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Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” – JOHN 18:37-38a
Johnny Cash wrote a song called What is Truth? back in 1970. It talks about young people asking the question, What is Truth?, in light of things in society they don’t understand. Later on, we were hearing that truth is relative, and truth is not absolute. As people posed the question, Are you absolutely sure of that? We learned both of those statements are self-contradictory, so they have fallen out of favor.
Today, the attitude is, That is my truth! That means, I’m not interested in Truth, I’m only interested in what I think and feel, and I’m not going to listen to you!
So, What is 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 15:26 - “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me,
1 John 5:20 - And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.
So we see God as truth in all facets of the Trinity. So, where does My Truth come from.
John 8:44 - “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
1 John 2:16 - For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.
John 7:18 - “He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who is seeking the glory of the One who sent Him, He is true, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.
Think and Pray
What is Truth? It comes down to a decision on your part. What is the source of your belief? Do you believe the truth of God and His Word (II Timothy 3:16) or what Satan tells you through social media, other worldly sources, or your fleshly feelings?
Heavenly Father, I recognize that the truest thing about me is what you say about me through your word, and not always what I think and feel. Please help me to follow your way and not my own, in Jesus’ name, amen!
Eldon Kibbey has served as the Director of CBMC Indiana since 1998. His earlier career included a tour of duty with the US Air Force, a brief career in the aerospace industry with McDonnell Aircraft Corporation, and then 26 years at the helm of a national janitorial service. Eldon and his wife, Sandy, are the parents of four children, and have three grandsons.