Why Being Truth-Driven Is So Crucial
Our concern with truth is an inevitable expression of our concern with God. If God exists then he is the measure of all things, and what he thinks about all things is the measure of what we should think. Not to care about truth is not to care about God. To love God passionately is to love truth passionately. Being God-centered in life means being truth-driven in ministry. What is not true is not of God. What is false is anti-God. Indifference to the truth is indifference to the mind of God. Pretense is rebellion against reality and what really makes reality is God. Our concern with truth is simply an echo of our concern with God.
1) God Is the Truth
Romans 3:3-4a (God the Father)
What then? If some did not believe, their unbelief will not nullify the faithfulness of God, will it? May it never be! Rather, let God be found true, though every man be found a liar.
John 14:6 (God the Son) Cf. Revelation 19:11
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, 16:13 (God the Spirit)
“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 bear witness of Me … 16:13 “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth.”
2) Not Loving the Truth Is Eternally Ruinous
2 Thessalonians 2:8-12
They will perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.
3) Christian Living Is Based on Knowledge of the Truth
1 Corinthians 6:15-19
Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? May it never be! Or do you not know that the one who joins himself to a harlot is one body with her? For He says, “the two will become one flesh.”…Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?
4) The Body of Christ Is Built with Truth in Love
And we proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, that we may present every man complete in Christ.
Loving and seeking the Truth with you,
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