I loved math in school. I know – weird, but I always did so much better in math than English. In English, there was so much that was subjective, but in math, the answers were always concrete. The rules didn’t change (except for some crazy high level math, but we won’t go into that). 2+2=4. Always. The square root of 49 is 7. Always.
Truth is the same way. It’s not relative. It’s not subjective. It’s concrete. It doesn’t change. Even though, I didn’t always love English, I do love a good definition. The definition of truth is “the quality or state of being true; that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality.” The problem with living in a “post-truth” society that has deemed the truth irrelevant is this: what is true is still true – whether you believe it or not. In other words, truth doesn’t depend on your belief to be true. Like I shared last week, it’s why we must ground ourselves so deeply in truth that we can spot the fake a mile away. So what is truth? I will be diving into the Truth of who God is every week this year, first focusing on truth itself.
There are four elements of God that the Bible says are truth:
- God’s Word
- Holy Spirit
I’ll focus on the first two this week.
1. God is Truth
Jeremiah 10:10 says it plainly: “But the LORD is the true God; he is the living God and the everlasting King.” In the New Testament, there are two Greek words for truth. They are related, but no one spoke more on truth than John. In fact, John referenced one of the Greek words 23 of the 28 times it was used in the New Testament and the other 13 out of 26 times.
John 3:33 “Whoever receives his testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true.”
John 7:28 “So Jesus proclaimed, as he taught in the temple, ‘You know me, and you know where I come from. But I have not come of my own accord. He who sent me is true, and him you do not know.’”
John 17:3 “And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”
1 John 5:20 “And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.” (emphasis mine)
The Greek Word used for true in the latter three verses means “opposite of what is fictitious, counterfeit, imaginary, simulated or pretend.” You can’t really explain it any better. What is the opposite of fictitious? Genuine. What is the opposite of counterfeit? Factual. What is the opposite of imaginary? Real. Our God is genuine, factual, real, truth. If God is true, that leads us to the second element that is true:
2. God’s Word is Truth
God’s Word is powerful, and truthfully, I could never even come close to discussing all there is on the truth of God’s Word. There are numerous verses that claim the truth of God’s word and His law. Here are two of my favorites:
Psalm 33:4 “For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.” (NIV)
Psalm 119:142 “Your righteousness is righteous forever, and your law is true.”
But truth of God’s Word accomplishes something incredibly important in our lives according to John 17:17 - “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” The definition of sanctify is “to make holy; set apart as sacred; consecrate; to purify or free from sin” God’s Word makes us more like Him and less like the world, which makes His Word REALLY important.
I’ll admit: I haven’t always loved God’s Word, at least not in the way that I should. I haven’t always craved to read it and study it and let it change me. But then I did the Open Your Bible study. It made me fall in love with God’s Word in a whole new way, even as a “seasoned” believer.
This study was pivotal in my life, and I believe it can be in yours as well. Will you join us? Click here for more information or to register.
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