For His Glory!
Seeking the Truth
Our desire is for all to Seek the truth.
Pilate asked: …"What is truth?"… in question to Yeshua’s (Jesus’) statement:
John 18:37-38Therefore Pilate said to Him, "So You are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice."
So when Pilot asked, "What is truth?" it was a fair question. If we all had the truth would we not all be of one accord? Especially when it comes to YHVH’s (the LORD’s) Word.
Ps 119:142 Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, And Your law is truth.
Ps 119:151 You are near, O LORD, And all Your commandments are truth.
Ps 119:160 The sum of Your word is truth…
John 17:17 "Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.
225 (Strong’s) AV-truth, truly, true
1a) what is true in any matter under consideration
1b) what is true in things appertaining to God and the duties of man…
2a1) that candour of mind which is free from affection, pretence, simulation, falsehood, deceit
Easton’s Bible Dictionary "Truth":
Used in various senses in Scripture.
1. In Proverbs 12:17,19 it denotes that which is opposed to falsehood.
2. In Isaiah 59:14,15 Jeremiah 7:28 it means fidelity or truthfulness.
3. The doctrine of Christ is called "the truth of the gospel" Galatians 2:5 "the truth"
2 Timothy 3:7 4:4
4. Our Lord says of himself, "I am the way, and the truth" John 14:6
TRUTH: from ISBE ( International Standard Bible Encyclopedia). These statements have been greatly reduced from the original; we recommended one read it in its entirety. Emphasis mine.
(…primary idea of "firmness," "stability," hence "constancy," "faithfulness," etc.; …"to believe," "to keep faith"):
…e.g. loyalty; honesty; fidelity; justice; uprightness; faith; righteousness; reality; veracity. It is unfortunate that translators have generally adhered to single terms to represent the original words.
II. General View
No term is more familiar and none more difficult of definition.
1. Aspects of Truth:
Ontological truth, i.e. accurate and adequate idea of existence as ultimate reality. In this sense it is a term of metaphysics, and will be differently defined according to the type of philosophical theory accepted. This aspect of truth is never primary in Scripture unless in the question of Pilate (John 18:38).… The Kingdom of God, for example, is the formative idea of Scripture teaching. In a definite sense the kingdom exists and still it is to be created. It must be kept in mind, however, that only vaguely and indirectly does truth have abstract, meta-physical meaning to the Biblical writers.
Logical truth is expressive of the relation between the knower and that which is known, …While this meaning of truth is involved in Scripture, it is not the primary meaning anywhere, save in a practical religious application, as in Eph 4:21; 1 John 2:4,21.
Moral truth is correspondence of expression with inner conception. Taken in its full meaning of correspondence of idea with fact, of expression with thought and with intention, of concrete reality with ideal type, this is the characteristic sense of the word in the Scriptures. Here the aim of religion is to relate man to God in accordance with truth. … Truth is thus partly to be apprehended and partly to be produced. The emphatically characteristic teaching of Christianity is that the will to produce truth, to do the will of God, is the requisite attitude for apprehending the truth.
Religious truth is a term frequently met in modern literature, but it has no sound basis in reason and it has none at all in the Bible. All truth is ultimately religious and only in a superficial way can religious truth be spoken of as an independent conception. Least of all can religious truth and scientific truth be at variance.
2. Standards of Truth:
Philosophy has continuously tried to find tests for truth, and so has wrought out theories of knowledge—epistemologies… for the tendencies of current thought have been toward confusion concerning all standards of truth and reality, and so toward widespread agnosticism and skepticism. …There is thus in religion and morals a tendency to obscure the distinction between what is and what ought to be.
In the Bible, the known will of God is final for man as a standard of truth, not as arbitrary, but as expressive of God's nature. God's nature is all-comprehensive of fact and goodness, and so is, all and in all, the source, support and objective of all concrete being. The will of God thus reveals, persuades to and achieves the ideals and ends of complete existence. The term "truth" is sometimes, therefore, nearly equivalent to the revealed will of God.
3. Special Features in Biblical Writings:
(1) The Old Testament uses the term "truth" primarily of God and applies the principle to man. The practical objective is ever prominent.
(2) The Synoptic Gospels and Acts use the term chiefly in popular idiomatic phrases "of a truth," "in truth," "surely". … To be sure, we are to understand that even in the phrases of common speech Jesus employed the term in all seriousness (Lu 4:25; 9:27).
(3) In Paul the sense of divine faithfulness, as in the Old Testament, is occasionally met. Again the term emphasizes sincerity (The quality of being open and truthful; not deceitful or hypocritical). …God's revelation in Jesus Christ with a view to redeeming men. In a general way the term is thus equivalent to the gospel, but there is never identification of the two terms.
(4) In the Johannine writings we find occasionally the emphatic phrase of genuineness and emphatic reality. In Revelation we have "true" in the sense of trustworthy, because ultimately real or in accord with ultimate reality. …Truth is reality in relation to the vital interests of the soul. It is primarily something to be realized and done, rather than something to be learned or known. In the largest aspect it is God's nature finding expression in His creation, in revelation, in Jesus Christ in whom "grace and truth came" and finally in man apprehending, accepting and practically realizing the essential values of life, which are the will of God. Truth is personalized in Jesus Christ. He truly expresses God, presents the true ideal of man, in Himself summarizes the harmony of existence and becomes the agent for unifying the disordered world. Hence, He is the Truth, the true expression (Logos, John 1:1) of God. …Similarly, the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth because His function is to guide into all truth (John 16:13).
(5) It is understood by many that in James, Peter, Hebrews, and possibly the Pastoral Epistles, the term connotes "the body of Christian teaching". … it seems more correct to understand the reality of life values as represented in the gospel plan of salvation and of living.
III. Analytical Summary
1. Truth in God:
(1) Truth is presented in Scripture as a chief element in the nature of God (Ps 31:5; Isa 65:16).
(2) But this quality is never given as an abstract teaching, but only as qualifying God in His relations and activities. So it is a guaranty of constancy; especially a ground of confidence in His promises; …assurance within His covenant relations.
(3) God's truth is especially noteworthy as a guaranty of merciful consideration of men. This is an important element in theology of the Old Testament, as it is a point guarded also in the New Testament.
(4) Equally is the truth of God an assurance to men of righteous judgment in condemnation of sin and sinners. In general the truth of God stands for the consistency of His nature and guarantees His full response in all the relations of a universe of which He is the Maker, Preserver, and End.
2. Truth in Man:
As related to God in origin and obligation, man is bound morally to see and respond to all the demands of his relations to God and to the order in which he lives under God.
(1) Truthfulness in speech, … Truth is not merely in utterance, nor is it only response to a specific command or word, but lies in the response of the will and life to the essential obligations of one's being (Ps 15:2; 119:30; Pr 12:19; 23:23; Isa 59:4,14,15; Jer 7:28; 9:3; Ho 4:1; Ro 1:18,25; Eph 4:15; 2Th 2:10,12).
(2) Truth in man is in response to truth in God, and is to be acquired on the basis of a gift from God. This gift comes by way of teaching and also by way of the working of the Divine Spirit in the life of man. Highest truth in correspondence to ideal is possible only by the working of "the God of truth" in the spirit of the man. Man's freedom to realize his being is dependent upon his receptive attitude toward the Son of God. Hence salvation in its fullest idea is stated in terms of truth (Joh 11:3; Php 3:10 ff).
3. Truth in Religion:
The modern study of religion on an evolutionary hypothesis and the comparative study of religions have contributed to an extensive questioning whether there is any absolute truth in religion, or at least any standards by which truth in religion may be known. … God's faithfulness pledges Him to bring the light of fuller truth to all men. …. This light is contained in the revealed word of the Old Testament prophets and of the New Testament witnesses to Jesus. In a definite way the Scriptures preserve these standards of religious truth. But always the attitude of the individual, as also of the group, determines the measure of apprehension of the truth and the certainty with which it is held. It is always important to keep in mind that truth in religion is not primarily an intellectualistic affair, to be cognized, but is essentially a voluntaristic experience and a duty to be done for the glory of God in the realization of the complete truth of God. Jesus Christ as the truth of God becomes the standard and test for truth in the religion of men. …If anyone wishes to do God's will, he shall be able to decide the truth of religious teaching, and the Son who is true will give the freedom of truth (John 7:17; 8:32). William Owen Carver
This Website’s summary of truth:
(1) Yeshua as the truth of God becomes the standard and test for truth …
(2) …something to be realized and done, rather than something to be learned or known.
(3) the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth because His function is to guide into all truth
(4) The sum of Your word is truth… Ps 119:160
Truth is linked to a changed heart.
Psalm 51:6 Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being…
How one must worship:
John 4:24 "God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."
Here is a truth:
John 8:44 "…the devil… does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him…
Where the truth is?
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life…
How can we find the truth?
John 16:13 "But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth…
Are you ‘seeking the truth’ that you might know and do the will of the Elohim? YHVH will bless those that seek Him with their whole heart.
Proverbs 8:17 "I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me.
Here in Proverbs it is wisdom that is calling out that we seek and find the truth.
"Anyone can count the seeds in an apple, but only God can count the number of apples in a seed."
When we look at the physical, humanly, we can only count on what we see. Abraham had a hard time at first understanding YHVH’s promise of a Seed that all the world would be blessed through. That One Seed has and will bring salvation (eternal life) to the many; only God can count the multitudes, from that Seed, that are called the "Sons of God’.
In our pursuit of humility:
"If we see a lack of humility in the disciples, and a contrast between Christ and men is brought out more clearly, it will help us to appreciate the mighty change that Pentecost brought and prove how real our participation can be in the triumph of Christ’s humility over the pride Satan breathed into humankind." Andrew Murray
The disciples had a struggle grasping the truth Yeshua presented to them during His earthy ministry. We also can see the reality of the power of pride in our being that is in opposition to the humility of Yeshua. We must be active participants in desiring the power of Yeshua’s humility, which He desires to impart to us by His Spirit of truth.
Worth the time to read.
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GREAT TRUTHS ABOUT LIFE, THAT LITTLE CHILDREN HAVE LEARNED:
1) No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats.
2) When your Mom is mad at your Dad, don't let her brush your hair.
3) If your sister hits you, don't hit her back. They always catch the second person.
4) Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.
5) You can't trust dogs to watch your food.
6) Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.
7) Never hold a Dust-Buster and a cat at the same time.
8) You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.
9) Don't wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.
10) The best place to be when you're sad is Grandpa's lap.
GREAT TRUTHS ABOUT LIFE, THAT ADULTS HAVE LEARNED:
1) Raising teenagers is like nailing Jell-O to a tree.
2) Wrinkles don't hurt.
3) Families are like fudge . . .mostly sweet, with a few nuts.
4) Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.
5) Laughing is good exercise. It's like jogging on the inside.
6) Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the joy.
GREAT TRUTHS ABOUT GROWING OLD
1) Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.
2) Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get.
3) When you fall down, you wonder what else you can do while
you're down there.
4) You're getting old when you get the same sensation from a
rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster.
5) It's frustrating when you know all the answers, but nobody
bothers to ask you the questions.
6) Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician.
7) Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.
Fully becoming the body of Yeshua
I attended a large feast of tabernacles (Sukkot) celebration in 2004 and it was for me a first real glimpse of what the "body" mentioned in scripture might be like.
There were several hundred attendees in a primitive campground for 8 days, all camped together in close quarters. In order to be able to keep things running smoothly people had to work together. Many shared in the responsibilities and worked together as a unit. From cooking meals, to washing dishes, to cleaning the portable showers and toilets, among several other tasks. My wife got quite sick at that time, but how people responded was amazing. It seemed someone was there to offer help and prayers and advice at every turn. The Spirit was moving in the camp. I found wisdom to many questions from someone, somewhere in the camp. We could feel the unity and one accord spoken of in the scriptures.
Why does there seem to be so much disunity and discord in the body today? It doesn't take much to get under someone's skin and create division and strife. Part of the reason for this I feel is our lack of understanding or perhaps forgetting of what the body of Yeshua truly represents, and the role we play in it.
The body, as we should know, is made up of many members (individuals), these members work together, performing different yet necessary functions as part of the body. But what keeps the body together, what unifies it and gives it direction? That is Yeshua! Yeshua is the head of the body, just like the brain of our own physical bodies. [Eph 5:23] [Col 1:18] Yeshua, being the head, is the essence of the body. [1 Cor 12:27] He mustn't be separated from the body or you end up with a corpse. [Mat 23:27]
We run into problems if we stop taking direction from our head (Yeshua) and start following others, or perhaps ourselves. This is very easy to do, especially if we haven't died to self by becoming a living sacrifice for Yeshua's use. [Rom 12:1] We need to seriously think about this and examine ourselves. [2 Cor 13:5] Is our heart still wrapped up in the things of this world? [Rom 12:2] Do we have any prized possessions or hidden idols that we find difficult to let go of? I recently saw the movie "Fireproof" which I highly recommend. In this movie the main male character was saving up for an expensive boat which caused much contention with his wife as her parents were in need. This would be an example of something I am talking about here.
Another big issue can be pride, do we think too highly of ourselves? [Rom 12:3] Do we spend energy boasting and seeking recognition for ourselves? Are we gossiping or speaking negatively about others? This is destructive to the body. We shouldn't be comparing amongst ourselves as we all have different jobs, yet we are all interconnected and dependent on one another whether we realize it or not, just as the different parts of a physical body. [Rom 12:4-5] Why not be content with our position in the body and not concern ourselves as it is YHVH's doing as to our calling. [1 Cor 12:18]
What will it take to accomplish this unity, this oneness and peace in the body? I think there are two main ingredients needed. First, we all need to desire this unity with our whole heart and attitude. [Mat 6:33] This verse on the kingdom may at first not seem to fit, but would we not define His kingdom as being peace and unity and oneness for all beings? Is this not our ultimate goal? Secondly, we need His Spirit to fill our body. [1 Cor 6:19] If we accomplish the first part, I believe YHVH will be faithful with the second.
