To love Jesus is to love the TRUTH because JESUS IS THE TRUTH!
John 14:6 – Jesus said, “I AM the way, the TRUTH, and the life – no one comes to the Father but by me.”
Deuteronomy 32:4 – He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice (judgment), A GOD OF TRUTH and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He.
Psalm 31:5 – …You have redeemed me, O LORD GOD OF TRUTH.
Ephesians 4:21 – …if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as THE TRUTH IS IN JESUS.
Isaiah 65:16 – …he who blesses himself in the earth shall bless himself in the GOD OF TRUTH; and he who swears in the earth shall swear by the GOD OF TRUTH;…
John 16:13 – …when He, the SPIRIT OF TRUTH, has come, He will guide you into ALL TRUTH;…
I John 5:6 – … it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the SPIRIT IS TRUTH.
CREATED IN HIS IMAGE
It is noteworthy to consider the fact that since we are created in the image of God, truth is very important! To be godly is to god-like, and since GOD IS TRUTHFUL, He created us also to be TRUTHFUL!
Genesis 1:26,27; 9:6 – …God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them… IN THE IMAGE OF GOD He made man.
Romans 8:29 – …whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the IMAGE OF HIS SON,…
2 Corinthians 3:18 – we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being TRANSFORMED INTO THE SAME IMAGE from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Colossians 3:10 – and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to THE IMAGE OF HIM WHO CREATED HIM,…
WHAT IS TRUTH?
JOHN 18:33-38 Then Pilate responded, “Oh, so then you are a king?” •“You are right.” Jesus said, “I was born a King, and I have come into this world to prove what TRUTH really is. And everyone who LOVES THE TRUTH will receive my words.” 38 Pilate looked at Jesus and said, “WHAT IS TRUTH?”…
Millions of people face doubt and confusion every day and wonder, “WHAT IS TRUTH?” Many wonder if they can ever discover the truth...
JESUS SAYS, “ I AM the TRUTH” (John 14:6).
However, in our culture today, truth has become something that is relative. Some people say that there is no such thing as absolute truth, Some say there is no such thing as right and wrong. Everything is right in its own way, shape, and form.
JUDGES 21:25 In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
Many people try to live by their own truth. But in the end they will all see that they were living by a lie. Only Jesus Christ can honestly and boldly say, “I AM THE TRUTH.” So let’s continue to believe in Jesus because He is THE TRUTH without error.
JESUS IS TRUE
John 15:1 – (Jesus said) ““I AM the TRUE VINE…
I 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.
JESUS CANNOT AND WILL NOT LIE
Since God is a GOD OF TRUTH, it is impossible for Him to lie about anything.
Hebrews 6:17-19 – IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD TO LIE…
Titus 1:2 – A faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which GOD, WHO DOES NOT LIE, promised before the beginning of time.
JESUS Does Not Make Errors
Because GOD IS A GOD OF TRUTH, there will be no errors in His written Word.
God entrusted to man an instruction manual for life that is called the “WORD OF TRUTH.”
2 Timothy 3:16, 17 – ALL SCRIPTURE is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man or woman of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
John 17:17 – (Jesus prayed) Make them pure and holy through teaching them your words of truth (Sanctify them by Your truth. YOUR WORD IS TRUTH)..
2 Timothy 2:15 – Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains (interprets) the WORD OF TRUTH.
THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH
One of the functions of the Holy Spirit is to guide us to the truth as found in the Bible.
John 16:13 – “When he, the SPIRIT OF TRUTH is come, he will guide you into all TRUTH”.
THE CHURCH IS TO BE THE PILLAR AND GROUND OF THE TRUTH
There is a place that God has ordained as the place to hear and know the truth. It is the church – THE HOUSE OF TRUTH.
I Timothy 3:15 – “so that if I am delayed, you will know how people must conduct themselves in the household of God. This is the church of the living God, which is the pillar and foundation of the TRUTH.
LOVE THE TRUTH
Hebrews 2:1 – This is why it is so crucial that we be all the more engaged and attentive to the TRUTHS that we have heard so that we do not drift off course.
Isaiah 61:8 – “For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery for burnt offering; I will direct their work in TRUTH, And will make with them an everlasting covenant.
Zechariah 8:19 – “Thus says the Lord of hosts: … Therefore LOVE TRUTH and peace.”
Ephesians 4:15 – …speaking the TRUTH IN LOVE, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ.
2 Thessalonians 2:10 – …with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, BECAUSE they did not receive the LOVE OF THE TRUTH, that they might be saved.
