Truth is meant to be air we breathe. Without it, we may slowly suffocate.
Truth is the aim of belief; falsity is a fault – a split in the fabric of life. People need Truth in the world to thrive. Truth is a necessity for an abundant life. If it is withheld, our life’s soul shrivels. Without truth, the world in which we live becomes chaotic and untenable.
This article is a continuation of Truth and Lies: Here
The ancient Greek philosophers were first in Western culture to wrestle with identifying and seeking to define “truth.” They struggled in this endeavor, having not known God. The grace of God gave them: 1.) Understanding that truth existed, and 2.) The desire to search, identify, and seek to define what reality is.
Granted, there are many shards and nuggets of truth sprinkled and seeded within and throughout many shades of dark falsities, lies, and counterfeits. However, there remains one ground zero well-spring source of absolute Truth. If this Anchor truth didn’t exist, it would not be possible for any sort of truth reliably fixed so as be dependable enough to maintain the stability of life.
This is referencing truth and its importance for day to day, harmonious life on earth embodying both secular and spiritual truths together. There must be a strict standard of authenticity to measure the verifiable from the counterfeit truth. Our Christian Bible is that standard. Not by way of legalism or by imposed law, but as a proven straight stick can be used to lay alongside to assess a slightly crooked one, to verify its usefulness for a needful requirement. We might use such a method to determine a living moral purpose.
However, there is a much deeper truth to be discussed. A Truth that has much more significant ramifications in our lives. This spiritual truth is essential to the very locus of my inner being as an entity. It involves the truth of my life, my real identity and all the ways that affect me in my person on earth. And you also. And all those we come in contact with throughout our daily lives.
This spiritual truth is spoken of throughout the Bible. It is shown to us in practical applications so that we may learn and know it’s deeper and overall meaning and importance to us. As well as how vital it is to Almighty God, Himself.
As a word study, the word truth is a profound, broad, and lengthy biblical study to undertake. It is also very richly rewarding. However, it is not one we will attempt here in its generous entirety.
It has been counted and reported that over 224 times, the word truth was used in the New Testament, KJV. The number of times it is mentioned varies by version of English translation. That is counting the New Testament only, and English translations only.
Of twenty-five biblical verses that came immediately to mind, we have listed only six here so as not to belabor a point in a shorter article post. It is not coincidental that they come from the gospel of John, except for one we included from Ephesians. The last listed is one to tackle a little more in-depth, from John 14.6.
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1.14
“For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” John 1.17
“ But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” John 16.13
“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,,” Ephesians 6.14
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8.32
~Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. John 14.6~
“I Am the way
(I Am) the truth
(I AM) the life
No one can come to the Father except through me.”
What was His meaning?
It was Jesus’ opening response to Thomas’ immediate question,
“Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” v.5 (Thomas)
John 14.6 is one of Jesus’ “I AM” statements on the last night before His betrayal and death. We refer to it as the “Last Supper.”
In the Greek language, “I am” is a compelling way of referring to oneself. It would be comparable to saying, “I, and only I, am.” In Exodus 3:14, when Moses asked God His name that he may tell the Israelites, God used the same term when He said, “I AM That I Am. I AM God. Tell them I AM has sent you.”
When Jesus said His I AM statements here in John and other places, He was quoting Exodus. “I AM” the –self-existing-One. The Power and Authority. Thus, the Jews (Pharisees) knew He was claiming to be God come to earth. And so He was.
When He said I am the way – He was going ahead to provide our way to the Father.
When He said I am the truth – He is the truth and source of all truth. We can take comfort in the sustainable immutability of His word.
When He said I am the life – He is the source of life, the keeper of life, and the only provider of life both eternal and physical.
To quote this verse 6 as, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” and end it there as I have seen it done on occasion, is a lie. He alone has the power and authority over all things, including the only power and authority to provide eternal life beyond this life.
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” This is the complete truth as stated by the Savior, but is too often truncated weakening the power, and diminishing the truth by lie of omission.
This was the answer to Thomas’ question put to Him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus follows this with further explanation over the following three chapters, giving a richness of encouragement considering He would be physically leaving them to finish His work on the cross.
I strongly suggest reading John chapters 13 – 17 to immerse yourself in the love of Christ as He discourses to the disciples, and to us, concerning coming heartache, the provision He had made for them – and us – and the coming glory on the other side of the cross.
Jesus’ very compelling discourse in chapters 14-17 is passing to the disciples and us, informational truth of what is and what is to come upon His imminent departure, that they, and we, may be comforted:
That Peter and the other disciples, and you and I, do not need to have an unholy turmoil of soul that we are imperfect, wrath-deserving, unworthy followers of Jesus. Our sin does not mean that our place in God’s household will be unavailable or unsuitable. Because Jesus, this night, goes to purchase our forgiveness and become the way to the Father. He makes our room not only available but suitable and sure for his redeemed sheep. ‘So let not your hearts be troubled. Trust me. I not only tell you the truth, but I AM also the Truth.’
It is to hope this humble, short endeavor (for such a subject) provides at least a “jumping off” point for you to pursue your own biblical quest for meaning of truth, my friends, considering with what vital emphasis the Lord magnifies it throughout the Bible.
Truth attracts by the beauty of it’s light, lies repel the seeker of truth for having none.
Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who ( put lies for truth
and call truth lies),
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter.