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What Is Truth? Biblical Meaning

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What is truth, is a question and a journey many embark on. There are many who claim there are different paths to finding the answer. Some look to themselves, other people, self-help books, etc. Most people, see the truth as either nonexistent, relevant, flexible, or unknowable.

As believers, we look to the Word of God. Because we know the world does not know the Truth.

I was one of those people whose heart burned with the question, “What is the truth?” I would go around asking others: Is there a truth that never changes? For example: you know, 2 + 2 is always 4 everywhere, and it never changes. A Truth that stands no matter what. I would ask, “Is there a truth that has no variation forever?”

For those who have the same question, the answer may surprise you. We will biblically answer the question of what is truth. Let’s begin with Pilate.

Pilate Asks, “What Is Truth”

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Pilate himself asks the same question: What is truth? This conversation takes place in the book of John 18:33-38. What brought on this question that Pilate is asking?

Pilate – Are You the King of the Jews?

Jesus – Are you asking for yourself, or did someone tell you that?

Pilate – I’m not a Jew. Your own people and high priests delivered You to me. What did You do?

Jesus – I have a kingdom that is not of this world.

Pilate – So, You are a King?

Jesus – You’re saying I am a king. I am saying, I was born, came to this world, to tell the truth. All who belong to the truth listen and hear My voice.

Pilate – What is truth? (So, he is asking, is there truth, and if so, can it be known?)

The conversation between Jesus and Pilate concludes with Pilate asking Jesus, “What is truth.” When Pilate asked this question, Jesus was offering him the truth, Himself. But Pilate didn’t know Jesus is the truth.

We are aware that many people have their own definitions of truth. Just like Pilate, many people ask, “What is truth.” 

What is Truth: Biblical Answer?

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What is truth, is an ancient question, and people still ask this today. The biblical answer is not your truth verses my truth. Nor is it an accumulation of knowledge about facts. So what is truth? Well, Truth is actually a person. His name is Jesus the Christ, John 14:6. If you are someone who is looking for the truth, the only place you will find it is in Christ.

When I was looking for the truth, I had no idea I was looking for Jesus. I did not know what I was looking for. I was raised in church, and still, I did not know what the truth was. So, I began searching through other people, self-help books, and even psychological books. I sought it through all the worldly ways, but none of it answered the core question, what is truth.

I did not know the truth until Christ came to me and called me by name. Jesus asked me, who am I. He asked me this three times. I finally said, I don’t know. At that moment, something happened on the inside of me, and I repented and surrendered my entire being to him. Then the veil was lifted, and I was shown the truth. I told Jesus that I would spend the rest of my life learning who He is and telling others.

I did not understand, surrendering myself to Christ and telling the truth to others, would bring spiritual warfare.

To tell the truth to others, we must love God’s truth. We have a real enemy who hates the Truth! If we do not understand that this is spiritual warfare, how will you have victory? Therefore, learning how to stand against our enemy takes courage. It takes courage to stand in the truth and tell others. How do we do this?

Have the Courage to Stand in The Truth

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Having the courage to stand in the truth comes from God. That is, through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we have been given “power, love, and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7). God has given us everything we need to stand against evil. How do we live this out?

There are two characteristics that make this a reality in our lives. They are to spend time reading God’s Word and spend time with Him in prayer. We will begin with the word of God.

Learn more about the armour of God.

Spend Time Reading His Word

Spending time reading His word is God talking to us. This equips us to know truth over lies. We find this instruction as part of the armour of God.

Ephesians 6:17 BSB; And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

The word of God will teach us, instruct us, and guide us in truth. Psalm 119 is a psalm about learning, understanding, and obeying what God says.

Psalm 119:33-35 bsb; 33 Teach me, O LORD, the way of Your statutes, and I will keep them to the end. 34 Give me understanding that I may obey Your law, and follow it with all my heart. 35 Direct me in the path of Your commandments, for there I find delight.

Teach me, give me, and direct me should be the call of our hearts toward God. We will not have the courage or the inclination to stand against unrighteousness until we love God’s ways. It tells us we are to choose to know and obey God’s commands out of love. Why would we do that?

Psalm 119:160 BSB; The entirety of Your word is truth, and all Your righteous judgments endure forever.

All of God’s word is true and can be trusted. We must believe that God cannot lie. Jesus is the truth. God’s word is truth. Our courage becomes stronger as we believe God is who He says He is. He says, do not fear, I am with you many times in His word. Take those verses and pray or talk to Him about them.

SPEND TIME WITH GOD IN PRAYER

Spending time with God in prayer is us talking to God. To have the courage to stand in the truth, we must pray. Therefore, our prayer is asking God to give us the courage to stand in the truth. Prayer is part of the armour of God.

Ephesians 6:18-20 BSB; 18 Pray in the Spirit at all times, with every kind of prayer and petition. To this end, stay alert with all perseverance in your prayers for all the saints. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will boldly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it fearlessly, as I should.

Paul is in prison, and we find him asking for prayer to have the courage to speak the truth. We, too, must pray for ourselves and others to be courageous enough to stand and speak the truth in the face of fierce opposition.

Each time we choose to believe in God and obey Him, our trust in Him becomes stronger and stronger.

There are many voices today saying, I have the truth, come with me. God will ask us to stand in the truth we know. And as we do, we will experience His strength and power in our lives.

As you watch the video below, know that the courage you are witnessing is from years of prayer, studying God’s word, and living it out.

Example of Standing in the Truth

A good example is Jack Hibbs who was invited to say a prayer before Congress. They told him what to say and not to say, but God convicted him. At that moment, Jack Hibbs had two choices. He could decide to either stand for the Truth or capitulate to their truth.

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Other videos about Jack Hibbs. Because he stood for the truth they are now after him. Jack Hibbs Is Under Attack And So Is Christianity! AND They are targeting Jack Hibbs again video.

When he chose to stand in the truth, he knew there would be consequences. There are many articles showing the outrage of the truth being spoken.

Conclusion

God’s truth will always rock the boat of the world’s lies. Because the world system is under the power of the evil one (1 John 5:19). The evil one is Satan, and he is still the father of all lies and a murderer (John 8:44).

His false doctrine, hypocrisy, and fake Christianity are rampant today. As we battle to tell the truth in love, know it is rarely seen as an act of love.

Knowing the Truth (Jesus), changes our choices and how we see life. As believers, our character is to reflect the values of Christ. We are to shine the light of truth to a dying world. And tell them that the foundation upon which we stand is Jesus the Christ.

Victory in our trials, tests, pain, and suffering will only come from knowing, standing in and obeying God’s truth.

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