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MOMENTS OF TRUTHUnleashing God's Word One Day at a Time
By John MacArthur
Thomas NelsonCopyright © 2012 John MacArthur
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The Importance of Truth
And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32
Every true Christian should know and love the truth. scripture says one of the key characteristics of "those who perish" (people who are damned by their unbelief) is that they "did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved" (2 Thess. 2:10). the clear implication is that a genuine love for the truth is built into saving faith. It is therefore one of the distinguishing qualities of every true believer. In Jesus' words, they have known the truth, and the truth has set them free (John 8:32).
In an age when the very idea of truth is being scorned and attacked (even within the church, where people ought to revere the truth most highly), Solomon's wise advice has never been more timely: "Buy the truth, and do not sell it" (Prov. 23:23).
Nothing in all the world is more important or more valuable than the truth. And the church is supposed to be "the pillar and ground of the truth" (1 Tim. 3:15).
Not knowing what you believe is by definition a kind of unbelief. refusing to acknowledge and defend the revealed truth of God is a particularly stubborn and pernicious kind of unbelief. Advocating ambiguity, exalting uncertainty, or otherwise deliberately clouding the truth is a sinful way of nurturing unbelief.
Where are you unclear in your beliefs?
The Truth War, xi–xii
The Definition of Truth
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." John 14:6
So what is truth?
Here is a simple definition drawn from what the Bible teaches: truth is that which is consistent with the mind, will, character, glory, and being of God. even more to the point: truth is the self-expression of God. that is the biblical meaning of truth. Because the definition of truth flows from God, truth is theological.
Truth is also ontological—which is a fancy way of saying it is the way things really are. reality is what it is because God declared it so and made it so. Therefore God is the author, source, determiner, governor, arbiter, ultimate standard, and final judge of all truth.
The Old testament refers to the Almighty as the "God of truth" (Deut. 32:4; Ps. 31:5; Isa. 65:16). When Jesus said of himself "I am ... the truth" (John 14:6, emphasis added), he was thereby making a profound claim about his own deity. he was also making it clear that all truth must ultimately be defined in terms of God and his eternal glory. After all, Jesus is "the brightness of [God's] glory and the express image of his person" (heb. 1:3). He is truth incarnate—the perfect expression of God and therefore the absolute embodiment of all that is true.
Jesus also said that the written Word of God is truth. It does not merely contain nuggets of truth; it is pure, unchangeable, and inviolable truth that (according to Jesus) "cannot be broken" (John 10:35).
God has revealed himself to humanity through Scripture and through his son. Both perfectly embody the essence of what truth is.
In what ways do you need to submit to the truth God has revealed in His Word? The Truth War, 2–3
January 3 The True Beginning
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1
God did create the heavens and the earth. And there is only one document that credibly claims to be a divinely revealed record of that creation, the book of Genesis. unless we have a creator who left us with no information about where we came from or what our purpose is, the text of Genesis 1–2 stands for all practical purposes unchallenged as the only divinely revealed description of creation. In other words, if there is a God who created the heavens and the earth, and if he revealed to humanity any record of that creation, Genesis is that record. If the God of scripture did not create the heavens and the earth, then we have no real answers to anything that is truly important. Everything boils down to those two simple options.
So whether we believe the Genesis record or not makes all the difference in the world.
We can either believe what Genesis says, or not. If Genesis 1:1 is true, then the universe and everything in it was created by a loving and personal God and his purposes are clearly revealed to us in scripture. further, if the Genesis account is true, then we bear the stamp of God and are loved by him—and because we are made in his image, human beings have a dignity, value, and obligation that transcends that of all other creatures. Moreover, if Genesis is true, then we not only have God's own answers to the questions of what we are here for and how we got where we are, but we also have the promise of salvation from our sin.
How does the fact that God created the world affect the way you view life? The Battle for the Beginning, 42–43
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