“Pilate saith unto him, What is truth?” John 18:38
What is truth? According to the view of the world, the truth is subjective. We all have our ‘own’ truth. And that is very politically correct of course. We can no longer call a lie a lie. But if my ‘truth’ is directly opposite yours, than what is the truth? Is truth subjective?
Yeshua had already given the answer to Pilate’s question a chapter earlier:
“Thy word is truth” John 17:17
And the truth is connected with His Kingdom.
“For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel” Colossians 1:5
The Gospel Yeshua taught, is the Gospel of the Kingdom (Luke 4:43). The Kingdom within us, in our mind and heart (Luke 17:21).
Truth is more than a theory, or knowledge, or something intellectual.
“Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” 2 Timothy 3:7
Truth must be within us, in our heart.
“He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.” Psalm 15:2
“Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts” Psalm 51:6
Why should we consider it important to know what the truth is? One reason is that His truth cleanses our mind and heart from lies and delusions.
“Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently” 1 Peter 1:22
“That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word” Eph. 5:26
That is the reason that His truth sets us free.
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32
His truth changes, renews, our mind and heart.
“If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus,
(…) And be renewed in the spirit of your mind” Eph. 4:21, 23
And the more we fill our heart and mind with His truth, the more we grow to His image.
“But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ” Eph. 4:15
Because He ís the Truth.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6
The fact that we make mention of His name, does not automatically mean that His truth is in our heart.
“Hear ye this, O house of Jacob, which are called by the name of Israel, and are come forth out of the waters of Judah, which swear by the name of the LORD, and make mention of the God of Israel, but not in truth, nor in righteousness.” Isaiah 48:1
“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. (…)Who changed the truth of God into a lie” Romans 1:21, 25
Do we have truth or lies in our heart? How do we know what truth is?
– is it confirmed in His Word? The clearer the better. The more often it is repeated in different places in the Word, the better.
– is it connected with His Kingdom? (Seek fírst the Kingdom of God, Matt. 6:33)
– does it sets us free? Or does it keep us in bondage somehow?
– does it change our mind and heart, so that we are changing in the new man? (Ephesus 4)
– are we changing more and more to His image?
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” 1 John 1:8
Sin is, in essence, the lies and delusions in our mind and heart (‘thoughts of our heart’, Genesis 6:5). And where there are lies and delusions, His truth is not. For we have seen that His truth cleanses us from lies and delusions.
“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. (…) And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.” John 17:17, 19
Be sanctified through His Truth in your mind and heart.
“therefore love the truth and peace” Zech. 8:19