WHAT IS TRUTH

John 18:28

PILATE SAITH UNTO HIM, WHAT IS TRUTH? AND WHEN HE HAD THIS, HE WENT OUT AGAIN UNTO THE JEWS, AND SAITH UNTO THEM, I FIND IN HIM NO FAULT AT ALL.

Today, as individuals; Do we seek to know truth? I’d like to point this out about what Pilate went out and said unto the Jews. He said (I FIND IN HIM NO FAULT AT ALL). Can we say here that Pilate shared with the Jews absolute truth as revealed unto him by God’s Spirit? It can be argued that he listened to his wife if you read the whole account here in (John 18) but that’s still not what she told him to say, is it? As a matter of fact, she didn’t tell him what to say.

As we consider this; it actually doesn’t matter as it relates to the Jews does it? Even if it was absolute truth, they rejected it, didn’t they. With this being said, can’t we say that today, if we are to hear truth it will have to come from the lips of sinful man? We can argue all day about whether PIlate was born again or not. We don’t know. We can however say that the words he spoke was truth. There was no fault to be seen in Jesus Christ.

This morning as my wife and I had devotion and prayer; I shared this with her. I stated that God took the dust of the earth and formed Adam. He then took a rib from Adam’s side and made Eve, two perfect people. In the garden where they lived; God placed a tree. He told them that they could eat of every tree of the garden but that one tree, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. We know that they both ate of that tree. God killed an animal and make coats for a covering of them both.

Now, from that point on, even up until this day, if truth is to be heard, it must come from the lips of sinful people. Sinners revealing truth to sinners. I say all this to make a very powerful point. First of all, when Pilate spoke truth to the Jews they were not interested in truth, they were interested in pleasing their own selfish desires. They never even considered what the truth might be.

Today, as you pick up a Bible, any version, we must understand that they were all written by man. Look at this verse:

2 Peter 1:21

FOR PROPHECY CAME NOT IN OLD TIME BY THE WILL OF MAN: BUT HOLY MEN OF GOD SPAKE AS THEY WERE MOVED BY THE HOLY GHOST.

Even in this verse, they were men. These men had to be willing to put aside all they thought and simply allow God’s Spirit to direct what they wrote down. I wonder how many people in that day looked at these men and said. Oh! I know him, his life, all he has done, I will not listen to him. Let’s consider the Apostle Paul. The very first man that he came to as directed by God was Ananias. Look at what he said:

Acts 9:13

THEN ANANIAS ANSWERED, LORD, I HAVE HEARD BY MANYOF THIS MAN, HOW MUCH EVIL HE HATH DONE TO THY SAINTS IN JERUSALEM:

Here, we see where God’s Spirit has spoken to a man and instructed him in the things he desires for him to do. Because of the knowledge this man has heard from others, he questions God’s Spirit. If we continue to read; we see that God continues to speak and this man yields to his will. Now, let’s consider something her. Although Ananias listened to God’s Spirit in this cases, when the Apostle Paul began to expound truth as a (Holy man of God) was Ananias now willing to hear what God’s Spirit was speaking through him?

What the Apostle Paul preached was completely contrary to what Ananias had been taught from his youth up. When we hear truth from someone that believes something contrary to what we’ve been taught all our lives; are we willing tro hear God’s Spirit within us over the voices of those we have been use to hearing?

We mentioned Adam and Eve. Both of these people heard directly from God. Ananias was exactly the same way, he heard directly from God. Now, Ananias trusted that voice completely being directly from God, a familar voice. But, once Adam and Eve began to share truth, even the Apostle Paul, can man hear that same voice from a lips of a sinful man is the question?

In reality, it’s never men that reveal truth. It’s always God’s Spirit. It’s just that people must be willing to share that truth. Then and only then can God’s Spirit use that sinful being to reveal his truth. (It must be truth)!

I thought about this today as I began praying about this article. In 1975 when I was born again, born into God’s family, I didn’t take an oath of any kind, at least not one that was spoken with words. I did however get baptized but, even within that act if something hadn’t changed within my heart then the picture was completely worthless.

When I was ordained into the gospel ministry (by men) I had already been pastoring a Church for a little over a year. One of the preachers that was part of the ordination commitee asked me this question: If we, as a group of men decide not to ordain you, what are you going to do? I looked at him and replied, I’ll keep doing what I’m doing! God called me into the gospel ministry and that has nothing to do with what you, as a group of men decide what I should do.

My whole point is that the only thing that matters is what God’s Spirit reveals to your heart and, your willingness to accept that truth! I thank God for Holy men of God! Yesterday, today and forever! These men, against all odds spoke and revealed God’s truth often even to their very death. Men has always done all they can to destroy God’s word and truth. They do it to keep God from being able to speak to the heart of people. In the very beginning Satan looked at Eve and said: (Hath God said)? This, causing her to doubt truth!

