible is a written revelation of God Himself. You cannot separate the Bible from God and make it a thing unto itself. No. There is nothing in the Bible that does not absolutely and rightly represent God in Truth.
There is another way to say this: Something did not become the Truth because God put it in the Bible. Rather, something is in the Bible because it was already the Truth the Truth Himself breathed it. Again everything goes back to God Almighty, who was around a long time before He gave us His written Word of Truth. Every word He inspired was therefore the Truth.
So what we are beginning to see is this: True teaching is exactly that the Truth because it rightly represents the nature and character of the TRUTH Himself. No matter what we are talking about as to doctrine the works of God, the way to be saved, the way to walk with God, prophecy, or what Jesus did for us all of these doctrines either tell the Truth about the Truth Himself, or they lie about Him. It all goes back to the ONE who IS the Truth.
You cannot separate the Truth from the Person of God. The moment we begin to talk about Truth Christian Truth we are talking about God Himself. One way or another we are. Why? Because every bit of Truth goes back to the Person of God to who He is, what He is like, and how He works.
Of course, there must be a way to CONVEY Truth to communicate God. We need to understand, and live, and teach. And so we must have doctrine. But the doctrine is not God. It represents God. That makes it vital and necessary. But never limit Truth to doctrine. Doctrine must be taken back to the Person of whom it speaks.
What so often happens, however, is that Christians dig out Biblical doctrine, based on Bible verses, and set it up as facts, information, and teaching almost as if it is independent of the Person of God. We think that if we have the doctrine we have God pinned down. So experts argue back and forth about the meaning of Bible verses. But you almost never hear them mention anything about what their interpretation says about the nature and character of God. You rarely hear anyone speak of the ramifications as to who God is, what He is like, and what this means for us if their doctrine is the Truth. People act as if doctrine is one thing, but God is another. No. Doctrine is NEVER independent of God. The fact is, every doctrine of the Bible, no matter how small or how big is a statement about God Himself. For if it is the Truth, then it is describing God and how He works it is attributed to God as the Source.
Other Christians resign themselves to the notion that we cannot really know the Truth. They say things like, "There will always be disagreement on this matter." Well, that is probably the case, but ought there to be? I mean, did Jesus, or did He not, promise to lead us into all Truth? If He did promise that, then I would suggest that if we say we cannot know the Truth that we are actually saying Jesus was promising something that God hasnt bothered to keep. Im not suggesting that to know the Truth doesnt take time and a process. But the notion that we need not seek God for Truth because it is no use really betrays a completely misunderstanding of what the Truth is, and how important it is in our lives. In short, as we have been seeing, if we cannot hope to know the Truth, we cannot hope to know God. And yet God says:
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. (1 Tim 2:3-4)
The fact that what we believe as doctrines is what we believe about God Himself is often a foreign thought to many Christians. We just dont connect the two. For example, Calvinists teach that Jesus did not die for everyone. They say He died only for the elect. As for those who are NOT the elect, Calvinism teaches that Jesus never intended to die for them, because God has ordained from the beginning that they spend eternity in hell. You can argue Bible verses over this until you are blue in the face, quote theologians all you want, but in the end, we are really talking about THE KIND OF GOD this teaching is describing. It comes down to that in the end. A God who sent Jesus to die for ALL, so that ALL would be given the opportunity to be saved, is NOT the same God as the Calvinistic one who has already pre-ordained some to hell, and some to heaven.
The Bible, of course, is a written revelation of God Himself a written revelation of the Truth. And it shows that Calvinism is heresy. But the fact remains that many professing Christians believe in the doctrines of Calvinism without even realizing the KIND OF GOD they are describing. They never link the teachings they embrace to the God that surely must BE if those teachings are the Truth. We could say this about a great number of other heresies as well.
There are professing Christians, for example, who teach that it is always Gods will for you to be rich. The way you come into this wealth, many teach, is that you give THEM money. If you do, they say that there is a, "tangible and transferable anointing," that THEY possess from God that will come to you because you have partnered with them. Anyone who looks into the Word of God will see this teaching for the heresy that it is. And you will likewise see that the Bible says that this kind of teaching is the product of, "men of corrupt minds." But when everything is said and done, this teaching is not heresy merely because it contradicts the Bible. Rather, it is heresy because it misrepresents GOD HIMSELF whom the Bible rightly represents. Again we are talking about the nature and character of God God, Who is the TRUTH. Preach error and you are therefore misrepresenting God Himself.
Are we beginning to see the importance of Christian Truth? We are actually describing God. We are, to one degree or another, living under the impact of what we believe God is like, and this is governing our Christian lives. And just as importantly, we are teaching others. Every time we open our mouths and teach doctrine we are telling people about God and affecting spiritual lives. Really, we have no business being wrong. And God is going to hold us accountable.
