Who has "The Truth"?

A study of word "truth" in the Christian Bible

The Truth: We Must Love God and Our Neighbor

Even religious observers knew Jesus taught the truth and that this involved the two greatest commandments: love of God and neighbor. Mark 12:32-34 -- The scribe said to him: "Teacher, you well said in line with truth, 'He is One, and there is no other than He'; 33 and this loving him with one's whole heart and with one's whole understanding and with one's whole strength and this loving one's neighbor as oneself is worth far more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices." 34 At this Jesus, discerning he had answered intelligently, said to him: "You are not far from the kingdom of God." [All texts are from the New World Translation.]

The Truth is in Jesus

If we want "truth" we have to look to Jesus. though God once spoke to the Hebrews and Jews by means of their prophets "He now speaks by a Son." (Hebrews 1:1) John 1:14-17 -- He was full of undeserved kindness and truth. 16 For we all received from out of his fullness, even undeserved kindness upon undeserved kindness. 17 Because the Law was given through Moses, the undeserved kindness and the truth came to be through Jesus Christ.

True Worshippers Worship God in Truth

Worship that is acceptable to God must be in harmony with truth. John 4:23 -- the true worshipers will worship the Father with spirit and truth.

Truth is Liberating

The truth liberates and does not enslave. John 8:32 -- the truth will set you free.

There is no truth in Satan

There is a great enemy of truth who left the truth. John 8:44 -- He did not stand fast in the truth, because truth is not in him.

Jesus is the truth and the Only Way to God

To have the truth one must approach God through Jesus Christ. John 14:6 -- I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Jesus Sent a Helper -- The Spirit of the Truth

Jesus sent a spirit-helper to his apostles to equip them to write the New Testament. John 15:26 -- I will send you from the Father, the spirit of the truth, which proceeds from the Father, that one will bear witness about me.

The Truth Why Jesus Returned to God

It is a truth that Jesus returned to God in order to bring salvation to humankind. John 16:7 -- I am telling you the truth, It is for your benefit I am going away.

The Spirit Helper Guides into All the Truth

Jesus' inspired apostles and disciples were guided into all the truth that would be necessary for future followers. This was composed into the New Testament. John 16:13 -- The spirit of the truth, he will guide you into all the truth.

We Are Sanctified by the Truth -- God's Word

Only by the truth of God's Word can we be sanctified or declared holy by God. John 17:17 -- Sanctify them by means of the truth; your word is truth.

Those in the Truth Listen to Jesus

To possess the truth one must listen to Jesus by readings his words in the Gospels. John 18:37 -- Everyone that is on the side of the truth listens to my voice.

It is a Truth that Only God is to be Worshipped

"Worship God," the apocalyptic angel said to John. (Revelation 19:10) No others are to be worshipped. Romans 1:25 -- ... those who exchanged the truth of God for the lie and venerated and rendered sacred service to the creation rather than the One who created.

Those Who Disobey Truth are Open to God's Wrath

One can disobey the Truth by practicing unrighteousness. Romans 2:8 -- ... who disobey the truth but obey unrighteousness there will be wrath and anger.

Love Rejoices with the Truth

Truth causes one to be joyful and glad and applaud honesty. 1 Corinthians 13:6 -- (Love) rejoices with the truth.

We Should not Adulterate the Truth

We must be careful not to adulterate God's Word the truth and our conscientious conduct ought to reflect that to others. 2 Corinthians 4:2 -- Neither adulterating the word of God, but by making the truth manifest recommending ourselves to every human conscience in the sight of God.

We Cannot Do Anything Against the Truth

No matter what happens nothing can harm the truth and it will always prevail. 2 Corinthians 13:8 -- For we can do nothing against the truth, but only for the truth.

Some Do not Always Walk in the Truth

Some Christians, even the most sincere, may stumble and not always walk in harmony with the Truth. Galatians 2:14 ... when I saw they were not walking straight according to the truth of the good news.

The Gospel Truth Involves Our Salvation

The Truth and the Gospel include the good news regarding our own salvation. Ephesians 1:13 -- ... the word of truth, the good news about your salvation.

