Most people are not aware of the truth because they have built lies around them. They often fail to recognize that truth is not a science; it is not a religion; it is not a philosophy, nor any piece of information from magazines. The concept of truth has been misunderstood over time, and the consequences of rejecting it are ravaging the church and human society at large. So let’s go back to the starting point and answer the question: What is truth?
What is the Biblical Definition of Truth?
Most times, religious folks see truth as fact from scriptures. However, this definition is partially correct and erroneous. This is because the truth transcends beyond this world to the next with physical evidence or realities. Besides, if the truth were just fact alone from scripture, then the scribes and Pharisees would be the custodians of truth. But, unfortunately, the truth can not be limited by knowledge alone.
One of the greatest inquiries in history was carried out by a Roman prefect (governor) of Judaea known as Pontius Pilate. In his quest for answers, he asked Jesus Christ, “What is truth?” Therefore, to define truth, one must first understand what it is not:
- Truth is not just anything that works. Most people think everything that works can be defined as the truth, but the end actually does not justify the means. So, anything that works can not be regarded as truth.
- Truth is not what makes people feel good. This is because bad news may sometimes be true.
- Truth is not always detailed. This is because a long and detailed presentation can lead to an erroneous conclusion.
- Truth is not defined by intention because good intentions can be misguided.
- Truth is not just what you believe. A lie remains false even if you believe it.
- Truth is not what is publicly proven. A truth can be private and hidden.
Truth can be defined in two simple ways:
- Truth is a personality.
- The truth liberates.
It is important to note that the truth is a personality in the person of Jesus Christ. Most people often wonder how truth can be related to a physical person. This question is an old-aged inquiry as the disciples of Jesus asked the same question. Jesus gave a clear statement by saying: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
Notice that Jesus says, “I am the truth” It does not say that the truth is a religion, or a rite, or a set of laws and regulations. He says, “I.” The truth is a person. This is what differentiates Jesus Christ from any other leader of any religion. They said, “I seek the truth,” or “I teach the truth,” or “I show the way of the truth,” or “I am a prophet of truth.” Jesus, on the other hand, comes and says, I am the truth. Thus, Jesus is the personified truth, that is, the complete revelation of God, the truth that man must personally appropriate in order to be saved. It represents the fulfilment of all prophecies relating to the Savior.
The second aspect is that the truth liberates from every oppression. The bible says, You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:32). One of the best things that Christain may experience in their journey is that they are free from the shackles of oppression when they find the truth about any situation. For example, while reading the scripture, you may stumble on truths that will give peace to your heart and strengthen you to take action.
Knowing and believing the gospel truth free you from prejudices, mistakes, and false notions that enslaves and entangles the soul. It also frees you from the dominion of lust and passion. In addition, it restores the soul to the government of itself by reducing it into the obedience of God. In essence, truth not only comes from God himself and nourishes us, but it also frees us in a variety of ways, as we will see. Finally, it liberates us in the sense of justification. When we understand the truth of the gospel and dedicate ourselves to a saving relationship with the Lord, we are set free from the shackles of sin and its consequences.
Where can I find the truth?
Truth can be found in the following ways;
- Having a direct encounter with the person of Jesus Christ (John 14:6)
- Truth can be found in God’s word (John 17:17)
- Truth can be inspired by the Holy Spirit (John 16:13)
Ways to Apply Biblical Truths in Our Daily Lives
The application of biblical truth occurs in two parts: internal and external. You receive the truth internally from the bible and act on it externally. Without a true interior response, your exterior activity may be mistaken, and without a genuine external action, your internal response may be ineffectual. Here is an actionable way to apply biblical truth
- Study the bible from a contextual point of view. To properly apply the truth from scripture, you need to interpret the text properly. Because if you don’t know the true interpretation of the bible, you will probably misapply its message.
- Pray for the Holy Spirit help to prepare your heart and intellect to respond authentically to biblical text interpretation.
- Relate the interpretation of the scripture to your life and circumstances. Most people forget that they are living epistles of the word of God. It would help if you analyzed how certain truth applies to the current situation at every point.
- Write out the lessons learnt from every study. The benefit of writing it out is that you can quickly refer to it at several points. Another method is to print it out boldly and stick it in your apartment.
- Pray about it and ask God to help you remember and practice it.
- Keep declaring the truth until you see the manifestation in your life.
Jesus is truth personified, as there is nothing false or deceitful about Him. His very nature is nothing but the truth. God is dependable, God is pure, and God is truthful in everything that He does. God is wonderful in every manner that can be imagined. God’s basic essence establishes His reliability and makes Him deserving of all glory and adoration, regardless of His actions. The bible teaches that God and His word are trustworthy.