Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | August 1, 2018

The Truth, and Nothing But the Truth

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The former Head of White House Security, Clinton appointee Craig Livingstone, commented to an FBI agent on the 1995 Travelgate trial,
“Don’t you know that truth is relative? Your testimony was your version of the truth. Truth is whatever you want it to be.”

Mr. Livingstone’s viewpoint is not uncommon today. The entire concept of truth has been much degraded by our culture. This is evidenced by the use of so many qualifying words with truth. We hear about absolute truth, ultimate truth, real truth, final truth, relative truth, and even true truth (as if there could be any other kind). Often heard is another term, “personal truth.” There is no such thing.

No qualifier should be needed at all with “truth.” Truth is an absolute word. Truth is truth. Sadly, qualification is sometimes needed in order to communicate clearly in a broken and confused world whose concept of truth has been so compromised.

Truth is defined by the nature, character, will, and Word of God. Truth is whatever corresponds with God’s reality. Truth is whatever accurately reflects the nature, character, and Word of God and His created reality. Contrary to Livingstone, truth is not “whatever you want it to be.”

Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the Bible, contains 176 verses. Each verse (with the exception of four) refers to God’s Word: testimonies, laws, ordinances, precepts, commandments, words, statutes, judgments.

This verse from Psalm 119 proclaims the totality of God’s Word to be Truth:
The sum of Thy word is truth, and every one of Thy righteous ordinances is everlasting. (Psalm 119:160)

This hardly needs to be said since God can speak nothing but the Truth.

Since God speaks only truth, it logically follows that every divine precept is righteous and eternal. The moral law of God is a reflection of His character which does not change (Hebrews 13:8). Therefore His pronouncements must also be righteous and everlasting. Isaiah proclaimed, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah 40:8)

Jesus Himself expressed this concept, saying,
Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.” (Luke 21:33).

Jesus based His life and ministry on truth, and He emphatically claimed to speak, teach, and be the truth. Fully 77 times He began His teaching with, “Truly, I say to you, …“.

Additionally, recall these statements by Jesus:
My witness is true.” (John 8:14)
My judgment is true.” (John 8:16)
I speak the truth.” (John 8:45)
I am the truth.” (John 14:6).

Even His enemies acknowledged that He was “truthful and taught the way of God in truth” (Matthew 22:16). In the most extreme danger, when on trial for His life, He did not back away from His truth claims but testified, “For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” (John 18:37) The Gospels record over 160 references to truth.

Obviously, truth was a very important issue for Jesus. Psalm 119:160 (quoted above) is one of many Bible verses identifying Scripture, God’s Word, as truth. This understanding of Scripture is essential for one who follows Jesus as Lord, for this is precisely what the Lord Jesus proclaimed throughout His life.

A Biblical worldview develops by soaking one’s mind in Scripture, God’s truth. Let His righteous ordinances be your continual meditation. Make the everlasting true Word of God your daily delight. Obey its precepts daily.

Questions to Ponder

1. How would you answer someone who says, “That’s your truth, but not my truth”?
2. Are you taking action on the truth that has already been made clear to you?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

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“contending earnestly for the faith”
“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
“for the defense of the gospel”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday August 1, 2018 A.D.

We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.
(2 Corinthians 10:5)

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