We live in an age of compromise.
The world has somehow slipped in and changed our definition of truth and our distinction between wrong and right. Suddenly wrong is now right and right is now wrong and wildly unaccepted and politically charged/ incorrect.
Think about it… politicians will do or say anything to secure votes and rise to power.
I’ll say it again. We live in an age of compromise.
The distinction between the sexes is broken down. The importance of authority at all levels is broken down. The sanctity of marriage is broken down. I could keep on going but I will digress.
In this day and age and mangled culture one question has become harder and harder to answer: What is Truth?
Merriam-Webster dictionary defines truth as:
- the quality or state of being true
- a true or accepted statement
- the body of real events or facts
- agreement with fact or reality
What is true to us as Christians and what does that truth mean to us?
For us as Christians it is of absolute importance, especially in our current cultured state, that we know the truth of what we believe. The truth provides for us answers and insight as to how we can better live for and serve Christ daily. So… where do we learn about this truth?
- The first and most important is the Bible. In order to learn the truth behind what you believe you have to read the only perfect and truthful book. The Word of God.
- From prayer and the seeking of God.
- From Christian leaders and mentors who believe in the errorless Word of God and who love it with all of their hearts.
After we have begun learning and memorizing this truth what can it do for us? Let’s think together below.
- The Truth can set us Free.
In John 8 Jesus is teaching and preaching on the Mount of Olives and in the temple for the people as well as the Scribes and Pharisees.
John 8:31-36 says,
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free?” Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
Jesus thought that truth was very important. He said we must know the truth, because it can make us free.
Free from what?
These verses show us that He was talking about freedom from sin. Being a slave to sin is the ultimate bondage, and the freedom that Jesus offers is a spiritual freedom from the bondage of sin.
Verse 35 is interesting where Jesus continues with an analogy,
The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever.
The people Jesus was addressing would have understood Jesus to mean that they were not members of God’s family as long as they were slaves to sin. Only Believers would be freed from their bondage and brought into the family of God.
In fact, Jesus establishes this in John 14:6 where He says,
I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
So knowing Jesus is knowing the truth… and we know that knowing the truth will set one free from sin, free from condemnation, and free from death. Romans 6:22 says,
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.
But if truth is necessary to free us from sin, then how can we please and serve God if we believe error instead of truth?
- The Truth is what we build upon.
Where else in the Bible do we see “truth” spoken of and applied to us as believers?
Ephesians 6:10-18 says,
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.
The KJV puts Ephesians 6:14 this way,
Stand therefore, having your loins girded about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness.
It says to have “your loins girded about with truth.” We see a word there that we may not hear everyday. Girded.
Merriam- Webster defines the word gird or girded in this way:
- to encircle or bind with a flexible band (as a belt)
- to make fast (as a sword by a belt or clothing with a cord)
- to surround
- to provide, equip
- to prepare (oneself) for action
Back in the times of Jesus, Roman soldiers would “gird” their waists with a belt. This belt served many purposes. Their uniforms would include a helmet, shield, sword, short sword/ dagger, a breastplate, what we would consider a dress or skirt in today’s times, and a pair of boots. A soldier going into battle/ long march, or at alert position would take the bottom of their skirt and tuck it into their waistline and belt. If their waist was not girded with a belt a soldier was vulnerable because they couldn’t move as fast and their feet would become entangled in the bottom of their skirt.
The belt that “girded” the soldiers waist was what held the rest of the system together. Without it the soldier would be lucky to move and fight efficiently. This idea is similar to a police officer or soldier on today’s times. They have tons of gear and quite a bit of weight to pack around. If anybody reading this has ever carried just a holster and a gun before they will understand the importance of a good rigid belt to support the system.
The belt is their foundation. The truth is our belt. The truth is our foundation.
- The Truth can help us to Fight.
Ephesians 6:10-17 says,
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
The belt we use to “gird ourselves” that we spoke of above was not only was used to tuck in the lower portion of a soldiers uniform, but it was also used to hold the sword at a ready draw position and to hold the shield during times when it wasn’t needed. So if a soldier was to lose their belt it would make the use of the sword (of the spirit) and shield (of faith) harder as well. So if we lose truth other parts of our walk with Christ become harder, and we become more and more vulnerable to the ways of the world and to the attacks of the devil.
In Matthew 7:15 Jesus warns against these attacks and the perversion of truth by saying,
Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
Colossians 2:8 says,
See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.
No one wants to learn that they have been misled by a false teacher, but Jesus warned us to be weary of this very thing. Why would He warn us if there were no danger? 1 John 4:1 says we should examine religious teachings closely because “many false prophets have gone out into the world.”
1 John 4:1 says,
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
This basically telling us as Christians to not be quick to accept everything we hear without looking into the subject ourselves. This is why knowledge and memorization of the Word is key. We MUST know the TRUTH.
If you don’t know the Word how are you supposed to know if someone is being truthful or simply misleading you?
Often today one teacher will teach one thing and then another will teach just the opposite. How can both be right? How can we know which is telling the truth and which is speaking error? God gave us the Bible exactly for this reason. Like the people of Berea being taught by Paul we should follow teaching with examination of the scripture to see if the things you are being taught are true. Acts 17:11 says that the people of Berea being taught by the apostle Paul and Silas searched the scriptures daily to learn if we are being taught the truth.
Acts 17:11 says,
Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
Remain alert and hold onto the truth of God. Keep your waist “girded” with truth in order to remove your vulnerabilities from the devil, and be bold in sharing the truth with others so that they may not be vulnerable to the ways of the devil.
To please God, we must know and hold onto the truth, and that truth is found in God’s word.
2 Timothy 3:16 says,
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.