Live in the Truth
Jul 8, 2019 1717
Have you ever gone through the experience of discovering that something you always believed to be the truth was a lie? Or that something you thought wasn’t true, was? It can be shattering, especially when it comes to something you have based your life on, such as a close relationship or a cherished world-view!
Here is something we need to know. The kingdom of Jesus Christ is the realm of truth. The kingdom of the devil is the realm of appearances.
We usually don’t understand what Jesus meant when he said, “I am the… truth” in John 14:6. We usually think that he was referring to propositional truth, which refers to the truth of statements that are either presumably either true or false, like doctrinal creeds or religious statements of belief. But that’s not what Jesus was referring to at all.
The first thing to notice is that Jesus’ claim is relational, not propositional. He says, “I amthe truth.” Ultimate truth isn’t found in a belief. It is found in a person: the person of Jesus.
The second thing to notice is the Greek word that is used for “truth” here literally means something that is unconcealed, unhidden. It refers to “what is”: to what is real, to what is genuine.
Christ’s kingdom isn’t about appearances. It’s about truth.
What Jesus is saying is that the nature of ultimate reality, why life is the way it is, and especially the truth about God and about ourselves, is only found when we are in relationship with him. Apart from him, all of these things will be concealed and hidden from you. You might have heard people say, hopefully not to you, “Get a real life.” That’s what Jesus is saying when he says, “I am the truth.”
The third thing to notice is that you can’t separate what Jesus says from his other claims in this sentence:
I am the way, the truth, and the life(John 14:6).
Jesus is the truth because he is the way to God. Jesus is the truth because he is the source of true life.
The realm of the devil is the realm of appearance. That’s why the apostle Paul tells us that,
Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light(2 Cor 11:14, NIV).
His realm is the realm of the shallow and of the superficial. It is the realm in which our society delights.
But the kingdom of Christ isn’t about appearance at all. It is about truth: a truth that goes beyond what the physical eye can see. That’s why Jesus is described in this way:
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him(Isa 53:2, NIV.)
If you have accepted Jesus as the Truth, then you must learn not to rely on appearances as the guide for your life, but instead on his Word.
When Jesus says that if you have trusted in him you are clean and pure before him, you are. When Jesus says that you are a child of God, accepted in the Beloved, you are (Eph 1:6). When Jesus says that you are more than overcomer, you are (Rom 8:37).
Don’t let appearances tell you otherwise. You live in the Kingdom of God (Col 1:13), where Jesus is the Truth. Right now, you can only see partially. But the more you trust in him, the more that he will lead you, through his Spirit, into all truth (John 16:13).
– Eliezer Gonzalez
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