One of the most poignant moments in Scripture is the conversation between Christ and Pontius Pilate. Jesus says that “everyone who listens to Him are of the truth” to which Pilate responds, “What is truth?” What is truth? The world we live in now proclaims that truth is unique and individual to each one of us. There is no definite truth. It’s all relative. Relative truth leaves us ungrounded, without anchor, tossed back and forth by the issues of life. Our world is in a free-for-all for lack of truth. Relative person allows each person to take their own moral high ground and no one can argue one way or the other. There is no right or wrong. There is no morality. There is no way, but many ways.
The doctrine of Jesus Christ flies in the face of this philosophy when He simply says, “I am Truth.” He is. Truth is contained. It is within one space. It is set. It is a person, a person who does not change. Truth is eternal and right. This truth, not the personal relative truth sets us free. Relative truth gives us justification to remain imprisoned in our own sense of backward morality.
Truth is Christ. Christ is a mystery. God who holds every universe in the palm of His hand come in the flesh bursting through the womb of a virgin. He walks the Earth, teaches in parables declaring those who have ears, let them hear. All heard, few understood. Jesus is the most prominent man in history, the most treasured, yet the most rejected. He is the most followed and the most hated. He has truly fulfilled the prophecy of causing the rise and fall of many. People either get Jesus to the point their whole life is changed or never fully understand Him, and this is Truth. Truth is not clearly seen anymore than Christ is clearly understood. For those who know Christ intimately, it is a wonder how others can not understand. Yet for those who do not understand, devoted followers of Christ, to them, are bigots and homophobes. And this is truth, easily found and evasive all at the same time.
This is a serious matter considering that Truth is what sets us free from all of the hangups and strongholds in our life. We can’t be free from our failures to love well until we first find the truth. Truth must be found for freedom to manifest. Most remain locked up in their iniquity losing hope of being free from those things that make life so hard.
How can something be so clear and so muddied at the same time? It is because truth is spiritual. Those with the Spirit of God, while operating in the Spirit, find the truth. They are of the truth. Those without the Spirit or those with the Spirit, but for the moment, not operating in the Spirit, cannot see it. This is the conundrum. Truth is not evident to all. It is shrouded and hidden and must be found that we might have freedom.
Pulling back the veil, finding the revelation is not done by any other means but to have the Spirit of God and to operate in the spirit of God. This is a behavioral, cognitive, and spiritual act and nothing less. Jesus said that if we “abide in His word,’ we will be His disciples. A disciple is someone disciplined to do a certain thing. The Word of God is to be used to help us discipline ourselves to a certain lifestyle, a certain behavior, a certain pattern of thought. This keeps us in the spirit and there we find truth. To fully immerse ourselves into this lifestyle requires faith. It is faith, a core belief, that this way of behaving, thinking, feeling, and moving has been handed down by an all-knowing God who will lead us to a new freedom. Faith moves us to give ourselves to a lifestyle. But what moves us to faith?
Why would I choose to believe in something so strongly to change everything about my path in this life? The short answer is love. Understanding the love that Christ has for me moves me to place my life in His hands. If He would leave His celestial home to enter the flesh of man to face all the temptations of this life specifically to resist them breaking the power of sin upon mankind, then accepting God’s punishment for the sin of all the world on a piece of wood with nails thrust through just so that the opportunity of freedom is available for any who might choose to take it, how deep must His love be. If He loves me like this, I can put my life in His hands. I choose to my life in His hands. I choose faith. Faith lived out in thoughts, feelings, and behavior open my eyes to the truth that sets me free.
There is no other path for truth. We must truly have faith His words, His Word, directs us to the right heart, the right mindset, the right steps, to find Truth, freedom, and abundant life. Before freedom, there is faith. Before faith there is love. Because He loved me first, I love Him. The more I know Him, the greater I trust and put my faith in Him. Suddenly, there it is, Truth that sets me free. And now it is clear, Truth is a revelation from God given to those who believe. Our freedom from those things that steal our joy, our hope, our love, and our future is based on how much we truly have faith in God’s ways of living and thinking. How much do I believe? How much faith will I have? How disciplined will I become? How free will I be?
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”
Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you. I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard from your father.” (ESV)
Heavenly Father, simply, help my unbelief. Let me live as You call me and set me free from the things of this world. -Amen