Notice how vital an issue Truth is:
But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. (2 Pet 2:1-2)
For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth. (2 Cor 13:8)
The Truth is not a toy. It is not something we have the right to sell for profit. We have no right to use it for our own gain of pride, prestige, or money. The Truth is not something we use to amuse ourselves it is not an intellectual musing. Neither is the Truth something that is given to only a few privileged or education experts. The Truth of God in Jesus Christ is as available to all Christians as is Christ Himself. And Christians need to begin understanding that when we hold to doctrines and hold to teachings, that we are representing GOD with them. We need to take this seriously. The most important thing once we are saved is that we come into the knowledge of the Truth for it is the Truth that sets us free.
Jesus Christ promised that the Holy Spirit would seek to guide us into all Truth. But God forces no one. Thus, the fact that the church is filled with errors of all shapes and sizes indicates that people are not seeking God for the Truth. Rather, they are digging trenches around their pet doctrines. The result is that so many people have not been taught the Truth, or have been taught error. By and large, the church today doesnt even agree on what salvation IS, how to be saved, and even the purpose for which God has saved us.
The solution to all of this is to return to our First Love the Truth Himself, Jesus Christ. Open to God for His Truth through Christ. If we would, we would find that every doctrine and teachings that God opens to us will speak the TRUTH about the TRUTH Himself. And there would be no contradiction.
If Jesus Christ IS the Truth, then to know the Truth is to know HIM. This tells us something about ERROR. Error means to believe lies about Him.
We have already seen that true doctrine is true because it rightly represents God. Thus, false doctrine lies about God it misrepresents Him. So just as true doctrine is not a thing unto itself it has great impact upon us because it is telling us the Truth about God so will false doctrine damage our relationship with God. It will mean MORE than just not having our facts straight. For if we really believe any false doctrine, we believe lies about God and are walking in darkness and bondage.
This is why, according to Jesus, to know the Truth about God means to be set free. But free from WHAT? Free from error. What error? Clearly, the Truth about God sets us free from error about God.
To know the Truth sets us free because we will know God Himself. This will then impact us and expose all of the errors we may have believed. In knowing God, we will be able to walk with Him, open ourselves to Him, and trust Him. But if we believe lies about God, these things will not be possible. Our lives will be on the wrong basis that of error.
In the final analysis, Truth sets us free to a living relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Sure. You cannot have a living relationship with anyone, let alone God, if you believe and walk in lies about Him. John says this very thing:
This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: (1 John 1:5-6)
Fellowship with God, according to the Bible, is the result of being in the LIGHT which is being in the Truth through Jesus Christ. This sets us free not from wrong facts about God but from the darkness that results from believing the lies. Freedom is only possible if you are living from the basis of TRUTH the Truth about God and His Son, Jesus Christ.
What we believe about God what He is like and His intentions towards us governs more than we can imagine. Even in the natural realm, what we believe to BE true IS true to us and we act on it, operate from it, and it governs us. How much more as it pertains to our knowledge of God?! This is so vital that most of the NT centers on it.
Truth about God sets us free to have the relationship with Him that God intends. You cannot have much of a relationship with God if you believe lies about Him. See the Truth and it will set you free.
Truth sets us free, not just from wrong facts, but from wrong BEING. Until the Truth sets us free, our relationship with God will be based on error, and we will BE people in whom error has a place. The Truth will set us free to where we are free to walk with God but not simply because we possess right facts about Him. No. We will be free because our knowledge of Him, and consequently, our relationship with Him, will be according to HIM according to the Person who IS the Truth.
The Spirit of Truth
Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would guide us into all Truth. He said that this would be a primary work of the Comforter. Thus, if we are in Christ, we can be sure that this work is going on RIGHT NOW. God is, right now, seeking to reveal to us the Truth, and to set us free. Not maybe. Thus, the question is not whether God is seeking to guide us into the Truth. No. Rather, the question is how we are responding.
The fact is, TRUTH is not relative. Truth is eternal. It never changes because God never changes. There is not more than one Truth. Thus, in order to know the Truth, there must come a change IN ME. Not only must my understanding change, but my relationship with God must change. My inner constitution must be altered over to the Truth or I cannot really be set free BY the Truth.
Now, if you realize what Im saying, it comes down to this: In the end, I am either going to allow the Truth to adjust me to Christ, or I am going to adjust the Truth to fit me. One or the other result will be the outcome of my response to the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit. Of course, this is always a process that is going on. But in the end, I am either seeing the Truth and being set free, or I am limiting God by my pride, refusal, and unbelief.
Truth has no bias. Truth simply IS. It never changes and it never alters to conform to us. This is true as to science and natural laws. It certainly is all the more a fact when it comes to Jesus Christ. Thus, we come back to a previous statement I made: I MUST BE CONFORMED TO THE TRUTH. Otherwise, I am going to conform the Truth to myself.
Yet despite the reality of this, it need not be a fearful thing. Rather, we need to see that God wants us to see the Truth more than we want to see it. God desires this more than we desire it. God wants to reveal Himself to us.
So the work of the Holy Spirit ought to be obvious at this point: The Holy Spirit wants to guide us into all Truth into knowledge of Jesus Christ. We may communicate this through doctrines. But in the end, a doctrine is true because it rightly represents God Himself, and it is false because it lies about Him. God is the Source and Origin of all Truth.
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