Connected Truth (Pt.2)

Part 1

The Claims of Truth

The Lord Jesus Christ not only brought with Him grace and truth (Jn. 1:14), but He was that Truth.  His presence on our planet brought light to shine upon the darkness all around.  Coming to Jesus is always a coming out of darkness into light.  The light is His light just as the Truth is His Truth.  By this I mean to say that there is no distinction between Him and what He brings.  Since Jesus is the Truth just as much as He is the Word (Jn. 1:1-2) He must bring Truth.

It is not enough to say that He personifies truth.  We must insist that truth cannot exist on its own independently of Jesus, His Father and the Spirit of Truth.  Truth exists because God exists,  If God did not exist truth would not exist,  The idea of truth “out there”; – truth to be agreed with as an impersonal standard, is impossible.  Although it is seen that way within non-biblical worldviews, truth does not and cannot be attained without contact with the personal God – who is Truth.

My earlier search for an anchor of truth to bind myself to would have been an unending desperate encountering of “truths” without a foundation.  In the same way as I sensed that Savonarola and not Machiavelli; Watteau and not Fragonard; Mahler and not Wagner, had embraced some truths, so I also sensed that they found it because them embraced them.  Without prolonging the aesthetic argument too much further, they included these truths in their work in the same way as one decides to include a stranger in a conversation.  Truth doesn’t merely fly above us like a flag on a pole, it communicates to us.

This is why someone who claims to be a searcher for the truth cannot stand aloof from the claims of truth upon them.  They will never alter truth but they must be willing to allow truth to do with them whatever it wants.

So in the world of the non-Christian “truth” is always something separate from life in the world.  As such we can choose either to agree with it or disagree with it; to follow after it or to ignore it; to allow it to speak to us or to alter its message so that it speaks with our voice.  There is no great advantage either way.  Truth as an absolute is troublesome because absolutes cause friction and friction opposes peace.  Therefore to choose truth in such an outlook is not always a “good” choice.  Absolute truth is a convenience item, available to people whenever the circumstances require them to be definitive.  Truth must undergo personal or societal evaluation, and once done it must be made to take itself less seriously.  The claims of truth percolate down to opinion – just like everything else!

On the other hand there is biblical truth.  There truth exists necessarily because the Triune God exists.  We feel its grip upon our arms because we were made to do so originally and the imprint of the Maker is still upon us.  Jesus told Pilate “every one who is of the truth hears my voice” (Jn. 18:37).  As the original Word Jesus built Truth into the fabric of the world He made (Jn. 1:2-3).  As creatures ourselves, and image-bearers to boot, we ought to recognize that the claims of truth as proceeding from Him whose name is “Faithful and True” (Rev. 19:11).

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2 comments

  1. Paul I so appreciate your site that I stumbled upon a couple weeks ago. As a former member of a Plymouth Brethren church I can say that much of what I have encountered here is not new (and yes, we still use our Darby Bibles!), but your fresh perpective is truly rare air. I would add to your thoughts the following verse:

    “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32.

    Don’t ask me to explain how becoming free leads me to becoming Christ’s bondservant, but it does. Perhaps you could tackle that in the future because I cannot put such things into words.

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