by Wayne Barber
Truth is who God is and what God says! We know from Scripture that God the Father is True.
"He who has received His testimony has set his seal to this, that God is true" (John 3:33). We know also from God's Word that Jesus Christ is the Truth. John 14:6 "Jesus said to him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me'" (John 3). We know the Holy Spirit is Truth from 1 John 5:6: "This is the One who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ; not with the water only, but with the water and with the blood. It is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth." We know that the Word of God is Truth from John 17:17: "Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth."
Since the Garden of Eden when Satan said in Genesis 3:1: "Indeed, has God said " God's Truth has been under attack. Our world has been shaped by mankind, which has done four things with Truth. In Romans 1:18, mankind "suppressed the Truth in unrighteousness." In Acts 20:30, mankind distorted the Truth by twisting it to deceive others: "and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them." In Romans 2:8 mankind rejected the Truth outright by refusing to obey it. And in Romans 1:25 mankind did the most horrendous thing of all by exchanging the Truth for a lie.
No wonder it's the heartbeat of the Apostle John in his 1st and 2nd Epistles that believers walk in Truth; that believers practice the Truth. We live in a world that is infected with error because of what mankind has done with the Truth and this fact extends even into the Christian community. Bible study is more of a fad, many times, than the result of a thirst that one has to know God and to allow His Word to effect his daily life. Our churches are filled with the distortion of Truth in our methods and in our activities and the result has been devastating. There is no more burden for the lost and there is no spiritual power whatsoever to be about joining God in what He is up to-all because we have walked away from Truth instead of walking in Truth.
Truth is the Apostle John's subject in 1st and 2nd John. He told us in 1st John 1:6 that practicing the Truth, obeying the Word, is critical to our having fellowship with Christ: "If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth."
John showed us that when we are allowing His Word, which is the Truth, to be in us, instead of us simply being in His Word, then His Word exposes sin in our lives. 1st John 1:8 says "If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us." He has also shown us that if we truly know Christ then it is illustrated by our obedience to God's Truth. "The one who says, I have come to know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him" (1 John 2:4).
John told us in 1st John that those who practice the Truth know that God's Word will never deceive us: "I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie is of the truth" (v. 2:21). Further, John showed us that we know the Spirit of God is behind all Truth and that helps us discern the spirit of error: "We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error" (1 John 4:6).
For the next several articles we are going to be looking at 2nd John and talking about the need for us all to walk in the Truth. What about you today? Are you walking in the Truth? Or, have you joined the ranks of those who think more highly of themselves than they ought to think?
Wayne Barber is senior pastor of Hoffmantown Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico