Authority, Part 4: The Truth
John 17:17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.
John 14:6 I am the way, the truth and the life….
Acts 17:11 [The Jews in the Berean synagogue] were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.
John 8:31-32 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Part of submitting to God’s authority is submitting to truth. The very concept of truth is under attack at the moment, with the idea that truth is simply in the mind and perspective of the beholder. That’s not truth, that’s personal perception. While personal perception is important to understand sometimes—especially in counseling—it’s not the same thing as truth.
Another aspect of the attack on truth is how much it matters. The truth of a matter used to mean something; today, less so. It’s been replaced in many people’s thoughts as less important than how someone feels about a situation, or how a situation might be perceived. These are not unimportant, but as believers, we need to see truth as part of the authority of God.
If Jesus is the truth (as well as the way and the life), we need to seek, respect and submit to truth as much as we would the Lord Himself. This refers to both the truth of any situation, as well as the truth of God’s word. For a situation in which we’re involved, we need to have a heart poised to align with truth; any other agenda is sin.
If we have come to a conclusion about a matter, and then discover a new piece of information, we need to allow that new piece of truth to change what we think and feel about that situation. If we push away even a kernel of truth, we are pushing away the Lord. Though it’s humbling to be proven wrong about something, we should rejoice more in learning more of the truth than in being disappointed that we were wrong.
The truth of God’s word is also something to which we should always submit. God’s word is not a suggestion, or a guide, or a higher thought on a given subject. It’s even more than a commandment. His word is truth. As truth, it should be submitted to as we would submit to the Lord. Happily, God’s word contains power as well—power to transform our hearts and minds as we submit to Him and receive the truth of His word.
Jesus promises that for His disciples, the truth would set us free. Our enemy hates this freedom, and is working to distort and destroy the very idea of truth. As we stand fast about where we find truth (Jesus and His word), and how important truth is, we will discover a clear, brave, and bracing way of living that will continually set us free.
Prayer: Lord, help me to value truth as much as You do. Help me to welcome it in my life when I discover it. May I see Your word as the truth that it is, and may I continue to grow in obedience to it.