“To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.” [i]
There are many kinds of truth, but there is only one truth that saves mankind, and this is He who is Truth: Jesus our Lord and Savior. Jesus speaks factual truths and moral truths that guide man in the right way, but more than that, He is true in every meaning of the word. Not only is Jesus the perfect embodiment of what it means to understand and speak truth; He demonstrates what it means to be true.
Jesus is completely true in His character. Meaning, Jesus is completely genuine and sincere. He Is Who He Is, through and through—without hypocrisy, fakery, flattery, or deception of any kind. As He said, “I Am that I Am.” He does not change His aim or His character, because all that He does is right.
Jesus is always true in His doings. Meaning, He is completely righteous. He always hits the mark of perfection in all that He says and does, and there are no unrighteous motivations in Him. Jesus is also true in the sense of faithfulness. If He says that He will do something, then He will do it. If He says that something will be, then it will be.
Who is like Him? Who is true like He is true? If we were true like He is true, then we would not be sinners. Thanks be to God that Jesus provided a true and perfect sacrifice for those who would put their faith in Him. Through Him, we are forgiven and considered righteous in the eyes of God.
Through Him and the Spirit of Truth that He promised, we can experience a change of nature that changes us from creatures that are untrue in character to those who are more like He is. As Jesus said, “They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth” [ii]
[i] John 18:37
[ii] John 17:16-19
The above is an excerpt from a chapter of These Things Saith He that I am working on. It’s been slow going lately because I’ve been dealing with some of my own truth that has been difficult, but necessary because my truth blinds me to The Truth. I want to share the above concept because I feel led to do so. I don’t want this idea to get lost in the shuffle of many other ideas being considered within the book I’m writing.
The truth matters so very much, including the truth of our sinful state. This humbles our hearts so that we can be healed by the Spirit of Truth within us. When we put our faith in Jesus, we are passed from judgment to life as the scriptures say. His sacrifice is the only way and it is more than sufficient to cover all of our sins. I am thankful that He gives us even more. I am thankful that we do not have to remain sinners that are merely imputed righteousness, but that we can also seek Jesus so that our actual natures are changed overtime according to His timing and perfect will. We can only be who we are, but He can make us more than we were. Thank God for that. Let us keep seeking Him in truth so that we can grow in Him–by Him and for Him.