As we bring our short series on truth to a close tonight there are a few things I want us to consider. First of all we defined truth as “The real facts about a situation, event, or person” which we retrieved from the combined definitions from a number of current dictionaries. I also wanted to find out how many times the word “truth’ was found in the Bible and using the original King James Version I discovered it is in there 235 times in 222 verses. Other versions vary on how often it is found, but I was surprised that it was so little. The first time it appears in the KJV is in Genesis 24:27 and the last time in the book of 3rd John, chapter 1 and verse 12. It appears that John and the apostle Paul talked about truth more than any other biblical writers. Paul used it very often in his letters to the churches and to young Timothy. John used it in the writing of his gospel and also in his epistles. So with this in mind I’ll share a few of those verses with you.
John 1:14 – 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.
John 4:24 – God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
John 8:32 – And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Romans 1:25 – Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
Galations 2:5 – To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.
Ephesians 4:15 – But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
2nd Timothy 2:15 – Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
These, of course, are only a few of the verses in the New Testament and they are great verses. Probably all of us have read and heard them many times through the years. And certainly in the context they are written they would all meet the standard definition above. But do they really define truth? No. It is anticipated that the reader understands truth as it is used in these verses but no definition is offered. So here we are back to where we started, reading the word truth, hearing the word truth, having a vague understanding of what it means, but yet not totally being able voice what it is. This seems to be a dilemma but there is another verse that will clear it all up and that is where I have been heading throughout the series. So, hear it is.
John 14:6 – Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Well there it is! In His response to a question from Thomas, Jesus makes this statement and it is the foundation of the gospel. The fact is, truth is not a word, it is a Person. That really needs no explanation nor a definition. Just like God is love, Jesus is truth. It is all summed up in who He is. All attempts by man to define truth other than a person will ultimately end in futility. Because He is the way, the truth, and the life, we have a blessed hope that we can be reconciled to God the Father. What is The Truth? Jesus!! And that’s my final answer!