“What is truth?” Jesus was asked this question by Pilate after He had said, “to this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice” (John 18:37-38). However, he was not interested in Jesus’ answer because the record says, “And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.”
When one becomes a Christian by “obeying from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you” he/she is “then made free from sin” and “become servants of righteousness” (Rom. 6:17-18). Paul states of this one, “old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (II Cor. 5:17).
One of the requirements of us as Christians is, “Therefore, putting away lying, Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor” (Eph. 4:25). To speak truth, it is necessary that we know what truth is. The Son of God gives us the definition of truth in His prayer to His Father, recorded in John 17. Jesus said, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth” (John 17:17). There we have it; God’s word is truth.
The inspired writer in Hebrews 6:18 commented on this subject when he wrote, “That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us”. The fact that God “cannot lie” explains how Paul could say, “let God be true but every man a liar” (Rom. 3:4). This simply means when anyone differs with God’s word, in every case, that one is a liar—no exceptions! It is dangerous to believe a lie, especially when it pertains to salvation (II Thess. 1:11-12).
We do not have to guess at truth. We can know the truth and be made free from our sins by truth (John 8:32). Truth is attainable. “How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit” (Eph. 3:3-5). Later in this same letter he would add, “Wherefore be ye not foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Eph. 5:17). Young’s Literal Translation is even more emphatic, “because of this become not fools, but—understanding what is the will of the Lord.”
Peter explains the part truth plays in our salvation: “Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever” (I Pet. 1:22-23).
And Paul also explains why some are lost when he wrote, “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved” (II Thess. 2:10).
Yes, truth is important. We will be saved or lost eternally by our reaction to truth.
Paul M. Wilmoth