When we consider (WHAT IS TRUTH), then where can we find it? Is it standing behind ever pulpit? Is it in every version of the word of God? Can we simply trust any denomination or religion to reveal ( THE TRUTH) to us? In our quest to find truth; it’s something we must be aware of. Satan will always have a certain amount of truth in everything he will present to every person! Wisdom tells us to beware of partial truth and to seek whole truth as individuals. Look at these verses:

Matthew 4:1-10

THEN WAS JESUS LED UP OF THE SPIRIT INTO THE WILDERNESS TO BE TEMPTED OF THE DEVIL. (2) AND WHEN HE HAD FASTED FORTY DAYS AND FORTY NIGHTS, HE WAS AFTERWARDS AN HUNGRED. (3) AND WHEN THE TEMPTER CAME TO HIM, HE SAID, IF THOU BE THE SON OF GOD, COMMAND THAT THESE STONES BE MADE BREAD. (4) BUT HE ANSWERED AND SAID, IT IS WRITTEN, MAN SHALL NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE, BUT BY EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDETH OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD. (5) THEN THE DEVIL TAKETH HIM UP INTO THE HOLY CITY, AND SETTETH HIM ON A PINNACLE OF THE TEMPLE, (6) AND SAITH UNTO HIM, IF THOU BE THE SON OF GOD, CAST THYSELF DOWN: FOR IT IS WRITTEN, HE SHALL GIVE HIS ANGELS CHARGE CONCERNING THEE: AND IN THEIR HANDS THEY SHALL BEAR THEE UP, LEST AT ANY TIME THOU DASH THY FOOT AGAINST A STONE. (7) JESUS SAID UNTO HIM, IT IS WRITTEN AGAIN, THOU SHALT NOT TEMPT THE LORD THY GOD. (8) AGAIN, THE DEVIL TAKETH HIM UP INTO AN EXCEEDING HIGH MOUNTAIN, AND SHEWETH HIM ALL THE KINGDOMS OF THE WORLD, AND THE GLORY OF THEM; (9) AND SAITH UNTO HIM, ALL THESE THINGS WILL I GIVE THEE, IF THOU WILT FALL DOWN AND WORSHIP ME. (10) THEN SAITH JESUS UNTO HIM, GET THEE HENCE, SATAN: FOR IT IS WRITTEN, THOU SHALT WORSHIP THE LORD THY GOD, AND HIM ONLY SHALT THOU SERVE.

Can you see in these verses how that Satan uses a certain amount of truth to try and convince people to doubt God or be deceived? If you will notice, the first two things he said, he used scripture but, the third thing there is no scripture involed in what he said. However, Jesus still used scriptue to shut him up!

I’ll close with this. God’s will is to reveal truth to every person, using people that have committed themselves to allow God’s Spirit to work through them. However, even within that concept we must seek, as individuals truth, trying ever spirit for what it is.

1 John 4:1

BELOVED, BELIEVE NOT EVERY SPIRIT, BUT TRY THE SPIRITS WHETHER THEY ARE OF GOD: BECAUSE MANY FALSE PROPHETS ARE GONE OUT INTO THE WORLD.

Jesus Christ, speaking to man said this:

Matthew 7:7

ASK, AND IT SHALL BE GIVEN YOU; SEEK, AND YE SHALL FIND; KNOCK, AND IT SHALL BE OPENED UNTO YOU: (8) FOR EVERY ONE THAT ASKETH RECEIVETH; AND HE THAT SEEKETH FINDETH; AND TO HIM THAT KNOCKETH IT SHALL BE OPENED.

Truth can be found! It’s not in any particular version of God’s word, it’s not in a religion or denomination but it is in the will of man or people to know truth. Truth is metaphorically like looking for gold, it might be rare but, it’s there and, it is also more precious.

I’ll close with this. Men, over the years have tried to simplify God’s word. They write different versions trying to help people to understand it. In my mind, if I am going to Ask, Seek and Knock then I’m going exactly the oppostie direction. I’m going back to the original (Holy Men of God) to Ask, Seek and Knock for truth! There’s a game people use to play that makes my point very well. They would put all the people say; at a party in a circle. One person would whisper something in the ear of the person beside him and, that person would whisper what he or she thought they heard in the next person’s ear all the way to the last person. Then, that person would say out loud what he or she heard. In most cases, the end statement would be nothing like the first person’s remark.

That simple game can make my point but, that’s just simply misunderstaning what someone says. What happens when we add the ability of Satan to try and destroy the truth of God? Can you see just how dangerous it can be to simply trust what every man says?

The Bible says this:

John 8:32

AND YE SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH, AND THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE.

There is a truth! It can be found and understood! It will never be my truth or a truth that is stated by man but, it’s the truth that we can find when we truth seek it in God’s word and it will be revealed to each that seek it by God’s Holy Spirit. If you, as an individual read God’s word then (a sinner) is reading that word. However, it still takes God’s Spirit to share truth to you. If you listen to me speak then, you’re listening to a sinner as I speak, seeking to share truth but, it’s still God’s Spirit that has to reveal truth to each person that hears.

Lord, touch us and help us to hear your spirit as you speak and give us wisdom to hear your truth as we listen to any person speak or, write! In Christ Jesus Name, AMEN.

Marshall Clayton

2 Timothy 1:7

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