Many today don’t know the truth, and some who know the truth refuse to obey it. Jesus said to Pilate, “To this end have I been born, and to this end am I come into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth hears my voice. Pilate said unto Him, ‘What is truth?’ ” (Jn. 18:37, 38). Thus the question for all mankind was asked to the One who was able to give the only correct answer.
Truth Came By Jesus Christ
Throughout the past fifteen-hundred years the Jews had continued to receive revelation through the Law of Moses, but this law could not adequately answer the question, “What is truth?” Of course, the things contained in the law were true, but much more was implied in the question than formal truth. John the Baptist implied the failure of the law of Moses to fulfill all that was expected of the “truth” when he said, “the law came by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (Jn. 1:17). Truth did not come by Moses or the prophets.
Jesus asserted that “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (Jn. 14:6). Jesus Christ is the standard of all truth. Being in the “express image” of God (Heb. 1:3 f; Phil. 2:5-8) Jesus Christ was as perfect as God, and thus could properly be accounted a standard in all that he said and did. By virtue of the fact that God was the standard of truth, and Christ was God in flesh, then he could properly say I am “the truth” and thus could answer the question of Pilate. Verily, the truth was standing right in front of Pilate and he knew it not.
God’s Word Is Truth
While Christ was on earth the “truth” was on earth, but it had been God’s intentions from the beginning of time that Christ had a particular mission to perform here on earth. When Christ had done his work here and had lived the life of truth, then he returned to His Father. While Christ was yet on the earth he began preparing man for the time when he should go away. In Jn. 16:7 he said, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth, it is expedient for you that I go away; for if I go not away, the Comforter (Holy Spirit) will not come unto you, but if I go, I will send him unto you”.
But how was it that the wonderful life of truth which was seen in Christ was to be made known in order that it might be repeated from generation to generation? We find the answer given in Christ’s own words near the time of his ascension. “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of Truth, is come, he shall guide you into all the truth; for he shall not speak from himself; but what things soever he shall hear, these shall he speak: and he shall declare unto you the things that are to come” (Jn. 16:13). By the guidance of the Spirit of truth, the minds of men were to be guided into the writing of the things that Christ had spoken. “But the Comforter, even the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said unto you” (Jn. 14:26). As these men infallibly recorded the events and remarks in the life of Christ, the life of truth, they then produced the Book of Truth, contained in the new testament. Thus Jesus while yet on earth prayed unto God in behalf of his disciples: “Sanctify them in truth, your word is truth” (Jn. 17:17). Paul reiterated this great thought in 2 Tim. 3:16, 17, when he said: “Every scripture inspired of God is also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is, in righteousness: that the man of God may be complete, furnished completely unto every good work.”
Conclusion: The truth is liberating. He who knew what it take’s to free said: “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” (Jn. 8:32). Certainly, knowledge of the truth is not sufficient to save one. It takes much more than that to be freed by the truth from our sins. There are many people who know what they must do to be saved, they have the knowledge, but they refuse to obey it. Doctrines of men are not a substitute for truth (Tit 1:14). Error preached, error heard, error believed, and error obeyed will not make men free. It takes the truth preached, the truth heard, the truth believed, and the truth obeyed to make man free from their sins.
The truth was defined as the gospel of our salvation (Eph 1:13). The gospel is nothing more than the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Cor 15:1-4). If obeyed, one must believe from the heart that Jesus is the Christ, and confess such with their mouth before men (Rom 10:9,10). Only then can one repent and be baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38). Then is one added to the church of Christ (Acts 2:47) which was also called, “the foundation of the truth” (1 Tim 3:15). It was also called the “manifold wisdom of God” (Eph 3:10). IF one continues faithfully in the apostle’s doctrine (Acts 2:42), which is also called the doctrine of Christ (2 Jn 9) and the doctrine of God (Jn 7:16,17), then they will obtain a crown of life (Rev 2:10).
Paul says, “You became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching, whereunto you were delivered; and being made free from sin, you became the servants of righteousness” (Rom. 6:17, 18). Truth comes to us infallibly by the word of God, and by obedience to it we can be made free from sins. However, if we reject the truth, the gospel of Christ, then we shall be punished with everlasting destruction (2 Thess 1:7-9). Today, the truth is in your hands (2 Cor 6:2 f; Heb 3:7,8). What you decide to do with it will determine how and where you will spend your eternity. Tomorrow, the truth will be in the hands of God (Jn 12:48 f; Rom 2:16), and He shall judge the world by Jesus Christ according to the gospel which was preached to every creature under the heavens (Col 1:23).