What is truth?

September 15, 2005

What is something? If you don’t know what something is, it’s hard to know what to do with it. Take for instance, the uneducated tribesman who discovers a chest full of money. If he finds it, and doesn’t know what it is, that will affect how he uses it. He’s not going to use it correctly. I’m sure we can all conjure up an image of pillows stuffed with money, or maybe covering the floor with it for a nice carpet? All the while little realizing that the useless green paper he found could buy him a hundred clubs, or huts, or anything he wants.

If you don’t know what truth is, it doesn’t matter if you have it. If you don’t know what it’s for, you can spend years and years doing the wrong things with it. Such is the fate of those who, reaching the end of their life say, “Lord, Lord” and are rejected. “I never knew you,” he says. True, they do great things. Great in the eyes of men. But, perhaps, they made a mistake?

What is truth? Is it a number? A course of study? A historical record? When Pilate asks, “What is Truth?”, what is he really asking? Be careful, because you must first know what it is, and also what it’s for. And be sure, because God is seeking worshippers in spirit and truth. You mustn’t miss it.

“I am the way, the truth and the life.” Here’s what we’re looking for! Christ, making a bold and confusing claim, identifies “the truth” with Himself. But what do we do with this? Go no further than “Abide in Me,” friend, for “apart from Me you can do nothing”.

“Cease striving, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Ps 46:10)

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