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Feb
25

Pergamum: The Measure of Truth (part 2)

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“Grace, mercy, and peace, which come from God the Father and from Jesus Christ—the Son of the Father—will continue to be with us who live in truth and love. How happy I was to meet some of your children and find them living according to the truth, just as the Father commanded” (2 John 3-4, NLT).

Truth, as I define it, is a pure and reliable reality, created and revealed by God and embraced by faith. So how do we walk in truth?

1. Understand that in Scripture, truth is first relational. Jesus described himself as the embodiment of truth (John 14:6). In John’s prologue to his gospel, he claimed that Jesus came “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). In order for us to understand truth we must close the proximity between ourselves and the person of Jesus Christ. He is truth, and to walk in truth implies that we walk closely with Him.

2. Understand that truth is revealed by the Holy Spirit. Jesus said that all truth is given by God and is revealed to us by our true teacher, the Holy Spirit (John 16:13). Its like sitting in a dark room, where we can only make out the silhouettes and shadows of unclear images. The Holy Spirit is the one who comes and turns on the light switch revealing with clarity the objects before us. The light doesn’t change the objects in the room. It simply reveals them. When we can see clearly we are able to walk freely without stumbling or falling (John 8:31-32).

3. Understand that the purpose of comprehending truth is transformation. Truth carries moral, ethical and behavioral dimensions. To know the truth and live in truth is to be transformed by truth. In short, it changes the way we live. James emphasizes this in his epistle with statements such as “faith without works is dead” (James 1:17) and “be doers of the word and not hearers only” (James 1:22).

That’s how we walk in truth.

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