Saturday, May 19, 2007


Jesus told the woman at the well that the time had come for people to worship in SPIRIT and TRUTH. John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
Pilate asked a powerful question when Jesus said, "Everyone that is of the truth heareth my voice." Jn 18.37 Pilate said, "What is truth?"
In our day, Truth has come to mean whatever portion of Scripture we have chosen to rally around and proclaim. But the term "Truth" has always meant more than an interpretation of Scripture.
John wrote-- John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, [but] grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. Here, Truth is contrasted to the Law of Moses.
Paul drew the same contrast between the Spirit and the law of Moses, which he called the "letter". Romans 2:29 But he [is] a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision [is that] of the heart, in the spirit, [and] not in the letter; whose praise [is] not of men, but of God. Romans 7:6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not [in] the oldness of the letter.
Folks today who refer to the Bible as the "letter" are not using the term correctly, for Jesus said,-- John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, [they] are spirit, and [they] are life.
Jesus defined truth this way: John 14:6 --, I am the way, the truth, and the life:--
John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Doctrines from the Bible may be true, but they do not qualify to be called "Truth" in the sense that it is used in the Bible.
Jesus defined the Spirit of Truth as being Himself.
John 14:17 [Even] the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, [even] the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
Jesus is more than a doctrine or a compilation of doctrines.
Paul contrasts Truth with unrighteousness: Romans 2:8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
Again, he contrasts Truth with Iniquity: I Corinthians 13:6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
Truth, then, consists of a manner of life, or characteristics of our lives. We live Truth, or we live Unrighteousness. We live Truth, or we live Iniquity.
Our lives, or lifestyles are spoken of as being our "song" in Revelation 14:3. And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but--
Living for, and satisfying the desires of our flesh constitutes changing Truth into a lie. Right living is the essence of Truth. We live in Truth. We worship in Truth.
Romans 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator,--

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