The Bedrock of Truth

I AM the Way and the Truth and the Life

Invasive Inquiry
When I was a little girl my older brother asked me “have you ever told a lie?” “No!” I smugly replied, believing in my heart that I was telling the perfect truth! I was a wonderful example of a little Christian girl!!  – kind and gentle.. I had gone ‘forward’ at a Billy Graham crusade, despite believing in Jesus before. I was liked by everyone. I sang of Jesus to old ladies that were housebound. I was a ‘saintly’ girl! and could decisively answer, ‘No’ to my brother’s invasive inquiry – nothing but the truth fell from my lips!!!

Moral Ground
What a rude awakening when he jeered, “you accuse yourself by your own mouth!!/ But it was a lesson I never forgot and a lesson I am still learning…. Truth today has lost the moral ground upon which it stood, even in my youth.

Pilate’s Question
“What is TRUTH?” That was the piercing question that fell from the lips of Pilate. That is the inner, penetrative searching, deep within the hearts of humanity. Building our lives on anything other than the Truth.. is to stand on shifting sand. Only Truth will endure, while lies, part-truths and distorted truth will be swept away.

Walking in Truth
Knowledge of the Truth is no insignificant advantage as it affects every facet of life. Believing the Truth affects the eternal soul of man, through time and eternity, “for no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid – which is Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 3:11 How it pleased the heart of the apostle John who was able to say of Gaius, for I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.” 3 John 1:3

Distorted Truth
Often, in the heart damaged by life’s traumas- truth becomes distorted..  even the Truth of God can become twisted and perverted. The Father-heart of God -Who loves with His infinite love – can be distorted, and the Truth of His Father-heart of love – can become warped and twisted. God can be manipulated into the image of a demanding brother; a scornful mother – an abusive father.. an unfaithful soul-mate. And as a result we question the character of God; we question His Love; we question His Forgiveness; we question His Promises – we question His Word.

Speaking Truth
Many will not face the truth that their view of God could be distorted. Some are even unresponsive when help and guidance is offered in love. But even Paul himself faced this sadness head-on with the legalistic Galatians: “am I become your enemy, because I tell you the truth ?” Galatians 4:16. Yet conversely, Paul gave strict instructions to be rooted and grounded in Christ – not tossed hither and thither by every whim or fancy teaching, calling itself truth that we should no longer be children: “tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lay in wait to deceive. Ephesians 4:14

Lie of Satan
Millions are sucked into the falsities of religions that turn truth into lies. And the lie of Satan, (the author of lies) becomes to them a truth worth dying for. Some see truth as relative. “What is truth for you may not be truth for me!” –  and non-negotiable Truth becomes a tissue of lies from a fabricated imagination.

Beware of Lies
But not one of us is safe from the distortions of truth frittering Christendom today, and Peter, that well-meaning disciple in his twilight years, warned passionately: “beloved, seeing ye know the truth, beware lest ye also being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness.” 2 Peter 3:17

All Truth
Christ, Himself, told us: the indwelling Spirit of Truth will guide us into all truth, “for HE shall not speak of Himself… He shall glorify Me” John 16:13. All truth points to Christ., and all lies point away from the Truth.

Truth is a Person
Truth is not to be argued over or debated. Truth is not the accumulation of information of the mind. Truth is a Person – a Person Who invades the whole being. Truth is the living Christ, Who is beyond the utterance of the human tongue. Truth is the spirit of Christ, living in and acting through the believer in Christ – transforming the one truly submitted to Him, “for you will know the truth and the truth will set you free”. John 8:32

Incarnate Truth
There is no man, woman, or child that has not been damaged by this world of sin. Herod asked “What is Truth?”, but he was frightened by the crowd to pursue his quest. Fear kept Herod a prisoner from truth, while incarnate Truth stood meekly before him. Fear keeps many from knowing the truth of God – the truth of Christ. Fear prevents many from knowing the truth of the love of the Father heart of God.

Spirit of Truth
When we start to really recognise Truth, for Who He is – the Lord Jesus Christ,  we begin to recognise the deceitfulness in our own hearts. It is only as we are emptied of all that is of the deceitful, lying self,  that with Paul we can start to say that, “it pleased God to reveal His Son in me”. May we each be prepared to be so emptied of our own distorted thinking. May we allow the Spirit of God to fill our hearts with His Truth – until it is not I, but Christ Who lives and speaks and thinks through me.


Bible References

11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.

16 Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?

14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.

13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Hebrews 10

Isaiah 25


Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

And this will we do, if God permit.

For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,

And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,

If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:

But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.

But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.

10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

11 And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:

12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

13 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,

14 Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.

15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.

16 For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.

17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:

18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:

19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;

20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

Hebrews 10

10 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.

For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.

But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.

For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.

Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:

In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.

Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.

Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;

Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.

10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:

12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;

13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.

14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,

16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;

17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.

18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,

20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

21 And having an high priest over the house of God;

22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)

24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:

29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.

31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;

33 Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used.

34 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.

35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.

36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.

38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.

39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

Isaiah 25

25 O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.

For thou hast made of a city an heap; of a defenced city a ruin: a palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be built.

Therefore shall the strong people glorify thee, the city of the terrible nations shall fear thee.

For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.

Thou shalt bring down the noise of strangers, as the heat in a dry place; even the heat with the shadow of a cloud: the branch of the terrible ones shall be brought low.

And in this mountain shall the Lord of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined.

And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations.

He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it.

And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

10 For in this mountain shall the hand of the Lord rest, and Moab shall be trodden down under him, even as straw is trodden down for the dunghill.

11 And he shall spread forth his hands in the midst of them, as he that swimmeth spreadeth forth his hands to swim: and he shall bring down their pride together with the spoils of their hands.

12 And the fortress of the high fort of thy walls shall he bring down, lay low, and bring to the ground, even to the dust.

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