There are some things we need to do to accomplish this unity, it can be a difficult task, but we need to get along with each other and to forgive. Read the following scriptures for some fundamental instructions about this matter.
Eph 4:2-3 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Col 3:12-17 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
1 Cor 12:25-26 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
When things are going well for us and we are healthy it is easy to feel independent and to not need others. But let's not forget that this could change in an instant. This is the time we should be using to help others in need. Some day we may be in dire need and we know not whom YHVH might send to our aid.
This being said, at the same time I believe we can't ignore blatant sin in the body and those refusing to repent and turn away. [Pro 8:13] Blind acceptance is not the answer. If there is sin in the body, it is like a cancer that grows and spreads and weakens the body. Eventually killing it. I believe these scriptures in Matthew are in reference to the spiritual body we have been talking about.
Mat 18:7-9 Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh! Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.
Another thing is becoming apparent to me lately. It seems we as a body are still not holy and zealous towards YHVH in unity. There is one thing that naturally draws out the best (and worst) in people and that is hardships. We should expect troubling times ahead for the body because it has been prophesied in the scriptures. YHVH knows what we need and wants us to be purified. [Tit 2:14] A trial by fire is needed to purify many of us. We will be forced to depend on each other and to share… or perish. This can be a painful process if we are not already learning these lessons. We might need to learn to be like those in the book of Acts just to survive.
Act 2:44-46 And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
Act 4:32-34 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,
Isa 41:6 They helped every one his neighbour; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage.
From this point on, and when things get more difficult, let's hold fast to our faith and encourage one another with the things that YHVH has already done for us. Also, let's not be like our ancestors in the wilderness, remember… DO NOT MURMUR! [1 Cor 10:10]
The good news is that we know the end of the story from the Bible. Yeshua's prayer will be fulfilled, there will be unity in the body… do you desire to be a member?
Joh 17:11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
Written by a fellow member.
The Green Thumb
Plant three rows of peas:
Peace of mind
Peace of heart
Peace of soul
Plant four rows of squash:
Plant four rows of lettuce:
Lettuce be faithful
Lettuce be kind
Lettuce be patient
Lettuce really love one another
No garden without turnips:
Turnip for meetings
Turnip for service
Turnip to help one another
Water freely with patience and Cultivate with love. There is much
fruit in your garden because you reap what you sow.
To conclude our garden, we must have thyme:
Thyme for each other
Thyme for family
Thyme for friends
Bob and the Lord stood by to observe a baseball game. The Lord's team was playing Satan's team. The Lord's team was at bat; the score was tied zero to zero; and it was the bottom of the 9th inning with two outs.
They continued to watch as a batter stepped up to the plate whose name was "Love." Love swung at the first pitch and hit a single, because Love never fails.
The next batter was named "Faith" who also got a single because Faith works with Love.
The next batter up was named "Godly Wisdom." Satan wound up and threw the first pitch. Godly Wisdom looked it over and let it pass. Ball one. Three more pitches and Godly Wisdom walked. . . because Godly Wisdom never swings at what Satan throws.
The bases were loaded. The Lord then turned to Bob and told him He was now going to bring in His star player. Up to the plate stepped "Grace."
Bob said, "He sure doesn't look like much!" Satan's whole team relaxed when they saw Grace. Thinking they had won the game, Satan wound up and fired his first pitch. To the shock of everyone, Grace hit the ball harder than anyone had ever seen. But Satan was not worried; his center fielder let very few get by. He went up for the ball, but it went right through his glove, hit him on the head, and sent him crashing to the ground; then continued over the fence for a home run! The Lord's team had won.
The Lord then asked Bob if he knew why Love, Faith, and Godly Wisdom could get on base but could not win the game. Bob answered that he didn't know why. The Lord explained, "If your love, faith, and wisdom had won the game you would think you had done it by yourself.
Love, Faith and Wisdom get you on base, but only My Grace can get you home."
1. He was paralyzed - Luke 5:18, 24
2. Paul - 1Timothy 1:1 and 2Timothy 1:1
3. Philistine territory - 1Samuel 6:1
4. The Nazarenes - Acts 24:1-5
5. His birthright - Genesis 25:29-34
6. Apollos - Acts 18:24
7. Peter - Acts 4:12
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