“What is truth?” This was a question posed by Pontius Pilate to Jesus in the time leading up to His crucifixion and resurrection (John 18:38).
Jesus had just said “Everyone on the side of truth listens to Me.”
Earlier He had a lot to say about truth. He stated “If you hold to My teaching you are really My disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32). He declared “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). And He encouraged His followers by telling them “If you love Me you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth.” In saying this He referred to the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of truth.
A thorough Bible study of the word truth shows how it is actually a living entity from the Kingdom of God – the Spirit of truth who guides us in all truth (John 16:12-15). He takes from what belongs to the Son of God – the way, the truth and the life – and gives it to us when we commit to put our faith in Him and follow His example.
On the other hand, powerful delusions related to lawlessness and deception, arise for those who refuse to love the truth and so be saved (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12). It’s very dangerous to hear the gospel of truth about who Jesus Christ really is, and persistently reject it until those delusions are the only alternative. The worst is that God Himself is the one who sends them as His way of saying ‘I’m done trying to reach you. Bye.’
Too many other souls hang in the balance, crying out to Him to protect their lives and deliver them by the power of the way, the truth, and the life.
Sadly, even some who claim to be Judeo-Christian leaders refuse to heed the whole truth. A common misunderstanding about the cross is that Jesus didn’t go there so we don’t ever have to. Rather, He went first to show how it’s done. He said “If anyone would come after Me he must take up his cross and follow Me” (Matthew 16).
Because He went all the way through with dying physically on our behalf, the truth is that in Him, it’s possible to never have to go that far. By receiving His Holy Spirit within us, He is able to transform us into imperishable beings. What might look like physical death in this world is really being translated by Him to somewhere else. In the account of Philip he was led to baptize someone and then caught up into the air to be placed somewhere else (Acts 8:26-40).
There’s a connection between truth and God’s sovereign plans for the Jewish people, as Jesus said to a Samaritan woman: “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and His worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth” (John 4:21-24).
As the Lord prophesied through Zechariah “I will return to Zion and dwell in Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called City of Truth, and the mountain of the Lord Almighty will be called the Holy Mountain” (Zechariah 8:1-3).
There’s a powerful connection between the truth and love. Jesus taught us to speak the truth in love, not by hitting people over the heads with our words. In the Kingdom of God, without love the truth ceases to be true. The greatest love ever expressed by God for humanity came in the form of a man who said “I am the way, the truth and the life.” He voluntarily died so through His resurrected life we could find eternal life in Himself, drenched in His love. On the other side of our own spiritual journey awaits a kind of truth produced by pure unconditional love.
“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth” (1 Corinthians 13:6).
The pages in this section look at various aspects of life from this point of view – speaking the truth in love.