Special note: Some do not receive the love of the TRUTH that leads to salvation. Some do not believe the Bible is the truth! Some don’t want the truth! They would rather believe a lie, and live in deception…
TRUTH IS OUR PROTECTION & BRINGS VICTORY
Ephesians 6:14 – Put on TRUTH as a belt to strengthen you to stand in triumph. Put on holiness (righteusness) as the protective armor that covers your heart.
TRUTH BRINGS FREEDOM
John 8:31-32 – “…For if you embrace the truth, it will release TRUE FREEDOM into your lives.” / Jesus said, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the TRUTH, and the TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE.”
THE POWER OF TRUTH
The TRUTH Jesus gives us releases us from the bondage of our past, the bondage of our sins, and the bondage of religion. Jesus was speaking these words to those who were not fully free from man’s traditions. Truth must be embraced and worked out through the divine process of spiritual maturity. The Greek word for “TRUTH” is reality. To embrace the reality of Christ brings more freedom into your life.
TRUTH HAS THE POWER TO SANCTIFY
John 17:17 – “Your WORD IS THE TRUTH! So make them holy by the TRUTH“.
Special note: The TRUTH OF GOD has the power to cleanse us and make us more like our heavenly Father! His TRUTH sets us apart and cleans us up,
Ephesians 5:6 – Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.
John 15:3 – You are already clean because of the WORD which I have spoken to you.
Psalm 119:9 – How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your WORD.
Ephesians 5:26-27 – …that He might sanctify and cleanse her (the church) with the washing of water BY THE WORD, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.
Truth Has The Power To REFRESH
JOHN 4:23-24 – From now on, worshiping the Father will not be a matter of the right place but with a right heart. For God is a Spirit, and he longs to have sincere worshipers who adore him in the realm of the Spirit and IN TRUTH.” / …true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and TRUTH for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him MUST WORSHIP IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH.”
Special note: The TRUTH will make you want to worship! Real worship arises out of a heart that had been saturated with His TRUTH. Real worship comes about when the Holy Spirit takes the TRUTH OF GOD and makes it clear to us. When we comprehend Who Jesus is, what He has done for us and what He is doing; it will leaves us at His feet in humble, simple worship of Him! If we do not understand the TRUTH about Who God is and what He has done, then our worship will be flawed. Until we know the TRUTH about Him, we cannot truly worship Him! There is nothing like the TRUTH to put a fresh spark of life, love, & gratefulness into your worship!
LIVE BY THE TRUTH
Proverbs 12:22 – Live in the TRUTH and keep your promises, and the Lord will keep delighting in you, but he detests a liar.
1 John 3:18 – Little children, let us not (just) love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
Let’s “walk the talk, & talk the walk”…
People can’t just do whatever they want to do – and get by with it! There is a way that seems right to man, but it ends up in death.
Proverbs 14:12; 16:25 – There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.
James 1:21-25 – Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
Special note: Our actions often speak louder than our Words! We need to be a lover of God’s Word (TRUTH) and live by it!
John 14:23-24 – Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; …
I John 2:5 – …whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.
Special note: If you have really experienced Jesus, and heard HIS TRUTH, it will be seen in your life; for we know that the ultimate reality of TRUTH is embodied in Jesus!
REJECTING THE TRUTH
Some pridefully question God. They think “God didn’t really mean what He said” …(like Eve).
There is ultimate, absolute TRUTH – whether people want to believe it or not – the truth will prevail, and be revealed… Many people are brainwashed by deceptive, devilish lies. These days, people habitually make up lies, tell them to the media as if they are true. People believe them because they trust the media more than real facts, and get confused…
We need to guard our hearts from stubbornly resisting the TRUTH. Some people don’t want to believe the Bible – so they choose not to… That is foolish! Some people make the TRUTH or falsehood into some kind of a light thing (like a game) – they don’t take it seriously. They are trying to twist the truth – and make it to be what they want it to be. Many accept liberal lifestyles in the church – welcoming people who are not repentant of sin, but who continue to practice perverted lifestyles…
STANDING FOR THE TRUTH
We need to be willing to stand alone for TRUTH – in situations that force us to decide whether we will decide to obey God or ‘follow the crowd’. Remember Daniel who stood by his convictions, and the 3 Hebrew children who would not bow to the idol like the others…)
Are you standing, like Pilate, in confusion and wondering …“What is TRUTH?”
UNDERSTANDING THE TRUTH
The TRUTH can be known. It Is revealed through Jesus & in the Bible. The Holy Spirit will help you understand the TRUTH as he teaches you about our Lord Jesus Christ. A revelation of Jesus is a revelation of THE TRUTH!
Special Acknowledgment: Thanks to Evelyn Asuncion for assisting in the preparation of this message and for sharing it at our online service!