More than two thousand years ago Pilate asked Jesus: “What is truth?” (John 18:38). The world has progressed economically, technologically and materially over the past two thousand years but it appears that the question remains unanswered for many. However, whenever we read the news, it is heartening to learn that truth still prevails in the world today. Why are countries, organisations and individuals so afraid that their dark secrets be brought to light by the mass media if concepts of truth and moral values are not widely understood nor upheld? The only reason I can think of is deep down they know that certain things which they have done, are doing or plan to do are unacceptable by society and the world. Hence, they fear they will be judged and sentenced according to some common moral values or truths held by the world. How is it that these common moral values or truths exist? What is the truth? How can we respond to the truth?
For Christians, we believe that the Word was with God in the beginning, and all things were made by Him (John 1:1-3). The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of God’s one and only Son, full of grace and truth (John 1:14). For while the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:16-17). The anointing that we received from Him remains in us, and we have no need for anyone to teach us what constitutes the truth. His anointing teaches us all things, it speaks the truth and does not lie to us; so we should remain in Him, and keep what He has taught us (1st John 2:27). John is saying that the truth comes from God through Jesus Christ who has taught us the truth, and that we should adhere to His teaching because it does not lie to us.
Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31) “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:34-36) The Apostle Paul said, “When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become servants of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Roman 6:20-23) So what is preventing us from knowing the truth and be freed from sin? In John 8:43, 47 Jesus explained: “Why do you not understand my teaching? It is because you cannot bear my message. He who is of God hears the words of God; you don’t hear because you are not of God.” According to Jesus, it is the devil (or concupiscence) which prevents us from hearing and believing the truth therefore enslaving us to sin. Thus, when we encounter issues in life, the question should be, “What is the truth?” Find out the truth and walk with Jesus in the truth.
In order to walk in the truth with Jesus, one has to be made right with Him. This is what John spoke about in 1st John 1:5-10: “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.” This passage is based upon the truth that we are made right with God only by faith in Christ. It is saying, “God is Light, and if we know God and what is the truth in Christ, we will confess and repent our ways. If we are in the Light we cannot live in darkness. If we are in fellowship with Christ we will know the truth, and therefore confess the truth.” Hence, we can only claim that we are in fellowship with Jesus when there is no longer room in us for sin and darkness; and we will be compelled to confess our sins and ask for His forgiveness and grace so that we can walk with Him in the light.
To end off, I would like to share some truths taught by Jesus that inspired and challenged many to give of themselves to make the world a better place to live in. In Matthew 10:8 Jesus said, “Freely you have received, freely give.” This verse is really a summary of the entire gospel of Jesus Christ, and the impact that the truth ought to have upon us. God has given us all things freely in Christ. The result ought to be that we freely give of ourselves to God, and to others. In Luke 12:48 Jesus said, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” God has ultimate dominion over everything both spiritually and materially. If we have abundance in such things as our finances, our wisdom, or in our talents, God has given it to us and he expects us to put it to good use. How will you make use of your skills, talents and resources to build God’s kingdom on earth?