You shall know the Truth …

And ye shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free. John 8:32

Truth is the foundation of life in Christ. The unique Truth, of course, the Truth established by the presence in the flesh of Jesus the Son of the Highest God, by whom we know and go to the Father, who is the only mediator between God and men, and by whom we also have entrance by Grace into the eternal abodes.

Truth is, therefore, the most attacked point of the doctrine of Christ. We can recognize it in all the pages of the Bible, from the story of the serpent that intervenes with Eve, in chapter three of the book of Genesis, through the many examples of the times that the people of Israel raised altars to foreign gods, to interventions in the New Testament as those of Pilate who questioned, –What is Truth?, or the apostle Paul who reproaches the believers of Galatians who so soon have accepted another gospel.[1]

Truth is the foundation of Eternal Life; the lives of many people, even entire nations, depend on its establishment. Not knowing how to establish it properly exposes its inhabitants to a condemnation of perdition and evil.

Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come.  …   24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. John 8:21-24

Truth is not a religious message, nor does it consist in the content and quantity of what is preached; the only thing that the prophet Jonah proclaimed was: –In forty days from now Nineveh will be destroyed, and the whole city repented; likewise, John the Baptist, the only thing he proclaimed –Prepare the way of the Lord, Make his paths straight, and many came to him to be baptized confessing their sins.

Truth does not consist of knowledge. Truth is not a cumulus of knowledge, it does not depend on how much we know, even how much of the Bible we know.  We can only know one point of the Scriptures, if we live by that one point of the Scriptures, that one point becomes Truth and by it others are affected, some for life, and others for condemnation.

Therefore if the uncircumcision keeps the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision? 27And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law? Romans 2:26-27

Truth does not appeal to reason, or to reasoning, or to logic. It is not a theological or philosophical truth; it does not resort to them to take refuge in its establishment. Many people with God’s legitimate ministry are lost from their faith precisely because they came to them and believed they needed them to be effective.

Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the Truth; and I will pardon it. Jeremiah 5.1

The things that God demands of us are subject to the laws of the Spirit, not to the laws of logic; it cannot and should not be explained by human reasoning.

For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. 18For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 1st. Corinthians 1:17-18

The Truth of God is revelation by the Holy Spirit to accept all things of God, to love what God loves, and to repudiate what God repudiates.

And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. Acts 10:15

Truth is established in integrity by faith, as it is written by the prophets, that the righteousness of the Kingdom is revealed from faith to faith.

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. Romans 1:17

The Truth of God is established to cast down every argument that has been raised against the knowledge from on High, to establish the Glory of the Almighty over the arrogance of man.

But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 1st. Corinthians 1:27

Truth does not need a lot of words to be established; in fact, Truth does not lie in words. The apostle Paul writes to the Corinthian believers and reminds them that when he came with them, he never used human eloquence to lead them to Christ.

And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. 1st. Corinthians 2:1

This principle leads us to understand the spiritual foundation of the establishment of God’s Kingdom on earth.

Truth is not established only through the active proclamation of the Gospel. It is the means to which we are all accustomed, but not necessarily that required by God Himself; we do not preach to establish Truth, we preach because we have Truth to establish it; Truth is established by obedience to the living Word, that is, the Word not accommodated by the laws of hermeneutic interpretation.

Truth is established by the decision to do and fulfill what God demands, as taught by Jesus from the beginning of His ministry, that he who hears the Word, and does it, is the wise man who builds his house on the rock.

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: Matthew 7:24

This same message was established in all the communities of faith in the different regions where the Gospel message reached. The apostle James testifies to this in his epistle when he writes,

But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. James 1:25

Philip was not a well-known preacher among the multitudes, but by his preaching before one single man the Truth of God was established among the Ethiopians;[2] likewise, Stephen, chosen to serve among the widows, before he was elected to serve at tables was not a known public figure, yet none of the scholars of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and those of Cilicia, and Asia, could resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spoke.[3]

The obedience of at least one who lives the Word is more than enough; the Truth of this one is established in the place and becomes the Truth of the inhabitants of the area.

Submission to the Word and the willingness to fulfill it without the intention of accommodating it to personal convenience is what makes it possible for personal Truth to be established as the Truth of many.

Therefore, the only possibility of salvation for a family, for a house, for a region, is through the uprising of one who can set the Truth as a resource of personal life. So strong is this mystery.

And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. Ezekiel 22:30

The Truth of one becomes the possibility of Truth for the many. This is the revelation of the Kingdom of God.

