The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"What (Who) Is Truth?"
"Pilate therefore said unto Him, Art Thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. Pilate saith unto Him, What is truth? " (John 18:37-38).
While participating in the crime of the ages, Pilate somehow found within himself to ask the question of the ages. "What is truth?" Even more, he directed his inquiry straight to the Source.
"I am… the truth" (John 14:6).
The Lord Jesus Christ first answered Pilate's question by adjusting the consideration. "What is truth?" actually begins with "Who is truth?" Pilate had the answer standing right before him, of course, both in essence and expression. As God the Son, the Lord Jesus exists as truth in the sense that before anything else came into being, He dwelt with the Father and the Holy Spirit as a member of the triune heart of reality. God Himself is truth. He is reality as it actually is. He is the "I AM," a title no other can claim in the sense of eternal existence (Exodus 3:14; John 8:58). Only of God can it be said, "From everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God" (Psalm 90:2). Moreover, as the son of man, the Lord Jesus also expresses the truth of God to us in a way we can grasp, as proclaimed in the Bible, the written Word. The glory of God shines in the Person and work of the Savior, allowing us to know and access the truth of who and what it is. Thus, in the Lord Jesus, we find the answer to Pilate's question declared in both reality and revelation.
"No man hath seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared (revealed) Him" (John 1:18).
"For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" (II Corinthians 4:6).
"He that believeth on Me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water" (John 7:38).
Truth - reality as it is - shines from the dual illumination of the living and the written Word. What (Who) is truth? Look to Christ, the living Word. Who is Christ? Look to Scripture, the written Word. Thus, truth for human hearts becomes both personal and principle, as the Lord Jesus declared, "God is a spirit, and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth" (John 4:24). To know truth, we must find it in living, personal relationship with the God who is Himself truth in essence. To have that fellowship, we must be guided by the Christ we discover "as the Scripture hath said." We find ourselves at a place of grace and truth often referenced in these messages, namely, the supremacy of the Savior and the supremacy of the Scriptures. "In Thy light shall we see light" (Psalm 36:9). Indeed, in Christ, we see the reality of God. In the Bible, we see the reality revealed in the Lord Jesus. You'll find the truth there, Pilate, in the living Word and the written Word. Waste no time looking anywhere else.
"The truth is in Jesus."
"Thy Word is truth."
Weekly Memory Verse
He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
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