We Measure by Speaking the Truth

By learning to be honest and then speak the truth to others we will mature as Christians. Ephesians 4:15 -- Speaking the truth, let us by love grow up in all things into him who is the head, Christ.

Not All Who Publish Christ Speak Truth

Some Christians preach the Truth with wrong motives. Philippians 1:18 -- ... in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is being publicized.

Some Are Misled Because They Do not Believe or Love Truth

Satan can mislead or deceive us if we do not really love truth. 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 --

because they did not accept the love of the truth that they might be saved. 11 So that is why God lets an operation of error go to them, that they may get to believing the lie, 12 in order that they all may be judged because they did not believe the truth but took pleasure in unrighteousness.

Godís Will is that All Gain a Heightened Knowledge of Truth

It is the will of God that people of all kinds gain salvation and come to understand the truth.

1 Timothy 2:3, 4 -- God, whose will is that all sorts of men should be saved and come to an accurate knowledge of truth.

The Church is to Support the Truth

The Church should support itself by the Truth. 1 Timothy 3:15 -- ... the congregation of [the] living God, a pillar and support of the truth.

Some Men Take Advantage of the Truth

Some Christians use the truth to take advantage of others by material gain. 1 Timothy 6:5 --... men corrupted in mind and despoiled of the truth, thinking that godly devotion is a means of gain.

The Bible Needs to be Handled Correctly

Bible truth must be handled correctly and not misapplied. 2 Timothy 2:15 -- ... handling the word of the truth aright.

How Truth is Subverted

It is a deviation from the truth to say the resurrection has already taken place. The resurrection will not occur until Christ returns and then all will be raised "at the same time." (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17) 2 Timothy 2:18 -- These very [men] have deviated from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already occurred; and they are subverting the faith of some.

Repentance Leads to Knowledge

Before on can know the truth accurately one must repent of past wrongs. 2 Timothy 2:25 --

... repentance leading to an accurate knowledge of truth.

It is Possible to Learn but Never Find the Truth

One may learn and study and still not find heightened knowledge of the truth. 2 Timothy 3:7 --

... always learning and yet never able to come to an accurate knowledge of truth.

It was Foretold that Some Would Leave the Truth

The Bible predicted an apostasy or falling away from Bible truth. 2 Timothy 4:4 -- They will turn their ears away from the truth, whereas they will be turned aside to false stories.

Truth is Vital to God's Begetting

To be "born again" one must know the truth. James 1:18 -- Because he willed it, he brought us forth by the word of truth, for us to be certain firstfruits of his creatures.

One Can be Misled from the Truth

Though one ma have the truth in the beginning they may deceived from it. James 5:19, 20 -- My brothers, if anyone among you is misled from the truth and another turns him back, 20 know that he who turns a sinner back from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

Truth and Love are United

Truth will always be associated with love and is a uniting force. 1 Peter 1:22 -- ... obedience to the truth with unhypocritical brotherly affection as the result, love one another intensely from the heart.

On Way to Know Someone Does not Have the Truth

If a person claims they have never sinned as a Christian they do not have the truth. 1 John 1:8 -- If we make the statement: "We have no sin," we are misleading ourselves and the truth is not in us.

To Have the Truth One Must Obey His Commandments

If someone does not keep God's commandments regarding faith and love, then that person does not have the truth. 1 John 2:4 -- He that says: "I have come to know him," and yet is not observing his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in this [person].

How to Determine Truth and Error

Truth is learned by reading the words of Jesus inspired disciples in the Christian Bible. 1 John 4:6 -- We originate with God. He that gains the knowledge of God listens to us; he that does not originate with God does not listen to us. This is how we take note of the inspired expression of truth and the inspired expression of error.

To Have truth We Must Walk in It

It is not enough to know the Truth, a Christian must also conduct is life in the Truth. 2 John 1-4 -- ... all those also who have come to know the truth, 2 because of the truth that remains in us, and it will be with us forever. 3 There will be with us undeserved kindness, mercy [and] peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Son of the Father, with truth and love.4 I rejoice very much because I have found certain ones of your children walking in the truth.

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