And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: Romans 5:11-12

This principle is evident in the story that the writer of Matthew presents regarding the location of Jesus in Capernaum, the writer says that the arrival of Jesus to the place meant that light clarified them,[4] and not because it was only Jesus, is the principle of the Kingdom of heaven to establish the Truth of God in the regions, the presence of a bearer of Truth establishes the possibility of Truth for the inhabitants of the place.

This message is found in all the accounts of apostolic activity in the New Testament, although in many cases, misinterpreted by those who have not fully seen the Gospel Truth.

And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. Acts 16:31

This principle of the establishment of Truth is described in the Bible itself in terms of the operation of divine righteousness. Observe it in the words that the apostle James presents:

For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. 11For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. James 2:10-11

If offending at one point of the Law makes us transgressors of ALL the Law, the proposal opens the possibility that the principle applies in the reverse direction: observing and establishing the Truth of one point makes us doers of ALL the Law.

This is what Jesus meant when he pointed out that the Law consisted of taking care of only two points, loving God above all things, and loving your neighbor as yourself. Observing and establishing the Truth of one point makes us doers of ALL the Law.

On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Matthew 22:40

If we are able to establish the Truth from a single point of Scripture, that Truth not only justifies us, as is well established by the Holy Spirit,

Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith. 31Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law. Romans 3:30-31


But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Romans 4:5

But it also opens the possibility for others to embrace that same Truth.

Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, Romans 4:16

It is a principle of the Kingdom of faith and through it we have the key to open the way for others to enter the Kingdom.

We all know the principle of operation: What is certain for one man is certain for all men, so if a single man is able to establish a personal, biblical, spiritual Truth, such Truth is the precedent of action for all men to opt for it. In the same way, what is certain for a woman is certain for all women. The biblical Truth that a woman is able to establish for herself opens the gap for that Truth to become the biblical Truth of all women.

A clear example of this can be found in Esther’s story, in the book with the same name,

For this deed of the queen shall come abroad unto all women, so that they shall despise their husbands in their eyes, when it shall be reported, The king Ahasuerus commanded Vashti the queen to be brought in before him, but she came not.   …   20And when the king’s decree which he shall make shall be published throughout all his empire, (for it is great,) all the wives shall give to their husbands honour, both to great and small. Esther 1:17-20

Let no one be surprised, then, when we establish as a possibility of salvation for the many, even for an entire nation, that the Truth which a man establishes for himself as his standard of daily life may be established as the Truth of the whole region. The Holy Spirit will lead others to the knowledge of that Truth, for already the opening was given by one’s life.

So, there are places on earth where the Truth of the Gospel is not necessarily established by words, but by deeds, by the deeds of men and women willing to act according to the Word of Truth.

We are not talking about “testifying” of the faith, as in modern years the churches have handled the subject of evangelization, it is not a matter of “testifying”, but to submit to the Word, to live it according to the established demand; in this process of subjection to the Word comes to light the Truth of the Gospel, which is as we already know, what frees people from the government of evil in which they were born.

The example is clear in the case of Abraham when he recently arrived in Canaan; he recognizes that in that land there is no fear of God,[5] however, in the same account, years later, the same people that Abraham found in the land of Canaan recognizes that Abraham is prince of God.[6]

Another example is found in the case of the apostle Peter when he walked through the streets of Jerusalem, the sick were healed only with his shadow touching them.[7] It is exactly what happens with a man and a woman of Truth, as they pass the Truth they bear is established as the Truth of the place, and the Holy Spirit will make shadow of revelation for Life on their dwellers.

In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the Truth; 26And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. 2nd. Timothy 2:25-16

We are before the greatest teaching of Jesus. It is not only a question of repeating that the Truth is Christ, and that by “accepting Him” we have fulfilled everything. It is about understanding that the call of the Father is “to do” according to the revelation that He gives us, is the teaching that the evangelist Matthew discovers us when he presents the question, who is the Son of man?[8]

From that teaching we learned that it is upon the Truth that Jesus is Lord and Christ that the church of the Lord is built.[9]

Thus, the life in Christ is to live from Truth to Truth, that by the Truth may be established the Kingdom of God on earth, but above all, that Truth make us free, and make free our regions.

 

All biblical quotations are taken from the King James Version.

 

Pastor Pedro Montoya

Twitter: @pastormontoya

https://earthenwarevessels.blog

[1] Galatians 1:6

[2] Acts 8:27

[3] Ditto 6:8-10

[4] Matthew 4:16

[5] Genesis 20:11

[6] Ditto 23:6

[7] Acts 5:15

[8] Matthew 16:13

[9] Ditto 16:18

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